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Foster School Exchange Programs

Undergraduates can spend a quarter or semester at a partner business school through a direct exchange programs. Additionally, Foster undergrads can participate in exploration seminars and other study abroad programs. Review the eligibility/application process and locations listed below for more information. To go over your options in-depth, review the following information. Click here to set up a business school study abroad advising appointment.

Location overview

The tables below outlines facts about the program including: location, whether the program is offered in English in addition to the language of the country, timing of the partner schools (example: whether you would miss just Autumn quarter or both Autumn and Winter quarters), and additional resources including student evaluations.

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A= Autumn quarter W= Winter quarter S/P=Spring quarter S=Summer quarter

Asia
University Country Language Terms Credits More Info
Peking University China English or Mandarin English: A (Sept-Dec) or W/SP (Feb-June) Mandarin: A/W (Sept-Jan) or W/SP (Feb-July) 18-22 UW credits Fact sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
No university housing available
University of Hong Kong China English A (Sept-Dec) or W/S (Jan-May) 18-22 UW credits Fact sheet
Partner website
Some university housing available
Kobe University School of Business Japan Japanese A/W (Oct-Feb) or SP/S (Apr-July) 18-22 UW credits Fact Sheet
Partner website
Student Blog Posts
Student evaluations*
University housing available
National University of Singapore Singapore English A (Aug-Dec) or W/SP (Jan-May) 18-22 UW credits Fact sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
University housing available
Yonsei University South Korea English or Korean A (Sept-Dec) or W/SP (Jan-May) 18-22 UW credits Fact sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
University housing available
National Chengchi University Taiwan English or Mandarin A (Sept-Dec) or W/SP (Feb-June) 18-22 UW credits Fact Sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
University housing available
Chulalongkorn University Thailand English A (Aug-Dec) or W/SP (Jan-May) 18-24 UW credits Fact sheet
Partner website
University housing available
Europe
University Country Language Terms Credits More Info
University of Economics, Prague Czech Republic English A (Sept-Dec) or W/SP (Feb-May) 18-22 UW credits Fact sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
University housing available
Copenhagen Business School Denmark English or Danish A (Aug-Dec) or W/SP (Jan-June) 20-22 UW credits Fact Sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
University housing available
Audencia Business School France English or French A (Sept-Dec) or W/SP (Jan-May), or S(6 weeks) 18-22 UW credits Fact Sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
No on-campus housing available
University of Mannheim Germany English or German A (Sept-Dec) or W/SP (Feb-June) 18-22 UW credits Fact sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
University housing available
WHU Germany English or German A (Sept-Dec) or W/SP (Jan-April) 20-23 UW credits Fact sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
University housing available
Bocconi University Italy English or Italian A (Sept-Dec) or W/SP (Jan-June) 18-22 UW credits Fact sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
University housing available
RSM Erasmus University Netherlands English A, W, SP 12-18 UW credits Fact sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
Off-campus housing available
NHH Norway English A (Aug-Dec) or, W/SP (Jan-June) 22 credits Fact sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations
University housing available
Universidad de Navarra Spain English or Spanish A (Aug-Dec) or, W/SP (Feb-June) 18-22 UW credits Fact sheet_2017-18
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
University housing available
University of Manchester United Kingdom English A (Sep-Dec) or, W/SP (Jan-June) 18-22 UW credits Fact Sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
University housing available
University Country Language Terms Credits More Info
Australia
University of Sydney Australia English A (July-Nov) or, W/SP (Mar-June) 22 UW credits Fact sheet
Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
University housing available
Latin America
Pontificia Universidad Catolica Chile Spanish A (Aug-Dec) or, W/SP (March-July) 18-22 UW credits Partner website
Student blog posts
Student evaluations*
No on-campus housing available

Eligibility for Foster School Exchange

Foster School Exchange Programs are open to students that are registered, matriculated undergraduate students at the Foster School of Business. Students must be in good academic standing at the time of application. Students must also have a graduation plan with the Undergraduate Program Office that includes study abroad.

You may apply for an exchange program at the same time that you are applying for admission into the Foster School. However, you may only be accepted for an exchange program once you have been admitted to the Foster School.

Students may apply for one or more of the exchange programs. The number of student slots available at each partner institution varies. The competition for these spaces varies on a yearly basis and is dependent on student interest.

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Application

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are now open with a deadline of January 15th, 2018.

To apply, you will need to fill out an application through the UW Study Abroad Website. Please note that this is one application for all the Foster Exchange Schools. Please list up to three of the Foster School partner universities in the ‘alternate exchange schools’ boxes.

We will fill all spots during the January application cycle for the following academic year. For example, if you want to study abroad during your junior year, you should apply in January during your sophomore year. Please apply by the January 15th dates, not the dates that are listed on any of the fact sheets for the individual exchange programs.

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Courses and Credits

For students going on a Foster Exchange, you get to choose which class you want to take abroad. The course options and availability will depend on the program. Always meet with a Foster Academic Adviser first to update you academic plan and pinpoint business classes to take abroad.

The academic advising office maintains a list of approved courses from our Foster exchange programs. Refer to our Foster Study Abroad Course Evaluation List to see which courses have been previously approved. This list is always changing, if you do not find the course or school you were looking for in the previously evaluated course list, you may still request to have a syllabus evaluated for UW business credit.

  • Credits: Foster School Exchange students must enroll in the equivalent full-time course load as required by the partner business school. The specific number of courses does vary by school. Keep in mind that many exchange partners operate under the semester system, so you might be enrolled in as many as seven courses or as few as three depending on the course requirement by your exchange school. At a semester school students typically take the equivalent of 18-22 UW credits.
  • Types of classes: Most students take a combination of business core, business electives, and non-business courses while abroad on a Foster School exchange. A typical student will take 1 core class, 2-3 business electives, and 1-2 non-business electives. It can be difficult to get core courses approved at partner schools because 80% of the syllabus must have the same content as the course at the Foster School.
  • How to plan for your courses abroad: First, see previously evaluated courses. Please note that this includes courses that were approved and denied. Also note the expiration date. Finally, most electives are not tracked on this sheet. If you would like to a course at an exchange school that is not on the list, you can get it reviewed by the academic advisers (see instructions above). Second, meet with an academic adviser and review your DARS and academic plan to see which courses/requirements you have remaining. Try to match these up with the courses offered at a partner school.
  • Directions to submit a syllabus for UW business credit
    1. Attach your syllabus to an email as follows: School_Course Title_UW Equivalent Course_Your Name.
    2. Include in the email:
      • your name and student ID number
      • the quarter the course was completed or the quarter you’re planning to take the class
      • the syllabus, which must include a schedule of topics, reading materials, and credit hours/contact hours
      • the name of the Foster academic adviser you have been working with, if applicable
    3. Email all the information to bizeval@uw.edu
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    Need a course evaluated for non-business credit? Refer to the respective department. Foster advisers can only review courses for business credit.

  • You must be flexible academically in order to go on exchange. Most partner schools do not publish their courses or enroll you until you are close to the start of your time abroad. This means that you have already committed before you know what you will take abroad. Take with a study abroad and academic adviser about your academic requirements/needs but know you must be flexible.
  • Course restrictions: Foster School Exchange students are generally allowed to enroll in any course at the partner school. However, please remember that some courses might be restricted due to class size or prerequisites. Questions concerning courses at the partner school can be directed to the partner school coordinator once you have been selected and nominated for an exchange program Maintain full-time status: While abroad, you are required to maintain your UW Status through concurrent enrollment at UW and the host institution. During the exchange term, your My UW account will reflect 12 credits of FSTDY 300: Study Abroad. This is only a temporary classification until the Global Business Center receives an official transcript of courses completed abroad. On receipt of an official transcript, the 12 credits of foreign study are converted to UW credit.

For questions about your exchange program, the application, or timeline, refer to the Global Business Center in MKZ 137. For questions about course options and how study abroad fits in your academic plan, meet with an academic adviser in DEM 202.

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Expenses, Fees, and Financial Aid

Students pay their regular tuition fees (resident, non-resident, or international) to the UW rather than their host institution. In addition to tuition, you will pay study abroad fees to participate in exchange. All fees will be charged to your MyUW account during the first quarter you are abroad.

Foster School Exchange Program fees include:

  • Foster School Study Abroad Fee: $300 (2017-2018 rate)
  • UW Study Abroad Fee: $350 for a quarter-long program, $700 for a semester program (2017-2018 rates)

Other exchange program expenses include:

  • UW Tuition (1 semester = 1.5 quarters of tuition)
  • Airfare
  • Textbooks & course packs
  • General living expenses, accommodation & food
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations (if required)
  • Passport
  • Student visa (if required)
  • Personal travel

Financial Aid:

Most types of financial aid can be applied to your study abroad experience. Please check with the Office of Student Financial Aid regarding eligibility. You can adjust your financial aid budget for the terms that you will spend abroad by completing a Revision Request for Additional Expenses form. You will need to attach a program budget to the revision request which can be obtained at the UW Study Abroad office after you have committed to a program.

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Resources

Learning from past students is the best way to find out more about the exchange programs. We recommend spending some time reading blog posts on our Undergrads Go Global blog and watching videos about past student experiences.

  • Financial resources

    Please be sure to apply for the Global Business Center Study Abroad Scholarships There are also several resources about scholarships, GET, budgeting, and financial aid on the UW Study Abroad site.
    This useful tool is a great way to estimate how your cost of living in a particular country might compare with the cost of living you are accustomed to here at UW.

  • Cultural awareness

    There are many good publications on the phenomenon of culture shock. You may want to look at the following websites for more helpful information:
    University of the Pacific for cultural training.
    FIUTS is an organization on campus that offers cultural training and international activities for students to gain a global perspective.
    Studyabroad.com lists lots of great resources for students before, during and after your experience.

  • U.S. State Department Resources

    The U.S. State Department provides a host of information for students traveling and studying abroad. There is everything from how to be safe to how to get your visa:
    Students Abroad website
    Tips for students
    Travel warnings
    Bureau of Consular Affairs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many students can attend each Foster School exchange program?
Generally, the Foster School of Business is allowed to send between 1–6 students to each host institution. This number could be higher or lower based on past exchange student activity with a specific partner school.

Q: Do I have to fill out a separate application form for each exchange school?
No, you’ll only need to fill out one Global Business Center exchange program application form and list your programs in order of preference.

Q: Can I list more than one exchange school on my application form?
Yes. Actually, you are encouraged to list multiple schools on your application form as there is always more demand for a specific exchange program than the number of spots available.

Q: Are students with foreign language proficiency given preference for an exchange program?
The vast majority of Foster exchange programs are taught in English. In those cases, preference is not given to someone with foreign language ability. Some exchange programs require foreign language proficiency. In those cases, we can only nominate students with the necessary language proficiency.

Q: Is it possible to obtain an internship in conjunction with an exchange program?
Maybe. Past UW exchange students have found internships either prior to their term of exchange or after their term of exchange. It is up to the Foster School student to take initiative and seek out internship opportunities through their network.

Q: Will I be asked to advertise the Foster School Exchange program at my host institution?
Probably. Most host institution will hold an information session for interested exchange students. You will be asked to talk about the Foster School exchange program and general life in Seattle. These events are usually informal and do not require significant advance preparation. The Foster School website is the best resource for interested students to begin their research.

Q: May I go on exchange to a school that does not have an exchange with the Foster School?
Yes. The University of Washington has institutional agreements with schools around the globe. To find out about those programs and your eligibility for them, visit UW Study Abroad. Typically, you will not be able to take business courses on a UW Exchange program. You may be able to take 1 or 2, but a full load of business courses is unlikely.

Q: Why do I have to apply to my host school after being nominated by the Global Business Center?
Host schools require incoming exchange students to apply formally. This is a formality and serves as a way for the school to enter the student into their system. Only in extreme cases will students be rejected by the host school at this point in the process.

Q: Can my spouse, significant other or children join me?
This can be an option. Some on-campus housing is for single students only, so you would need to find alternative housing options. Your host school will provide the necessary documents to obtain your student visa. Neither the host school nor UW will assist you in obtaining a visa for a spouse, significant other or children. This responsibility is given to the UW exchange student.

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