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Undergrad Study Abroad Options

The Global Business Center’s goal is to help the students of UW Foster School of Business meet the world! Study abroad is a tremendous learning opportunity for Foster School students to enhance their business education and to gain the international perspective required to do business in today’s global economy. We do everything we can to encourage every single Foster School student to study abroad.

There are many options for studying abroad: students can participate in everything from a short summer program to a semester-long exchange program. The information below will help you explore your different options, and learn how to apply for, and participate in a program. Click on each heading to learn more and be sure to set up a Foster Study Abroad advising appointment.

The Foster School has 20 Departmental Exchange Programs with other business schools around the world. On a Foster Exchange you can go study abroad directly at a partner school and take business course work. Students typically go on a Foster Exchange for one semester. Depending on the program, students miss one or two quarters while abroad. Most semester long exchange programs allow students to take 18+ credits during the term, including electives in subjects like marketing and finance as well as some core courses. Most of our partner business schools offer their courses in English. Only two programs have a language requirement.

Foster School Exchange Program options, eligibility, application, costs, and more

Read about our programs on the Foster Goes Global blog

Applications are now open. Apply online by January 31, 2018
Summer A Term
Summer B Term
Summer C Term

The Foster School Rome Program has three different options for Summer 2018 to earn business core credit in Italy. There will be the option to do Summer A Term, Summer B Term or Summer Quarter (A+B) allowing students to earn 8, 12 or 16 credits. During Summer A and B there will be about 20 Foster School students live in apartments in the heart of Rome and take classes from Foster School professors at the UW Rome Center.
The program started in 2013, targeted at Foster School business students, especially those who are not able to go abroad because of heavy requirements for their major (e.g., accounting majors or students with double options). By studying abroad – and, in particular, taking core business classes – students get an overseas experience and a head start on their core classes.

Program Details

Term Dates Location Faculty Courses – 4 credits Cost
Summer A June 19-July 18, 2018 Rome, Italy Leta Beard
Marty Matthews
IBUS 300
MKTG 301
$5,700
Summer B July 18-Aug 16, 2018 Rome, Italy Hamed Mamani
Christina Fong
OPMGT 301
MGMT 300
$5,700
Summer Quarter June 19-Aug 16, 2018 Rome, Italy All of the above! 3 or 4 of the above $9,935

Company & Cultural Visits

The program is designed to enhance the business courses with an international dimension. While in Italy, students will have opportunities to see real-world applications of the principles of international business, marketing, management and operations management. This will be accomplished through company visits. Students will visit local and regional businesses to learn about exporting olive oil, manufacturing high end cars, global supply chains, and more!
The program also includes several group dinners and cultural site visits to places including the Vatican, the Pantheon and the Coliseum.

Application Process

Applications will open in November for Summer 2018.

Foster Study Abroad Fee

Each Foster School Study Abroad Program will have a program fee. In addition, participants in the program will be charged a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $300. This fee will be itemized on your payment contract and charged to your MyUW account at the same time as the program fee.

The Foster Study Abroad fee is an Administrative Fee that funds all Foster Study Abroad activities, including organizing the programs, recruiting participants, assisting faculty, organizing pre-departure and post-return classes and events, and for providing study abroad advice for students.

The Foster Barcelona Program is a partnership with the ALBA Study Abroad Center in Barcelona, Spain. ALBA organizes QUARTER-LONG study abroad programs with up to 40 students. Students can participate during Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring Quarters. During your quarter abroad, students will take courses at the ALBA Study Abroad Center located in the Gothic Quarter in downtown Barcelona. Students can live with host families or in apartments in downtown Barcelona, moments from delicious food, the beach and class. Read more about the program on the ALBA website, but make sure to apply through the UW. Please direct all questions to goabroad@uw.edu.

Application Process

To apply to the Foster Barcelona Program, you must complete two steps: 1) fill out the UW Study Abroad Website Application, and 2) fill out this google form which asks for your 500 word personal statement and an unofficial transcript.

Please complete both parts of the application by January 15, 2018.

***Important: Please note that the above two steps are all you need to do at this stage. The above application will prompt you to complete an ‘affiliate program application,’ you do not need to do this as it does not apply to this program.

Who Can Participate?

The Foster program will admit approximately 20 students each quarter (Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring). Foster students will be given priority, but other UW students are encouraged to apply. UW students will remain enrolled at UW while abroad and may use eligible financial aid and scholarships for this approved program. UW students will be joined by around 20-30 students from other US institutions who will enroll through Portland State University.

Courses

Faculty from neighboring universities will teach business courses approved by Foster including Foster’s core business courses and several business electives. ALBA intends to offer at least 3 Foster School core courses each quarter which courses are offered during each quarter may change. Likely courses include MGMT 300, MGMT 320, MKTG 301, IBUS 300, BECON 300, and FIN 350. We recommend that you take with a GBC Study Abroad adviser for more information. Students can also take non-business coursework including political science, international studies, history, etc. All courses are taught in English.

Note: For the 2018-2019 academic year, IBUS 300 and MGMT 320 will be offered every quarter. Other core and electives are yet to be confirmed.

Dates

Summer 2018: Monday, June 25th to Friday, August 3rd
Fall 2018: Wednesday, September 26th to Friday, December 7th
Winter 2019: Monday, January 7th to Friday, March 15th
Spring 2019: Monday, March 27th to Friday, June 7th

Costs

Students will be concurrently enrolled at the UW and pay UW and Foster Study Abroad fees to the UW.

The fee for the fall quarter 2018 is $6,400. The fee for winter and spring quarters 2019 is $7,400. Tuition fees are paid directly to ALBA.

Housing, airfare and cost of living are on top of the tuition fees.

UW & Foster Study Abroad Fee

In addition to the ALBA tuition listed above, participants in the program will be charged a UW Study Abroad fee of $350 and a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $300. These fees will be itemized on your payment contract and charged to your MyUW account. The Foster Study Abroad fee is an Administrative Fee that funds all Foster Study Abroad activities, including organizing the programs, recruiting participants, assisting faculty, organizing pre-departure and post-return classes and events, and for providing study abroad advice for students.

The Gulf Study Tour is a short-term Spring Break study abroad program, where a group of 20 UW students will spend 9 days (March 15-25, 2018) in Oman and Qatar. Students will earn 1 credit while they explore the cultural, economic, and business environment of the Gulf. This is an amazing opportunity to learn about the key trends that are reconfiguring the economic and business landscape in the Middle East with an expert from the region. The tour will compare and contrast the two countries, examining public policy, diplomacy, economic development, and the overall business climate.

This program is jointly offered between the Foster School and the Jackson School of International Studies. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all majors.

Company & Cultural Visits

This study tour will offer 1 credit of either IBUS 490 or JSIS 394. The study tour is also linked to a 3-credit special topics course ”Economic and Business Trends in the Middle East.” This course will be offered during Winter Quarter 2018 as IBUS 490/JSIS 487/587. Priority for the study tour will be given to students that are enrolled in the winter quarter course.

Application Process

Applications are now open. Please apply online by November 15th.

Foster Study Abroad Fee

Each Foster School Study Abroad Program will have a program fee. In addition, participants in the program will be charged a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $300. This fee will be itemized on your payment contract and charged to your MyUW account at the same time as the program fee.

The Foster Study Abroad fee is an Administrative Fee that funds all Foster Study Abroad activities, including organizing the programs, recruiting participants, assisting faculty, organizing pre-departure and post-return classes and events, and for providing study abroad advice for students.

This program gives Foster School students the chance to study directly at the Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a semester or academic year. The program allows students to live with host families or in dorms or apartments near the beautiful San Andres’ campus. The program has three tracks including a business track!!! Read more about the program on the Universidad de San Andres website and watch this video.

Courses

While abroad, students can take business and non-business courses. Many business core classes have already been pre-approved. View the list of courses. All courses are taught in Spanish, and students need to have completed the second year of college level Spanish or an equivalent.

Application Process

Applications are now open. Apply online by January 15, 2018.

Costs

Students will be concurrently enrolled at the UW and pay UW and Foster Study Abroad fees to the UW.
The fee for the semester tuition at UDESA is $6,000. Tuition fees are paid directly to UDESA.
In terms of housing, students should estimate the following costs:

  • Host family (including breakfast and dinner 6 days a week) is $4050 USD for the semesterA shared room (double) in the residence hall is approximately $2375 USD
  • A room in a shared apt in downtown Buenos Aires will vary significantly. Students can expect to pay anywhere from 5000 to 9,000 pesos per month

Intensive Spanish Add-on

Before the semester begins, students can choose to add on a 4-week intensive Spanish program. The cost for this intensive language program is $1,500 in addition to the tuition fee. Read more about the intensive Spanish Program.

Foster Study Abroad Fee

Each Foster School Study Abroad Program will have a program fee. In addition, participants in the program will be charged a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $300. This fee will be itemized on your payment contract and charged to your MyUW account at the same time as the program fee.

The Foster Study Abroad fee is an Administrative Fee that funds all Foster Study Abroad activities, including organizing the programs, recruiting participants, assisting faculty, organizing pre-departure and post-return classes and events, and for providing study abroad advice for students.

Exploration Seminar programs are 3 to 4-week long programs during Early Fall Start (mid-August to mid-Sept). Each Exploration Seminar is 5 credits. Applications are due March 1st. Exploration Seminars typically cost between $3,000 and $5,000, the program fee includes the 5 credits, housing, some meals and transportation. Airfare, most food and personal expenses are additional costs. Applications are found on the UW Study Abroad Office website.

The following programs were offered in Early Fall Start 2017. 2018 Destinations will be announced in December 2017. A new program to Australia will likely be offered in 2018!

BUSINESS INDIA: Half the Sky

  • Led by Cate Goethals, Marketing & International Business
  • August 29-Sept 24, 2017 | Cost: $4,250 (includes $300 Foster Study Abroad Fee) | Course: IBUS 490 or G H 490
  • Students study leadership and global health issues by meeting with female leaders of diverse organizations at all levels of society in six India states. At core, this is a leadership course. Visiting with changemakers and their organizations, we will engage in a dialogue about role models and leadership and entrepreneurship and personal and business obligation to society.

BUSINESS MOROCCO: Triple Impact Africa

  • Led by Ruth Huwe, Management & Organization & Kristi Straus, Environmental Studies
  • Sept 3-Sept 24, 2017 | Cost: $4,200 (includes $300 Foster Study Abroad Fee)| Course: MGMT 490 or ENVIR 490
  • This is a “Triple Impact” project, having a triple impact on student lives and a focus on the Triple Bottom Line (Social, Environmental and Financial). The “social” impact comes from working with business students from Al Akhawayn University, an American University in Morocco. The “environmental” impact comes from working with a NGO, the “High Atlas Foundation,” to improve the water systems used by villages. The “financial” impact comes learning how to export a specific product, organic agriculture. The program involves two major collaborations in Morocco with the university and the NGO. You will visit Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, and Marrakesh, and visit both beaches and mountains.

BUSINESS BRITAIN: High-Tech in the UK

  • Led by Debra Glassman, Finance & Business Economics
  • Aug 20-Sept 13, 2017 | Cost: $3,700 (includes $300 Foster Study Abroad Fee) | Course: BECON 499 or JSIS 394
  • Based in London, this seminar will introduce students to globally-focused, tech-savvy companies in a variety of industries, from aerospace to finance to software. Our group will meet with executives in and around London to learn firsthand about the interactions between technology and global business. We will visit start-ups as well as established companies, US firms with branches in the UK and British firms that export around the world. Students will live in the London School of Economics dorms and have lots of time to explore the city and surrounding areas.

BUSINESS IRELAND: Globalization & Business in Ireland; The Celtic Phoenix Takes Flight

  • Led by Leta Beard, Marketing & International Business
  • Aug 20-Sept 10, 2017 | Cost: $3,795 (includes $300 Foster Study Abroad Fee) | Course: IBUS 490 or JSIS 394
  • Travelling throughout Ireland, students will focus on studying the “Celtic Tiger” model and analyze its somewhat short lived effectiveness. They will also learn about the steps that the Irish are taking to revitalize themselves. We will meet with business executives from companies like Facebook, Google, Waterford, PWC, Guinness, Cisco, and Jameson. We will also meet with executives from the Gaelic Athletic Association and learn more about the traditional Irish sport of hurling. We will tour the countryside to participate on a working sheep farm as well as experience Ireland’s rich culture.

BUSINESS ITALY: Accounting in RomeNEW PROGRAM!

  • Led by Izzy Weber, Accounting
  • August 23-Sept 15, 2017 | Cost: $4,315 (includes $300 Foster Study Abroad Fee) | Course: ACCTG 321 (Tax)
  • Prerequisite course: ACCTG 301
  • Brand new program just for accounting majors!!! Live in apartments in the Trastevere neighborhood in Rome; explore the city and the country with long weekends; and visit local and regional businesses to learn about business and accounting in Italy!

Special cross-listing with the Spanish Department, earn IBUS 490 credit!

SPANISH/BUSINESS SPAIN: Business and Cultural Dynamics in Spain

  • Led by Maria Mediavilla, Spanish and Portuguese Studies
  • August 19-Sept 9, 2017 | Cost: $4,000 | Course: IBUS 490 or SPAN 393
  • Prerequisite courses: Any of the SPAN 301-302-303 or SPAN 314-315-316 series.
  • Program participants will explore two of the most vibrant cities of Spain, Madrid and Vallalolid. Students will develop a key understanding of the Spanish economy by networking with executives, visiting local businesses, travelling to UNESCO World Heritage sites Segovia and Toledo, and immersing themselves in Spanish culture.

Foster Study Abroad Fee

Each Foster School Study Abroad Program will have a program fee. In addition, participants in the program will be charged a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $300. This fee will be itemized on your payment contract and charged to your MyUW account at the same time as the program fee. The Foster Study Abroad fee is an Administrative Fee that funds all Foster Study Abroad activities, including organizing the programs, recruiting participants, assisting faculty, organizing pre-departure and post-return classes and events, and for providing study abroad advice for students.
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Other UW Approved Options
Foster School Study Abroad Fee

All Foster School Study Abroad Program participants will be charged a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $300. This fee will be charged for Foster School Exchange Programs and all Foster School Faculty-Led programs. This fee will be itemized on your payment contract and charged to your MyUW account at the same time as the program fee/tuition.

The Foster Study Abroad fee is an Administrative Fee that funds all Foster Study Abroad activities, including organizing the programs, recruiting participants, assisting faculty, organizing pre-departure and post-return classes and events, and for providing study abroad advice for students.

You will not be charged the fee if you withdraw from your program more than two weeks before the start of your program. If you withdraw during the two week period before your program starts, the fee is non-refundable.

Study Abroad Events



If you would like to schedule a study abroad advising appointment or ask specific questions, please contact the Global Business Center at goabroad@uw.edu or 206-685-3432.