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For the first week of the Pacific Rim Bankers Program, you will study at the University of Washington, a world-class university in Seattle, Washington. Classes are taught by renowned faculty and industry leaders with real-life experiences. During the program you will build a framework of banking foundations from a top-level-down perspective that shows how each operation impacts the whole organization.

The framework is then brought to life by the sponsoring banks in the West Coast’s financial district headquarters in San Francisco, California. This unique experience helps you put your new knowledge into context.  High-level speakers from various financial institutions give insight into current issues in their industry.  You will also hear about the latest research on topics such as systems innovations as well as lessons learned from changes in supervision and regulation.

Seattle is a beautiful city, situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, with a metropolitan area population of more than one million people. It has many places of interest, excellent restaurants and easily accessible public transportation.

The program is held on the campus of the University of Washington (UW), the state’s largest university having more than 40,000 students. It is situated just 10 minutes north of downtown Seattle. Its beautiful views of Lake Washington, architecture and landscaping have made UW a Seattle landmark in itself. The University of Washington website  offers a look at the campus.

Things to see and do in the city include visiting the Seattle Center, which houses the Space Needle built for the World’s Fair in 1962, taking a trip to the Pike Place Market for some delicious pastries or to watch shopkeepers hurl fish from 10 feet away! There is also Pioneer Square where you see how Seattle got its beginnings. Take a walk on the waterfront bustling with shops, seafood bars and a world-class aquarium or shop upscale downtown, glittering with names such as Tiffany, Cartier and Coach. For details about tours visit the Visiting Seattle website.

When and where is orientation?
You need to be present at the University of Washington campus by 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018, to participate in the registration process and course orientation. You will be provided with a walking map of the area when you check into the hotel so that you can find your way to campus and back.

We highly recommend coming into Seattle a day or two early to acclimatize to the time change and your surroundings.

The schedule for the Saturday, August 4 is as follows:

  • 3:30-4 p.m. Registration at the Bank of America Executive Education Center, Room 310
  • 4-5 p.m. Course Orientation at the Bank of America Executive Education Center, Room 310
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner at the Bank of America Executive Education Center, Douglas Forum

Where am I staying in Seattle?
During the Seattle portion of the program, all participants stay at Hotel Deca located just a few blocks from the University of Washington campus. You must contact the hotel to make your reservations before July 1, 2018. The special group rate which all PRBP participants will receive is $140 per night plus tax to be billed directly to you, in addition to the course cost.

You may contact the hotel by phone, fax, or email:

Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206.634.2000 extension 2189
Fax: 206.545.2103
Toll-free: 1.800.899.0251

When should I plan on arriving in Seattle?
The course officially begins on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. It is advised that you arrive at least one day in advance to allow yourself some time to recover from jetlag. It is your decision when to arrive, but it is strongly recommended that you do not miss the Orientation/Welcome Dinner/Team Leader Meeting. During this first session which runs from 3:30-6:30 p.m., you will:

  • Receive crucial program information
  • Meet the faculty and staff as well as PRBP board members
  • Have your photograph taken for the PRBP photo roster and you should therefore dress accordingly
  • Have a formal sit-down meal with your new classmates from all over the world
  • Receive guidelines for Monday’s class and how best to prepare
  • Receive important information regarding Seattle, the University area, and some ideas on how best to utilize your free time

How do I get from the Seattle airport to Hotel Deca?
Go to the Port of Seattle website to see a map of the airport and location of ground transportation.

What features does the hotel/my room include?
Guestroom amenities include in-room coffee maker, wireless internet access, hair dryers, ironing board with iron, use of exercise facilities and complimentary daily newspaper. Refrigerators and microwaves are available upon request and are subject to a $10 fee per night.

Please note that the Hotel Deca is a smoke-free facility and smoking is NOT allowed inside the building. A minimum charge of $250 will be assessed per occurrence to any guest violating this policy.

Are hotel accommodations included in the course fee?
No. Both the Seattle hotel and San Francisco hotel accommodations are NOT included in the program fee.

What telephone services are available at the hotel?
Local calls that are 30 minutes or less in duration are free. There is a fee for long distance calls, as well as long-distance computer dial-up service. International calling cards may be purchased at a number of shops in the neighborhood.

How do I make arrangements for arrival in Seattle?
Getting to PRBP is simple. Seattle, on America’s west coast, is easily accessible by air and there are many direct flights from major cities in the Asia/Pacific region to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (airport code SEA). Please plan to arrive in Seattle on or before the morning of Saturday, August 4.

How much money should I plan on bringing for food, transportation, etc?
Most meals are included in the program fee. You will need excess cash for any additional meals, taxi service, outings, shopping, etc. Here are some typical costs of food and transportation:

  • A bottle of Advil/Aspirin $5
  • An upscale dinner for 2 $100-150
  • One pint of beer $5.
  • A cocktail $8-$12
  • A good hamburger and fries $15
  • A McDonald’s meal $5
  • A 5 mile taxi ride $10
  • A bowl of noodles $6
  • A bus ride downtown $2.50-3
  • A casual lunch $9-15

Suggested gratuity: 15-20%

What should I pack?
Here is a checklist of necessary documents and things to be absolutely sure you have packed:

  • Passport: Must be machine readable if you are a citizen of a visa-waiver country. If you are unable to obtain a machine readable passport, you must obtain a visa
  • Visa paperwork
  • Airline ticket or E-ticket confirmations
  • Plenty of business cards
  • Copy of your passport packed in separate location than your passport
  • Names and addresses of important contacts at home
  • Spare pair of glasses or contacts
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Laptop with LAN cable or wireless card: There is wireless service in the classroom and at the hotel
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Electrical adapters
  • Prescription medication, cold/allergy/sinus pills
  • National attire for Fun Night
  • Professional suit/attire
  • Memory stick
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and/or work-out clothes (there is a pool/spa available)

What kind of clothing is best for Seattle in August?
Seattle has a fairly moderate climate, but in the heart of summer it can get up into temperatures in the 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit range. Often it is warm and sunny during the day and cools off at night. It is good to pack some light warm clothes for the evenings and also during class with the air conditioning. Please be sure to bring one jacket/sweatshirt for the cooler, possibly rainy days. Suggested clothes items to pack:

  • Light weight clothes: short sleeve shirts/shorts
  • Jeans/casual slacks
  • A jacket and/or sweatshirt
  • Small umbrella/raincoat
  • Comfortable walking shoes/sandals/tennis shoes
  • Casual clothes for class
  • Business attire and dress shoes—You will NOT need an evening gown or tuxedo

What attire is required for the course?
During class hours casual dress is fine. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for being in class all day. There will be some dinners when you will want to dress in business casual attire. Also plan to dress in business suits in San Francisco for bank tours.

What are some fun things to do in Seattle?
You will have some free time and it is recommended that you take a break from your studies to experience some of the sights of Seattle. You can refer to the Web sites below to familiarize yourself with Seattle and its offerings. Below are some suggestions for the fun tourist sights of our city.

  • Visit the Pike Place Market
  • Go to the Seattle Center and ride up the Space Needle
  • Visit neighborhoods like: Fremont, Bell town, and Green Lake
  • Visit the Ballard Locks
  • Go to the Seattle Aquarium
  • Go shopping downtown
  • Eat at one of the many seafood restaurants downtown
  • Walk along/bike the Burke Gilman trail, close to campus

Are there some links where I can get more information on Seattle?
Fun site to see attractions of Seattle with maps and information. You can even see a picture of Bill Gates’ house.
Beautiful Seattle

Are there some links to Seattle maps I can access?
Here is a link to an interactive Seattle area map in which you can see Seattle as a whole or zoom in on each of its neighborhoods

This is an interactive map of the University of Washington campus.

Will I be able to work out/play sports on campus?
Executive Education can supply you with soccer/basket balls if you would like to play after class. There is one soccer field/basketball court close to the building. There is also an exercise facility available for a daily fee.

What health care arrangements should I make?
Minor or emergency health care is available on campus, at Hall Health Primary Care Center and the University Hospital. Medical care in the United States is expensive – it is highly recommended that you have your own medical insurance or are able to pay a fee for the services. Executive Education/PRBP does NOT carry insurance coverage for participants.

The program in San Francisco will consist of two days of seminars and guest speakers from major, cutting-edge banks, including the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

There will also be free time to explore this exciting city by the Bay: Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park, the largest Chinatown on the US West Coast and some of the most exquisite restaurants. For more information visit the San Francisco visitor information center website.

What day will I fly to San Francisco?
The program in Seattle concludes around 10 pm on Friday, August 10, and starts again in San Francisco on the morning of Monday, August 13. From Seattle you will need to fly to San Francisco (SFO) on Saturday, August 11 for hotel check-in that day. The flight from SEA to SFO is NOT covered in the program fee.

Oakland airport (OAK) is an optional airport to travel to – it is across the bay from the SFO Airport. San Francisco is in the same time zone as Seattle; the flight time is approximately two (2) hours.

Should I make my own travel arrangements for San Francisco?
Yes, you are 100% responsible for booking your flight from Seattle to San Francisco.

When making your air travel arrangements please be sure to include the Seattle to San Francisco portion in your ticket. Example: HKG-SEA-SFO-HKG.

How do I get from the San Francisco airport to the Omni?
From the airport, the most convenient method of transportation from either SFO or OAK airports to the hotel is by taxi or shuttle. You are responsible for airport transfers to and from the hotel in San Francisco. Travel time is about 30 minutes from SFO or 50 minutes from OAK.

Where am I staying in San Francisco?
During the San Francisco portion of the program, all participants stay at the Omni San Francisco Hotel. You must contact the hotel to make your reservations before July 15, 2018. The special group rate which all PRBP participants will receive is $289 per night plus tax to be billed directly to you, in addition to the course cost.

Please Visit here to make your reservations today.

You may also contact the hotel by phone:

Omni San Francisco Hotel
500 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415.677.9494

Can I stay an extra night in San Francisco?
Yes, of course, but it is advised that you make these arrangements with us before your arrival in San Francisco since August is the peak travel season. We have arranged for our negotiated rate to be available should you choose to extend your stay.

Are there some links that can provide more information about San Francisco?
Additional information on San Francisco can be found at:
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
San Francisco Travel

What will the class do while in San Francisco?
During the four (4) days in San Francisco, the class will visit several financial institutions, network with top bank officials at local banks, and listen to and participate in presentations.

When is graduation?
On Thursday, August 16, a graduation reception and formal dinner will be held in your honor. You will be presented with a formal certificate of graduation. Participation at this event is required. The dinner should finish no later than 10 p.m.