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Foster Rome Program

The Foster Rome Program: Business Core Abroad is focused on Foster majors taking required upper division business core courses from top Foster Faculty members in Rome, Italy. This program runs every year during UW’s Summer Quarter. This Foster Faculty-Led Program is an incredible opportunity for students to connect with their Foster peers and Foster Faculty, while getting ahead on required coursework.

For more info, check out the Foster Rome 2023 Info Session Recording

Program Details

The Foster Rome Program is a cohort style program with around 20 Foster School of Business major students taking courses from Foster Faculty at the UW Rome Center. Students will take classes from these top Foster Faculty and participate on company visits specifically designed to enhance their classroom learning and provide professional development opportunities. Additionally, there are cultural activities as a part of the program so students have a chance to learn about Rome from local experts, and group meals to allow for community building between the students and Faculty. To top it off, students will get to live like a Roman in a shared apartment a short walk from the UW Rome Center.

Started in 2013, the Foster Rome Program is designed to help Foster students with heavy requirements for their major (e.g., accounting majors or students with double options) to get ahead on their coursework. Since there are 3 term options, it allows students to go abroad for one or two months depending on how long they want to be abroad and how much coursework they want to complete over summer.

Dates and Courses

Foster Rome 2023

There are 3 term options for students to choose from during Summer 2023. There is one application for the program and students will indicate their preferred term when applying. The application can be found on the UW Study Abroad website. The application is due on March 1, 2023 by 11:59pm.

3 Term Options:

  • Summer A Term = June 19-July 19, 2023
  • Summer B Term = July 19-August 18, 2023
  • Summer Quarter (A+B Terms) = June 19-August 18, 2023

Courses Offered:

  • Summer A Term choose 2 of 3 courses = IBUS 300, MKTG 301, or MKTG 450
  • Summer B Term choose 2 of 3 courses = OPMGT 301, MGMT 300, or a VLPA
  • Summer Quarter (A+B Terms) = choose 2 courses in A Term and 2 courses in B Term


All the courses are 4 credits so a student will earn 8 UW credits for Summer A or B Terms. If a student stays for both terms, which is the full Summer Quarter (A+B Terms), they will earn 16 UW credits.

Foster Leadership: Leta Beard, Marty Matthews, Andy Hafenbrack, & Hamed Mamani

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 course concepts 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 Colosseum, all included in the program fee.

Program Cost

The Foster Rome Program fee can be found in the program application once it is open in mid- to late-Fall Quarter. All students on the program pay the same program fee instead of their UW tuition. The program fee covers the cost of the courses, housing, administrative fees, and program activities (company visits and cultural visits).

Students pay the program fee via their MyUW tuition statement just like they usually pay tuition. The program fee payment deadline is the same as that quarter’s tuition deadline. Nothing is due before that date.

Foster Study Abroad Fee

Each Foster Study Abroad Program will include the following fees in the program price: Foster Study Abroad Fee ($350) and UW Study Abroad Fee ($485).

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 advising for students. This fee is charged to all students participating on a Foster Study Abroad Program regardless of major.

Program Application

The application, terms, and courses for Foster Rome 2024 will be available in Fall 2023. The application is due January 31, 2024.