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Foster Rome Program: Business Core Abroad

Foster Faculty-led Program


The Foster Rome Program: Business Core Abroad will be offered for Summer A-Term 2024 with Foster Professors Fred Pursell and Alicia DeSantola. The application deadline is February 22, 2024. The courses offered will be IBUS 300, MGMT 300, and an Art History course for UW A&H credit. The cohort of 20 Foster majors will choose 2 of the 3 courses offered, study at the historic UW Rome Center, and live in shared apartments nearby. In addition to completing required coursework, students and professors will participate on company and cultural visits to learn about Italian business industries, history, and culture.

Make sure to check out all the Foster Undergraduate Study Abroad Options.

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 – Summer A-Term 2024
June 17-July 17, 2024

Students will choose 2 of the 3 courses offered:
IBUS 300 taught by Foster Professor Fred Pursell
MGMT 300 taught by Foster Professor Alicia DeSantola
Art History 150 (A&H) taught by local Roman Art Historian Luca Pietrosanti

Students will earn 8-9 credits for their 5 weeks in Rome Italy.

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 ($375) and UW Study Abroad Fee ($495).

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 Foster Rome Program: Business Core Abroad will be offered for Summer A-Term 2024 with Foster Professors Fred Pursell and Alicia DeSantola.