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ALBA Barcelona Program

The ALBA Barcelona: Foster Partner Program is a partnership with the ALBA Study Abroad Center in Barcelona, Spain. ALBA organizes quarter-long study abroad programs with up to 60 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, dorms, 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 [email protected].


Who Can Participate?

The ALBA Barcelona program will admit between 30-35 students each quarter. Foster students will be given priority, but ALL 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.


Faculty from neighboring universities will teach business courses approved by the Foster School including Foster’s core business courses and several business electives. Some basic information about courses:

  • ALBA intends to offer at least three Foster School core courses each quarter for Foster School students.
  • For the 2020-2021 academic year, ALBA guarantees to offer the following Foster Core Courses for business majors: IBUS 300, MGMT 320, MGMT 300, and MKTG 301. These will be offered every quarter.
  • All students on the program can choose from electives and non-business courses including political science, international studies, history, etc. See courses offered by ALBA (note that the Foster School course titles/codes may be slightly different).
  • All courses are taught in English except Spanish Language courses.
  • Course offerings may vary by quarter but they tend to offer a set of about 20 courses each quarter that they consider their ‘core offerings.’
  • We recommend that you take with a GBC Study Abroad adviser for more information.

Costs & Dates

Students will be concurrently enrolled at the UW and pay UW ($450) and Foster Study Abroad ($350) fees to the UW. Tuition, study abroad insurance, and housing fees are paid directly to ALBA Barcelona.

Housing prices vary depending on the type of housing (i.e. shared apartment, homestay or student residence, etc.) Airfare and cost of living are on top of the above fees.

Summer 2020Fall 2020Winter 2021Spring 2021

Application Deadline January 31st March 1st
Orientation: June 19th October 2nd January 3rd March 26th
Classes begin: June 22nd October 5th January 4th March 29th
Last day of term: July 30th December 10th March 11th June 3rd
Tuition, Fees, & Materials: $5,100 $6,400 $7,400 $7,400
Housing: $1,300 $2,300 $2,300 $2,300

*Will align with Foster Quarter System dates


ALBA Program Scholarships

The ALBA Barcelona Program offers two awards for tuition reduction each term for Foster School participants. The tuition reduction is $2,500 in Summer and $5,000 during Fall, Winter, and Spring. To be considered for one of these awards, please apply to the GBC Study Abroad Scholarships Application by 4/15/2020.

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 $450 and a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $350. 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.

Withdrawal Process

Once you’ve submitted your contract, the $450 UW Study Abroad fee and $350 Foster Study Abroad Fee (due at the beginning of the quarter) will be charged whether or not you attend the program.

To withdraw, submit a withdrawal request form to the UW Study Abroad Office. The official withdrawal date will be the date this form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. You must also notify the ALBA Program Manager, Nedda Soleymani in the Global Business Center at [email protected] of your intent to withdraw from the program.

Application Process for 2020-2021

To apply to the ALBA Barcelona: Foster Partner Program, you must fill out:

  1. The UW Study Abroad Application (note: you do NOT need to complete the ‘affiliate program application.’ That does not apply to this program)
  2. This Google Form which asks for your 500 word personal statement and an unofficial transcript. (note: you must be signed into Google with your UW email address)

The application deadline for Winter or Spring Quarter 2021 was March 1, 2020
The application for Summer or Fall Quarter 2021 will open in October 2020