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ALBA Barcelona Program

Who Can Participate?

The ALBA Barcelona program will admit between 20-30 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 2021-2022 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, economics, communications, 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 15+ 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 ($460) and Foster Study Abroad ($350) fees to the UW. Tuition, study abroad insurance, and housing fees are paid directly to ALBA Barcelona.

Housing through ALBA is optional and 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 below fees.

Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022
Application Deadline January 31st March 1st
Orientation: June 18th October 1st January 7th April 1st
Classes begin: June 21st October 4th January 10th April 4th
Last day of term: July 29th December 10th March 17th June 9th
Tuition, Fees, & Materials: $5,300 $6,700 $7,700 $7,700
Housing: $1,450 $2,450 $2,450 $2,450

*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 4/15/2021.

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 $460 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 $460 UW Study Abroad fee and $350 Foster Study Abroad Fee (due at the beginning of the quarter) will be charged. 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 complete:

  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. Watch the ALBA Information Session Video
  3. 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)

A rolling application has been opened for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Terms with a deadline of May 15th, 2021.