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ALBA Barcelona Program

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

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 2023-2024 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 talk with a GBC Study Abroad adviser for more information.

Costs & Dates

Students will be concurrently enrolled at the UW and pay UW ($470) 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 2022 Fall 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023
Application Deadline January 31st, 2022 May 15th, 2022
Orientation: June 24th September 23rd January 5th March 31st
Classes begin: June 27th September 26th January 5th April 3rd
Last day of term: August 4th December 1st March 16th June 9th
Program Fee + UW & Foster Fees: $6,420 $7,820 $8,820 $8,820
Housing*: $1,750-$2,200 $2,450-$3,300 $2,450-$3,300 $2,450-$3,300
Total Cost: $8,170-$8,620 $10,270-$11,120 $11,270-$12,120 $11,270-$12,120

*Again, housing through ALBA is optional and these prices reflect the range of options available.

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.

UW & Foster Study Abroad Fee

In addition to the ALBA Program Fee listed above, participants in the program will be charged a UW Study Abroad fee of $470 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 $470 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 Caroline Zeiher, [email protected] of your intent to withdraw from the program.

Application Process for 2023-2024

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

  1. Submit a UW Study Abroad Application. This consists of signing four electronic signature documents, submitting a personal statement, and uploading an unofficial transcript.
  2. Attend an ALBA Barcelona Info Session or watch a recording online
  3. After the application deadline, students will be asked to attend a group interview.

The application for Winter/Spring 2023 Terms has closed. Summer/Fall 2023 Terms will open in November 2022.