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IES Berlin Program

ES Berlin is a quarter-long study abroad program in Berlin, Germany set up as a partnership between the UW Foster School of Business and IES Abroad. This program will be happening in Spring Quarter 2022. There will be 20-30 UW students participating in this program which is hosted at the IES study abroad center in the heart of Berlin. Students will be taught by IES faculty and will live in apartments with other students a walk or metro ride away from where classes are held. In addition to earning UW credit abroad, the program also includes company and cultural visits in Berlin, as well as a 2-night field trip to Munich to visit BMW.


The program is open to all UW undergraduate students, but only current Foster students can take the MGMT 320 and IBUS 300 course equivalents.
There are no language pre-requisites for the program.

* Students will need to have completed ECON 200 to be eligible for IBUS 300 or the MKTG courses. There is a minimum GPA requirement of 2.75 at time of application.

Program Highlights:

  • Take 3-4 business classes at the IES Center located in the heart of Berlin in the Mitte neighborhood
  • Travel with a cohort of fellow UW students on a two-night field trip to Munich
  • Live in shared apartments with other students on the program
  • Enjoy cultural activities and excursions
  • Visit German companies

Course Details

MGMT 320 • IBUS 300 • MKTG 301 • MKTG elective • 2 non-business courses

IES Abroad Courses offered
(Choose 3 or 4 of the following 6)
UW Equivalents UW Credits
IB/MG329 Business Ethics MGMT 320 (open to Foster Students only) 4
IB300 Global Business Perspectives* IBUS 300 (open to Foster Students only) 4
MK315 Introduction to Global Marketing* MKTG Elective 4
MK300 Marketing Principles* MKTG 301 4
CU/SO350 German Popular Culture GERMAN 399 Foreign Studies in German Culture (VLPA or I&S) 5
CM373 Intercultural Communications Competence COM 478 (Non-business Communications credit) 5



$10,700 – Includes the cost of the credits, housing, field trip to Munich, company visits and cultural activities

Application Process

The IES Berlin: Foster Partner Program application is will open soon! Students need to apply via the UW Study Abroad website and a google form to have a complete application:

  • Step 1: Sign signature documents via the program brochure page and main application (link to be available soon)
  • Step 2: Submit a personal statement and an unofficial transcript via this google form: https://forms.gle/rDUS7guLnwxkJvmw5
  • Step 3: Zoom group interview. Info to come after May 15 deadline.

The priority deadline is May 15, 2021. This will be the initial round of acceptances to the program. This is also the deadline to be considered for the UW Study Abroad Scholarships.

If there are still spots available after that initial application cycle, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through October 15, 2021.