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Outbound Foster MBA Exchange


MBA exchange students must be registered, matriculated MBA students at the Foster School of Business. Eligible applicants will have a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application, maintain it through the time of departure, and be in good standing with the Foster School. A current list of exchange partners here can be seen under the Exchange Partner Schools & Program Descriptions header below.

Application Procedures & Dates

Generally two student slots are available at each partner institution. The competition for these spaces varies on a yearly basis and is dependent on MBA student interest. Important dates for the exchange cycle include:

Exchange Program Process Time of Year
Apply online September – December
Global Happy Hour with returned UW exchange students TBA
Application deadline for ScanDesign Fellowships (Copenhagen Business School) January 15
Application deadline January 15
Placements announced February 15
GBC Scholarship application deadline April 15
MBA Exchange Program One-on-One Orientations May

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2020-2021 MBA Exchange Application

Applicants must complete the online application. Along with your online application you must also submit the following:

  • Essay: Please limit your answers to the following questions to 3 double-spaced pages maximum:
    1. Why do you want to participate on an exchange program?
    2. How does an exchange program fit into your educational/career goals?
    3. Why do you want to study at the school listed first on your application?
  • Current Resume
  • MBA Transcripts (unofficial acceptable)
  • Application Fee: $50.00 non-refundable application fee. Check must be made payable to the “University of Washington.”

The 2020-2021 MBA Exchange Application is now CLOSED. The application for 2021-2022 exchanges will open September 1st, 2020 and close at 5:00 PM on Friday, January 15th, 2021.
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Submit all documents via email to [email protected].
You may mail the check to:
Global Business Center, University of Washington
Attn: MBA Global Programs
Box 353200
Seattle, WA 98195

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many MBA students can attend each program?
Generally, the Foster School of Business is allowed to send 2 MBA students to each host institution. This number
could be higher or lower based on past exchange student activity with a specific partner school.

Q: Can my spouse, significant other or children join me?
This can be an option. Some on‐campus housing is for single students only, so you would need to find alternative
housing options. Your host school will provide the necessary documents to obtain your student visa. Neither the host school nor UW will assist you in obtaining a visa for a spouse, significant other or children. This responsibility is given to the UW MBA exchange student.

Q: Do I have to fill out a separate application form for each MBA exchange school?
No, you’ll only need to fill out one UW exchange program application form.

Q: Can I list more than one exchange school on my application form?
Yes. You are encouraged to list multiple schools on your application form in the event there is more demand for a specific exchange program than the number of spots available. Every effort will be made to honor your first choice of an exchange program.

Q: Are MBA students with foreign language proficiency given preference for an exchange program?
Not necessarily. If there are multiple applicants for a program that offers MBA courses in English and a foreign language, preference may be given to students who can wish to courses in the designated foreign language in order to improve their business language skills.

Q: Is it possible to obtain an internship in conjunction with an exchange program?
Maybe. Past UW MBA exchange students have found internships either prior to their term of exchange or after their term of exchange. Some schools have formal internship programs that are open to exchange students. The host institution exchange program coordinator can assist in providing contact names and possible internship resources.

Q: Will I be asked to advertise the UW MBA program at my host institution?
Possibly. Many host institution hold information sessions for interested exchange students. You’ll be asked to talk about the UW MBA program and general life in the USA. These events are usually informal and don’t require advance preparation. The MBA website is the best resource for interested students to begin.

Q: May I go on exchange to a school that doesn’t have an exchange with the Foster School?
Yes, but it will require more legwork for you to get courses approved and credits transferred. The University of Washington has institutional agreements with schools around the globe. To find out about those programs and your eligibility for them, visit International Programs and Exchanges in Schmitz Hall room 459.

Q: Do exchange schools have financial aid or scholarships?
It is rare that schools have even limited funds available to incoming exchange students. A common requirement of student visas is proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself for the duration of your stay. Don’t assume that there will be financial aid available to you from a host school.

Q: Why do I have to apply to my host school after being nominated by the Global Business Center?
Host schools require incoming exchange students to apply formally. This is a formality and serves as a way for the school to enter the student into their system. Only in extreme cases will students be rejected by the host school at this point in the process.

Foster School of Business MBA students can select from the following MBA Exchange programs:

Country Program Descriptions Language(s) of Instruction
China Hong Kong University of Science and Technology English
China Shanghai Jiao Tong University English, Chinese
Denmark Copenhagen Business School English
England Manchester Business School English
Finland Aalto Business School English
France Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris English, French
India Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore English
Japan International University of Japan English
Japan Keio Business School English
Japan Waseda University Limited English, Japanese
Singapore Nanyang Technological University English
South Africa University of Cape Town English
South Korea KAIST Graduate School of Management English
Spain Instituto de Empresa English, Spanish
Switzerland University of Zurich English, German
Taiwan National Chengchi University English, Chinese

Download the MBA Course Matrix for more information about our exchange partner’s specializations.

Non-Business School Exchange Programs

MBA students often inquire about participating on an exchange program beyond the 18 MBA exchange programs. This arrangement may be possible through a general exchange program agreement with the University of Washington and a partner institution. Pursuing a non-business school exchange requires additional student initiative to arrange and confirm an exchange program.

A great place to start is the University of Washington Study Abroad Office. UW has numerous exchange agreements with various universities all over the world and MBAs may be permitted to enroll in one of these programs under a general UW exchange agreement. The UW Study Abroad office coordinates general exchange programs beyond individual departments. These programs also operate under the home tuition model.

If a successful program is identified, the UW Study Abroad office will work with you to obtain program and course information from the host institution. The MBA Program Office must approve all courses taken at an institution beyond one of the 18 MBA exchange partner programs. Be certain that your courses are approved before agreeing to accept a non-business school exchange program.

UW Study Abroad Office
Schmitz Hall 459
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 206.221.4404
Email: [email protected]