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Foster Global Ambassador Program

FGA visit to Nintendo headquarters

FGAs and international exchange students tour the Nintendo of America headquarters in Redmond

The Foster School of Business is proud to have 21 undergraduate exchange partner institutions around the world. Each quarter as many as 50 international exchange students from our partner institutions are welcomed to Seattle to experience student life at the University of Washington and in the United States. Every exchange student is paired with a Foster School student during the time they are studying in Seattle to introduce them to the American lifestyle and culture that they might not experience independently.

The Foster Global Ambassador (FGA) Program is made up of a group of globally minded Foster undergraduate students who have a desire to connect with students from around the world and share their beautiful campus and city. This program is a yearlong commitment where Foster students are paired with 1 to 3 inbound exchange students to show them the ropes of the Foster School and UW. Each quarter the FGAs will plan on and off campus experiences to help the inbound exchanges get to know Seattle and learn about American culture.

Why Become a Foster Global Ambassador?

Business is Global

Building intercultural competence is essential to success in business; establishing relationships with your peers from around the world is a great foundation.

Engage Yourself

The FGA Program is a great way to get involved globally while staying on campus. Each FGA is responsible for planning one event per quarter with a team and attend the events planned by their peers. The program is called an ambassador program because that is exactly what the FGAs are, ambassadors for the Foster School! This program is integral to making sure the Foster inbound exchange students have an immersive and positive exchange at UW.

Have Fun

Do you love to show off Seattle to visitors? Be part of fun excursions to places such as Pike Place Market, Theo Chocolate Factory, or the Columbia Tower!

FGA and FGA Co-chair applications are NOW OPEN! Apply below if you’re interested.
FGA Application available here
FGA Co-chair Application available here

Reach out to Theresa Maloney at [email protected] for any questions. Applications due May 22nd, 2020.

Student Leadership

The 2019-2020 Foster Global Ambassador Program is led by student co-chairs Juliana Gholam and Zachary Wong.

Juliana Gholam HeadshotJULIANA GHOLAM
Juliana is a senior studying Marketing and receiving her certificate of international studies in business through the CISB program. She spent half of her Junior year studying in Barcelona, where she had the opportunity to develop her Spanish speaking skills, embrace the Spanish culture, and travel throughout Europe. Juliana’s desire to travel and learn about different cultures directed her to become the 2019-2020 FGA co-chair, and she is beyond excited to get to know all of the incoming exchange students.


Zachary Wong headshotZACHARY WONG
Zach is a Senior studying Finance and Accounting. He has studied abroad three times, including the Business Morocco program, an exchange in Hong Kong, and the Accounting in London program. Through his study abroad, he has gained an appreciation of exploring different cultures and trying new food. In his spare time, Zach enjoys reading, cooking, and hiking.