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Undergrad Study Abroad Options

The Global Business Center’s goal is to help the students of UW Foster School of Business meet the world! Study abroad is a tremendous learning opportunity for Foster School students to enhance their business education and to gain the international perspective required to do business in today’s global economy. We do everything we can to encourage every single Foster School student to study abroad.

There are many options for studying abroad: students can participate in everything from a short summer program to a semester-long exchange program. The information below will help you explore your different options, and learn how to apply for, and participate in a program. Click on each heading to learn more and be sure to set up a Foster Study Abroad advising appointment.

The Foster School Rome Program is all about students earing business core credit abroad. During Summer 2020 students can take 2 upper division business core in Summer A Term or 2 upper division business core in Summer B Term or they can enroll in both and get up to 16 credits!

The Foster Rome Program is a cohort style program with about 20 Foster School students taking courses from Foster School Faculty at the UW Rome Center while live in apartments in the heart of Rome.

The program started in 2013, targeted at Foster School business students, especially those who are not able to go abroad because of heavy requirements for their major (e.g., accounting majors or students with double options). By studying abroad – and, in particular, taking core business classes – students get an overseas experience and a head start on their core classes.

Program Details

Term Dates Location Faculty Credits Courses Cost
Summer A June 22-July 24, 2020 Rome, Italy Leta Beard
Marty Matthews
8 IBUS 300
MKTG 301
$6,300
Summer B July 25-Aug 23, 2020 Rome, Italy Ken Myer
Issariya Sirichakwal
8 OPMGT 301
MGMT 300
$6,300
Summer Full June 22-Aug 23, 2020 Rome, Italy All of the above! 16 3 or 4 of the above $11,050
Application deadline: January 31, 2020 Eligibility: Open to current or applying Foster students only

Company & Cultural Visits

The program is designed to enhance the business courses with an international dimension. While in Italy, students will have opportunities to see real-world applications of the principles of international business, marketing, management and operations management. This will be accomplished through company visits. Students will visit local and regional businesses to learn about exporting olive oil, manufacturing high end cars, global supply chains, and more!
The program also includes several group dinners and cultural site visits to places including the Vatican, the Pantheon and the Coliseum.

Application Process

Applications for Summer A, B and Full Term 2020 are now open! Apply today!

Foster Study Abroad Fee

Each Foster School Study Abroad Program will have a program fee. In addition, participants in the program will be charged a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $325. This fee will be itemized on your payment contract and charged to your MyUW account at the same time as the program fee.

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.

Exploration Seminars are 3 to 4-week long programs during Early Fall Start (mid-August to mid-Sept). These programs differ from other programs as the focus is on engaging students in experience learning through daily company and cultural visits that relate to the seminar theme. There is very little traditional lecture time on these programs, with students instead visiting many different companies, organization and NGO’s to learn what it means to do business in another country. Many of the programs also visit multiple cities to give students a chance to experience as much of the country as possible.

Exploration Seminars typically cost between $4,000 and $5,000, the program fee includes the 5 credits, administrative fees, housing, some meals and program related transportation. Airfare, most food and personal expenses are additional costs. On the Foster Exploration Seminars, students earn 5 business or non-business elective credits.

See what’s offered in 2020:

Application Process

The applications for Early Fall Start 2020 are now open! Students can apply to up to 3 Exploration Seminars. Programs without pre-requisites are open to all UW undergraduate students.

Foster Study Abroad Fee

Each Foster School Study Abroad Program will have a program fee which will include the Foster Study Abroad Fee of $350. This fee will be itemized on your payment contract and charged to your MyUW account at the same time as the program fee. 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.

Learn more about the Foster School Exchange Programs here.

The Foster Exchange Applications for Academic Year 2020 – 2021 are now open.

The ALBA Barcelona: Foster Partner Program is a partnership with the ALBA Study Abroad Center in Barcelona, Spain. ALBA organizes QUARTER-LONG study abroad programs with up to 60 students. Students can participate during Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring Quarters. During your quarter abroad, students will take courses at the ALBA Study Abroad Center located in the Gothic Quarter in downtown Barcelona. Students can live with host families or in apartments in downtown Barcelona, moments from delicious food, the beach and class. Read more about the program on the ALBA website, but make sure to apply through the UW. Please direct all questions to [email protected].

Application Process for 2020-2021

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

  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. 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)

The application for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 is now open! There will be a second application cycle for Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 in February 2020.

Who Can Participate?

The ALBA Barcelona program will admit between 30-35 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.

Courses

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 2019-2020 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, 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 a set of about 20 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 ($350) and Foster Study Abroad ($325) fees to the UW. Tuition, study abroad insurance, and housing fees are paid directly to ALBA Barcelona.

Housing 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 above fees.

Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
Application Deadline January 31st March 1st
Orientation: June 19th October 2nd January 3rd March 26th
Classes begin: June 22nd October 5th January 4th March 29th
Last day of term: July 30th December 10th March 11th June 3rd
Tuition, Fees, & Materials: $5,100 $6,400 $7,400 $7,400
Housing: $1,300 $2,300 $2,300 $2,300

*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 4/15/2020.

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 $350 and a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $325 ($350 beginning Fall 2020). 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 $350 UW Study Abroad fee and $350 Foster Study Abroad Fee (due at the beginning of the quarter) will be charged whether or not you attend the program.

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.

WINTER QUARTER:
January 1 – March 6, 2020

Faculty Directors:
Izzy Weber, Shaosong Ou and Marty Matthews

Course Offerings:
IBUS 300 • MKTG 301 • IS 300 • MKTG 450 • IBUS 490

Program Highlights:

  • Take 3-4 business classes taught by Foster Faculty
  • Travel with a cohort of fellow Foster students
  • Live in an apartment in the heart of Buenos Aires
  • Enjoy cultural activities and excursions
  • Visit Argentinian companies

Application Process:
Apply here by September 30, 2019. This program has now closed.

The Globalizing your Career: London and Paris program is a short-term Spring Break study abroad program combined with a Winter Quarter course. A group of UW students will take a seminar-style course during Winter Quarter 2020 and a week-long study abroad experience in London & Paris (March 21 – March 29, 2020). Students will earn 4 credits while they explore a variety of international career approaches. This is an amazing way to learn about the global economy and develop a broader understanding of the different work cultures, economies and opportunities for international work.

Students must demonstrate a serious interest in global employment, an openness and desire to learn about professional fit including a good attitude and ability to function in a cross cultural team environment. Participants will be from a variety of disciplines with the common interest of working abroad.

Company & Cultural Visits

This study tour will offer 4 UW credits. Students will take a seminar-style course that meets 8 times during Winter Quarter 2020.

Some of the activities students will engage in while in London involve networking with local UW alumni, meeting with substantial employers such as Milliman, who serves the full spectrum of business, financial, government, union, education, and nonprofit organizations. Other employers include, but not limited to Amazon, Global Investment Banks such as Goldman Sachs, public accounting and consulting firms such as EY and Bain. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with schools such as London School of Economics, and a university local career services operation, exposing them to internship and career opportunities, including local industry guest speakers.

Application Process

The application deadline was October 15, 2019. There will be at least one Spring Break Program in 2020. More information will be available during spring quarter 2019.

Foster Study Abroad Fee

Each Foster School Study Abroad Program will have a program fee. In addition, participants in the program will be charged a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $325. This fee will be itemized on your payment contract and charged to your MyUW account at the same time as the program fee.

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.

Foster School students are not limited to Foster School study abroad options. Students can also choose from a wide range of other programs.

UW-wide Exchange Programs

Foster School students are not limited to Foster School Exchange Programs. Many UW-wide exchange programs also offer some business courses. For example, each year several business students go on exchange to Kyoto University (Japan), the University of Sussex (UK), and the University of Granada (Spain). Read more about all University Exchanges.

Partner Programs

The UW partners with several study abroad program providers that offer business and non-business content. Each year many Foster School students study on programs like the CIEE Business and Society Program in Seville, Spain. Read more about all UW Partner Programs.
To discuss these other options, you can set up an appointment with the Global Business Center or with the UW Study Abroad Office

How do I apply to study abroad?

  • Application links can be found under each of the sections above
  • Students apply to any study abroad program at UW on the UW Study Abroad Office website.

How do I know what programs are out there and how to make it work with my major requirements?

  • Meet with a Foster Academic Adviser and a GBC Foster Study Abroad Adviser.
  • You can get upper division business core abroad, as well as elective credit for your concentration, or general business credit…so study abroad can work for everyone! You just have to do a little planning.
  • Come learn about all the programs on offer even if you are in your first year or not yet in the Foster School. Attend an info session or come in for advising.

When are applications due?

  • For the Foster Study Abroad Programs, Winter Quarter for most programs happening from Summer 2019 through Spring 2020:
    • Foster Exchange (for Fall 2020 and Winter/Spring 2021) = January 31, 2020
    • Foster Buenos Aires (for Fall 2020 and Winter/Spring 2021) = January 31, 2020
    • Foster Barcelona (for Summer 2020, Fall 2020 = January 31, 2020; for Winter and Spring 2021) = March 1, 2020
    • Faculty-Led Programs:
      • Summer A, B or Full 2019 (Foster/JSIS Israel & Foster Rome) = January 31, 2020
      • Early Fall Start 2019 (Exploration Seminars) = February 15, 2020
      • The one deadline not in Winter Quarter…Spring Break 2021 = October 2020

What happens if I click APPLY NOW on the application brochure page on the UW Study Abroad Office website?

  • An application is started which you can revisit at any time. You can save items if you want to return to work on things later. There are no application fees. Start an application to see what is involved!

What are the components of an application?

  • Each program has a personal statement component. This is your essay of why you want to go on the program. A suggestion of how to structure your essay is to divide up the essay into the personal, academic and/or career relevance of the program. Tell the story of why you think going abroad in important and what about the specific program is a good fit.
  • In addition to the personal statement, some programs require a transcript to be uploaded or a faculty recommendation. The rec is a short online survey that takes only a few minutes to complete. Faculty or TAs preferred.
  • Most programs will also have an in-person interview which takes place after the online application deadline has passed.

Some of the programs aren’t open yet, like the Early Fall Start Programs. I want to start working on my personal statement. What are the questions?

  1. Why is this Program a Good Fit? Write a statement describing your background and reasons for choosing this program or exchange, and the projected benefits of this experience to your course of study and long-term plans. Include any other information that you feel is relevant to your application. (500-750 words)
  2. Adaptability. Describe a time when you had to adapt to a new environment and/or interact with people who were different from you (here in the U.S. or abroad). How has this experience prepared you for studying abroad? (max 250 words)
  3. Group Dynamics. The success of the program can depend on the ability of the group to live and study with one another in harmony. Describe a prior experience with a group situation and how you navigated the social dynamics. (max 250 words)

How many programs can I apply to?

  • You can apply to up to 3 programs in the same term, this really only applies to Exploration Seminars since there are so many happening during the same term of Early Fall Start.
  • If you are interested in more than one program, definitely apply to multiple!

How does a semester match up with the UW quarter system on Foster Exchange?

  • For Fall Semester, you earn 18-24 UW credits, pay 1.5 your UW tuition rate and only miss Fall Quarter.
  • For Spring Semester, you earn 18-24 UW credits, pay 1.5 your UW tuition rate and miss Winter and Spring Quarters.
  • RSM is the one Foster Exchange partner on the quarter system. For RSM, students miss just one quarter and pay one quarter of tuition to UW.

How much does it cost to study abroad?

  • All programs, besides Exchanges, are based on a program fee model; so all students pay the same amount regardless of residency status. Some program fees include housing (Faculty-Led Programs) and some do not (Foster Barcelona and Foster Buenos Aires).
  • Exchange programs are 1.5 times a student’s quarterly tuition rate for 18-24 credits.

Can I use my financial aid?

  • Yes you can! A note for programs happening during Summer Quarter (A, B, or Full), summer aid is separate from the academic year so you have to apply specifically for summer aid.
  • To help you demystify financing your study abroad experience, attend a Financial Planning Workshop or contact Kiana Parker in the UW Study Abroad Office at [email protected].

Are there scholarships specifically for study abroad?

  • Yes! If you are a Foster School student or you are applying in Spring Quarter, apply for the Global Business Center Study Abroad Scholarships.
  • Also check the scholarship box when you apply to a program. That considers you for the UW Study Abroad Office Scholarships.
  • Beyond that, there are many more scholarships out there. The workshops above are a great place to learn about scholarships or the Finances page of the UW Study Abroad Office webite.

How competitive are the Foster Study Abroad Programs?

  • This is very hard to say, it really depends on the year. Just apply!
  • For Foster Exchange, list multiple schools you are interested in as this really increases your chances of getting a spot on exchange.
  • For Foster Barcelona, having at least 2 terms you know will work will increase your chances of getting a spot.

Can I have someone look over my personal statement?

I am not in the Foster School yet, what can I apply to?

  • Most programs are open to all UW undergrads, the programs open only to Foster students are the following: Foster Rome, Foster Exchange, Foster Buenos Aires, and Accounting London. That being said, you can apply to Foster Rome and Foster Exchange if you are applying to the Foster School in Spring Quarter.

I want to know more, what should I do?

Read through the sections above with info about all the programs, come to an info session (they are listed at the end of this page), and come in for a one-on-one GBC Foster Study Abroad Advising Appointment

Foster School Study Abroad Fee

All Foster School Study Abroad Program participants will be charged a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $325 ($350 beginning Fall 2020). This fee will be charged for Foster School Study Abroad Programs. This fee will be itemized on your payment contract and charged to your MyUW account at the same time as the program fee/tuition.

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.

Study Abroad Events



If you would like to schedule a study abroad advising appointment or ask specific questions, please contact the Global Business Center at [email protected] or 206-685-3432.