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Foster Undergrad Study Abroad Options

The GBC’s goal is to help UW Foster School of Business students meet the world! Study abroad is a tremendous learning opportunity for Foster students to enhance their business education and gain the international perspective required to do business in today’s global economy. This page presents study abroad programs offering business credit for UW undergraduates. Some of these programs, or some of the courses on the programs, will only be open to current Foster undergraduate major students but many are open to all UW undergrad students. Be in touch with a GBC Study Abroad Adviser if you want to chat one-on-one about anything related to business-focused study abroad programs. You can check out the handout version of this page here.

Program Types:

To help you understand how one experience is different from another

  • Foster Faculty-Led Programs: Go abroad with Foster Faculty and Staff on a highly supportive study abroad experience with a cohort of your UW peers. These programs either focus on earning upper division business core credit abroad or elective credit through company visits.
  • Partner Programs: These are third party companies that organize study abroad programs for USA students where all the courses count as UW credit.
  • Foster Exchange & Direct Enroll Programs: Enroll in a business school abroad and earn UW credit at one of Foster’s 23 university partners. This is a highly independent and immersive experience where you join students from around the world to become a visiting student at another university.

Short-Term Programs

Business Peru: Spring Break Study Tour

Foster Faculty-Led Program: more info coming in Summer 2022

Location: Peru
Foster Faculty Director: Valerie Trask
Dates: March 18-26, 2023
Credits: 2 credits (1 for the Winter Q course and 1 for the study tour)
Cost: TBD – $2,500-$3,000
Eligibility: Open to all UW undergraduates. There are no prerequisites.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2022
Sign up for the GBC Undergrad Newsletter to get notified when this program opens.

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Foster Rome Program: Business Core Abroad

Foster Faculty-Led Program: With a cohort of Foster undergraduates, take 2 or 4 upper division business core courses from Foster Faculty at the UW Rome Center. This program happens every summer during Summer A Term, B Term and Summer Quarter (A+B)!

Location: Italy, Rome
Dates & Credits: Summer A or B = 8 credits, Summer Quarter (A+B) = 12 or 16 credits
Cost: $7,000 for A or B, $12,500 for Summer Quarter (A+B) – This covers the cost of the credits, fees, housing, and program activities.
Eligibility: Open to current Foster majors only
Courses: Summer A = IBUS 300 and MKTG 301, Summer B = OPMGT 301 and MGMT 300
Application Deadline: January 31, 2023
Sign up for the GBC Undergrad Newsletter to get notified when this program opens.

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ALBA Barcelona: Foster Partner Program

Foster Partner Program: UW students’ study at the ALBA Barcelona Study Abroad Center in the heart of Barcelona, Spain taking classes from ALBA Faculty. ALBA hosts students from many USA quarter schools during the Summer and Academic Year.

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: 6-week program in Summer 2023
Credits: Students take 2-3 courses of 15+ offered. Includes business core and electives.
Cost: 2022 pricing: $6,420 in program fees + $1,700-$2,200 for housing = $8,120-$8,620 – This covers the cost of the credits, fees, housing, and program activities
Eligibility: Open to all UW undergraduates. There are prerequisites and restrictions for some of the courses, see ‘More Information’ below.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2023
Sign up for the GBC Undergrad Newsletter to get notified when this program opens.

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Exploration Seminars

Foster Faculty-Led Programs: Short 3 week-long UW cohort programs led by Foster Faculty & Staff that focus on experiential learning about business abroad through daily company and cultural visits.

Locations for 2022: India, Ireland, Britain, and Australia
Dates: Early Fall Start 2022 (late-August to mid-Sept)
Credits: 5 credits of IBUS 490 that count towards Fall Quarter
Cost: $4,500-$5,500 – This covers the cost of the credits, fees, housing, some meals and program activities
Eligibility: Open to all UW undergraduates. There are no prerequisites.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2022
Sign up for the GBC Undergrad Newsletter to get notified when this program opens.

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Quarter and Semester-long Programs

IES Berlin Program – Business, Sustainability & Innovation

Foster Partner Program: UW students study at the IES Abroad Berlin Center in the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin, Germany taking classes from IES Abroad Faculty. This program is open to all UW undergrads and focuses on business, sustainability & innovation both in and outside of the classroom.

Location: Berlin, Germany
Dates: Winter Quarter 2023
Credits: Students take 3-4 course of 9 offered. Includes business core: IBUS 300, MGMT 320, MKTG 301.
Cost: $11,320 – This covers the cost of the credits, fees, housing, and program activities.
Eligibility: Open to all UW undergraduate students. There are prerequisites and restrictions for some of the courses, see ‘More Information’ below.
Application Deadline: May 15, 2022
Application now open!

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IES Abroad Semester-Long Programs
The rest of the IES Abroad Programs are semester-long in length and are going to consist of a mix of undergraduate students from across the USA. An IES Abroad Semester-long Program would be a good option for a student who is interested in a specific location that is not offered through any of the other programs, someone who wants to go abroad for longer than a quarter, would like to meet USA students not from UW, or someone who wants to have the option to add on an internship, language study, a homestay, or the chance to take some courses at a local university.

The IES Abroad Semester-long Programs can be quite expensive for a UW in-state student. All courses on an IES Abroad Program will be awarded UW credit upon completion. You need to apply to IES and then to the UW Study Abroad Office. Below are a few of the business-focused options.

IES Abroad offers scholarships, apply for their scholarships when applying to a program. These are not all need-based, so apply even if you do not have any FAFSA need.

Foster Exchange & Direct Enroll

Study at one of 23 Foster partner universities, taking classes as a foreign student and meeting peers from around the world. Each year there are spots for 1-6 students at each partner business school. This is like transferring to another school for a semester while earning UW credit for every course you take abroad.

Locations: 23 partner universities to choose from!
Dates: All schools are on the semester system, except RSM which is on the quarter system.
Credits: Students typically earn 18-24 UW credits including business core & electives.
Cost: Foster Exchange Programs (21 of the 23 partner universities) are based on a student’s UW tuition (1 semester = 1.5 quarters of tuition), while the two Foster Direct Enrolls (UCD and UdeSA) have a program fee that is the same for all students.
Eligibility: Open to current Foster majors only.
Application Deadline: May 15, 2022 for Spring Semester 2023
Applications now open!

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ALBA Barcelona: Foster Partner Program

Foster Partner Program: UW students study at the ALBA Barcelona Study Abroad Center in the heart of Barcelona, Spain taking classes from ALBA Faculty. ALBA hosts students from many USA quarter schools during the Summer and Academic Year.

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: Corresponds to UW Quarter dates
Credits: Students take 3-4 courses of 15+ offered. Includes business core: IBUS 300, MGMT 300, MGMT 320, and MKTG 301.
Cost: $7,820-$8,820 in program fees + $2,400-3,500 for housing = $10,220-$12,320 – This covers the cost of the credits, fees, housing, and program activities
Eligibility: Open to all UW undergraduates. There are prerequisites and restrictions for some of the courses, see ‘More Information’ below.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2022 for Summer Q or Fall Q 2022; May 15, 2022 for Winter Q or Spring Q 2023
Application now open!

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CIEE

Partner Program: CIEE is a study abroad company partnered with UW offering quarter and semester long study abroad programs focused on a variety of subject areas. Their programs sometimes do not align with the UW quarter system so please check with a study abroad adviser to make sure the term(s) work for UW. Like IES, CIEE also offering internships part-time alongside other classes or full-time for summer.

Quarter: CIEE Open Campus

For Fall and Winter Quarters, CIEE’s 12 Global Institutes have set up courses in 6-week blocks. Students can complete 2 blocks to count for a quarter, or three to count for a semester, moving between locations or staying in the same place the whole time. To find out the UW Foster equivalencies for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022, check out the course equivalency list. There are many non-business courses offered on CIEE which will all count as UW credit, but only the business courses are preapproved.

Semester:
CIEE has many semester-long programs offering business, language and non-business credit. They also offer stand-alone internships.

Business Core Abroad

Foster Faculty-Led Program: This is a cohort style program for Foster majors to take core business classes from Foster Faculty while living with their peers and participating on company and cultural visits. This program runs every other year during Winter Quarter: Business Argentina (Winter 2020) and Business Italy (Winter 2022). The Business Core Abroad model also takes place over Summer – see Foster Rome above.

Location: TBD
Dates: Winter Quarter 2024
Credits: 12-17 UW credits
Cost: TBD
Eligibility: Open to current Foster majors only
Courses: Students can take 3 or 4 courses which may include IBUS 300, MKTG 301, OPMGT 301 or IS 300
Application Deadline: May 15, 2023
Sign up for the GBC Undergrad Newsletter to get notified when this program opens.

 

Other Study Abroad Options

Check out the UW Study Abroad Office website to learn about all the other study abroad programs at UW. These are programs offering non-business credit that can help you fulfill General Education Requirements like VLPA and I&S credit or CISB language or areas studies credit. There are more than 50 UW-wide student exchanges with universities around the world in addition to the Foster Exchange & Direct Enroll Programs found above. Some of these UW-wide exchange programs offer business courses, such as, Kyoto University in Japan, the University of Sussex in the UK, and the University of Granada in Spain. There are also many UW departments running their own Faculty-led Programs like CHID, Spanish, English, and JSIS.

 

Study Abroad Events



 

Questions?

Contact the Global Business Center at [email protected] or 206-685-3432. To meet with an advisor, be sure to schedule an appointment.

UW Study Abroad Programming and the impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused disruptions in all aspects of our lives including study abroad. To learn more about the latest COVID-19 updates related to study abroad, please refer to the UW Study Abroad Office website.

FAQ

How do I apply to study abroad?

  • Application links (or a google form to fill out for notification when program applications open) can be found under each of the sections above.
  • Students apply to all 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 credit abroad, as well as elective credit for your business concentration, general business credit, or non-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 (upcoming ones can be found above) or come in for advising.

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, except for CIEE. 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. We suggest touching on the personal, academic and/or career relevance of the program in your essay. Tell the story of why you think going abroad in important and what about the specific program you are applying for make it is a good fit.
  • In addition to the personal statement, some programs require a transcript to be uploaded or a faculty/TA/adviser recommendation. The recommendation is a short online survey that takes only a few minutes to complete.
  • Programs will also have an in-person interview which takes place after the online application deadline has passed.

How many programs can I apply to?

  • You can apply to up to 3 programs in the same term, this is only going to be a constraint for Early Fall Start when there are 30+ programs happening at the same time. This means you can apply to 3 programs happening in Fall Quarter, and another 3 happening in Winter Quarter, etc.
  • If you are interested in more than one program, definitely apply to multiple! Again, there is no application fee.

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

  • 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.
  • We have 2 Direct Enroll Programs (University College Dublin and Universidad de San Andres) where students pay a program fee for one semester, instead of their UW tuition. These two universities will be cheaper for out of state students than an Exchange. Students will still earn 18-24 UW credits for one semester.

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, CIEE and IES) and some do not (ALBA Barcelona).
  • Exchange Programs are 1.5 times a student’s quarterly tuition rate for one semester.

Can I use my financial aid?

Are there scholarships specifically for study abroad?

How competitive are the Foster Study Abroad Programs?

  • This is very hard to say, it really depends on the year. Just apply!

Can I have someone look over my personal statement?

I am not in the Foster School yet, what can I apply to? I do not plan to be a Foster student, can I apply?

  • Most programs are open to all UW undergrads, check out the eligibility for the programs above and shoot us an email at [email protected] if you have questions.