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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 Business London: Exploring Global Career Options 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 2019 and a week-long study abroad experience in London (March 23 – March 30, 2019). Students will earn 4 credits while they explore the 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 2019.

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

Applications are due October 15, 2018

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 $300. 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.

The Foster School Rome Program has three different options for Summer 2018 to earn business core credit in Italy. There will be the option to do Summer A Term, Summer B Term or Summer Quarter (A+B) allowing students to earn 8, 12 or 16 credits. During Summer A and B there will be about 20 Foster School students live in apartments in the heart of Rome and take classes from Foster School professors at the UW Rome Center.
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 Courses – 4 credits Cost
Summer A June 19-July 18, 2018 Rome, Italy Leta Beard
Marty Matthews
IBUS 300
MKTG 301
$5,700
Summer B July 18-Aug 16, 2018 Rome, Italy Hamed Mamani
Christina Fong
OPMGT 301
MGMT 300
$5,700
Summer Quarter June 19-Aug 16, 2018 Rome, Italy All of the above! 3 or 4 of the above $9,935

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 the 2017-2018 Summer are now closed. The application deadline for the 2018-2019 Summer is January 31, 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 $300. 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.

**Business Morocco will not be offered in 2018.

Applications for the 2017-2018 period are now closed. The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is February 15, 2019.

BUSINESS AUSTRALIA:  Business, Government & Society

  • Led by Tod Bergstrom, Management & Organization
  • Aug 25-Sept 16, 2018 | Cost: $4,300 | Course: IBUS 490 or JSIS 394
  • In Australia, students will focus primarily on successful Australian businesses, and how they have prospered by collaborating with key stakeholders, including their immediate communities and government. Students and faculty participating in this program will use a “Business, Government & Society” (BGS) paradigm to study and assess how and why Australia has been so successful. The program will visit Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef.

BUSINESS BRITAIN

  • Led by Izzy Weber, Accounting
  • Aug 19-Sept 12, 2018 | Cost: $4,150 | Course: IBUS 490 or JSIS 394
  • Based in London, this seminar will introduce students to globally-focused, tech-savvy companies in a variety of industries, from aerospace to finance to software. The group will meet with executives in and around London to learn firsthand about global business. The program will visit start-ups as well as established companies, US firms with branches in the UK and British firms that export around the world. Students will live in the London School of Economics dorms and have lots of time to explore the city and surrounding areas.

BUSINESS CHINA: Comparing and Contrasting the Fastest-Growing Economy under Two Systems

  • Led by Shaosong Ou, Information Systems & Operations Management
  • Aug 20-Sept 9, 2018 | Cost: $4,500 | Course: IBUS 490 or JSIS 394
  • This program focuses on the world’s fastest growing economy, China, and it’s rival cross the strait, Taiwan. Students will learn how the use of information and mobile technologies, e.g. smartphones and mobile payment methods, change the way people manage businesses and conduct transactions in China and Taiwan. Being the political, cultural and economic centers of the two Chinese systems, Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai provide a great venue to experience and study business in China.

BUSINESS INDIA: Indian Society and Organizations in 21st century

  • Led by Abhinav Gupta, Management & Organization
  • Aug 26-Sept 17, 2018 | Cost: $5,150 | Course: MGMT 490 or JSIS 394
  • This new India Exploration Seminar focuses on Corporate Social Responsibility which will visit multiple cities in India. The Indian subcontinent presents numerous opportunities for students to immerse themselves in its centuries’ old culture, traditions and economy. This course is uniquely situated at the intersection of business and society to allow students to explore how the organization of society and markets takes place in a context that is drastically different from the US in multiple ways.

BUSINESS IRELAND: Globalization & Business in Ireland; The Celtic Phoenix Takes Flight

  • Led by Leta Beard, Marketing & International Business
  • Aug 18- Sept 8, 2018 | Cost: $4,350 | Course: IBUS 490 or JSIS 394
  • Travelling throughout Ireland, students will focus on studying the “Celtic Tiger” model and analyze its somewhat short lived effectiveness. They will also learn about the steps that the Irish are taking to revitalize themselves. We will meet with business executives from companies like Facebook, Google, Waterford, PWC, Guinness, Cisco, and Jameson. We will also meet with executives from the Gaelic Athletic Association and learn more about the traditional Irish sport of hurling. We will tour the countryside to participate on a working sheep farm as well as experience Ireland’s rich culture.

BUSINESS ITALY: Accounting Rome Program

  • Led by D. Shores, Accounting
  • Aug 23-Sept 13, 2018 | Cost: $4,600 | Course: ACCTG 490
  • Prerequisite course: ACCTG 301
  • Earn your Accounting elective in Rome while studying at the UW Rome Center and living in apartments with your fellow Foster classmates. In addition to completing Accounting 490, the program will include company and cultural visits as well as weekly group meals. You will also have ample time to explore Rome and Italy with most afternoons and weekends free.

Special cross-listing with the Spanish Department, earn IBUS 490 credit!

SPANISH/BUSINESS SPAIN: Business and Cultural Dynamics in Spain

  • Led by Maria Mediavilla, Spanish and Portuguese Studies
  • Aug 18-Sept 8, 2018 | Cost: $4,450 | Course: IBUS 490 or SPAN 393
  • Prerequisite courses: Any of the SPAN 301-302-303 or SPAN 314-315-316 series.
  • This program, based in Valladolid and Madrid, offers its students full immersion into Spanish culture with a combination of in-class business-oriented talks, and visits to Spanish companies and cultural sites. It seeks to bring the excitement and relevancy of international experiences by combining curriculum, work, and cultural events. Program is fully taught in Spanish.

Foster Study Abroad Fee

Each Foster School Study Abroad Program will have a program fee which will include the Foster Study Abroad Fee of $300. 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.

The Foster Barcelona Program is a partnership with the ALBA Study Abroad Center in Barcelona, Spain. ALBA organizes QUARTER-LONG study abroad programs with up to 50 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 goabroad@uw.edu.

Application Process

To apply to the Foster Barcelona 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)

Applications for the academic school year of 2018 and 2019 are now closed. All programs are currently full.

Who Can Participate?

The Foster program will admit approximately 30 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 Foster 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 (MGMT 300, MGMT 320, MKTG 301, IBUS 300, BECON 300, or FIN 350) each quarter for Foster School students.
  • For the 2018-2019 academic year, ALBA will offer the following Foster Core Courses for business majors: IBUS 300, MGMT 320, and MGMT 300. 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 this does not include the Foster core courses).
  • All courses are taught in English.
  • Course offerings may vary by quarter.
  • We recommend that you take with a GBC Study Abroad adviser for more information.

Dates & Costs

Students will be concurrently enrolled at the UW and pay UW ($350) and Foster Study Abroad ($300) fees to the UW.

Fall 2018 Winter 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Orientation: October 1st January 8th March 29th June 21st
Classes begin: October 1st January 8th April 2nd June 24th
Last day of term: December 6th March 15th June 6th August 1st
Tuition, Fees, & Materials: $6,400 $7,400 $7,400 $4,900
Housing: $2,100 $2,100 $2,100 $1,100

Tuition, study abroad insurance, and housing fees are paid directly to ALBA. 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.

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 $300. 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.

The Foster School has 20 Departmental Exchange Programs with other business schools around the world. On a Foster Exchange you can go study abroad directly at a partner school and take business course work. Students typically go on a Foster Exchange for one semester. Depending on the program, students miss one or two quarters while abroad. Most semester long exchange programs allow students to take 18+ credits during the term, including electives in subjects like marketing and finance as well as some core courses. Most of our partner business schools offer their courses in English. Only two programs have a language requirement.

Foster School Exchange Program options, eligibility, application, costs, and more

Read about our programs on the Foster Goes Global blog

This program gives Foster School students the chance to study directly at the Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a semester or academic year. The program allows students to live with host families or in dorms or apartments near the beautiful San Andres’ campus. The program has three tracks including a business track!!! Read more about the program on the Universidad de San Andres website and watch this video.

  • Before the semester begins, students can choose to add on a 4-week intensive Spanish program. The cost for this intensive language program is $1,500 in addition to the tuition fee. Read more about the intensive Spanish Program.

Courses

While abroad, students can take business and non-business courses. Many business core classes have already been pre-approved. View the list of courses. All courses are taught in Spanish, and students need to have completed the second year of college level Spanish or an equivalent.

Application Process

Application deadline: January 15, 2018.

 

Costs

Students will be concurrently enrolled at the UW and pay UW and Foster Study Abroad fees to the UW.
The fee for the semester tuition at UDESA is $6,000. Tuition fees are paid directly to UDESA.
In terms of housing, students should estimate the following costs:

  • Host family (including breakfast and dinner 6 days a week) is $4050 USD for the semester
  • A shared room (double) in the residence hall is approximately $2375 USD
  • A room in a shared apt in downtown Buenos Aires will vary significantly. Students can expect to pay anywhere from 5000 to 9,000 pesos per month

Intensive Spanish Add-on

Before the semester begins, students can choose to add on a 4-week intensive Spanish program. The cost for this intensive language program is $1,500 in addition to the tuition fee. Read more about the intensive Spanish Program.

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 $300. 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

Foster School Study Abroad Fee

All Foster School Study Abroad Program participants will be charged a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $300. This fee will be charged for Foster School Exchange Programs and all Foster School Faculty-Led 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.

You will not be charged the fee if you withdraw from your program more than two weeks before the start of your program. If you withdraw during the two week period before your program starts, the fee is non-refundable.

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 goabroad@uw.edu or 206-685-3432.