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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 business or other subjects abroad while you are an undergrad at UW. This page is focused on presenting 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 undergrad students but many are open to all UW undergrad students. In addition to the detailed info below, we also have a Foster Study Abroad Matrix to help you navigate all the business programs on your own and a Frequently Asked Questions section. 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.

Program Types:

  • Foster Faculty-Led Programs: Go abroad with Foster Faculty and Staff on an highly supportive study abroad experience with a cohort of your UW peers. These programs either focus on upper division business core or company visits.
  • Foster Exchange & Direct Enroll Programs: Attend a business school abroad, Foster has 24 university partners to choose from! This is a highly independent and immersive experience where you may be the only student from UW. It is also one of the longest ways of going abroad and offers the most variety of courses.
  • Partner Programs: Study abroad with other UW or USA students at one of the UW Partner Providers. These are study abroad companies that organize study abroad programs for USA students.

Short-Term Programs

Foster Rome Program: Business Core Abroad

Foster Faculty-Led Program: Visit Italian companies and take 2-4 upper division business core courses from Foster faculty at the UW Rome Center. This program happens every summer during Summer A Term, B Term or both! For Summer 2022 the term(s) and courses will be announced in September 2021.

The program for Summer 2021 has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Location: Italy, Rome
Dates & Credits: TBD for Summer 2022
Cost: TBD but as reference the Foster Rome Program for 2020 was $6,300 for A or B, and $11,050 for Full Term. This includes tuition, housing, and program activity costs.
Eligibility: Open to current or applying Foster students only
Prerequisites: Click ‘more information’ below
Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

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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.

The program for Summer 2021 has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: 6-week program in Summer 2022
Credits: Students take 3-4 courses of 15+ offered. Includes business core and electives.
Cost: TBD but for Summer 2021 the cost was $5,300 not including housing
Eligibility: Open to all UW undergraduates. There are prerequisites and restrictions for some of the courses, see ‘More Information’ below.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021 for Summer or Fall Quarters 2021, and March 1, 2021 for Winter or Spring Quarters 2022

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Exploration Seminars

Foster Faculty-Led Programs: Short 3-4 week-long programs led by Foster Faculty that focus on engaging UW students in experience learning through daily company and cultural visits focused on learning about how business is done abroad.

The program for Early Fall Start 2021 has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Locations for 2022:  Will be announced in Fall 2021
Dates:  Early Fall Start 2022 (mid-August to mid-Sept)
Credits: 5 credits of IBUS 490 or JSIS credit that count towards Fall Quarter
Cost: $4,000-$5,000 which includes the cost of the 5 credits, housing, some meals and any program activity costs
Eligibility: Open to all UW undergraduates. There are no prerequisites.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2022

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All Spring Break 2021 Programs have been canceled due to COVID-19. Spring Break Program Offerings for 2022 will open during Spring Quarter 2021. Please contact [email protected] with any questions regarding program offerings.

 

Quarter and Semester-long Programs

Foster Exchange & Direct Enroll

Study at one of the 24 Foster University partners, taking classes as a foreign student and meeting peers from around the world. There are spots for 1-5 students at each partner school each year. This is like transferring to another school for a semester and is great for a student looking to be independent while abroad and have the most immersive type of experience.

Locations: 24 partner universities to choose from!
Dates: Most schools are on the semester system which is 1.5 times as long as a UW quarter. This means students miss Fall Quarter for a Fall Semester program or they miss Winter and Spring Quarters for a Spring Semester program. RSM is the one partner on the quarter system.
Credits: Students earn 18-24 UW credits for one semester. They have access to all the partner school business courses, choosing from a range of business core and upper-division electives. Some schools also offer non-business courses.
Cost: Foster Exchanges (22 of the 24 partner universities) are based on a student’s UW tuition (1.5x your tuition rate for a semester program), while the Foster Direct Enrolls (2 of the 24 partner universities) are the same rate for all students regardless of residency status. Learn more by clicking ‘More Information’ below.
Cost: Foster Exchanges are based on tuition, while the 2 Direct Enrolls are the same rate for all students. Learn more by clicking ‘More Information’ below.
Eligibility: Open to current Foster students only. Completion of lower-division business core required before departure.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021 for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

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Business Argentina Program: Business Core Abroad

Foster Faculty-Led Program: Students study as a UW cohort in Buenos Aires with Foster Faculty as well as Faculty from the Universidad de San Andrés. In addition to their coursework, students will participate in company and cultural visits.

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dates: Winter Quarter 2022
Credits: Students take 3-4 courses of 5 offered. Includes business core.
Cost: TBD
Eligibility: Open to current or applying Foster students and Professional Sales Program students
Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

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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
Cost: Varies by quarter but the program fee is around $8,000 per quarter which does not include housing
Eligibility: Open to all UW undergraduates. There are prerequisites and restrictions for some of the courses, see ‘More Information’ below
Application Deadline: A rolling application has been opened for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Terms with a deadline of May 15th, 2021.

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IES Berlin Program

Foster Partner Program: This program is provided by IES Abroad. Students study abroad at the IES Berlin Center in the Mitte neighborhood. This program will mostly consist of UW students all taking classes from IES Abroad Faculty while living in shared apartment nearby. This program has been set up specifically for UW students with a focus on business coursework and political science.

Location: Berlin, Germany
Dates: Spring Quarter 2022
Credits: Students take 3-4 course of 9 offered. Includes upper division business core courses.
Cost: In 2021, the cost was $10,700 which includes tuition, housing, program activities and two field trips. The cost of the 2022 program will be announced in April 2021.
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, 2021

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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.

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 which business courses are offered, check out the course equivalency list. The application deadline for Fall 2021 is May 1, 2021.

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

 

Other Study Abroad Options

UW has more than 70 student exchanges with universities around the world that are available to undergraduate students in most fields of study. Many of these exchange programs also offer business courses. Each year, several business students go on exchanges to universities around the world, such as, Kyoto University in Japan, the University of Sussex in the UK, and the University of Granada in Spain.

 

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. The UW Study Abroad Office is monitoring the situation globally and may cancel programs many months in advance to minimize the disruption to students and the financial consequences. To learn more about the latest COVID-19 updates related to study abroad, please refer to the UW Study Abroad Office website.

The Foster School of Business has created a policy for the Foster Study Abroad Programs which are all listed on this webpage. Please reach out to Theresa Maloney (GBC Assistant Director) at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Foster School of Business Study Abroad Deferral Policies:

If your study abroad program is canceled due to COVID-19, your Global Business Center scholarship award can be used to support a future study abroad program, through the completion of your current degree at UW, so long as these conditions are met: the program is approved by UW, you are accepted to the program, and you are a matriculated UW Foster student.

If, in the case of a program cancellation, you elect to participate in a virtual global program or other alternative to study abroad, please notify [email protected]. Although there is no guarantee that scholarship awards can be re-directed, the scholarship committee will thoughtfully review each request. The goal of the review is to ensure that the alternative program aligns with the intent of the study abroad scholarship program and the intent of the donors.

Important notes:

  • Your GBC scholarship award cannot exceed the cost of your program.
  • Your GBC scholarship award will be distributed at the start of the quarter in which you participate in a global learning experience, either abroad or virtually. Please contact [email protected] prior to the start of the quarter you study abroad so we can disburse your deferred award(s) accordingly.

If you qualify for need-based financial aid, maximum eligibility may limit the amount of aid you can receive. Contact UW’s Office of Financial Aid with questions.

GBC Study Abroad Scholarship Deferral Policy:

If your study abroad program is canceled due to COVID-19, your Global Business Center scholarship award can be used toward another study abroad program through Early Fall Start 2021 so long as these conditions are met: the program is approved by UW, you are accepted to the program, and you are a matriculated UW student. If, in the case of a program cancellation, you elect to participate in a virtual global program or other alternative to study abroad, please notify [email protected]. Although there is no guarantee that scholarship awards can be re-directed, the scholarship committee will thoughtfully review each request. The goal of the review is to ensure that the alternative program aligns with the intent of the study abroad scholarship program and the intent of the donors.

If you have questions about study abroad programs and options, please speak with one of our advisors. You can set up an appointment here.

FAQ

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 2019 and Winter/Spring 2020) = January 15, 2019
    • Foster Buenos Aires (for Fall 2019 and Winter/Spring 2020) = January 15, 2019
    • Foster Barcelona (for Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020) = January 15, 2019
    • Faculty-Led Programs:
      • Summer A, B or Full 2019 (Foster/JSIS Israel & Foster Rome) = January 31, 2019
      • Early Fall Start 2019 (Exploration Seminars) = February 15, 2019
      • The one deadline not in Winter Quarter…Spring Break 2020 = October 2019

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:
    • Thur, Jan 17, 3:00-4:30pm, SMZ 450
    • Tues, Jan 22, 4:30-6pm, PACR 394
    • Wed, Feb 6, 12:30-2pm, MGH 258

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.