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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 quarter-long exchange program.

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

Business Ireland: Spring Break Study Tour

Foster Faculty-Led Program: The cohort of UW students will take a seminar-style course during Winter Quarter 2021, followed by a week of company and cultural visits in Dublin, Ireland.

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Dates: Spring Break 2021 (March 20 – March 28, 2021)
Credits: 2 credits of IBUS 490 during Winter Quarter (1 for the Winter Quarter course and 1 for the Study Tour)
Cost: $2,500 (includes 1 credit, housing, transportation, company and cultural visits and a few meals in Ireland)
Eligibility: Open to all UW undergraduates. No prerequisites.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2020

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Business Spain: Spring Break Study Tour

Foster Faculty-Led Program: The cohort of UW students will take a seminar-style course during Winter Quarter 2021, followed by a week of company and cultural visits in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.

Location: Madrid and Barcelona, Spain
Dates: Spring Break 2021 (March 20 – March 28, 2021)
Credits: 2 credits of IBUS 490 during Winter Quarter (1 for the Winter Quarter course and 1 for the Study Tour)
Cost: $2,550 (includes 1 credit, housing, transportation, company and cultural visits and a few meals in Spain)
Eligibility: Open to all UW undergraduates. No prerequisites.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2020

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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. There are three options for 2021, choose from Summer A or B Term or both!

Location: Italy, Rome
Dates & Credits: 

  • Summer A Term (June 21-July 21. 2021): MKTG 301 & IBUS 300
  • SummerB Term (July 21-August 20, 2021): OPMGT 301 & TBD
  • SummerFull Term (June 21 – August 20, 2021): 3 or 4 of the above

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, 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 and electives.
Cost: Varies by quarter but around $6,400-7,400 (Fall-Winter) and $5,100 for Summer term
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 and Fall 2021, March 1, 2021 for Winter and Spring 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.

2021 Locations: TBD (Coming October 2020)
Dates: Early Fall Start 2021 (mid-August to mid-Sept)
Credits: 5 credits of IBUS 490 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, 2021

 

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Quarter-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 which is 1.5 UW quarters. Be gone from UW for Fall Quarter (Fall Semester) or Winter+Spring Quarters (Spring Semester). RSM is the one partner on the quarter system.
Credits: Earn 18-24 UW credits, including upper division business core and concentration electives.
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.
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. This program will run again in Winter Quarter 2022, application will open in Spring Quarter 2021.

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 only
Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

The ALBA Barcelona 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 around $8,000 during the academic year which includes tuition
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/Fall 2021, and March 1, 2021 for Winter and Spring 2022

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IES Berlin Program

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.

Location: Berlin, Germany
Dates: Winter Quarter (January 6 – March 19, 2021)
Credits: Students take 3-4 course of 8 offered. Includes business core.
Cost: $10,700 which includes tuition, housing, program activities and two field trips
Eligibility: Open to all UW undergraduate students. There are prerequisites and restrictions for some of the courses, see ‘More Information’ below.
Application Deadline: October 15, 2020

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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 which business courses are offered, check out the course equivalency list.

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:

2020 Policy – Students that were on canceled programs from March 2020 – December 2020:
If you were on a canceled program that was scheduled to take place between March 2020 and December 2020, you can defer your participation to the same program during the same term in the following academic year (I.e. Fall 2020 Exchange in Manchester to Fall 2021 Exchange in Manchester).

You will still need to complete an application during the next application cycle, but your application will take priority over students who did not experience a program cancellation. You are welcome to use the same or similar application responses that you used in your previous application. Waiving the interview will be at the program director’s discretion.

If you choose to apply to a different program than your canceled program, priority status is not guaranteed.

2021 Policy – Students that were on canceled programs from January 2021 and onward:
If admitted to a 2021 Foster study abroad program (starting January 2021 and onward) that is canceled, students will need to reapply for study abroad programming during the next application cycle. Given limited capacity, we cannot guarantee participation on a future program.

Note that the deferment policies of partner programs (ALBA, IES, CIEE etc.) are not controlled by the UW and will be set by the partner depending upon their capacity in future terms.

If you are considering withdrawal from your study abroad program, please refer to the UW Study Abroad policies and process for withdrawals.

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.