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For the first week of the Global Bankers Program, you will study at the University of Washington, a world-class university in Seattle, Washington. Classes are taught by renowned faculty and industry leaders with real-life experiences. During the program you will build a framework of banking foundations from a top-level-down perspective that shows how each operation impacts the whole organization.

The framework is then brought to life by the sponsoring banks in the West Coast’s financial district headquarters in San Francisco, California. This unique experience helps you put your new knowledge into context.  High-level speakers from various financial institutions give insight into current issues in their industry.  You will also hear about the latest research on topics such as systems innovations as well as lessons learned from changes in supervision and regulation.

Seattle is a beautiful city, situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, with a metropolitan area population of more than one million people. It has many places of interest, excellent restaurants and easily accessible public transportation.

The program is held on the campus of the University of Washington (UW), the state’s largest university having more than 40,000 students. It is situated just 10 minutes north of downtown Seattle. Its beautiful views of Lake Washington, architecture and landscaping have made UW a Seattle landmark in itself. The University of Washington website offers a look at the campus.

Things to see and do in the city include visiting the Seattle Center, which houses the Space Needle built for the World’s Fair in 1962, taking a trip to the Pike Place Market for some delicious pastries or to watch shopkeepers hurl fish from 10 feet away! There is also Pioneer Square where you see how Seattle got its beginnings. Take a walk on the waterfront bustling with shops, seafood bars and a world-class aquarium or shop upscale downtown, glittering with names such as Tiffany, Cartier and Coach. For details about tours visit the Visiting Seattle.

When and where is orientation?
You need to be present at the University of Washington campus by 3:30pm on Sunday, August 8, 2021, to participate in the registration process and course orientation.

We highly recommend coming into Seattle a day or two early to get used to the time change and your surroundings.

The schedule for the Sunday, August 8 is as follows at the Bank of America Executive Center, Room 310:

  • 3:30-4:00pm – Registration
  • 4:00-5:00pm – Academic Orientation
  • 5:00-6:30pm – Welcome Dinner

During this time, you will:

  • Receive important program information
  • Have your photograph taken for the GBP photo roster (you should therefore dress accordingly)
  • Have a formal sit-down meal with your new classmates from all over the world
  • Receive guidelines for Monday’s class and how best to prepare
  • Receive important information regarding Seattle, the University area, and some ideas on how best to utilize your free time

Where am I staying in Seattle?
Hotel information will be posted and sent to participants closer to the program dates in 2021.

What attire is required for the course?
During class hours casual dress is fine. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for being in class all day. There will be some dinners when you will want to dress in business casual attire. Also plan to dress in business suits in San Francisco for bank tours.

What are some fun things to do in Seattle?
You will have some free time and it is recommended that you take a break from your studies to experience some of the sights of Seattle. You can refer to the Web sites below to familiarize yourself with Seattle and its offerings. Below are some suggestions for the fun tourist sights of our city.

  • Visit the Pike Place Market
  • Go to the Seattle Center and ride up the Space Needle
  • Visit neighborhoods like: Fremont, Belltown, and Green Lake
  • Visit the Ballard Locks
  • Go to the Seattle Aquarium
  • Go shopping downtown
  • Eat at one of the many seafood restaurants downtown
  • Walk along/bike the Burke Gilman trail, close to campus

Where can I find more information about Seattle?
Fun site to see attractions of Seattle with maps and information.

Are there some links to Seattle maps I can access?
Here is a link to an interactive Seattle area map in which you can see Seattle as a whole or zoom in on each of its neighborhoods

This is an interactive map of the University of Washington campus.

What health care arrangements should I make?
Minor or emergency health care is available on campus, at Hall Health Primary Care Center and the University Hospital. Medical care in the United States is expensive – it is highly recommended that you have your own medical insurance or are able to pay a fee for the services. Executive Education/GBP does NOT carry insurance coverage for participants.

The program in San Francisco will consist of 3.5 days of seminars and guest speakers from major, cutting-edge banks, including the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

There will also be free time to explore this exciting city by the Bay: Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park, the largest Chinatown on the US West Coast and some of the most exquisite restaurants. For more information visit the San Francisco visitor information center website.

What day will I fly to San Francisco?

The program in Seattle concludes around 5:00pm on Friday, August 13, and starts again in San Francisco in the morning of Monday, August 16. From Seattle, you should book a flight to San Francisco (SFO) on August 15. The flight from SEA to SFO is NOT covered in the program fee.

Should I make my own travel arrangements for San Francisco?
Yes, you are 100% responsible for booking your flight from Seattle (SEA) to San Francisco (SFO).

When making your air travel arrangements please be sure to include the Seattle to San Francisco portion in your ticket. Example: HKG-SEA-SFO-HKG.

How do I get from the San Francisco airport to the hotel?
From the airport, the most convenient method of transportation from either SFO to the hotel is by taxi or shuttle. You are responsible for airport transfers to and from the hotel in San Francisco. Travel time is about 30 minutes from SFO.

Where am I staying in San Francisco?

Hotel information will be posted and sent to participants closer to the program dates in 2021.

Can I stay an extra night in San Francisco?
Yes, but we encourage you to book early. We have arranged for our negotiated rate to be available should you choose to extend your stay.

Where can I find more information about San Francisco?
Additional information on San Francisco can be found at:
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco 
San Francisco Travel

When is graduation?
On Friday, August 20, a lunch will be held in your honor. You will be presented with a formal certificate of graduation. Participation at this event is required.