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Exploration Seminars

Exploration Seminars are short-term study abroad programs (3-4 weeks) led by UW faculty that take place during Early Fall Start which is the gap period between the end of the UW Summer quarter and beginning of Fall Quarter. These programs differ from other study abroad programs because the focus is on getting students outside the classroom and engaged in more hands on learning.

There are usually more than 30 Exploration Seminars each year offered by departments across campus. Students might check out a non-Foster Exploration Seminar to go to a country where Foster does not have a program or to earn non-business degree requirements like VLPA, I&S or Diversity credit. Most of the Exploration Seminars have no prerequisites and are open to all UW undergraduate students.

For the Foster Exploration Seminars, students engaging in hand on learning through daily company and cultural visits that relate to the seminar theme. These programs are led by Foster Faculty and Staff who act as the Program Directors. 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. These programs will visit multiple cities to give students a chance to experience as much of the country as possible. There are 3-5 Foster Exploration Seminars each year which are usually open to all UW undergraduate students.

Courses and Credits

In terms of credits, the Foster Exploration Seminars are each 5 credits of general elective credit. Students choose if they want the credit as IBUS 490 or JSIS 387. The 5 credits are completed in Early Fall Start but appear on students’ Fall Quarter transcript. This allows students to take as few as 10 credits and as many as 18 credits on campus in Fall Quarter and remain a full time student paying regular tuition. Students’ Fall Quarter tuition statement will have their Fall Quarter tuition and the program fee for the Exploration Seminar. Students never pay twice for the credits they earn in Early Fall Start.

Cost

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.

Foster Exploration Seminars

Early Fall Start 2022 – locations announced in Fall 2021

Early Fall Start 2021 – canceled due to COVID-19

  • Business Australia with Izzy Weber
  • Business India with Abhinav Gupta
  • Business Ireland with Leta Beard

    Early Fall Start 2020 – canceled due to COVID-19

  • Business Australia with Izzy Weber
  • Business India with Abhinav Gupta
  • Business Ireland with Leta Beard
  • Business Israel with Tracey Selsen & Noam Pianko

    Early Fall Start 2019

  • Business Australia with Tod Bergstrom
  • Business Ghana with Emer Dooley
  • Business India with Abhinav Gupta
  • Business Ireland with Leta Beard
  • Business Morocco with Ruth Huwe
  • Accounting London with Izzy Weber (Accounting students only)

    Early Fall Start 2018

  • Business Australia with Tod Bergstrom
  • Business China with Shaosong Ou
  • Business India with Abhinav Gupta
  • Business Ireland with Leta Beard
  • Accounting Rome with D. Shores (Accounting students only)
  • Spanish & Business Spain with Marilis Mediavilla (in Spanish)
  • Business London with Izzy Weber

    Application Deadline

    The Exploration Seminar applications open at the end of Fall Quarter and are due by February 15th each year.

    Foster Study Abroad Fee

    Each Foster School Study Abroad Program will have a program fee which will include the Foster Study Abroad Fee of $350. 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.