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The Foster Barcelona Program

We have recently partnered with the Global Business Center at Foster School of Business to facilitate our study abroad experience to students from the University of Washington and Foster School of business. Giving them the oportunity to study abroad while taking many of the classes offered at their home institution, right here in Barcelona.

Who Can Participate?

The Foster program will admit up to 35 students each quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer). Foster students will be given priority, but other UW students are encouraged to apply. Up to 10 non-Foster students will be admitted and potentially more. UW Foster 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 30 students from other U.S. institutions who will enroll through Portland State University.


Faculty from local Barcelona universities teach business courses approved by Foster including Foster’s core business courses and several other business electives and electives in other non-business areas of study such as political science, geography, history, art & architecture, international studies, Spanish language, etc. Consult the course offering for the term you are interested in attending. ALBA will offer at least three Foster School core courses each term. Proposed core classes include MGMT 300, MGMT 320, MKTG 301, and IBUS 300. You should speak with a Foster School Study Abroad adviser for more information.  All courses are taught in English, excepting Spanish language courses.

Application Process

The application process for both Foster and non-Foster students for the 2019-2020 academic year (Summer 2019-Spring 2020) is now open.  There is a two-part application outlined on the Foster School Global Business Center Website here ( The deadline to apply by is January 15th 2019.

UW Foster students, as well as UW students, need to apply first through UW Foster. Only once you recieve approval through UW Foster must you submit your application through to ALBA.


Students will be concurrently enrolled at the UW and pay UW and Foster Study Abroad fees to the UW. Summer term tuition is $4,900, Fall term is $6,400, and Winter and Spring Terms at ALBA are $7,400 for UW students.  Tuition and housing fees are paid directly to ALBA.

Housing, airfare and cost of living are on top of the tuition fees.

Foster & UW Study Abroad Fees

Participants in the program will be charged a Foster Study Abroad Fee of $325 and a UW Study Abroad Fee of $350. These fees will be itemized on your payment contract and charged to your MyUW account at the same time as the program fee.

For more information:

Undergraduate Study Abroad Options for UW Foster students


Kathleen Hatch Allen
Associate Director, Global Business Center
Foster School of Business
206.543.3960 /