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  • Locations: Bath, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location London and Bath, UK
Early Fall 2017
August 20 – September 13, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $3,700 (includes $300 Foster School Study Abroad Fee)
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Debra Glassman
 Program  Manager Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Info sessions found here 
Please email the Foster Global Business Center with questions or for an advising appointment about the program at
  General Based in London, this seminar will explore the theme of technology in international business. Students will be introduced to innovative global companies in a variety of industries, from manufacturing to financial services.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

When you think of the United Kingdom, do you think of castles? Double-decker buses? High tea? How about high tech? The UK is home to a wide range of innovative and technology-focused industries. For example, did you know that:

  • The UK has the second largest share of the global aerospace market, and UK companies supply both Boeing and Airbus.
  • London is home to the world’s largest foreign exchange market, with average daily turnover of more than $2 trillion.
  • Many Seattle-area firms, including Costco, Amazon, Starbucks, Expedia, and Microsoft, have a major presence in the UK.
  • In recent years, the number of tech companies in East London has quadrupled, to around 1,400.
  • The digital economy accounts for about 10 per cent of the UK’s GDP.

Our group will meet with executives in large and small firms in and around London to hear about the dynamic challenges that they face. We will learn from US firms with branches in the UK and from British firms that export around the world. Many of the firms that we will visit have a connection to the Pacific Northwest.

Likely activities will include:

  • Touring the trading room of a major bank in the City of London to see how global finance relies on technology.
  • Witnessing new applications of technology in manufacturing, logistics, and sales.
  • Visiting Tech City, Europe’s fastest growing technology cluster. It is home to well-known firms like Google and IBM and also the center of the UK’s start-up activity.
  • Meeting a group of UW alumni currently working in London.
  • Exploring high-tech at Hogwarts by taking the Warner Brothers Studio Tour to see the making of the special effects in the Harry Potter movies.
Students will also have free time to explore the many historical and cultural sites of London.



London and Bath, UK


London, Bath-Bristol-Stonehenge, Cambridge, Wellingborough


Students will be housed in a London School of Economics dorm (Rosebery Hall) in double occupancy rooms. Breakfast is included in the room cost. These accommodations are conveniently located near the City of London financial district. They have easy access to bus and subway connections. While in Bath, students will stay in dorm rooms at the University of Bath. Breakfast is included in the room cost.



Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

Intended audience: business majors; non-business majors interested in international business and technology topics

No prerequisites.

Priority will be given to students with GPAs of 3.0 and above and to students who have never traveled overseas.

Students can expect to do 2-5 miles of city walking per day.


5 Credits


BECON 499 (5 credits): Business Britain

Based in London, this seminar will explore the theme of technology in international business. Students will visit globally-focused companies in a variety of industries, from manufacturing to financial services. After completing the seminar, students will have a greater understanding of the ways that innovation is driving change and contributing to global competitiveness.

Note 1: This course does not count towards the Finance option.

Note 2: Students who prefer non-business elective credit have the option to receive JSIS 394 credit instead of BECON 499.

Learning Goals: 

Students will address the following questions:

  • How is innovation changing established sectors like financial services?
  • How is technology changing global supply chains for manufacturers and retailers?
  • What is driving start-up activity in the UK?
  • What motivates tech-based companies to export and to invest across borders?
  • How is “big data” changing business models?
  • What are the differences between business in the UK and business in the US?

Assessment will be based on these components:

  • Briefing for a company visit (small group project)
  • Blog – reflections on company visits and program activities
  • Post-trip essay
  • Participation


Program Directors & Staff

Debra Glassman, Department of Finance and Business Economics, Program Director

Dr. Glassman is a Senior Lecturer in the Michael G. Foster School of Business, where she teaches international finance and macroeconomics in the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs. She is the Faculty Director for the UW Global Business Center and also the faculty director for the undergraduate Certificate of International Studies in Business program. Professor Glassman directed the Business Italy program in Summer 2013 and directed the Business Britain program in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She has a strong interest in European business, and she is looking forward to learning more about how UK firms will adapt to Brexit and the changing trade environment.

A staff co-director will be announced in the near future

Program Expenses

Cost: $3,700

Estimated Program Fee of $3,700, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $40/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

*The budget for spending money is dependent on personal preferences; previous participants’ estimates range from $20 to $50 per day.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 - $2,000* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Foster School Study Abroad Fee $300 October 13, 2017
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $3,400 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

Please see the Foster School website for information on the Foster School Study Abroad Fee withdrawal policy: