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  • Locations: Bath, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Location London, United Kingdom
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 19 - September 12, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,150
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Elizabeth Weber; Nedda Soleymani
Program Manager Ruby Machado |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions Jan 30, 12:30-1:20pm, PACCAR Hall 456
Feb 8, 12:30-1:20pm, PACCAR Hall 456
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.

Program Description

When you think of the United Kingdom, do you picture castles? Double-decker buses? Sheep? How about innovative and technology-focused industries?
Did you know that:
- The UK has the second largest share of global aerospace markets, with UK companies supplying Boeing and Airbus.
- London is home to the world's largest foreign exchange market, with average daily turnover of more than $2 trillion.
- Seattle-area firms Costco, Amazon, Starbucks, Expedia, and Microsoft all 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 is worth about 10 per cent of the UK'S GDP.

Based in London, this seminar will explore the theme of innovation in international business. Students will be introduced to innovative global companies in a variety of industries, from manufacturing to financial services. Our group will meet with executives in large and small firms in and around London to learn firsthand 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:
- Tour of 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, United Kingdom


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.




Prerequisites and Language Requirements

No prerequisites. Priority given to students with GPAs of 3.0 and above.


5 UW Credits


IBUS 490 (joint listing with JSIS 394): Business Britain (5 Credits)

Based in London, this seminar will explore the theme of innovation 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.Students will address the following questions:
- How is innovation changing established sectors like financial services?
- How is technology changing global supply chains for manufacturing companies?
- What sources of innovation are 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 doing business in the UK and doing business in the US?

Learning goals include:
Assessment will be based on these components:Briefing for a company visit (small group project)Blog - reflections on company visits and program activitiesPost-trip essayParticipation



Elizabeth Weber, Department of Accounting, Program Director

Elizabeth (Izzy) Weber is a Lecturer in the Accounting department at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, where she also serves as the faculty director of the UW’s Masters in Tax program. In 2017, Izzy was voted Most Inspirational faculty member of the year by Foster undergraduates. Izzy has led previous exploration seminars in Morocco and Rome and is excited to travel internationally with Foster students again.

Nedda Soleymani, Global Business Center, Program Co-Director

Nedda Soleymani is the Program and Office Manager of the Global Business Center. She manages select business language programs in the Foster School, high school outreach, and the Visiting Scholar Program. Nedda is a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in International Studies and Political Economy and has a strong interest in international trade and European business. She is looking forward to integrating these topics into the Business Britain program.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,150

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $300 Foster Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1200-1500)
  • Food (about $50/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.