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Foreign Language Required: None Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English
Affiliated Department: School of Business UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Mike Renes
Program Information:
Location Barcelona, Spain
Academic Term Autumn, Winter, Spring, or Summer Quarter
Credits 15 - 20 UW credits per quarter
Eligibility Lower division Foster School core courses highly recommended. 
Language Instruction in English
Program Manager Nedda Soleymani |
Priority Application Deadline Summer or Fall Quarters 2020: January 31, 2020
Winter or Spring Quarters 2021: March 1, 2020
General Study through the Foster School in the heart of Barcelona, Spain at the ALBA Study Abroad Center for one quarter while taking 3 or 4 courses, including required business classes. 
The Foster Barcelona Program is a partnership with the ALBA Study Abroad Center in Barcelona, Spain. This program will admit up to 35 UW students each quarter (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Foster students will be given priority, but other UW students may apply. UW students will remain enrolled at UW while abroad and may use eligible financial aid and scholarships for this approved program. Foster students will be joined by around 20 students from other US institutions who will enroll through Portland State University.
Read more about the program on the ALBA website. In addition, visit the Foster school department website to learn about program logistics.


Come let Barcelona enchant you. Whether it is the salty sea air, the sweep of mountains in the distance, or the romance and excitement of Las Ramblas, where else can you marvel at Gaudi's whimsical architectural genius while embracing the laid-back Spanish lifestyle?



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

While there are no strict requirements for this program, students are encouraged to complete core Foster School courses.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 15 - 20 UW credits per quarter. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of the Global Business Center Study Abroad Advisors or email


During your quarter abroad, students will take courses at the ALBA Study Abroad Center located in the Gothic Quarter in downtown Barcelona. Students earn core and elective business credit by taking 3 to 4 courses worth 5 UW credits each. Class sessions are limited to 15 students for maximum personalized, contextual learning. All classes incorporate exciting field studies and host local and international guest speakers. On this program, you’ll find local expert professors who teach in English and think in Spanish.

Faculty from neighboring universities will teach business courses approved by Foster including Foster’s core business courses and several business electives. ALBA intends to offer at least 3 Foster School core courses each quarter which courses are offered during each quarter may change. Likely courses include MGMT 300, MGMT 320, MKTG 301, and IBUS 300.

Students can also take non-business coursework including political science, international studies, history, etc. All courses are taught in English. Course offerings will vary slightly each quarter. Be sure to talk with a Foster Global Business Center Study Abroad Adviser to find out more. You can email
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the Foster Study Abroad Course Evaluation List to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW. You have to sign in with your UW NetID, not your personal gmail. Make sure you have activated UW G Suite in your UW NetID settings. 



Students can live with host families or in apartments in downtown Barcelona, moments from delicious food, the beach, and class. Housing is arranged by the ALBA Study Abroad Center.


The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 


Program Expenses

As a participant of this program, you will pay program fees directly to ALBA, which is estimated at $7,400. The UW Study Abroad fee and the Foster Study abroad fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

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

To apply to ALBA Barcelona, students must complete ALL of the following application components:

1) Submit a UW Study Abroad application. Sign four electronic signature documents.

2) Complete a google form where students submit their transcript and a written personal statement.

3) After the application deadline, students will be asked to attend an interview.

For students who have completed all components listed above, they will be notified of decisions and placement by the Foster School of Business, Global Business Center. Notification dates will vary but are usually within one month of the application deadline.


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

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

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

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


The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be 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. Note that 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.