The Foster Rome Program is designed for business students who might not have the opportunity to study abroad during the academic year. Students on the program will learn about Italian business and cultural while completing two core courses (MGMT 300 & OPMGT 301). The program is based in Rome at the UW Rome Center and will include an overnight field trip and free weekends for personal travel within Italy. The program will conclude in Rotterdam, the Netherlands with a field trip to offer students the opportunity to compare how business is done in these two countries.
This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.
The primary audience for this program is Foster business students, especially those who are not able to go abroad during their final two years at UW because of heavy requirements for their major (e.g., accounting majors and students with double-options). By studying abroad – and, in particular, taking core business classes - students get an overseas experience and a head start on their core classes.
Students on this program will take two CORE business courses: Management 300 and Operations Management 301. The program is designed to enhance the business courses with an international dimension. While in Italy, students will have opportunities to see real-world applications of the principles of international business practices, marketing, management, operations, and supply chain management. This will be accomplished through both company visits by the group and individual observations. Some of the company visits will align with Washington State industries in order to provide a useful compare-and-contrast. For example, in the past the program has visited an olive oil co-op and production factory that is a major supplier to Costco which has provided a unique opportunity to learn about global supply chains. In past year's the program has also visited the car manufacturing plant of Alfa Romeo.
In MGMT 300, examples of course principles that will be enhanced by being in Italy include:
This course will integrate and be enhanced by the international experience in several ways. A central focus of this course is the examination of organizational culture, and the managerial and leadership tools used to create and maintain an organizational culture. We will deepen our exploration by examining how the Italian national culture influences organizational culture by comparing and contrasting US based companies with Italian based organizations and global organizations. Second, a team based project will incorporate company visits to examine how leadership styles and managerial tools differ across cultures. Finally, to facilitate and accelerate individual leadership development, individual assignments will explicitly focus students on how they are leveraging this international experience to improve their personal skill base, develop their leadership potential and broaden their international perspective.
In OPMGT 301, examples of course principles that will be enhanced by being in Italy include:
Understanding how different countries choose different operational foci that align with underlying culture.
Visiting Italian firms and observing the limited use of offshoring and the emphasis of “Made in Italy.”
Relating these Italian operations to the growing U.S. trend of on shoring.
Learning how Italian firms manufacture locally yet export globally, and the management of global supply chains.
What does a typical week look like on this program?
An average day on the program is lectures in the morning (8:30am-12:30pm) and a company/cultural visit or a group dinner in the second half of the day. Companies that have been visited in the past include AS Roma, UN FAO, Certified Origins, Alfa Romeo, and Tabarrini Winery. Cultural visits have included the Colosseum, the Vatican and Galleria Borghese. Whenever there are group activities like the ones mentioned above all students are required to attend and all costs are covered by the program fee.
There is also free time on this program since the week is typically Monday to Friday, giving students have 2, and maybe even 3, days off at a time to get to explore Rome or experience others parts of Italy on their personal time. The last big component of this program is an overnight field trip as a group for company and/or cultural visits.
Where are classes held?
This program will be based at the University of Washington Rome Center, housed in the beautiful and historic Palazzo Pio in the very heart of Rome. Built on the foundations of the Theater of Pompey, ancient Rome's first permanent theater (dedicated in 55 B.C.), the seventeenth-century palace incorporates a medieval tower and adjoins the Campo de' Fiori, site of Rome's most attractive open-air market. The Center offers full access to UW's online resources, a specialized library, and classroom facilities.
Primary location: Rome, Italy
Field trip location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands (last week of the program)
The UW Rome Center arranges apartments for the program located in the Trastevere, Parione or Regola neighborhoods which are all within a 15 minute walk from the UW Rome Center. The apartments generally accommodate between three and five students and every apartment has a kitchen so you can cook meals at home. The walk between the apartments and the UW Rome Center, where class is held, is safe and absolutely beautiful! It gives you the chance to get to know two very famous neighborhoods in Rome.
In Rotterdam, the Netherlands, students will be housed in a hostel in the center of the city.
Priority will be given to students already admitted to the Foster School.
Students who are applying to Foster in Spring 2019 can apply for this program.
Students with no intention of being a business student should not apply.
Some days there will be 20-60 minutes of walking and long stretches of time on ones feet during museum visits.
8 UW Credits
MGMT 300: Management 300 Leadership and Organizational Behavior (4 Credits)
The field of Organizational Behavior has evolved to help organizations manage and lead their people in a way that maximizes the organization’s success and employee wellbeing. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and topics in leadership and organizational behavior (OB). We will survey several topics that are related to managing and leading people in organizations, including personality, decision making, motivation, leadership, team dynamics, negotiations, and organizational culture. Throughout this course, we will examine how individuals in organizations function across different contexts and levels of analysis: individually, interpersonally and in groups, and in organizations.
Learning goals include:
Increase your knowledge of leadership and OB concepts so you can understand and analyze what effective leadership is and how organizations and the people within them work.
Provide you with opportunities to apply leadership and OB concepts to real world problems faced by managers and employees every day.
Improve your personal skill set, including working in teams, negotiation, communications, gaining influence, etc.
Develop your leadership and management potential by giving you real opportunities to build on your skill set and develop experiences that will further your career success.
Examines problems encountered in planning, operating, and controlling production, storage and delivery of goods and services. Topics include: waiting-line management, inventory management, production systems, and supply chain management. Quantitative models used in formulating managerial problems. Understanding the tradeoffs between insourcing and outsourcing, and onshoring and offshoring. Analyzing global supply chains.
Learning goals include:
Introduce students to concepts and techniques related to the design, planning, control, and improvement of manufacturing and service operations.
Introduce students to the basic definitions of operations management terms
Introduce students to quantitative tools and techniques for analyzing operations Provide strategic context for making operational and global supply chain decisions.
Christina Fong, Management and Organization, Program Director
Christina T. Fong is a Principal Lecturer in the Management and Organization department at the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. She received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University in 2003. Her research and consulting interests include the study of emotions in the workplace, psychological conflict at work, impression management, power and politics within organizations, and management education. She also works as an executive coach for C-suite level executives in the Seattle area. Her research has been covered in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Huffington Post, Business Week, among others. She has also been the recipient of several teaching awards, including the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award, a university wide award recognizing “extraordinary success of a nominee's superior ability in the teaching/learning process.” Christina taught on the Foster Rome Program in Summer 2016, 2017 and 2018. She is excited about leading the program for a fourth year!
Hamed Mamani, Information Systems and Operations Management, Program Director
Hamed Mamani is an Associate Professor of Operations Management department at the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008. Hamed taught on the Foster Rome Program in Summer 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Theresa Maloney, Foster School of Business, Staff Director
Theresa studied abroad at the UW Rome Center when she was an undergraduate student and fell in love with Rome. She then returned at the end of her undergraduate career to be the UW Rome Center intern. Theresa has worked in study abroad at UW for many years and has acted as Staff Director for the Foster Rome Program in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. She speaks Italian and enjoys sharing her passion for Italy with students.
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,300-$1,700)
Food (about $30/day)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: August 9, 2019
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.
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.
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 online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. 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: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
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: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
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.
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 disability.uw.edu.
$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:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.