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  • Locations: Brisbane, Australia; Cairns, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

Location Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia; Brisbane, Australia; Cairns, Australia
Academic Term Early Fall
09/02/2019 - 09/24/2019
Estimated Program Fee $4,125
Credits 5
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites.
Program Directors Tod Bergstrom |
Angela Shelley |
Program Manager Ruby Machado Shields |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information
General Through this Exploration Seminar, students will use a “Business, Government & Society” paradigm to study and assess how and why Australia has been so successful, socially and economically. The program will travel up the East Coast of Australia, from Melbourne to Cairns. Along the way students will have to opportunity to discover the Land Down Under through company visits focused on highly successful businesses and through experiences that highlight Australia’s unique culture and landscape.
Visas Australia requires a visa for any travelers coming to the country. For participants who are U.S. citizens, the program fees cover the cost of the visa, which is purchased electronically by the program directors prior to departure. Participants who are not U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining their own visa documentation for Australia. More information can be found here.

Program Description

By almost every measure, Australians are doing things right. Numerous "quality of life" indexes show that Australians are some of the happiest and most financially stable inhabitants on the planet. These outcomes are the result of collaborative efforts - Australia's government, businesses, and broader society have all contributed to the country's successes. This Exploration Seminar can, and intends to, learn from Australia's success. Students and faculty participating in this program will use a "Business, Government & Society" (BGS) paradigm to study and assess how and why Australia has been so successful. "Business, Government & Society" is a distinct, required course at the Foster School of Business, which focuses on how American businesses interact with, affect, and are affected by our government and society (key stakeholders). This portable model is well suited to study how businesses, government and Australian society have interacted with each other, and been so successful. This program will include at least 16 site visits, in four Australian cities, and meet with the leadership teams of businesses, NGOs, and local government agencies. This will provide students direct contact with decision-makers, allowing them to hear first-hand from key players. In addition to the core site visits, this program will introduce students to Australia's unique (and sometimes troubling) history and culture, as well as its natural wonders. At least two events will focus on indigenous Australians, and how Australia's government and society has historically failed this community and what they're doing now to remedy those mistakes. By traveling nearly the entire east coast of Australia, meeting local business people, government officials, and staying in hostels, students will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with locals and gain a deeper understanding of the world's only country/continent.




Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia; Brisbane, Australia; Cairns, Australia


Students on Business Australia will stay in hostels at all of the destinations we visit. Applicants should be comfortable with shared rooming situations. These hostels provide double, quad and six-person units, mostly with en suite facilities, meaning our students will not share rooms with non-program-participants. These facilities are extremely well regarded, and generally in excellent locations.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no prerequisites. Do note that there is a fair amount of walking required on this trip, particularly during the day trip to the Blue Mountains and the beach walk from Bondi to Coogee. The highlight of this exploration seminar, for many students, is the opportunity to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. It's important to note that the Reef is only accessible via a two hour boat trip, so students prone to motion sickness are advised to plan accordingly.


5 UW Quarter Credits


IBUS 490: International Business (5 credits)

This course will begin with three pre-departure sessions, held on campus during Spring Quarter. This will help students to learn about the history, culture, and government of Australia, as well as become acquainted with the "Business, Government & Society" paradigm we will use in Australia. Familiarizing students with the BGS model will prepare them for the on-site visits in Australia, and enable students to better understand how and why Australia ranks so high on multiple "quality of life" indexes. In addition, each student will research and write a short paper on one of our site visits (a business, government agency, or NGO), then make an oral presentation to the class; this will insure that all students are prepared for each site visit. Finally, during the trip, students will be required to take notes during/after site visits. Upon completion of the trip, each student will write a 15-page paper applying the BGS paradigm and specifically integrate what the student learned from at least three site visits.

Learning goals include:
While in Australia, this course will visit four different cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns) as well as three world-class natural sites: the Great Barrier Reef (a World Heritage site), the Blue Mountains, and the Great Ocean Road (southwest of Melbourne). This Exploration Seminar will provide students with an opportunity to meet with business leaders from a variety of successful Australian companies that operate both domestically and globally, as well as meet representatives of multinational corporations based outside of Australia, but that operate in Australia. They will also (1) meet with local government leaders who collaborate with businesses on the appropriate level of regulation, (2) learn to better understand the social, governmental and business factors that result in Australia being so highly rated as a place to live, (3) appreciate the Australian business community's emphasis on sustainability, as well as its ability to work with key stakeholders, (4) compare and contrast how Australia and the United States view the relationship between businesses and the societies they exist in, (5) become better global citizens and (6) represent the University of Washington in a professional manner to potential business partners.









Tod Bergstrom
Lecturer since 2000, Management and Organization

Since 2000, Tod Bergstrom has been a lecturer in the Management & Organization department of the Michael G. Foster School of Business, where he teaches two classes: “Introduction to Law for Business” and “Business, Government & Society”. He is the Course Coordinator for the Law program at the Foster School of Business. Tod has significant experience leading UW students on overseas programs, as well as a great deal of experience travelling. In 2005, he taught comparative law as part of the LSJ/Law Exploration Seminar in Rome. In 2010 and 2011, Tod led UW Exploration Seminars to South Africa, which focused on business in a developing economy. In 2016, Tod led a Foster MBA program on an 8-day study tour to Cuba. Tod co-led this exploration program to Australia in 2018. Additionally, he has served as the faculty advisor, and led Foster undergraduate teams to International Case Competitions in Bangkok, Thailand, and Maastricht, Netherlands. In total, Tod has led or participated in 7 overseas trips with UW students. Independently, Tod has travelled to 56 countries, across 6 continents.

Angela Shelley
Assistant Director, Global Business Center

Angela has been with the Global Business Center since 2016. She is passionate about study abroad and expanding opportunities for students to experience the world outside of our borders. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Wyoming (where she studied abroad four times in 3.5 years) and an MS in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University. This will be her fourth time co-leading a Faculty-Led program, having co-led Business London 2017, Business Australia 2018, and an MBA Study Tour to China and Taiwan in early 2019.





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,125

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $325 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 - $1000-$1500)
  • Food (The program fees cover the cost of 1-2 meals per day. An average meal costs $15-20 USD.)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 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.

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 Study Abroad 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.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  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. Below 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 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:

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 you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 application 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 withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.