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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring Break (W)
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Quarter
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Program Information:

Location London, United Kingdom
Academic Term Winter Quarter (Spring Break)
March 23- March 31, 2019
Estimated Program Fee $2,400
Credits 4 UW credits
Prerequisites Selection criteria: It will include a serious interest in global employment, an openness and desire to learn about professional fit including a good attitude and ability to function in a cross cultural team environment.
Program Directors Andrew Rabitoy|
Susan Terry |
Program Manager Ruby Machado |
Priority Application Deadline October 15th, 2018
Information Sessions Thursday, October 11th
5:30-6:30pm, PACCAR 294
General This course helps students navigate the global economy by developing a broader understanding of the different work cultures, economies and opportunities for international work. Students will explore a variety of international career approaches through the two parts of the course: a seminar style course that meets 8 times during the winter quarter and a week-long study abroad experience in London during spring break visiting top global employers from technology to financial services.
Visas 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.

Program Description

London is a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transportation. A plethora of professional opportunity for students interested in a variety of professional opportunities abroad. It is the world's largest financial center and has the fifth or sixth largest metropolitan area GDP in the world. London has a diverse range of people and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken in the region.

Therefore, London is an ideal location to introduce students to international careers. Both instructors have contact with London universities, employers, as well as UW alumni who reside and are employed in London. A prime goal of the course is to help undergraduates understand global work cultures, economies and opportunities for international work. London lends itself to an introductory lesson in the global economy and career options.

Some of the activities students will engage in while in London involve networking with local UW alumni, meeting with substantial employers such as Milliman, who serves the full spectrum of business, financial, government, union, education, and nonprofit organizations. Other employers include, but not limited to Amazon, Global Investment Banks such as Goldman Sachs, public accounting and consulting firms such as EY and Bain. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with schools such as London School of Economics, and a university local career services operation, exposing them to internship and career opportunities, including local industry guest speakers.

Students who engage with this program will be from a variety of disciplines with the common interest in the potential of working abroad.

Tentative course outline and itinerary –
This course is a combination of eight weeks of class time on campus during the winter quarter and a week-long study abroad experience during spring break, 2019

(Spring Break 2019, Saturday, 3.23 – Sunday, 3.31)
Arrive in London,Sunday March 24
Monday, March 25
Tuesday, March 26
Wednesday, March 27
Thursday, March 28
Friday, March 29
Saturday, March 30 (depart London)




London, United Kingdom


London and surrounding areas


Students will be staying in urban hotels and/or university dorms.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Selection criteria: It will include a serious interest in global employment, an openness and desire to learn about professional fit including a good attitude and ability to function in a cross cultural team environment.
Physical Components: Students will need to handle a demanding schedule, with solid self-management skills and a professional presentation. The ability to adapt to a rigorous schedule is paramount, which will include treks through London visiting employers, alumni and cultural locations.


4 UW Credits


MGMT 490/IBUS 490 (Joint Listing with GST 391): Exploring Global Career Opportunities (4 Credits)

This study abroad course helps students navigate global opportunities by developing a broader understanding of the different work cultures, economies and fit for international work. Students will explore a variety of international career approaches through the two parts of the course: an interdisciplinary course that meets 10 times during winter quarter and a week long study abroad experience during spring break. Each part of the course has been carefully constructed to help students develop their own personal definition of an international career in the context of their own career plans. Each student will research international careers and cultures, develop their career plans and how it fits into the international career spectrum, create a compelling LinkedIn profile, and research various aspects of work culture assessing how business is conducted abroad. In preparation for the study abroad trip, students will research companies and organizations on the London/UK itinerary and create questions and discussion topics for each organization. Students will conduct at least one independent informational interview with a professional of the student's choice. Post-trip students will create a resume draft including their international experience and a final reflection paper that summarizes the development of their personal career plans.

Learning goals include:
• Encourage students' personal growth and maturity by increasing self awareness, understanding, confidence and self reliance in developing a global mindset.
• Facilitate students' intellectual growth by exposing them to knowledge, concepts and experiences that reflect a different cultural frame of reference.
• Lead students' to reflect critically on the world and on themselves as global citizens.
• Design a career plan that reflects personal interests, occupational research and global employment trends.
• Demonstrate skills and knowledge associated with success in working internationally such as cross-cultural communication, adaptability, initiative and problem solving.
• Build meaningful connections by practicing effective networking techniques such as informational interviewing, leveraging social media, and participating in discussions with international alumni.
• Create professionally relevant and targeted job search materials such as an international CV and cover letter.
• Thoughtfully explore global work cultures, attitudes and values and fit for employment abroad.



Andrew Rabitoy, Foster School of Business, Program Director

Andy Rabitoy serves as Executive Director, Undergraduate and Specialty Masters Career Services for the Michael G. Foster School of Business-University of Washington (UW). Andy’s 16+ years in career services spans three campus environments, including the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and the University of California, San Diego, prior to his time at UW. Andy is active in the industry and has held key committee positions in major associations including NACE and MPACE; most recently as a MPACE Regional Director. Andy is a participant in the Global Career Summit and served as a panelist at the Global Employability Summit in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Prior to his transition into higher education, Andy worked in the corporate world as a technical recruiting manager. Andy is a Western Washington University alumnus with a B.A in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and M.A. in Career Counseling from the University of San Diego.

Susan Terry, Career and Internship Center, Program Co-Director

Susan Terry has worked in higher education throughout her career. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. As executive director of the Career & Internship Center, Susan is dedicated to supporting the mission of the Center, which is supporting students in exploring, experiencing and engaging in their time at the University to be better informed about their own talent and the opportunities and options that lay ahead. Susan is committed to UW students finding good work that is compatible with talent and values. She is one of the founding members of the non-profit organization, the Center for Dependable Strengths, and currently Board President, dedicated to the perpetuation and expansion of Bernard Haldane’s historic work, discovering talent. In a previous life she was a faculty member at a community college where she developed a career center, taught career development and was the co-founder of the first Women’s Center in the state of Hawaii.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $2,400

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 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 - $1,350)
  • Food (about $50/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: January 25th, 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 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.

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