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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Quarter
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: School of Business Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English Estimated Program Fee: 7600
UW Program Director: Izzy Weber, Marty Matthews, Shaosong Ou UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Mariah Rosman
UW Program Staff Email:,,
Program Information:

Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Academic Term Winter Quarter
January 6, 2020 - March 6, 2020
Estimated Program Fee $7,600
Credits 12-17 UW Credits
Prerequisites ECON 200, ECON 201, QMETH 201 (or equivalent)
Program Directors Izzy Weber |
Marty Matthews |
Shaosong Ou |
Program Manager Ruby Shields |
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Application Deadline May 15, 2019
Application Deadline
September 30, 2019

Program Description

This program is for Foster undergraduate business students as it offers CORE business classes (IBUS 300, MKTG 301, and IS 300) as well as two elective courses (MKTG 450, and IBUS 490). By studying abroad and taking core business classes - students get an overseas experience and stay on track to graduate! Students will have the option to choose to take either 3 or 4 of the 5 courses offered.

During the quarter-long program, students will take their courses at the Universidad de San Andres (UdeSA) downtown campus in the heart of Buenos Aires. Their facilities are in the beautiful Recoleta neighborhood, a part of town which is extremely well connected by public transportation and surrounded by parks, restaurants, cafes and boutiques. The program is designed to enhance the business courses with an international dimension. Each course will bring in case studies or examples that tie the material to what you are experiencing in Latin America. Additionally, students will have opportunities to see real-world applications of the principles of international business and marketing. This will be accomplished through both company visits by the group and individual observations. Possible visits include a new start-up HUB as well as state-owned and private enterprises. Throughout the quarter, students will also engage in a variety of cultural activities and excursions including a full day ‘Asado' at an Argentinian Estancia and a Tango show.

Examples of core business course principles that will be enhanced by being in Argentina include:

  • Examining the distribution of products in Argentinian vs. American stores to assess patterns of international trade
  • Visiting multinational companies to learn about cross-border acquisition strategies
  • Learning about cross-border differences in labor laws and human resource management
  • Observing changes in the exchange rate over the course of the program
  • Understanding differences in consumer behavior internationally
  • Exploring trends and topics in e-commerce in Latin America vs. the US market
  • In addition, students will have the option to take an International Business elective course taught in English by an Argentinian professor on the macroeconomics of emerging economies with a specific focus on Argentina.
The Business Argentina Program is a UW Faculty-Led Program. This means that the housing, course schedule, and program activities (company visits, cultural activities and group dinners) will all be arranged for the students by the UW Faculty Directors who will be abroad with the group. The students on this program will have weekends and many afternoons free to set their own agenda and explore the city of Buenos Aires and beyond. The expected size of the program is 20-30 UW students.

To view the info session powerpoint for Business Argentina,
Business Argentina 2020 - Info Session Presentation.pdf.




Buenos Aires, Argentina

Classroom Space

Classes will be held at the Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA) downtown facility in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Recoleta.


Students will be housed in private studio apartments with others on the program. Each student has his or her own single bed. Apartments will be in the same building about a 30 minute walk from where classes are held at the UdeSA downtown campus.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Econ 200, Econ 201, QMETH 201 (or equivalent). All courses are taught in English, no language skills required. 

Students must be current Foster School undergraduates or a student in the Foster Professional Sales Program.

If you are a Sales student, but not in the Foster School of Business, you can only take these three courses: MKTG 301, MKTG 450, and IBUS 490. You cannot take the IBUS 300 or IS 300 courses.


  • IS 300 = 5 credits
  • IBUS 300 = 4 credits
  • MKTG 301 = 4 credits
  • MKTG 450 elective = 4 credits
  • IBUS 490 elective = 4 credits

Students can take 3-4 courses totaling 12-17 UW credits. The price is the same whether a student takes 3 or 4 courses.


IBUS 300: Introduction to International Business (4 credits) - taught by Izzy Weber

Prepares students to understand the most important aspects of the international political economy. Emphasis on the important relationships among nations and business and economic institutions that influence students' performances as managers, consumers, and citizens. Prerequisite: ECON 200.

Learning goals include:
At the completion of this course students will be able to: 1. Articulate an overview of current international business patterns, with an emphasis on what makes international business different from domestic business; 2. Explain and evaluate some of the social systems within countries as they affect the conduct of business from one country to another; 3. Make decisions based upon some major theories explaining international business transactions and the institutions influencing the activities of global companies; 4. Analyze some of the risks and benefits of international transactions and trade; and 5. Formulate and evaluate alternatives for overall corporate policies and strategies that accommodate global operations.

IS 300: Introduction to Information Systems (5 credits) - taught by Shaosong Ou

Fundamentals of information systems, what they are, how they affect organizations. Technical and organizational foundations of information systems, building information systems, managing information system resources. Laboratory emphasizes using computer to analyze, coordinate, solve organizational decision-making problems. Prerequisite: ACCTG 225; ECON 200; either MATH 112, MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 134, MATH 135, or Q SCI 291; either ECON 311, IND E 315, QMETH 201, Q SCI 291, Q SCI 381, PSYCH 315, PSYCH 318, STAT 220, STAT 221/SOC 221/CS&SS 221, STAT 311, or STAT 390; may not be repeated.

Learning goals include:

Modern information technologies have dramatically transformed the way consumers transact their daily activities and firms conduct businesses. Nowadays over 50% of capital expenditures made by firms are IT-related. Understanding the strategic role IT is critical for firms to provide competitive advantage in today's competitive environment. Knowing how to effectively manage IT is a lifetime learning prerequisite for successful business managers and CIOs/CEOs. This course is intended to be an important step towards building your IT knowledge base on road to becoming a successful manager. The course consists of both lecture and lab sessions. The lecture will teach you the vocabulary, key concepts, and frameworks for the management of Information Systems (IS). You are expected to gain good understanding of the strategic value of IT/IS as well as their applications in today's business environment. You will also be able to develop basic IT project management skills such as system analysis and design, project planning, implementation and testing. The lab sessions emphasize using computers to analyze, coordinate, and solve organizational decision-making problems by providing a hands-on environment to learn various business computer applications such as Microsoft Excel, Access, Expression Web, Outlook, Visio and Project.

MKTG 301: Marketing Concepts (4 credits) - taught by Marty Matthews

Tools, factors, and concepts used by management in planning, establishing policies, and solving marketing problems. Marketing concepts, consumer demand and behavior, location analysis, marketing, functions, institutions, channels, prices, and public policy. Prerequisite: ECON 200.

Learning goals include:
The specific learning objectives of this course are to: 1. Expose students to a comprehensive and practical introduction of marketing principles 2. Teach the importance of how marketing contributes to an organization's overall strategic plan 3. Introduce students to the role of marketing in society and business 4. Demonstrate how companies create customer value by implementing strategic marketing program

MKTG 450: Consumer Behavior (4 credits) - taught by Marty Matthews

Theory and practice pertinent to marketing decisions; utilization of theories from behavioral sciences in marking research; theories of fashion, characteristics of goods, shopping behavior, product differentiation, market segmentation, and opinion leadership; application of concepts to management of advertising, personal selling, pricing, and channels of distribution.

Learning goals include:
This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the study of consumer behavior from a marketing research point of view. Emphasis will be placed on theories from behavioral sciences and psychology with both a theoretical and applications-oriented perspective. Throughout the quarter we will study how people respond to the marketing of products and services, and how business managers can use consumer research to develop better products and services and ultimately sustain competitive advantages in the marketplace.

IBUS 490: Macroeconomics of Emerging Markets (4 credits) - taught by UdeSA faculty member

The goal of the course is to think about development and macroeconomic policy in emerging markets, with the following questions in mind:

  • Why have some countries developed over the 20th century while others remained stagnant and failed to grow? (Ed. Glaeser’s “Argentine Paradox”) In particular, among Latin American countries, what have been the main economic, sociopolitical and cultural differences between Chile, Brazil and Argentina that may have accounted for their different degree of success in terms of economic development?
  • Is there a role for macroeconomic policy to play in the development path? If so, which strategies are at hand and at what cost?
  • How applicable are traditional development strategies in our 21st century economy?
  • What could be a credible and realistic scenario for emerging Latin American economies (especially Argentina) in this new global economic landscape? 

The course will therefore cover a few aspects of traditional macroeconomic policy (both fiscal and monetary), trade and development; characterizing and justifying the alternative paths taken by the different emerging economies under study. We will answer the question of whether it could have been the different initial conditions and strategic resources that each economy faced that led them to take a different approach to development, and to determine to what extent have those approaches been more or less successful in terms of achieving their original goals. Finally, we will attempt to identify potential development paths for the each type of country in terms of the current state of the global economy.



Izzy Weber
Senior Lecturer - Accounting

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 2018, Izzy received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Izzy has led several study abroad programs including Exploration Seminars to Morocco, Italy, and the UK and is excited to travel internationally with Foster students again in 2020.

Marty Matthews
Lecturer - MIB

Marty Matthews is a Lecturer in the Marketing and International Business Department of the Foster School of Business, and has been teaching for more than 20 years. She has won the Marketing and International Business Faculty of the Year award four times, and she teaches a wide variety of courses in the Marketing concentration, including Marketing Principles, Advertising, Retailing, Product Management and Consumer Behavior.  

Marty is currently abroad teaching on the Foster Barcelona Program in Spain for Spring Quarter 2019. She has also served as a Faculty Coach for several international case competitions and taught MKTG 301: Marketing Principles on the Foster Rome Program in Summer 2015 & 2018.​

Shaosong Ou
Senior Lecturer - ISOM

Shaosong is a Senior Lecturer in Information System at the Foster School of Business and the Faculty Advisor for the CISB Program (Certificate of International Studies in Business) Chinese Track. He teaches Information Systems to the undergraduates and Business Statistics and Data Analysis to the MBAs and EMBAs. He received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Southern California. Shaosong has led a number of study abroad programs before including four Exploration Seminars to China, Taiwan and Brazil and three MBA International Study Tours to Japan, China and South Africa respectively.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $7,600

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $325 Foster Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction & credits
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket)
  • Food (about $25 per day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: January 24, 2020

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Students pay the program fee instead of their regular UW tuition. 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, two short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor, TA or staff, 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.