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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Autumn Quarter 2019 01/15/2019 01/16/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of May 15th
Summer Quarter 2019 01/15/2019 01/16/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of April 1st
Winter Quarter 2020 01/15/2019 01/16/2019 TBA TBA
Spring Quarter 2020 01/15/2019 01/16/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of November 1st
Program Information:

There are two parts to a complete Foster Barcelona application, see below!

  Location   Barcelona, Spain
  Eligibility  Lower division Foster School core courses highly   recommended. 
  Language   English
  Adviser   Kathleen Allen,
  January 15
  Foster School Study Abroad
  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. 
  Students wishing to know more about
  applying for this program should contact the
  Foster School.
  Read     More
  Where You Will Study, Academics, Housing,
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process

Application Process

There are two parts to the Foster Barcelona Program application, you must do both to have a complete application!

1. Click the apply now button above to start your application.
2. Complete the google form found

If you would like to be considered for more than one term, do not start multiple applications by clicking the apply now button above more than once. Instead list your alternative choices in the google form.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.

Where You Will Study

The Foster Barcelona Program is a partnership with the ALBA Study Abroad Center in Barcelona, Spain. ALBA organizes QUARTER-LONG study abroad programs with up to 40 students. Students can participate during Fall, Winter or Spring Quarters.
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. Non-business courses are also available. 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.
Explore the Catalan countryside with included Friday excursions, and take in the unique tastes of Barcelona with professors and local guides.
Students can live with host families or in apartments in downtown Barcelona, moments from delicious food, the beach and class.
Read more about the program on the ALBA website, but make sure to apply through the UW.

Who Can Participate?

The Foster program will admit up to 20 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.


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, IBUS 300, BECON 300, and FIN 350. We recommend that you take with a GBC Study Abroad adviser for more information.

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


Housing options are typically apartments or home stays in the city center.

Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

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.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.