Seattle offered a stereotypical soggy and grey welcome to the 17 exchange students who arrived to take coursework Winter quarter at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Undergraduate exchange students at the Foster School spend 1-3 quarters in Seattle taking coursework that will count towards the business degree they are earning in their home countries. These students add a unique international perspective to the classroom, and provide Foster School students the opportunity gain insight about the world by creating friendships with our international guests.
All Foster School exchange students participate in the Global Social Ambassador Program, in which each international exchange student is paired with a Foster School Global Social Ambassador (or buddy) during the time they are studying in Seattle. The goal of this program is to introduce exchange students to the American lifestyle and UW culture that these students might not experience independently.
To kick-off winter quarter, on Friday January 8th, 26 Global Social Ambassadors and exchange students traveled to the observation deck of the tallest building on the West Coast, the Columbia Tower to see a beautiful 360 degree view of the Seattle skyline. The day started with everyone meeting at the Global Business Center to get acquainted and break the ice. There was an amazing amount of diversity of those who joined, including students from Japan, Korea, Italy Taiwan, China, Singapore, Chile, Germany, Australia, and Norway.
After boarding the Metro bus and arriving to the Columbia Tower, the group made an essential pit stop at the ‘highest Starbucks in the world’ located on the 40th floor of the Columbia Tower and then proceeded to the observatory where exchange and UW students alike had a great time snapping selfies with one another as the space needle peaked out amongst the clouds. Upon departure, the group walked a few short blocks to the world famous Pike Place Market, where students branched off into smaller groups to explore downtown Seattle.
The Global Social Ambassador team has many fun cultural events planned throughout the quarter, and is so excited to share our beautiful city with our visitors. We are thrilled to have such a diverse cohort of exchange students joining us at the Foster School. If you happen to meet any of the exchange students in class or in the hallways, please be sure to give them a warm welcome!!
Learn more about the Global Social Ambassadors.