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Looking beyond international internships

The UW-Madison International Internship Program (IIP) held a reentry session August 28, 2014 for students returning to campus from summer internships. The session included an exercise in which students posted notes on what they learned about themselves and what they noticed differently about the United States upon their return (reverse culture shock). They also received advice on capitalizing on their internship as they seek to advance their careers.

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Global Gateway introduces students to world

Joann Huynh had no intention of studying abroad when she came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  “I had never been far from home or my parents, let alone out of the country,” says Huynh, of Chicago.

Yet, she found the new UW Global Gateway Program too enticing to pass up – a fully funded opportunity to study in China, the country her parents had left in the 1980s.

Professor Joe Dennis teaches Global Gateway students in China.

Global Gateway students in China.

So she applied to become one of 15 UW­–Madison undergraduates to embark on a four-week, faculty-led experience in Shanghai this summer.

After spending a month in China, she reports, “I learned what it means to be a global citizen with an appreciation for different cultures, especially if you are coming into a new experience with preconceived notions.”

International Academic Programs (IAP), the study abroad unit of the Division of International Studies, developed the UW Global Gateway Program to engage undergraduates who might be curious about studying abroad, yet reluctant about plunging into an overseas academic experience.

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