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Where the next journey begins

For many students at UW-Madison, the Wisconsin Experience includes leaving the campus, for a few weeks up to a year, to explore the world. Many students seeking international academic experiences begin by exploring the opportunities at the annual UW–Madison Study Abroad Fair.

The 2014 fair, held September 17 at Union South, featured more than 90 exhibits, showcasing more than 200 programs. The event is organized by International Academic Programs (IAP), the study abroad unit within the Division of International Studies.

See more photos from this year’s Study Abroad Fair

Global Gateway opens up world for UW students

Among the newest study abroad options at UW-Madison is the Global Gateway Program. Developed by International Academic Programs (IAP), this program is designed to engage undergraduates who might be curious about studying abroad, yet reluctant about plunging into an overseas academic experience.

“Every student needs to develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge to succeed in today’s increasingly diverse, interconnected world,” says Guido Podesta, vice provost and dean of the Division of International Studies, which provided funding for the program. “Creating this unique program is the latest in our ongoing efforts to make global issues and experiences a key part of the undergraduate experience at UW–Madison.”

In June, Joe Dennis, professor in the Department of History, led the first Global Gateway group – 15 UW–Madison students – to Shanghai, China for four weeks. The program included classes in Chinese history and international relations.

Read what the students had to say about the experience