UW Global Gateway offers funded, short-term study abroad opportunities
Students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison who are curious about studying abroad, but still reluctant about plunging into an overseas experience will have a new way to test international waters, starting next summer.
International Academic Programs (IAP), which offers the largest number of study abroad programs on campus, has developed UW Global Gateway Programs, short-term experiences in which diverse groups of first- and second-year undergraduates travel abroad accompanied by a UW–Madison faculty member.
Every participant selected for this program will receive a Global Gateway Scholarship, which covers all billed program costs and international airfare.
“Every student needs to develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge to succeed in today’s increasingly diverse, interconnected world,” says Guido Podesta, interim vice provost and dean of the Division of International Studies, which is funding this 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.”
UW-Madison senior wins Rhodes Scholarship
University of Wisconsin-Madison senior Drew Birrenkott of McFarland, Wis. has been awarded a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship. He joins an elite group of students that have received one of the top honors in higher education.
Birrenkott, a fifth-year student majoring in political science, biochemistry and biomedical engineering, will be invited to spend two to three years of study at Oxford University in England. The Rhodes scholarship, founded in 1902 by British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, is the oldest international study program in the world; it is valued at approximately $50,000 per year on average.
His interest in international health issues has grown through seeing them firsthand. He has studied in India through the biochemistry department’s Khorana Program, named for Nobel Prize winner Har Gobind Khorana. Through his work with Engineers Without Borders, he has traveled to Kenya and coordinates a project in Tanzania, where he plans to visit in January.
“I was driven by seeing the disparity in health services between the United States and the places that I visited,” says Birrenkott. “Not everybody has access to these services – which is its own issue – but in some places they’re lacking altogether.”
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world’s top-ranked research universities, is seeking a talented and visionary individual to provide leadership for its international programs and initiatives.