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UW students going abroad in 2015 receive encouragement, awards

UW–Madison students preparing to embark on a variety of international experiences in the coming months received words of encouragement and financial support at the spring 2015 International Studies Scholarship Award Ceremony on April 23, at the Gordon Dining and Event Center.

The event – hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of International Studies, International Internship Program, and International Academic Programs – brought together students, parents, donors, UW faculty and staff.

IAP Director Dan Gold, who served as emcee for the event, praised the generosity of donors: “It’s clear that scholarships serve students by removing financial barriers to study abroad, but they also do much more. These scholarships pave the way for students from underrepresented populations to access a global education that may have otherwise been out of reach.”

Gold adds, “We also encourage scholarship recipients to complete ‘share your experience’ projects upon their return to Madison, so when these students return home they’re ambassadors for cultural exchange and international learning here on campus.”

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Global Youth Summit generates ideas for raising global awareness

Incorporating international news reports into school-wide announcements, having high school students give language lessons to elementary students, and hosting international dinners for the community are among the ideas for increasing global awareness offered by high school students at the 2015 Wisconsin Global Youth Summit.

The Wisconsin Global Youth Summit brought approximately 170 students from more than 35 high schools across Wisconsin, accompanied by more than 60 teachers, to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Saturday, February 28, for a day of sessions aimed at promoting their growth as global citizens.

The summit was co-sponsored by the UW–Madison Division of International Studies and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Participating UW–Madison units include the Wisconsin International Scholars (WISc) Program, International Reach (International Student Services), Language Institute, and the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC).

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