Living in this dorm offers world of experiences, connections
Signs and posters in several languages converge in a first-floor collage representing a multitude of places around the globe. Brightly colored flags adorn the walls at every turn.
Conversations in such languages as Arabic, Spanish and Japanese spill out from the bedrooms. From the kitchen downstairs drift smells of pizza accented by snippets of Italian.
Outside, students toss around wooden blocks in an intense game of Kubb, a Nordic sport.
What might sound like scenes from an Olympic village are everyday occurrences from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s International Learning Community (ILC), in Adams Hall, by the shore of Lake Mendota.
UW undergraduates receive scholarships for study abroad, internships
University of Wisconsin–Madison students preparing to embark on a variety of international programs gathered recently at the Pyle Center – joined by family and friends – to hear words of encouragement and to receive scholarships to help pay their way. The undergraduates were honored April 18, at the Spring 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship Award Ceremony, hosted by the Division of International Studies, International Academic Programs (IAP), and International Internship Program (IIP).
In opening remarks for the event, UW–Madison alumnus David Nagel (BS ‘75, MBA ‘76), highlighted the transformative impact of his own summer abroad program to Scandinavia.
“Before I left for Scandinavia, I was a chemistry major who had never even seen the ocean,” says Nagel, executive vice president of BP America and chair emeritus of the Division’s External Advisory Board. “I came back fully enthused about international culture, history, politics, and business. And while I did complete my BS in chemistry, I quickly followed this with a Wisconsin MBA in international business, and have pursued this interest for the last 30-plus years, including 12 years living abroad.”
Nagel is a strong advocate for students to have at least one international experience – of any length – during their tenure at the UW. He reminded the students not only of the richness of what they were about to enjoy, but also of their larger opportunity to build on the experience to help make a difference in today’s interconnected world.