Max Brudvig felt that studying abroad “was necessary for a complete college experience.”
Currently a senior majoring in political science and history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Brudvig spent the spring semester of his junior year in Brisbane, Australia.
He says the most rewarding parts of his experience were “the friendships and memories you build by being thrown into new situations with strangers.”
For Brudvig, the choice to go abroad was never a difficult one. “I have been told by multiple people that they wish they had traveled while they were young, but put it off and never got the opportunity.”
But, among his peers, he represents a minority.
At UW–Madison, which is ranked the sixth in the nation for the number of students sent overseas, males are far less likely than females to study abroad during their college career.
According to campus-wide data compiled by International Academic Programs (IAP), UW–Madison’s largest study abroad office, 1,404 female students studied abroad in 2011-12, compared to 745 males. That breaks down to 65.3 percent to 34.7 percent of the university’s total, even though the campus ratio of male to female is roughly 1:1.