Category: Study Abroad

Awards poise students for “life-changing experiences” abroad

Jaclyn Thoma and Olivia Smith

Jaclyn Thoma and Olivia Smith received the Great People-International Studies Scholarship at the 2017 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony.

“If you go into an experience knowing a lot, you will return knowing even more.”

School of Education Dean Diana Hess offered these words of advice to during  the 2017 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony. Members of the university community, along with family members and donors, gathered in the Gordon Dining and Event Center on December 5 to celebrate the latest cohort of students receiving awards to study, intern, and research abroad.

Hess remarked that even though the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a top university for students participating in study abroad programs and other international experiences, it is still rare for students to travel outside of the United States. She called the programs “incredible privileges” and encouraged students to take full advantage of their experiences and allow others to learn through them once they return.

Associate Dean Richard Keller delivered remarks on behalf of the International Division. Keller offered words of congratulations to the students on what he was sure would be “life-changing experiences.” He also noted that many of the programs were only possible through the outstanding generosity of donors, who provided funds to support many of the awards. Continue reading

UW-Madison ranked #1 for semester study abroad participation

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been ranked as #1 for semester-long study abroad participation among all U.S. public institutions, and #14 among all U.S. universities and colleges for total students studying abroad, up two positions from the previous year, according to the Open Doors Report. Continue reading

Erin Hoy, DAAD Young Ambassador

Erin Hoy is a UW-Madison student studying Neurobiology and German. While studying abroad in Germany she was nominated to be a DAAD Young Ambassador. Young Ambassadors are undergraduate students from North America that recently studied abroad in Germany and promote study in Germany at their home universities with help from the DAAD. Below is a testimonial from Erin about her experiences.

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Africa in Our Lives: Dave Bresnahan

PhD candidate Dave Bresnahan’s first taste of African Studies was through the work of Philip Curtin, one of the founders of the African Studies Program at UW-Madison. Since then, Dave has never looked back. He has traversed the kaya forests of Kenya’s coast, studied Mijikenda-speaking communities’ entanglements with the Indian Ocean, and even served as outreach coordinator at the African Studies Program. He shares his favorite parts of Madison and his post-dissertation plans.

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Undergraduate Russian Flagship students present research at UCLA conference

Congratulations to Russian Flagship students Alex Steiner and Kendall Werneiwski, who participated in the UCLA Undergraduate Conference on Slavic and East/Central European Studies in Los Angeles on April 29, 2017. Steiner and Werneiwski were nominated by the Russian Flagship Program to participate in the annual conference, where students have the opportunity to integrate their language skills with focused investigations into the histories, politics, literatures, and cultures of the regions where those languages are spoken.

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Faculty Led Study Abroad: Trends in Europe

Earlier this summer, Dr. Nancy Murray, Faculty Associate in Retailing & Consumer Behavior, teamed up with Robyn Waters, former VP of Trend, Design & Product Development at Target, to lead a study abroad program through three cities in Europe. Students were required to complete two weeks of online coursework on trend theory and principles before the trip in order to prepare for their hands-on learning experience abroad.

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