Category: Study Abroad

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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Japanese literature course leads to the ultimate field trip for UW students

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UW-Madison student Kayla Lewis being interviewed just outside Narita International Airport, shortly after the group’s arrival. PHOTO COURTESY OF ADAM L. KERN

Late last semester, UW–Madison professor Adam L. Kern sent an urgent, cryptic email to four of his students.

He summoned them to his office early the next morning, promising something “potentially extremely interesting and important, if not possibly life-changing.”

“If you already have plans, please reschedule them,” he wrote. “And I would please ask that you not tell anyone about this, at least not for the time being!”

Jeff Chiqui, a freshman from Chicago, opened the email and thought: “I’m in big trouble.”

He wasn’t. Kern, a professor of Japanese literature and visual culture, had been chosen for an extensive profile on a popular prime-time television program in Japan. The show’s producers wanted Kern to pick four students to accompany him on a free, week-long trip to Japan.

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Scholarship recipients and donors recognized at annual award ceremony

Students will be taking on academic, internship, and research opportunities around the world during the upcoming year, thanks to the generosity of donors from across campus. The fall 2016 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony, held December 6 at the Gordon Dining and Event Center, brought students, faculty, and staff together to celebrate students receiving scholarships and recognize the donors who made the awards possible.

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Students show off their scholarship award certificates and a sign thanking donors at the 2017 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony.

“All of you embarking on something new,” said Dan Gold, director of International Academic Programs and MC for the award ceremony. “If you approach it in the right way it will be incredibly meaningful and impact you for the rest of your life.” Continue reading

Campus, family remember Beau Solomon

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Beau Solomon

Family, friends and the UW–Madison campus community are paying tribute to Beau Solomon, a 19-year-old study abroad student who died in Rome last week.

“All of us at UW–Madison are greatly saddened by this loss,” said Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “Beau was a bright and caring young man who lived the Wisconsin Idea through his work at Badger Boys State and his desire to travel and experience other cultures. Our hearts go out to Beau’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Solomon arrived in Italy last Thursday to study at Rome’s John Cabot University as part of a summer program based at the liberal arts college.

He was reported missing the following morning by his roommate when he didn’t return to his room after an evening out in a district frequented by American tourists.   Read More