Students, explore your options during International Education Week

Many of the students who come to the University of Wisconsin–Madison to pursue a world-class education discover that the university also serves as a marvelous launching pad for exploring the world. The celebration of International Education Week 2013 (November 11–15) at UW–Madison will feature a range of opportunities to investigate what the campus offers and where in the world it can take them.

Learn about a variety of academic units (such as languages, area studies and certificate programs), campus offices (such as study abroad, internships, learning communities, and careers), and student organizations that have an international focus at the International Resource Fair on Monday, November 11, 4:30–6:30 p.m. in the Sonata Room, Gordon Event and Dining Center. Internationally themed refreshments will be served. Sponsors: Division of International Studies, Language Institute, and International Learning Community.

Thinking about international opportunities after graduation? Learn about the U.S. Peace Corps from returned volunteers at a reception on Tuesday, November 12, 4:30–6:30 p.m., at the University Club, 803 State St., Madison. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsors: Peace Corps@UW-Madison and Division of International Studies, in conjunction with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) of Wisconsin–Madison, and the Global Health Institute.

Students interested in global health can find out about field courses in Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Mexico, Austria and other locations at the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health Field Course Fair, on Wednesday, November 13, 5–7 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union.

Hear what a panel of experts – including Ambassador Ian Kelly, Diplomat-in-Residence for the Midwest, U.S. Department of State – have to say about “International Careers: Choose Your Path,” on Wednesday, November 13, 6-8 p.m., Masley Media Room, on the first floor of the Red Gym.  Refreshments provided. Sponsors: International Internship Program (IIP), International Academic Programs (IAP), and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) in the Wisconsin School of Business.

To help you explore your options for studying abroad, the representatives from International Academic Programs (IAP) will be available on Wednesday, November 13, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Four Lakes Market in Dejope Hall. IAP also will hold an informational session on How to Talk to Your Parents About Study Abroad, on Friday, November 15, 12:30–1:30 p.m. in Room 106 of the Red Gym.

Graduate students interested in doing research abroad can learn about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program (MA or PhD research) and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program, at an information session, hosted by the International Fellowships Office, on Wednesday, November 13, 4–5:30 p.m. 336 Ingraham Hall.

Undergraduates interested in pursuing an overseas project after graduation are invited by the International Fellowships Office to attend a general information session on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program – including different types of grants, application process, and planning for a successful application – on Tuesday, November 12, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at Union South. A second session during the week – on Thursday, November 14, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in Room 336 Ingraham Hall – will focus on Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grants.

Click here to more extensive listing of this year’s International Education Week at UW–Madison.

For a weekly campus-wide listing of international events, including information sessions, go online to Global Happenings: Also, subscribe to receive Global Happenings by email.

— by Kerry G. Hill