Study Abroad Fair Will Answer Questions on Why to Go Abroad

Attend the Study Abroad Fair, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 4 -7  p.m. in the Memorial Union, Great Hall, to find out why the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a national leader in study abroad and why so many Badgers are making the experience a part of their UW career!

The Division of International Studies asked Erin Polnaszek, study abroad advisor in International Academic Programs (IAP), more about study abroad at UW-Madison  and the positive impact abroad programs can have on the student experience.

Why attend fair/ What is the importance of study abroad?
The Study Abroad Fair is a comprehensive information event for anyone interested in learning more about the many exciting study and intern abroad opportunities available at UW-Madison. Over 70 exhibits displaying information about IAPs more than 150 programs plus seminars on topics like Financing Study Abroad 101, Study Abroad 101, and more will provide a one-stop shopping experience!

How should students decide where to study and for how long?
Deciding to study abroad can be a difficult process, especially given the number of program options that are available.  To assist students in finding the program that works best for them, it is important to plan ahead and consider the academic and financial fit for the program they are considering.  Each student will differ in his/her choice, but ultimately the best program is one that can fit right into his/her academic degree plan at UW so that they continue making progress toward their degree, even while studying abroad.  Students should consider the courses offered on the program, the cost of the program and their budget, and the destination.  There are study abroad advisors in International Academic Programs who can assist students in walking through the different program choices to help them find the best fit.

What are some questions or things to consider during the decision-making process (cost, location, language, and academic)?
Students should look at the courses offered on the program in collaboration with their academic advisors to make sure that they can take courses that will count toward their degree while on the program.  Students should also consider the cost of the program in reference to their budget.  Other things to consider are: language of instruction, type of accommodations they would prefer, type of program, and program duration.  Finally, does the student want to supplement their academic coursework with an internship or volunteer experience?  All of these questions can help narrow down the program that will work best for the goals the student hopes to accomplish while abroad.

What should a student bring to the study abroad fair?
No preparation is needed for the Study Abroad Fair – simply come with questions or just to see how many different options there are to go abroad!  If students feel overwhelmed when first arriving at the fair, head to the Old Madison West room to view the Study Abroad 101 Seminar.  This seminar provides a general overview of study abroad at UW Madison by students who have already been abroad. 

Where can they get help/ find more information about studying abroad and the steps they need to take after the fair?
Students can visit the Resource Center in Bascom 250 or visit IAP’s Web site:

Students, advisors: Studying abroad ‘transformational’ from The Badger Herald on Vimeo.