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Study Abroad, Study Away, and International Internships

The School of Education recognizes the importance of study abroad and international internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and works closely with the International Academic Program (IAP) Office.

Exploring outside your home culture is an opportunity to:

Expand your world view

Cultivate international understanding

Help you be more competitive in the global workforce

Improve or develop language skills

We are excited about the School of Education faculty-led study abroad opportunities that are currently available! Read more about them and how they connect to your interests and School of Education majors below.

Information about funding your study abroad can be found below.

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New Winter Session Course!

Explore: UW Crossroads of Culture & Health in New Zealand

Explore the interaction between the environment, culture, and human physiology amidst the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand.

Led by UW-Madison Professors Gary Diffee and Bill Schrage from the Department of Kinesiology.

Earn 3 Kinesiology credits.

Click program link for eligibility and additional details. Application deadline: Friday, September 6, 2024, at 4:30pm.

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Dive in: UW Team Building in Costa Rica

Explore community development through a variety of adventure activities. Step out of your comfort zone. Learn theories of group dynamics. Develop team and leadership skills.

Join program leaders Luis Columna and  Cindy Kuhrasch from the Department of Kinesiology.

Credit: Kinesiology 325, Management & Human Resources 365, or Sociology 464.

Click program link for eligibility and additional details.

Be part of the audience: UW Theatre in London

British Theatre. What more can you say? Experience the history and modern realities of the theatre. Engage in readings and discussions. Gain understanding of the social and cultural contexts. See a variety of shows!

Led by Colleen Conroy, Audrey Standish, and Jim Stauffer from the Department of Theatre and Drama.

Credit: Theatre and Drama 595 or Anthropology 455

Click program link for eligibility and additional details.

Dig deep: UW Education, Diversity and Community in the Galapagos Islands

Visit local schools. Broaden your understanding of the local educational system. Consider the importance of language diversity.

Program leaders are Diego Roman and  Mariana Pacheco, both from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Credit: C & I 375, INST 402, or Community & Environmental SOC 400

Click program link for eligibility and additional details.

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City building in Portugal.

Sense your way: UW Exploring Cuba Through Art

Examine the history, mystery, and culture of Cuba. Journaling is a form of reflective activity. You’ll journal about your experiences, drawing upon your creative and intellectual interests.

Led by Faisal Abdu’Allah from the Department of Art.

Credit: Art 448 or Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies 440

Click program link for eligibility and additional details.

Move: UW Dancing Cultures in Greece

Conduct an ethnographic study of dance. Examine how dance can be used to create a sense of identity and national belonging. Attend workshops. Watch performances. Dance! Look for future offering of this course.

Program leaders will be Natalie Zervou and Liz Sexe, both in the Dance Department.

Credit: Dance 368, Anthropology 455, or Folklore Program 315

Click program link for eligibility and additional details.

Examine: UW Movement as Medicine in Portugal

Learn about and compare physical activity and health outcomes cross-culturally. Learn about theories of behavior change as they relate to cultural beliefs. Design a sedentary behavior intervention.

Join program leaders Dane Cook and  Morgan Shields from the Department of Kinesiology.

Credit: Kinesiology 250 or Community and Environmental Sociology 400

Click program link for eligibility and additional details.

Diversify: UW Inclusive Physical Activity & Sports in Ireland

Explore fitness, sports, and public health for individuals with diverse abilities.

Join program leaders Andrea Mason and Kecia Doyle from the Department of Kinesiology.

Credit: Kinesiology 260

Click program link for eligibility and additional details.

Journey: UW Youth, Language and Experiential Education in the Dominican Republic

Develop and co-teach ESL curricula while learning about educational NGOs and the challenges they face.

Travel with program leader Lesley Bartlett from the Educational Policy Studies Department.

Credit: Education Policy/Int’l Studies 335 or Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies 440

Click program link for eligibility and additional details.

Compare: UW Disability Rights and Access in Australia

Compare the experience of citizens with disabilities in the United States and Australia by examining their rights and access to services.

Led by Susan Smedema from the Department Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education.

Credit: RPSE 311

Click program link for eligibility and additional details.

Scholarship Resources

Scholarship opportunities to fund your study abroad experience are available through the IAP/Study Abroad Office. This includes the Pre-Departure Loan Program. Apply as early as possible. Review application deadlines carefully. We strongly encourage students to apply for all UW and external funding resources.

Complete an application to all scholarships offered through International Academic Programs in the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).

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Frequently Asked Questions regarding the SoE Scholarships

How much do the programs cost and when do they run?

  • Visit the program page for the study abroad course for which you intend to apply. On each program page, you will find information about eligibility, academics, costs, dates, logistics and how to apply. International Academic Programs is populating the program pages as soon as they have the appropriate information. If something is missing, please check back.

I cannot complete a FAFSA. Is there any way that I can apply for the scholarship funding?

  • Yes, contact the Global Engagement Office and they will work with you to complete alternative paperwork (global@education.wisc.edu).

Who can I talk with to find out more information about the programs?

  • Each program has a different International Academic Program Advisor. Please see the program information above and look for the name of the IAP advisor. They can help you with program specific information.

If I complete the application process for the scholarship and program, am I guaranteed a spot?

  • Applications will be reviewed by IAP and the School of Education. Priority is given to School of Education majors. The School of Education wants to make its programs accessible to everyone, so please apply. As with all application processes, we cannot guarantee a spot.

When will I know whether I have been accepted into a program?

  • Study abroad and scholarship applications are both due on the designated program deadlines. You will receive confirmation of admittance by late January/early February, and scholarship decisions shortly after.

I am graduating before the start to one of these study abroad programs. Am I eligible to participate or get a scholarship?

  • No, graduating seniors are not eligible to participant or to get the School of Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Please contact the Global Engagement Office if you are interested in pursuing international experience post-graduation (global@education.wisc.edu).

Where do I go with more questions?

  • If you have a question regarding the SoE Study Abroad Scholarship, please contact the Global Engagement Office (global@education.wisc.edu), and they will put you in touch with the appropriate staff member.
  • If you have program specific questions, please contact the following IAP Advisors through Starfish: Kate Hamoonga for Ecuador, Ireland, and the Dominican Republic; Jessa Boche for the UK, Greece, and Australia; and Kristin Calkins for Portugal and Costa Rica; Ella Quinn for Cuba.

Undergraduate Students

If you are an undergraduate student in the School of Education planning on studying abroad, please keep the following things in mind:

  • Plan ahead. It is never too early to meet with advisors in the International Academic Programs Office and Educational Academic Services.
  • You will receive in-residence academic credit while studying abroad. See Major Advising Pages (MAPs).
  • Scholarships are available. The IAP Office has a number of scholarships solely for UW–Madison students, and there are external scholarships as well. Do not rule out study abroad or study away based on cost. Make sure to meet with IAP to find out what scholarships are available.
  • You aren’t in this alone! There are people in the International Programs Office and School of Education to support you throughout the process.

Study Abroad or Study Away

Are you ready to get started? Visit the IAP website for next steps and to schedule a meeting with a study abroad advisor to talk about:

  • Program options (short-term, faculty-led, semester, academic year)
  • Credit transfer
  • Costs
  • Scholarships/Financial Aid
  • And much, much more!

International Internships

If you wish to pursue an international internship, the Intern Abroad Advisors at IAP can help. Start by filling out the Pre-Advising Worksheet to hone in on your interests, then explore the different types of internship options. You can schedule an advising appointment to learn more and make your plan.

SoE Study Abroad Programs that are in the works for Summer 2025

  • Programs to Portugal (Art) and Belize (Special Education).

More School of Education faculty-led study abroad programs are in the works and will be added here soon!