STEM + international education = student success

Recent scholarship in teaching and learning is demonstrating what CALS faculty have known all along—that international curriculum can improve student retention in the STEM fields.

Whether through storytelling, case studies, or short-term study abroad,* when students are asked to apply scientific knowledge to real-world issues like food security, environmental sustainability, or global health they gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the ways in which STEM subjects relate directly–and urgently–to their own lives.

Last week, upon returning from a White House conference on college accessibility and student success, Chancellor Blank reiteratedUW-Madison’s commitment to recruiting and retaining students in the STEM fields. Backing this commitment will be the newly formed Institute for Science Education (ISE), meant to complement campus programs that already support STEM education and career planning. (

CALS has long been committed to the success of each student who walks through Ag Hall. Visit the Office of Academic Affairs for information on career advising, study abroad, research opportunities, and internationalization initiatives that support the integration of real-world global learning into the classroom.


Masarah Van Eyck
Director, Science
Curriculum Internationalization