The UW-Madison is gearing up to celebrate International Education Week November 17-21, 2014. The special week, which is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.
During International Education Week, UW-Madison students are encouraged to:
- Talk to their advisors about how they can fit study abroad into their academic plans.
- Make an appointment to visit the CALS Study Abroad office to learn about the variety of programs offered throughout the academic year.
- Participate in one or more of the campus and community events listed here: http://intl-institute.wisc.edu/iew/events.htm
Students often find that international experiences are among the most meaningful and memorable experiences they have during college. In summer 2014, biology major Bri Murphy spent eight weeks abroad in Tecpán, a rural town in Guatemala. She helped with education and outreach in the agriculture and medical branches of an NGO focused on rural development.
“This internship provided an invaluable opportunity to apply my classroom knowledge, and to contribute a comprehensive approach to development,” says Murphy. “While I was pushed out of my comfort zone, being able to work on the global scale offered a chance for me to grow and to gain a perspective that is difficult to achieve within the borders of a developed nation.”