Global Gateway

The world is closer than you think!

International Academic Programs (IAP), a unit in the Division of International Studies, is delighted to be able to offer an exciting new academic opportunity for UW-Madison undergraduates called the UW Global Gateway Programs. UW Global Gateway Programs are short-term study abroad programs that allow students to interact closely with a UW-Madison Faculty Director. On these programs, a UW-Madison faculty member will direct a group of Badgers to a different location around the globe to introduce students to issues of global importance and prepare students for success in an increasingly interconnected world. These programs use the host country as a classroom and are experiential and interdisciplinary. Locations, themes, courses, and faculty will vary from program to program to attract as broad a range of students as possible.

As global competency and awareness of international issues are core to the development of all UW-Madison students, IAP supports this initiative by providing each student selected with a Global Gateway Scholarship, which covers all billed program costs and international airfare. Through these programs, IAP hopes to make study abroad accessible to UW-Madison students, to serve as a gateway to further international opportunities, and to cultivate community at UW-Madison through shared academic experiences abroad.

UW Global Gateway Programs will be open to full-time first and second year UW-Madison undergraduates. A diverse group of students will be chosen to participate in this academic experience, so students from all majors and interests are encouraged to apply.

GG Rio Web 2For the summer 2016 program, Professor Kathryn Sanchez from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will lead 15 students to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for 4-weeks to increase students’ awareness of and interest in Brazil, and of the intersection of local and global issues and the forces of globalization. Details on the UW Global Gateway Program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil can be found on the program webpage.

Follow the 2016 program along on their journey by reading the student blog posts!

Faculty and/or academic departments who are interested in collaborating on UW Global Gateway Programs should contact Dan Gold, IAP Director.

Past blogs:

Summer 2014 Shanghai, China

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