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Benefits of studying abroad

Studying abroad gave me more than a foreign language, more than international relationships, and more than a bright spot on my resume. Living and studying abroad proved that I could be successful in a foreign country by overcoming language and cultural barriers. After my year abroad I was confident that I could live, work and be successful anywhere. It’s easy in Madison to get caught up in our college bubble, and studying abroad is a great way to regain a sense of the world outside of this campus.

Julia Byers

Honors in Psychology, German, Certificate of European Studies
IAP Freiburg, Germany



About Us

Who We Are

International Academic Programs (IAP), in the Division of International Studies, plays a central role in the international excellence of the UW-Madison campus and community. IAP serves as a comprehensive resource for academic experiences worldwide.

IAP's Mission is to serve and support UW-Madison academic departments and other units in their internationalization strategies and goals by providing high-quality study abroad opportunities that foster academic development and personal growth in UW-Madison students.

This mission is prefaced on the following values:

A variety of program options—over 200 programs in more than 60 countries—have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost and degree of independence demanded of the participant. Each program is expected to meet the University's high academic standards and to integrate with the on-campus curriculum.

Currently, 1,300 students study abroad each year through our office, and around 150 students from our partner institutions abroad come to UW-Madison through exchange partnerships.

IAP's goal is to remove the financial barriers for UW-Madison students to study abroad and to make study abroad accessible to as many students as possible. As an auxiliary unit, IAP receives no additional funding from the state or university to administer its programs and operates its budget on a cost recovery basis. UW-Madison students studying abroad are exempt from paying UW-Madison tuition and academic fees as per UW system policies. IAP participants are assessed a fee which recovers the actual costs of the program which includes the program expenses, IAP administrative fee, and CISI health insurance coverage for the duration of the program.

What We Do

IAP offers a full range of professional support services, in cooperation with academic and administrative units on and off campus, related to the delivery of study abroad opportunities, including:

How Do We Define Study Abroad

Study Abroad encompasses educational programs that take place outside the geographical boundaries of the U.S. that result in progress toward an academic degree. IAP has opportunities available for undergraduates, graduates, and professional students for durations including semester, year, summer, winter intersession, and spring break. Study abroad programs include academic international experiences such as:

IAP programs are divided into three categories:

UW Programs (programs specifically created by UW-Madison to complement on-campus academics, which may include courses taught by UW-Madison instructors),
UW Exchanges (programs offered through direct partnerships with foreign institutions, where our students enroll at a partner institution, and students from the partner institution study at UW-Madison),
UW Affiliate Programs (programs offered through affiliate partnerships with universities or organizations).

 

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