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I've led two study abroad programs for IAP, both three-week courses in Greece.  Although the programs were designed to help students explore Greek history, I believe that the greatest value in study abroad, even in an old place like Greece, comes from direct contact with the modern, living culture.  By observing another way of life, every traveler can learn quite a lot about other people but even more about her or himself.  My programs, therefore, were designed to encourage all the students to interact as much possible with "everyday" Greeks, and so we frequently went off the beaten path.  In both cases, the students became tight-knit groups, supporting each other while abroad and forging friendships that have lasted well beyond their time in Greece.

Jeff Beneker
Associate Professor
Classics Department
College of Letters and Science

Advising Students about Study Abroad

Our program offerings are intended to meet the development of students' personal, academic, and professional needs. With over 200 programs currently offered, identifying those that specifically meet the needs of your departments' students should be possible!

Program Selection Process

IAP advises students to select programs that fit into their academic goals and personal interests. Students are advised to visit the IAP website or come into the Study Abroad Resource Center (3rd Floor Red Gym) to speak with a Peer Advisor who can help them narrow down their choices and understand the academic and non-academic components of the programs that interest them. Study Abroad Advisors also meet with students to talk through program specific-questions. Our professional advising staff can also meet with students to talk through program-specific details that go beyond peer advising. Learn more about the IAP advising process here. We encourage students to make an appointment with their Academic Advisor(s) to discuss how study abroad can fit into their academic plan. IAP also holds multiple events for students to learn more about program offerings.

All students who are preparing to study abroad are strongly encouraged to meet with their Academic Advisor(s) before departure. Before meeting with their Academic Advisor(s), students are asked to review their DARS report in conjunction with their study abroad program handbook or academic notes and course equivalent list to determine what type of courses they might want to take abroad. Students are instructed to bring the following items to the meeting with their Academic Advisor(s):

Academic Advisor(s) should talk over the courses students hope to take abroad in order to ensure that students have a clear understanding of degree and major requirements they have yet to fulfill. You can find UW-Madison course equivalents in the academics section of each study abroad program page. Search programs here.

Identifying Specific Programs for your Department

Since we have so many program offerings, IAP is happy to work with you to help narrow down the choices of what programs will be the best fit for your students. This can be done in a variety of ways:

Course Equivalent Process

Each course taken abroad must be assigned a UW-Madison "equivalent" course in order for student's grades and credits to be recorded on their UW-Madison transcript. To establish UW-Madison course equivalents for study abroad courses, students submit course approval requests through their MyStudyAbroad account with IAP.

IAP asks each academic department to assign a Course Reviewer. This person will get an email notification that there is a Study Abroad course equivalent to review in the MyStudyAbroad portal. This person will be able to review basic information on the course as well as a syllabus.