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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



Creating New Study Abroad Opportunities

Come talk to us! If you or your colleagues at any point have an idea for a new program you would like to be available for UW Madison students, or see some "gaps" in what we currently offer, please contact us. IAP would love to talk to you and start a discussion of what may be possible. To help you prepare, these are some of the questions or office may ask you:

Please note that all new programs need to be approved by the IAP Faculty Advisory Committee and that the entire process from program idea to implementation usually takes over one year.