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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

Photo Guidelines – International Academic Programs

International Academic Programs (IAP) welcomes the submission of photographs by study abroad students, alumni, and UW-Madison faculty and staff willing to share their photos. Photography is a useful tool to use to speak to an audience with images that intend to capture an experience or record memories. Photos used by IAP shall strive to be an honest representation of the education abroad experience and the culture in which a program takes place.

It is IAP's experience that undergraduate students relate to seeing peers enjoying an active and experiential setting. Therefore, IAP will be thoughtful and purposeful about the photos the office uses in order in order to reach students, but will attempt to maintain awareness for cultural considerations as well. IAP will strive to use captions to appropriately contextualize the photograph, as well as evaluate for cultural appropriateness and sensitivity that does not stereotype, exploit, disrespect, make false generalizations, nor lead to inaccuracy or misrepresentation of the host country, people, or setting.

Studying abroad comes with opportunities to be in community with the host culture. IAP does not receive permission from any subjects other than that of the photographer. IAP notes and receives legal permission from the photographer to use their photograph; which states: "By submitting a photograph, the owner of the image is agreeing to grant IAP the absolute and irrevocable right and permission to use, re-use, publish, and re-publish photographs; in University of Wisconsin-Madison printed and electronic publications and in conjunction with any copyrighted matter, in any and all media now or hereafter known for illustration, promotion, art, advertising and trade, news, informational and educational purposes and to copyright the same, under its original name or otherwise. Owner of the photograph thereby releases and discharges the University from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of the photograph, including without limitation any and all claims for invasion of privacy."

If publishing a photograph could possibly cause embarrassment to or expose a subject, IAP will choose another photograph. IAP reserves the right to not publish photographs with objectionable or inappropriate content.