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Most Memorable Experience

I travelled in four different countries, climbed Machu Picchu and Glacier Perito Moreno, took classes in a different language, made new friends and found my way around the chaotic city of Buenos Aires. However, some of the best days abroad involved getting on and off the right bus or providing an Argentine with accurate directions. The sense of accomplishment from those little things made the whole experience that much better.

Julie-Ann Spatz

Legal Studies, Criminal Justice Certificate
IAP Buenos Aires, Argentina

Prospective Students

Planning for Study Abroad

There are quite a few things to consider when approaching your decision to study abroad. With more than 220 programs available through IAP, getting started might feel a little overwhelming. Focus your search by asking yourself these questions:


It's important to start thinking about the classes you will need to take both prior to studying abroad and while you're there. These decisions will affect the class selections you make when you return to campus. Before you select a program, meet with your academic or major advisor to go over any questions you may have about your UW-Madison requirements. For major specific resources, check out our Major Advising Pages (MAPS).


When researching study abroad programs, it's important to consider the goals you have for your time abroad. IAP staff can help you define your goals for study abroad and provide resources and tools to assist you in identifying a program that aligns with those goals.

Program Structure

When researching programs, be aware that program structure can vary. In some programs, students directly enroll as international students at a local university. Other programs allow students to live and study primarily with U.S. or UW-Madison students. Consider what program type would work best for you.



IAP offers a wide range of program costs. Sometimes studying abroad is no more expensive than studying on-campus. When considering funding your program, ask yourself:

Excited to get started? We hope so!! Be sure to visit our website and check out the various program pages to find out more information on eligibility, program dates, application deadlines, academics and financial information.

Then, visit the Study Abroad Resource Center – our returned students and professional advising staff are always eager to assist in your program search! Learn more about our advising process here: