• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Must be a degree-seeking student graduating no earlier than August in the year of program participation. Applicants should have an interest in global health in general and obesity in particular.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Public Health, Nutrition, Obesity

Classroom Language




Program Duration

Summer: Mid-May to late May.

This program also includes a weekend component the preceding April in Madison.

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2018  11/3/2017
The application for summer 2018 will open on October 23, 2017.

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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Austria, Vienna
UW Obesity and Health in Austria

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The UW Obesity and Health in Austria program is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) in partnership with IAP.

Becoming overweight and obese is preventable for many in a population. Changes in global diets, a decline in physical work, and urbanization are examples of factors that cause the world’s waistlines to grow. Worldwide, more than a billion people are either overweight or obese, and the United Nations estimates that as many as 17 million people now die from obesity-related health problems each year. The problem is expected to become worse in the next 10 to 20 years.

Participating students will need to be available during the April weekend portion and during the weeklong portion in Austria.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:

Develop an understanding of weight gain and obesity and the causes of the problem.

Learn about possible responses at both personal and institutional levels in both the United States and Austria. 

Learn about how socio-economic factors impact all facets of life including agriculture, food and water security, and human health.

Discuss and present on the United Nation's sustainable development goals.