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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

Read tips on how to choose your program here, and learn more about our advising process here.

Study Abroad 101

You can choose to watch Study Abroad 101 online or come in person for an individualized session in the Study Abroad Resource Center, 3rd Floor Red Gym. No need to make an appointment, you can just drop-in or click to learn how to plan for study abroad!

Advantages of UW-Madison IAP Study Abroad Programs

See the Top 10 reasons to go on a UW-Madison study abroad program.

Applying to Study Abroad

Learn more on the eligibility, program competitiveness, and application/acceptance process

Transfer Credit Services for Work Completed Abroad on a Non-Approved Program

Learn more about this service.

Advising Philosophy and Mission

Learn more about IAP's philosophy, mission, and expectations of students.

Student Identity

Matters of personal identity can impact all students on a study abroad program. For some, it may be the first time you are a minority in your community. For others, you might notice that you are getting attention based on your identity either positive or negative. It is important to remember that you have control over your response to that attention.

How you identify yourself in the U.S. may not be how you're identified abroad. As a student on a study abroad experience, you may first be identified as a U.S. American by people in your host country, which may be different than how you classify yourself in the U.S. While you may think of yourself as a poor college student in the U.S. (and may be using loans to pay for your program); you may be seen as someone who has lots of money by people in your host country, because you were able to travel.

We encourage all students to think about the parts that make up their identity (e.g., sister, student, Asian American, Jewish, female, male, etc.). Parts of your identity may be more easily observed by others (e.g., sex, skin color, age, etc.) while other parts of your identity are less observable (e.g, sister, U.S. citizen, volunteer, etc.). How will you want to talk (or not talk) about those parts of your identity with people in the host country? How will you react if someone comments on an easily observable part of your identity in a way that offends you? Think about how the parts of your identity might impact your values. Will your identity change while you're abroad?

Remember, just as you have multiple parts to your identity, people in your host country do too, so don't limit them to just one identity either. Be open to others' multiple identities and try to learn the different parts of your new friends' identities. In turn they'll learn the different parts that make up who you are.

We think there is a study abroad program for all students, but we know that student often ask "Is study abroad for me?". Here are some things to keep in mind:

Below are some student identity resources that you may find helpful:

Actively Serving & Student Veterans

Adult Students

First Generation College Students

Heritage Seekers

International Students (F1 and J1 Visa Holders)

LGBT Students

Mental Health Abroad

Racial & Ethnic Minority Students

Religious Diversity Abroad

Students with Disabilities

Transfer Students

Women Travelers