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Thanks to Wisconsin in the World for the wonderful feature article on the WISc program and our students!


The Wisconsin International Scholars Program recognized our outstanding 2018 graduates at a graduation reception on May 5. The Class of 2018 speaks over 14 different languages including the less commonly taught languages of Hungarian, Arabic, Hindi, Swahili, Danish, Dutch, and Japanese and represents over 12 different majors from across campus ranging from International Studies, and Economics to Neurobiology, Chemistry and Wildlife Ecology. Congratulations scholars! PHOTO L to R: Theodora Hermberg, Margaret Sullivan, Lena Law, Ann Elise Trafford, Aron Mozes, Jennifer Ostrowski. Front Row: Sarah Meiners, Devin Edge, Shannon Stiles, WISc Associate Director Melody Niwot. Not pictured: Jordan Gruel, Megan Lucas.


Jennifer Ostrowski ('17)

Jennifer shared the unanticipated ways language study has shaped her experiences at UW and beyond as an invited panelist at the World Languages Day organized by the UW Language Institute. In addition to internships and study abroad programs in South America and Africa, Jennifer spent time working at a refugee camp in Greece and studying Arabic in Morocco as a recepient of a highly competitive Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) grant. You can read excerpts from her speech here.

Vera Swanson ('16)

WISc Senior Vera Swanson has her heart in both the sciences and the study of foreign languages. In the Spring and Summer of 2015 she was able to pursue and develop both of these interests through unique study abroad opportunities. While a student in the International Internship Program Vera spent the Spring semester in Thailand gaining valuable first-hand field experience with Center for Limnology graduate student Aron Koning. Check out Vera's terrific digital story-telling project about her research experiences abroad. She followed-up her time in Thailand with a year in Kazakhstan as part of the Russian Flagship Program.

Sara Jerving ('10)

Sara was recently featured in the UW Division of International Studies' "Badgers Beyond Abroad" newsletter. Building on experiences studying abroad and interning with the Associated Press while at UW, Sara is now a Lorana Sullivan fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has most recently worked as a correspondent for an American wire news service in East Africa. Read more about what Sara has been up to and her advice to current students.

Erik Dolson ('12)

Erik sent a cheery update from Malawi where he has been interning with an economic consulting firm as part of his graduate training at UW's La Follete School of Public Affairs. He writes that he is working on learning the local Chichewa language while also conducting a feasibility study for establishing a Development Bank in Malawi. While an undergrad Erik used his WISc travel grant to participate in a year-long study abroad program in Senegal where he researched microfinance programs and developed his French and Wolof language skills.

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Upcoming Fall 2018 Wisconsin International Scholars Events

September 11, 6pm: WISc Kick-Off and Welcome Back Dinner

International Learning Community Dinners, Dejope Hall, 6-7:30pm

September 26
October 23
November 6

October 9, 4:30pm: WISc Inauguration

Dec 11, 6pm: Winter Graduation Reception and End of Semester Gathering

Other International Events, Lectures, and Opportunities

International Conversation & Coffee Hour

Noon-2:00 pm, Multicultural Student Center (MSC) Lounge, Red Gym & Armory, 716 Langdon Street.
Conversation, company and culture. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Global Connections Committee.
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Language Tables
Each day foreign language speakers gather to practice their skills and build community. For specific languages and times.
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For a FULL list of all internationally-related events, lectures, and opportunities, visit the Global Studies calendar.