Students in the Data Science major will be able to apply computational, mathematical, and statistical thinking to data-rich problems in a wide variety of fields in a responsible and ethical manner. This includes the ability to manage, process, model, gain meaning and knowledge, and present data. Data Science is one of the fastest growing career sectors in Wisconsin and across the nation.
By its very nature, the field of data science is one that teaches novel and cutting-edge ways to engage in the “continual sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”
Data Science is a global field; throughout your career you’ll get to work with individuals and companies from all over the world, with a diverse range of backgrounds, beliefs, and ideas. A study abroad experience can open your mind to a new culture and language that will shape you into a global citizen.
Information for Prospective Major Students
Data Science majors are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to plan their study abroad experience. Most UW students choose to go abroad junior or senior year. We recommend taking major coursework (listed as Foundational Data Science and Electives on your DARS report and in the Guide) at UW-Madison. There are several study abroad programs that offer popular advanced level Computer Science, Statistics and Math coursework. However, the typical recommendation is for Data Science students to take general education or elective courses abroad.
Certificate students: There is generally more flexibility with the certificate, depending on when you start your coursework. It is recommended you take the foundation courses at UW-Madison.
Major Course Considerations Abroad
Letters & Science students need to keep in mind that at least 15 credits of work in the major/department need to be completed on campus. Beyond that, there are no requirements for particular coursework you need to take here on campus versus abroad and therefore it is possible to graduate abroad.
Classes that Data Science majors typically take abroad include:
- Breadth courses (Social Sciences, Humanities, Literature, Natural Sciences)
- Language courses
- Data Science Elective coursework including upper-level Computer Sciences, Mathematics, or Statistics courses
If graduating in four years is very important, creating a four-year plan with your academic advisor can help.
Mapping your Study Abroad Experience as a Data Science Major
Freshman year is typically spent taking introductory programming courses and calculus. Start exploring potential programs you would be interested and attend the annual Study Abroad Fair.
During their second year, students are typically continuing their foundational course sequence and taking classes like STAT 240, STAT 340, and linear algebra. This is also a great time to meet with your advisor and map out a plan to fit study abroad into your 4-year plan.
This is the most popular year to study abroad, as most of foundational Data Science coursework is complete. There are several programs that will allow you to take various advanced level Data Science elective courses. Make sure to keep in touch with your DS advisor while abroad to make plans for you next semester when you return.
Is it possible to study abroad senior year? Definitely! This takes more careful planning to ensure you are meeting all graduation requirements, but it’s absolutely an option. Keep in mind that a lot of post-graduation recruitment in tech happens in the fall of your senior year. Going abroad senior year will mean doing most of this remotely.
Because there are fewer courses required for the certificate, there is more flexibility in when you go abroad. It is recommended you take the foundation courses at UW-Madison. Beyond that, a study abroad program can fit into any semester.
Questions to Ask
Your Academic Advisor in the Department of Statistics
- What classes should I take here at UW-Madison, both for the major and my degree?
- How do my other goals align with a study abroad experience (i.e. Honors in the Major, attending graduate school, etc.)?
- How much room do I have outside of my major and breath requirement to take unique electives only offered abroad?
Your Study Abroad Advisor
- What classes can I take abroad?
- How and when do I select courses for my program?
- When will I know course equivalents for my program?
- What is the class structure like abroad?
The Department of Statistics has identified programs that offer Data Science coursework, typically at the advanced level. These programs vary in length, course offerings, language of instruction, and cost. If you do not have specific major requirements you need to fulfill abroad, you have more flexibility in program choice.
Thammasat University Exchange
University of Hong Kong Exchange
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Exchange
Yonsei University Exchange
DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia
University of Copenhagen Exchange
University of Leeds Exchange
University of Westminster
University of Bristol Exchange
Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF)
University of Sydney Exchange
Macquarie University Exchange