We believe that study abroad is an integral part of the UW–Madison learning experience. Our staff considers advising to be a collaborative process in which you, the student, are responsible for being an active and educated participant.
Our mission is to serve as a resource through the entire study abroad experience from pre-departure to return. We follow the Guiding Principles for Academic Advising.
You can expect us to:
- Encourage you to define your study abroad goals (personal, professional, and academic) and provide resources to assist you in identifying a program that meets your goals.
- Be knowledgeable about our study abroad programs in order to assist you during the entire process (pre-departure, on-site, and upon return) and support you in having a successful experience.
- Discuss openly any questions you have about your program, funding, identity, or studying abroad in general.
- Consider academic and career implications of various programs and encourage you to discuss your plans with your academic advisor.
We expect you to:
- Take a proactive role in your experience during the entire process (pre-departure, on-site, and upon return). Define your goals, research programs by reading your program’s website, and discuss any questions you have about your program with study abroad staff and past participants.
- Read all emails and materials that our office and our partners provide you, and meet any tasks or deadlines set by us or our partners.
- Inform your parents and family of your decisions. Share information with them and encourage them to ask you questions about your program directly.
- Integrate knowledge gained and skills learned from study abroad into your Wisconsin Experience upon return.