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Mental Health and Wellness
YOU@WISC is an online portal, specifically designed for UW-Madison to foster student success in three domains: Succeed, Thrive, and Matter.
Explore these free online tools through UW Health at your own pace and interests.
Process and Reflect
This toolkit is built specifically for students who were studying abroad and had to return home during the semester. It offers reflection and activities on change management and resilience, community engagement and advocacy, empathy, intercultural learning, leadership, mindfulness and strategic planning.
This workbook provides tools and resources for reflecting on your experience and the impact COVID-19 has had on you.
The Gilman Scholarship Program created this packet with a number of resources and reflection prompts to help you reflect on your experience overseas (however brief it may have been), cope with stress and anxiety, and articulate what you learned from your program and early return. It was created for study abroad students who had been awarded the Gilman Scholarship, but anyone could benefit from the resources and short reflection tools.
Satisfy your Wanderlust
Even if we can’t physically travel right now, it hasn’t tempered our wanderlust. Here are some resources to help transport you to faraway places.
Share Your Story
Share your story and impact with the UW Archives to be part of history.
Complete a Returned Student Profile to share your experiences abroad and help us showcase the diversity of UW-Madison study abroad programs. Submit your profile under the “Share My Experience” tab of your MyStudyAbroad account.
Complete your program evaluation. You will receive more information via email when your evaluation is available to be completed.
Reach out to your Study Abroad Peers
Continue to find connection with your study abroad cohort virtually. Maybe you could set up an online social time to connect and check in with those you met abroad. Ask how their experience has been coming back home. Find a buddy in one of your online classes and engage together on the course content.
Network with program staff virtually
Have you remained in communication with your program staff? Even though you are not onsite, consider connecting with the staff back in your host country to ask about the current situation and impact, or to just remain engaged for future opportunities to return.
Continue your language learning online
Keep up to date with world events
- Forum on Education Abroad DailyChatter subscription
- Connect with librarians to learn how to access international newspapers or other resources
SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science has launched Badgers on Track, a collection of virtual summer programs to help students build networking skills, gain experience, and secure jobs and internship opportunities.
Our team of UW Study Abroad advisors is available to meet with you through virtual appointments.
Enroll in a Course
Build your experience into your courses. Do you have a final project coming due for your online courses? Is there a way to build in your experience to your work (conducting an interview, building in details related to your time abroad, etc.)?
Enroll in a course focusing on international topics, your study abroad host country or the language you were set to study. There are many internationally focused courses on campus, and these are just a few to consider!
Summer 2020 courses:
- UW Study Abroad Virtual Program
- UW Health & Human Rights Training to Combat Sex-Trafficking Virtual Program
- UW-Madison Summer Term Courses
- Summer Language Courses
>> Non-credit language course options
- CALS International Studies Courses
- Education Policy Studies (EPS) 150: Education in the World – Film Based Introduction
- Education Policy Studies (EPS) 240: Comparative Education
- Geography 340: World Regions in Global Context (This course was readjusted with spring 2020 study abroad students in mind. It will offer an immersive virtual experience in the region they had hoped to spend substantial time in on the ground, though also in a manner where students can learn about the other 2-3 regions most closely linked to their targeted study abroad region.)
- Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies (LACIS) 440: Contemporary Latin America Through Documentary Films