Alumni Stories: Madeline Brancel (Global Studies Graduate, 2016)

I graduated from UWM in 2016 with a B.A. in Global Security Studies; a Committee Interdisciplinary Major (CIM) in Portuguese Language and Lusophone Studies; and a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. CIE’s well-regarded Global Studies program was my sole reason for choosing UWM. As a person with vast and intersectional interests, the “choose your own adventure” model of the Global Studies major was very attractive to me. The study abroad and international internship requirements developed my skill sets in ways the traditional classroom experience alone could not.

As a sophomore in college, I fulfilled the study abroad requirement by applying for a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to attend Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal for the academic year. While there, I directly enrolled alongside the Portuguese student body to study human rights law and international institutions, Lusophone history, and the Portuguese language.

The international internship requirement of the Global Studies major led me to return to Portugal for the first semester of my Junior year to serve as a Consular Intern in the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon. As an intern, I worked closely with the Office of Public Affairs to develop presentations for local schools about the International Day of the Girl Child, in support of the film “Girl Rising.”

As a senior, I continued my Portuguese studies with support from the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship, awarded by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Following this, I received a Boren Scholarship to continue my studies of Portuguese at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique. While in Maputo, I interned at a Center for Vulnerable Children, and petitioned to create my own major, resulting in dual degrees from UWM.

The Global Studies program is relatively unmatched in its flexibility and willingness to work around diverse student interests. The scholarships available through CIE allowed me to spend 2.5 academic years studying and interning abroad, all while continuously fulfilling my degree requirements.

Upon graduation, I moved to Boston, MA to work with an international development organization, World Education, Inc. (WEI), where I am a Junior Program Officer supporting programs in Mozambique. In the past year, I have been the principal Boston backstop for a USAID-funded Community Library Program, implemented in partnership with the Peace Corps. The interdisciplinary structure of the UWM Global Studies program laid my foundational framework for a career in international development, and prepared me with the soft and hard skills necessary for today’s competitive job market.

Thank you, CIE!

Madeline Brancel
Global Studies- Security (B.A.)
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee | 2016

Meet a Klotsche Scholar: Ananda Walker (Global Studies, Sustainability)

Hello, my name is Ananda Walker, one of this year’s recipients of the Klotsche Scholarship. I’m also known in Milwaukee as the performer Firewalker in the local fire performance troupe Prismatic Flame. I am a senior at UW-Milwaukee in the Global Studies-Sustainability program. The Klotsche scholarship will support my upcoming semester abroad in Germany. I am very grateful to have received this award. Thank you!

Ananda Walker
Global Studies- Sustainability (B.A.) University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Alumni Stories: Josephine Kirkland (Global Studies Graduate, 2017)

About one month has passed since coming to Japan as a candidate for participation in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program as an ALT or Assistant Language Teacher. My placement is in Chiba Prefecture in the quaint, semi-rural city of Asahi, at a local junior high school. Participating in the distinguished JET Program after graduation had been my dream since entering the Japanese program at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. I am very grateful for this opportunity and attribute this success to the education I have received as an undergraduate at UWM.

I recently graduated (Spring 2017) receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts in Japanese, Global Studies along the Communications track, as well as an Asian Studies Certificate. I also received a certificate of completion of Nanzan University’s Center for Japanese Studies’ (CJS) Intensive Japanese Language Program in Nagoya, Japan and was chosen for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Scholarship, two consecutive years. I’m proud of the accomplishments this degree has provided and helped me achieve; needless to say, it has prepared me well for life abroad.

The Global Studies’ core teaches many things but above all  how to interpret the larger processes unfolding in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, highlighting the interdependence of political, cultural, economic, environmental, and technological processes which are at work in this era of globalization. This is done by combining technical and theoretical approaches as well as exposure to actual contexts in which the knowledge taught would be best applied directly.  Since the degree requires eight semesters of foreign language, at least 12 credits of study abroad, as well as an overseas internship, it really challenged me to participate in this real-life context alongside the acquisition of various theoretical insights. This was and still is, incredibly beneficial to me professionally and personally.

This degree has given me a bridge to the world and the vast opportunities it has to offer. It has also provided me an atlas for interpreting my place within the world and alongside others. I hope to utilize all I’ve learned at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee to keep moving forward professionally and academically, but also utilize my education as a tool for ambassadorship. I want to be the best example I can be for my home culture, town, and institutions, creating strong bridges all around the world between them.

I sincerely thank you UWM!


Josephine Kirkland
Global Studies- Communications (B.A.) | Japanese (B.A) Asian Studies Certificate
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee | Spring 2017

Congratulations to 2017 Wisconsin Study Abroad Grant Recipients

The Wisconsin Study Abroad Grant provides funding for qualifying UWM undergraduate students to help defray the cost of study abroad. The process of awarding students is coordinated by the Center for International Education (CIE) and the Department of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Military Education Benefits.

CIE and Financial Aid are proud to announce that this year:

  • 93 students were eligible for a grant of $800-900 for their Summer 2017 study abroad programs
  • 14 students were eligible for a grant of $1000 for their Fall 2017 study abroad programs
  • 4 students were eligible for a grant of $2000 for their Academic Year 2017-2018 study abroad programs

Congratulations, recipients!

Need more information? Interested in applying? Click here!

To qualify for a Wisconsin study abroad grant you must:

  • be a Wisconsin resident;
  • be classified as an undergraduate student;
  • be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program (this must be your first bachelor’s degree); and
  • be participating in a UWM-sponsored study abroad program.

Alumni Stories: Zoe Hammes (International Studies Graduate, 2016)

I graduated from UWM in December 2016 with a BA in International Studies with a focus in International Politics and World Affairs and a minor in Women and Gender studies. I studied abroad for a semester in Florence, Italy and participated in a summer program at the United Nations in NYC. Also during my time at UWM, I was a public affairs intern with Planned Parenthood. Currently, I am working in development and alumni coordination at Department of Surgery for the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

My International Studies degree gave me a multitude of skills that made job searching really open ended. I decided what skills I wanted to market from my degree – which is the beauty of an interdisciplinary major like International Studies. From the diverse classes I took and the many skills I learned from them, I was able to market myself well to employers and mold these skills to different job opportunities.

Now, working in a hospital, I am meeting a variety of bright professionals who are helping me explore post-undergraduate study options. I am using this opportunity to help me decide between law school, a masters degree, or a PhD and having a a network of professionals who have taken all of these routes is a fantastic opportunity. I also volunteer with organizations that matter to me in my free time, which is also giving me experience and exposure that align with my passions.

Overall, my experiences at UWM truly helped me decide graduating early and taking time between graduation and my next academic step was the right decision for me. Talking and asking people what their paths were was extremely important to me. Everyone from my UWM professors to ambassadors from the United Nations or even people in hostels in Europe helped me see the kinds of routes I can take. Keeping in touch with all these people I met from my UWM experiences during this transition time was crucial to helping me solidify my next step.

Go Panthers!

Refund and Cancellation Policies

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Deposit Payment and Program Confirmation Policies

Deposit Payment: $100
Your $100 non-refundable deposit must be paid in full by a program’s application deadline in order for your application to be considered complete (for security purposes, the study abroad office processes all received payments as soon as possible). If you are not accepted for participation or the program to which you have applied is cancelled, the full amount of your deposit will be refunded to you 2-4 weeks after notification.

Please make checks, money orders, or cashier’s checks payable to “UWM”.  Print out this page and submit it with your payment to the Center for International Education (Garland 138) or mail these items to the address listed below.  Your payment must arrive in CIE by the application deadline.

Money orders can be obtained at any bank for a fee and one does not have to be a member of a bank to get a money order. The study abroad office does not accept cash. There is a $20 fee for returned checks, which the study abroad office adds to a student’s PAWS account.
To make a debit or credit card payment, please follow the instructions provided here:  This process may take up to 48 hours and is not considered complete until you receive an email confirmation indicating your payment was received.  Please take this into consideration in regard to the application deadline.


Program Confirmation:
You will receive an email from the study abroad office after acceptance into a program.  Included in the materials will be many important documents, including a commitment button.  The date by which one needs to commit varies by program. Every student commits to the program via their online application. The commitment is a legal document authorizing the full remaining amount of the program fees to be posted to your PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) account according to the date listed on your program page.

Your $100 deposit will be reflected in the total cost posted to your PAWS account. Payment of the balance must be handled through the UWM Cashier’s Office, Mitchell Hall 285.  Please consult the following website for a list of payment methods (online check, debit, and credit card) and an address for sending payments to that office: Deposit and confirmation policies are not negotiable.

Withdrawal Policies

If circumstances require you to withdraw from a program prior to your commitment, please withdraw your via your online application.  If circumstances require you to withdraw after you have committed to your program, you must contact the CIE study abroad office in writing (print or e-mail acceptable) for your withdrawal to be considered official.  Your message must (1) be dated, (2) explain why you are withdrawing, and (3) include the address to which you want your refund mailed, if applicable, after recoverable and non-recoverable costs have been determined.  If eligible, refunds typically take 2-4 weeks to process.  CIE’s study abroad office will assist you with any administrative matters resulting from your withdrawal.

Withdrawal after Commitment:

With your program commitment, you are signing a contract with UWM to study abroad and to pay for the full cost of the program. After submitting your commitment, any subsequent withdrawal from the program, for any reason, will result in your paying all non-recoverable program costs associated with the program. Recoverable costs are those that the university or vendors are able to refund to you. If the CIE study abroad office has purchased your CISI (Cultural Insurance Services International) insurance, which generally happens immediately after commitment, this fee will not be refundable. Generally, the closer to departure you withdraw, the less likely it is that costs will be recoverable. The CIE study abroad office makes every attempt to recover program charges to minimize the financial impact of withdrawal. The full program fee is non-refundable once you depart and begin your program.


Students who indicate on their Financial Aid Authorization form that they will make program payments using financial aid and subsequently withdraw from the program are held accountable for all non-recoverable costs. UWM reserves the right to withdraw you from a program if you fail to attend the general and site specific orientations.

Special Circumstances for Withdrawal/Refund Pertaining to Program Cancellation
Special circumstances (epidemic, earthquake, tsunami, political unrest, U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, etc.) may result in UWM officials cancelling a program before departure or while it is in progress.

  • If a student decides to withdraw, orUWM cancels an education abroad program prior to departure all recoverable costs will be refunded.
  • If a student decides to withdraw orUWM cancels an education abroad program while in progress all recoverable costs will be refunded, and every effort will be made to complete the academic program on campus.

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CIE Faculty and Staff Survey- Deadline May 19th

The Center for International Education is surveying UWM faculty and staff about their international interests, experiences and expertise. The information collected will help us to better identify potential speakers, instructors, and committee members, support campus-wide grant proposals, and locate individuals with connections to institutions with which other campus community members are in discussion.

We would be very grateful if you would take 20 minutes to complete this survey:

Please complete the survey by Friday, May 19th.

Thank you for your assistance.