2016 CIE International Photo Contest accepting submissions until May 30th

Center for International Education


Entry is available to any student, scholar, staff, alumni or faculty member affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Limit 5 photos per person, and must be 18+ to win prizes. Please send photos in the highest available resolution JPEG or TIFF files, and refrain from using Instagram-type filters. Preference will be given to photos of international travel and scholarship.

Email entries to cie@uwm.edu, please include your name, email, phone number, and a short description of the photograph including the place where the photo was taken.

Update 5-13-2016 Deadline is midnight, Monday, May 30, 2016.


1st place will win a Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker

2nd and 3rd place will each win a Roku Streaming Stick

By submitting photos, you grant permission to the Center for International Education to use your photographs in print, web, and social media for promotional and outreach purposes.

Email Rachel Schrag at rschrag@uwm.edu with questions.

Students from WI High School Model United Nations Featured on MPTV

CIE’s Institute of World Affairs collaborated with Delta Sigma Theta sorority in developing and training a new Model U.N. Club at Milwaukee School of Languages (MSL) in preparation for UWM’s annual Wisconsin High School Model United Nations conference this past March.  The students from MSL and their experience were recently featured on Milwaukee Public Television’s Black Nouveau in a story by Liddie Collins.

Alumni Stories: Austin Krogh (Global Studies-Communications 2013)


When I reflect back on my time spent as a student of UW-Milwaukee, I feel incredibly grateful. The Global Studies degree program provided me with a solid base of both knowledge and experience that I carry with me as a toolkit both at work and in my personal life. In that toolkit lies an array of global perspectives and cultural lessons that give me the power to do my best to make a difference through my work.

I am currently a Global Public Affairs Specialist at Johnson Controls and support the Corporate Social Responsibility team on various global community engagement programs, company campaigns, diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as internal and external content production and messaging within the public affairs space. My team oversees the company’s public relations efforts across 120 countries, so each and every day presents its own set of unique and challenging opportunities to support the business.

It seems like almost on a daily basis I will be in a meeting having a conversation on a global issue and my mind automatically digs back into that global toolkit I obtained at UW-Milwaukee, which helps me provide more meaningful perspective to team meetings and projects.

Perhaps the most influential experience I received through UW-Milwaukee was my 12-month study abroad in Goiânia, Brazil. During my time there, I had the opportunity to do an intense two-semester Spanish and Portuguese language emersion program. I also studied sociolinguistics and economics. Being required to study abroad by the Global Studies program forced me to go out of my comfort zone and push myself to master a new language and culture. I also completed a 6-month graphic design internship at a local communications company – talk about experience!

After I returned from my study abroad and internship and Brazil, so many opportunities opened up all around me. Having that international experience behind me proved invaluable to every company that I interviewed with in my search for an internship. Ultimately, I ended up interning at Johnson Controls during my junior and senior years.

I selected Global Studies because I knew had a passion for better understanding the intricacies of our planet and how humans have shaped and continue shape society as we know it. This program helped me accomplish that in a very unique and challenging way.

International Student Recruitment in Ghana


Greetings! I’m Jennifer Gruenewald, Director of International Student & Scholar Services, at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM), and I would like to invite you to meet with me when I speak with prospective international students in Ghana at the U.S. Higher Education Fair for Students at the Labadi Beach Hotel on March 16, 2016 from 4:00-7:00pm (16:00 to 19:00). UWM is a large, urban U.S. research university that offers 93 undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree programs and 93 graduate (59 master’s and 34 doctoral) degree programs among its campus of 14 schools and colleges. More than 1,700 international students call UWM home!

You can learn more about UWM at our homepage at http://www.uwm.edu. If you have further interest in UWM, I hope to speak with you in Ghana! However, if you aren’t able to meet with me then but you’d like to receive more information about our academic degree programs, please fill out our questionnaire.

Warm regards,

photo of Jennifer Gruenewald

Jennifer Gruenewald (jgruene@uwm.edu)

Alumni Stories: Sameera Hassan (International Studies ’13)


My academic career at UWM began on a pre-pharmacy track, and like many unsure freshman, I quickly found myself saying thinks like, “if I weren’t pursuing pharmacy, I’d study international relations.” My sophomore year I took the plunge and declared a major in International Politics and World Affairs. Today, I cannot imagine having pursued anything else.

My time as an IS student exposed me to incredible experiences and limitless opportunities. From spending a summer exploring London to gain foreign service work experience as a US State Department intern, to learning the history and culture of the Kumasi tribe during a UWM study abroad trip to Ghana, life as an IS student truly transformed the way I view the world. To make it better, the availability of scholarships and workshops lead by dedicated CIE staff to assist students in applying for funding made such experiences accessible to anyone.

As a current United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the Public Health Sector, I live and work in a rural community in Belize, Central America. As my two-year commitment to the program comes to a close, I plan to pursue graduate studies in Public Health with a focus on Global Health in developing countries.  As I stay true to my dedication to cultural immersion and exchange, I’ll always be thankful for my time at UWM as an IS student for helping to shape that very dedication.

RETURN OR STAY? South Korean Female Scholars’ Experiences in Home and Host Countries

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A talk by Assistant Professor of Geography Hyejin Yoon of UW-Milwaukee

February 26, 2016

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Garland Hall 104

Young Korean women increasingly study abroad to overcome gendered disadvantages in their home country or to find more satisfying lifestyles in another country. Through a series of interviews, this study considers the experiences of South Korean women in social science fields who received their doctoral degrees in the US. The study investigates how women have adapted to differences between home and host countries, and seeks to determine if prestigious US degrees help South Korean women overcome disadvantages in their home country.

Marketing Internship Opportunity in Barcelona with trip4real

Barcelona based travel-startup, trip4real, is on the hunt for a savvy international intern. Founded in 2013, trip4real is a community marketplace where travelers can book tailor-made experiences created and led by locals. Our platform makes it possible for people from all over the world to connect over common interests and shared travel experiences. In two years we’ve expanded to Amsterdam, London, Lisbon and Rome. We have our eyes set on Berlin and Istanbul next and we’re looking for a passionate wanderlust and PR enthusiast to help us spread the word and grow internationally. This is a great chance to gain start-up experience in a fast-paced, multicultural environment. Our community is 40,000 strong and growing. We’d love for you to join us!

Our motto: You only truly know a place when you know its people.

The team: We work out of a large co-working office in the Gracia neighborhood. We’re an international team of 12. Check us out here.

Trip4real mission: Make it possible for travelers to experience a city like a local, and empower locals to make money doing what they love as guides.

Your role:

  • International media relations and story pitching
  • Social media and influencer campaigns
  • Content creation and blog writing
  • Talk about trip4real at meet-up events and intl. events in Barcelona
  • Review trip4real activities, take pictures and write about them for the blog
  • Find new locals to join the website in our new markets
  • Research potential brand and university partners in the States and internationally

Perks: College credit, start-up experience and a trip4real activity stipend to use in sunny Barcelona.

In the news: The Guardian, NY Times, National Geographic, Buzz Feed, Forbes

Interested applicants should write to Natalie answering the following questions:

What inspires you to travel and work abroad?

What about trip4real catches your attention?

If you were a city which city would you be?

Which trip4real activity do you want to try first?


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