Summer 2016 Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs

The following is a tentative list of Summer 2016 faculty-led study abroad programs:

  • Austria – Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
  • Asia – Lubar School of Business
  • Geography – College of Letters and Science
  • France – College of Letters and Science
  • France – School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • France – Lubar School of Business
  • Germany – Lubar School of Business – EY Graduate Accounting
  • Ireland – Celtic Studies – College of Letters and Science
  • Italy – Peck School of the Arts
  • Japan – Foreign Languages and Literature – College of Letters and Science
  • Japan – School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Morocco – Linguistics – College of Letters and Science
  • Netherlands – Peck School of the Arts
  • Poland – Foreign Languages & Literature – College of Letters and Science
  • Scotland – School of Information Studies – Archives
  • South Africa – Anthropology – College of Letters and Science
  • South Africa – Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
  • Spain – College of Letters and Science
  • Sweden – Foreign Languages and Literature – College of Letters and Science
  • Taiwan – College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • United Kingdom – Peck School of the Arts
  • United Nations – Political Science – College of Letters and Science

Watch for more information coming soon!

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?

Natalie is the Director of Brand for trip4real and a UWM Global Studies alum.

+34 633. 291.503

Alumni Stories: Natalie Batlle (Global Studies/Global Security ’08)


Since graduating from UWM in 2008 with a degree in Global Studies I’ve worked in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Barcelona, Spain. My Global Studies degree has served me like a passport, opening doors to new cities, cultures and diverse experiences that I wouldn’t have been able to access on my own. Today I’m the Brand Director for an exciting travel start­up called​ ​trip4real​. This peer­to­peer platform enables residents to take part of the tourism ecosystem, while at the same time giving travelers the inside edge. With trip4real travelers can make real connections with their hosts, discover local trends and immerse themselves in the culture of their destinations. Kind of perfect for someone with a background in international studies, don’t you think?

The truth is I love my job. I’m the voice of the brand and the strategist behind our international expansion and communications efforts. On any given day I’m meeting with travelers and locals at one of our tours or telling media about our story and mission. Plus it keeps me traveling. Which has always been a passion of mine. This year I’ve hosted media events inside the iconic​ ​St.Pancras Clock Tower​, presented trip4real to the European Commission in Brussels and participated in a host of roundtables about the future of the sharing economy and the travel industry at large.

I wasn’t sure what I would do with my degree when I switched to Global Studies my sophomore year. I have always been interested in politics and international communications and so I immediately took to the curriculum. I cherished the lively debates we had in our public policy and politics of human rights classes. My professors were passionate and taught us to debate with facts, not pre­conceived notions. Looking back I realise I also belonged to a great class. We enjoyed one another’s company and supported each other’s personal projects from art shows to documentary screenings. Many of us still keep in touch today, and it’s great to see so many of them succeed as filmmakers, journalists, producers, humanitarians and business leaders. UWM provided the foundation to help me arrive to where I am today and I’m looking forward to collaborating with the Center for International Education as an ambassador for the Global Studies program. It’s exciting to think about what’s next!

Deadline Extended for CIE’s Video Contest!

UWM’s Center for International Education is sponsoring a video contest. Please submit a video showcasing your international experiences. Below are some suggested themes for your video:

  • Global Learning
  • Destination USA
  • Internationalization in Action
  • Study Abroad
  • Overseas Research

The winner will receive a GoPro camera!

Deadline for entries: Tuesday October 20, 2015

Submission guidelines are available here.

Call for Research on Discrimination and Education Abroad

As part of their Global/Diversity Initiative, and supported by a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Grant, the Center for International Education (CIE) and Global Inclusion and Engagement (GIE) are collaborating in the development of programs and resources to support students who are vulnerable to discrimination and intolerance while studying in a foreign country. To advance this initiative, CIE and GIE are seeking partnerships with UWM faculty and graduate students engaged in research in related fields. As partners, researchers will have access to CIE personnel working in the offices of overseas programs and partnerships, international student and scholar services, academic programs, and the Institute of World Affairs. Partners will have opportunities to discuss their research with faculty and staff at Global/Diversity workshops and their research will directly influence Global/Diversity programming. Modest amounts of funding may become available for conference travel and technical support. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • discrimination on college campuses
  • international student resources
  • international student experiences of inclusion/exclusion
  • minorities studying abroad
  • factors influencing students’ decisions to study abroad
  • negotiating identity when studying abroad
  • white privilege in international contexts
  • sex/gender in international education
  • LGBTQ students studying abroad
  • education abroad for students with disabilities

Submissions from any discipline and research at any stage will be considered. Partners will be selected based on the relevance of their research to programmatic needs and feasibility.

Interested faculty and graduate students should submit their CV and a 500 word abstract describing their research project by September 25, 2015. Please send all inquiries and submissions to Eric Herhuth (

GATE 2015: Sowing the Seeds in the Next Generation

GATE 2015

The Center for International Education’s Institute of World Affairs (IWA) at UWM has been working towards a goal of a heightened sense of awareness and understanding across communities and cultures through a shared learning experience of high school students who are emerging leaders in their own communities.

The goal of GATE or Global Action Through Engagement is to bestow an international perspective on global issues upon the next generation of activists, speakers, and educators. To plant the seed and watch it grow. Through various team building activities, creative trainings, lectures, debates, and a little bit of recreational fun, high school students developed techniques and ways of thinking that will assist them throughout their futures and enable them to effectively assist others for generations to come.

During the four day conference, a diverse group of students from all over the state stayed overnight in the UWM Sandburg Residence Hall to get a small taste of college life and to bond with one another, becoming a tight knit family in a short amount of time.

The staff and participants at GATE 2015 have committed themselves to hard work and dedication in the name of worldwide improvements, a willingness to learn and soak up any and every bit of knowledge possible in the given time, and a genuine attempt to leave a better person than when one arrived.

We provide a safe space for students of various backgrounds, from all different cultures and communities, an opportunity to have an honest, open dialogue on global and local issues, free of judgment and rich with understanding. Students who attend GATE have a priceless chance to learn and grow with different groups of people.

By encouraging and working with students who are already entering the program with so much knowledge and experience, we are simply molding the natural talents of an already amazing group. Their willingness to learn, make a difference, and step up and be leaders is what separates them from others. It is our hope that as they bloom into adulthood, their connections and awareness will have a ripple effect in their communities that will reach every corner of the world and beyond.

The GATE program is not the end result for these students, in fact we may never personally see the end result, but our goal is to plant and water the seeds to assist with the journey. In our ever-growing world, our portion of the growing process is complete for the year, but soon it will be Global Action season again and a whole new crop of brilliant minds and personalities will begin to blossom.

Here, at IWA, we are happy to shine a little extra light on to such a naturally bright group.

Until next year, and next growing season…


Written by Alexander Williams

A 3rd year undergraduate student at UWM majoring in Education. An aspiring social sciences and history teacher with an interest in humanitarian work and a passion for interconnected global issues. Excited to get the opportunity at IWA and to work with and help mold the mindsets of high school students.

Working with the future while working towards the future.

*Partially funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant through the U.S. Department of Education. 

Alumni Stories: Katelyn Hinkens (International Studies ’12)

Photo of International Studies 2012 graduate Katelyn Hinkens

When I decided to switch my major to International Studies in 2009, I had no idea where my degree would take me or what I wanted to do. Although I had some regional interests and language skills under my belt, I still had a lot to learn and was unsure how to connect my interests to real world problems and job opportunities. The variety of courses offered in history, political science, languages, and regional studies offered through the International Studies program remedied those issues by allowing me to broaden my knowledge base, build a solid foundation for future academic and professional pursuits, and narrow my interests.

I knew I needed experience abroad in order to increase my chances of finding an exciting job after graduation, and though I wanted to move to Nicaragua, I wasn’t able to find a study abroad program. Thankfully UWM’s online course options allowed me to travel and live abroad while still completing my International Studies courses. I gained experience teaching ESL classes in Managua, Nicaragua, which helped me earn an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, where I later returned to work while completing another semester online. When I was back on campus, I had supportive faculty available to help me with my studies and provide advice as I looked toward graduation. My academic experiences, in combination with my time abroad, provided me with a well-rounded education and left me prepared to apply this knowledge in the real world.

After graduating from UWM, I was granted a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which covered my graduate school tuition and ensured a career with the U.S. Department of State upon graduation. I recently graduated with my MA in International Affairs from Marquette University, which I entered feeling prepared and capable after my undergraduate studies. Last summer I interned in the Secretary of State’s Operations Center in Washington, DC, and am currently interning at U.S. Embassy New Delhi. This fall I will be sworn in as a Foreign Service Officer and will spend my career serving at many diplomatic missions abroad. I hope to spend much of my time working as a Cultural Affairs Officer, fostering cross-cultural ties, tolerance, and understanding between the U.S. and other countries, as well as engaging in political analysis and reporting. UWM’s International Studies program provided the foundation to help me get where I am, and I’m excited to see what the future holds.

Summer 2015 PSOA Program in South Korean News

Students (from left to right) Faith Casselman, Katie Pfeiffer, and Jacob Mitchell stripping the inner lining of mulberry bark for paper-making at the Daeseung Hanji Paper Mill in South Korea

Summer 2015 Korea & Japan PSOA program participants traveled to South Korea and Japan where they visited local attractions (traditional village, museums, art districts, and artists’ studios), attended workshops, and participated in unique cultural practices with faculty program leader Jessica Meuninck-Ganger from the Peck School of the Arts Department of Art and Design, and program assistant Rina Yoon, a Professor at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD).

While at the Daeseung Hanji Paper Mill in Wanju, South Korea, they attracted the attention of a South Korean newspaper which featured them in an article.

During this program, students produced bodies of work that include a variety of traditional and contemporary paper, paper craft, printmaking, and book arts applications.

Interested in participating in a program like this, or finding out about other study abroad programs offered? Browse current study abroad opportunities now!

UWM Study Abroad Alumna Featured by Diversity Abroad


An interview with UWM graduate Omoshalewa Bamkole has recently been featured on Diversity Abroad’s website. She participated in UWM’s Morocco Global Health: Maternal and Infant Health in Morocco: Women’s Rights and Family in Islam Summer 2014 study abroad program. Visit Diversity Abroad’s website to read the full interview.

Find out how you can study abroad in Morocco, or another destination by visiting

Wisconsin Study Abroad Grant Application – Now Online!

The Wisconsin Study Abroad Grant provides funding for qualifying UWM undergraduate students to help defray the cost of study abroad.

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.

The application is now entirely online! For more information and to submit an application visit the Wisconsin Study Abroad Grant page.