CIE Academic Programs Seeking a Special Projects Coordinator

Are you a Global Studies or International Studies Alum? CIE’s Academic Programs Team will be hiring a (50%) Limited Term Employment Special Projects Coordinator to work on various initiatives including high school and UWM campus outreach, media coordination, event planning, and alumni relations. See the full announcement for more details. Applications are due by August 7, 2015. Note that a bachelor’s degree is required and preference will be given to alumni of CIE’s academic programs. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Tracy Buss (

CIE Celebrates May 2015 International Graduates

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Students from Argentina, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Great Britain, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand were among the many international students walking in celebration of their achievements in earning Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees. Many international student graduates wore brightly colored sashes in recognition of their native countries as part of their commencement regalia.

For the past several years, CIE has sponsored the international flag sashes in celebration of UWM’s international student graduates. Students receive their sashes at a graduation party at CIE and then may wear the sashes over their robes when they march at commencement and receive their degrees. The sashes make a great keepsake and are a token of how honored we at CIE are to work with these talented students during their studies at UW-Milwaukee.

international graduates receive sashes at CIE graduation party

International Students Celebrate Graduating Spring 2015

Student at graduation wearing sash with India colors.

Consider UW-Milwaukee as your study abroad destination!

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The Center for International Education at the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee (UWM) is excited to introduce a new study abroad option for international students seeking to complete a semester or year abroad in the United States – the Global Scholars Program.

In 2014 the US Department of Education named UWM one of seven National Resource Centers for Global Studies in the United States. The UWM Global Studies program is renowned for its approach, involving interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary global issues in tandem with professional studies and careers programs.

Global Scholars are welcomed into this active community of students and faculty who value their unique perspectives and experiences. Beyond the classroom, housing in UWM residence halls and a full array of UWM student activities provide many opportunities for students connect with each other and the campus.

The Global Scholars Program accommodates a wide range of academic interests and needs, and English language levels. Academic advisors help Global Scholars tailor their studies to their individual academic, career and language goals, and work with Scholars’ home universities to ensure appropriate course selections and facilitate transfer of UWM course credits following the Scholars’ studies.

In addition to the courses selected to meet their specific academic needs, scholars enroll in a combination of core courses and electives that align with the following focus areas: Arts & Cultures, Communications & Management, Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, Health, or Politics & Security.

UWM hopes to welcome the first cohort of Global Scholars during the 2015/2016 academic year.

CIE Designated as National Resource Center

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In Fall 2014, CIE was awarded prestigious Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship grants by the US Department of Education. Totaling $1.7 million over four years, the grants support a series of interconnected initiatives to strengthen UWM and Wisconsin K-16 students’ participation in meaningful study of languages and global issues. NRC activities will strengthen international learning across UWM’s curriculum through new programs in the areas of Global Health, Global Education, and Language education, while building on and expanding the Institute of World Affairs’ outreach programs for K-16 students and educators. FLAS Fellowships will support undergraduates’ intermediate or advanced level studies of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, or Vietnamese in combination with international or area studies courses. Key partners in this effort include the UWM School of Education, Global Inclusion & Engagement, the Language Resource Center and UWM language programs, the Center for Global Health Equity, UWM Libraries, Milwaukee Public Schools, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Global-to-Local Discussion Series


Institute of World Affairs and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Partner on Global-to-Local Discussion Series

Every year, the Institute of World Affairs partners with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to organize the Fireside Forum on Foreign Policy, a discussion series exploring global issues through a local lens.  The series runs throughout the month of February and promotes dialogue between global and local experts and community members. Topics are jointly selected to highlight global issues of particular relevance to the Milwaukee area.

In 2015, the series explored refugee resettlement, urban food insecurity, youth unemployment and unrest, and the economics of international news coverage.  As part of the collaboration, opinion pieces authored by Fireside Forum speakers are featured in the Crossroads section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the Sunday before each program.  Journalists from the newspaper also participate in the forum as guest moderators or panelists.

Stay tuned for information about the 2016 Fireside Forum!

2015 International Video Contest: Call for Submissions


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: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Submission guidelines are available here.

UWM representatives visit India and Sri Lanka

Kevin Beisser and Garett Gietzen visit partners in india and Sri Lanka

In March of 2015 UWM representatives Kevin Beisser and Garett Gietzen visited India and Sri Lanka in an effort to work with UWM’s partners. Specifically, Kevin and Garett helped lead trainings and presentations in New Delhi and Hyderabad, India.  In Colombo, Sri Lanka they visited two-year college institutions and high schools, and also gave training to partners.

Alumni Stories: Megan Griep (International Studies ’14)

2015 Student Spotlight - Megan Griep - IS '14 - photo

When I began studying at UWM in 2012, I had already completed my Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and had been out of school two years, working at an emergency center for animals. I was completely out of study mode after a two ¬year hiatus and nervous about the challenge of returning to school and completing my Bachelor’s degree, while at the same time working and living in Pewaukee. Additionally, I was hesitant about the quality of distance learning courses. That being said, I am very happy that I made the decision to enroll. I was extremely impressed with the online courses offered at UWM, and the flexibility to complete the major partially online while also working full-time.

I have always enjoyed studying world history and culture, and was an avid traveler throughout my youth. For this reason, when I graduated from high school, I was immediately drawn to International Studies courses. At the time, however, I never pursued the major due to the one fear I had. I was unsure what career I could have with such a broad degree. For example, a nursing degree would prepare me to become a nurse and law school would prepare me to become a lawyer, but what career would International Studies prepare me for?

Fast forward to the present, and my one fear soon became what I appreciated most about the major. The possibilities of the major are endless. I chose to focus on economic development and cross¬ cultural communication courses while in school. After completing my degree, I completed a CELTA course in Mexico City to learn how to teach English as a second language. From there, I was hired to teach English at a primary school in central Mexico.

For the past year I have been happily teaching and traveling in central Mexico, and have plans to continue teaching and traveling next year as well. The wide variety of courses I took at UW¬M provided me with a well-¬rounded education and knowledge that I have incorporated into many lesson plans. My education at UW¬M has only made me thirst for more knowledge, and to continue challenging myself in the future.

Nepali Student Succeeds at UWM, Gives Back to Nepal

Nisrit Pandey is from Kathmandu, Nepal. At UWM, he is studying for a bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering and doing research on lithium-ion batteries. He is an Honor’s College student and President of the Cambridge Commons (dormitory) council. Nisrit was awarded an Academic Achievement scholarship and funds to attend the University of Wisconsin System Research Symposium, where he won an award for the most outstanding presentation.

Nisrit is spending his summer break doing an internship to help out with earthquake relief at home in Nepal.