International Experiences & Study Abroad Opportunities

The School of Information Studies is dedicated to providing a unique learning experience. The International Experiences and Study Abroad programs offered by SOIS provide an experience that will enhance a student’s education personally, professionally, and socially. An international experience with an intimate look at the global information economy will only help prepare students as leading information professionals. We encourage all students to consider a SOIS study abroad program or one of the many study abroad opportunities available through UWM’s Center for International Education (CIE).

Study Abroad Program

In the Scottish ArchiveIn the Scottish Archive (Faculty-Led)  This focused learning course centers on theory and practices of archivists and related professionals in the United Kingdom, and provides to the student an opportunity to develop international competencies and confidence to meet the global professional world. We will consider comparisons and contrasts between the UK and US archival professions, and explore international projects and connections.
Summer June 25 – July 9, 2020 | Learn More >>


Most Recent Study Abroad Program

Oh Canada! Archives North of the Border.  This course offers interested students the chance to gain firsthand knowledge of the application of macro-appraisal and respect des fonds, tow archival concepts that have influenced the evolution of American archives. Summer June 9 – 22, 2019 | Learn More >>



The Austria Mobility Program is a unique opportunity for MLIS and IST students. SOIS will provide travel support (airfare and housing) for two students to spend the spring semester at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences – Hagenberg Campus near Linz, Austria. Students will participate in courses and work with the students, faculty and staff at the Hagenberg campus. The Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences offers degree programs in Bioinformatics, Computer and Media Security, Communication and Knowledge Media, Hardware/Software Systems Engineering, Media Technology and Design, Mobile Computing, and Software Engineering.

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Contact: Rebecca Hall
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studyabroad_southafricaStudents will look at information poverty as one of the underlying challenges to social and financial success. The program will focus on the campaign to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa. Students will be taught by professionals in the private sector, government and academics. Our activities might include some of the following: a visit to an orphanage, a local hospital, government departments, and a service learning activity in working with AIDS orphans to improve the reading culture in their community. Students will learn about the roles of culture and technology in the access, use, and interpretation of information in South Africa. Students may earn three undergraduate/graduate credits in Information Studies for this program. Other activities include a visit to ethnic settlements, sightseeing, and a 2-day safari.

Application Deadline: Early Fall
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CIE: Program & Application Information
Contact: Jacques Du Plessis


studyabroad_scotlandIn the U.K. Archive: Explore archives and the information professions in the United Kingdom! Join us in a focused learning course centering on practices and theory of archivists in the Scotland, and develop your international competencies and confidence to meet the global professional world.

This three-credit class counts towards the Archival Studies Concentration. Students are based at Dalkeith House, located on a historic country estate five miles outside of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. The course, “In the U.K. Archives”, provides a rich opportunity to learn about archival work in the United Kingdom, giving archives students an international perspective on appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation and other archival issues. Students meet Scottish colleagues and experience repositories “behind the scenes.”

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Center for International Education (CIE) Program & Application Information
Contact: Ellen Engseth



studyabroad_southkoreajapanIn this unique study abroad course, students will learn about information technologies, information society and librarianship practices in East Asia through a series of lectures by Korean experts, ranging from government officials and practitioners to library and information science professors. This course provides opportunities to understand the history of information and knowledge development in Korea and Japan, exploring both internal and external influences. Participating students will also have the chance to attend lectures about information issues at several Korean information schools and visit various information related sites such as libraries and information technology institutions.

In addition to the diverse academic component of the program, students will also take a 3-day cruise to Japan, exploring several Japanese cities and towns along the coast.

This program is open to SOIS and non-SOIS majors.

Application Deadline: N/A
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