Division of International Studies on August 4th, 2011

I gazed at my alarm clock and it once again read 4:15 a.m. The warblers outside my window along with the cicadas were having their morning meetings making sure I was awake. But it is only 4:15 a.m. and I am wide awake as light begins to filter through the cracks of my drapes declaring […]

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Division of International Studies on June 3rd, 2011

Joanna Klass, recent UW-Madison graduate with a degree in zoology and biological aspects of conservation, had a fascinating experience abroad. With assistance from the School for Field Studies (SFS), Joanna was given the opportunity to go abroad for the first time and conduct biological research in the rainforests of Australia. Since returning, she has been […]

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Division of International Studies on June 3rd, 2011

“Good morning, everyone!” I said with a smile.  Today was Monday, May 9, and my first English Conversation class of the new semester.  My students greeted me with a resounding, “Good morning!”  It is official – the new semester has begun.   I teach at a private university in Tokyo and classes normally begin the first week […]

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Division of International Studies on June 2nd, 2011

May 19, 2011: Dhina Susanti is a senior majoring in electrical engineering. Originally from Semarang, Indonesia, Dhina first came to Madison in 2007 through a scholarship from the Freedom Institute. She will be leaving for Beijing, China in summer 2011 to take part in an international internship with Bucyrus International.  What inspired you to apply […]

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Division of International Studies on June 2nd, 2011

Originally born in Romania, Vlad Ionescu moved to Chicago at a young age and came to Madison to study finance and real estate in the School of Business. He is leaving to spend the summer 2011 semester abroad working as a finance intern for an international company called Abbott Labs located in Zwolle, Netherlands. What inspired […]

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Division of International Studies on May 18th, 2011

Jake Heyka is a freshman planning to major in international studies and political science. Though he had never been abroad before, he recently spent a few weeks in Cambodia teaching English to students of all ages. In this Q&A he tells us about life as a Badger within the Khmer culture. What was your reason […]

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Division of International Studies on April 15th, 2011

It is a beautiful, warm day in Yokohama and I greet you all! As I sit here gazing out my window looking at the setting sun reflecting off of the buildings near my home, my mind wanders to March 11, the day that life changed for so many in Japan. It has been more than […]

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Division of International Studies on April 12th, 2011

Georgette Condos is an International Studies major working toward a certificate in African Studies at UW-Madison, and is one of the first students to do course work toward a new certificate, which is still under development, that focuses on global health. Condos has plans to study public health after graduation, and works as the Empowerment […]

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Division of International Studies on April 5th, 2011

By Alumni Correspondent, John Wells, ’73 Summary of Events In Japan March 28 / 10:00 p.m. The weather was beautiful in my area today and I felt great during my afternoon walk.  While listening to FEN radio that originates from Yokota AFB in Tokyo, I heard a radio report that air quality was excellent.  This […]

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Division of International Studies on March 30th, 2011

By Alumni Correspondent, John Wells, ’73 Summary Of Events In Japan March 23 / 22:30 p.m. Here is my first summary of today’s events in Japan.  I hope to continue this as less and less is being heard about what is happening here.  We are still not out of the dark, but creeping slowly toward […]

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Division of International Studies on March 22nd, 2011

By Alumni Correspondent, John Wells, ’73 It was an eerie feeling to walk through the arrival level of Narita Airport last Friday, March 18.  Maybe it was the early afternoon arrival, but there was no one around  and it was far too easy to go through immigration.  I was happy to hear my wife and […]

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Division of International Studies on March 17th, 2011

“You can’t just stay in and study all the time. If you don’t get to know people on an intimate level, you won’t really experience the culture. You cannot be afraid of getting harassed or of the stereotypes. Until you get to know the Egyptian people, the stereotypes feel true, but when you get to […]

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Division of International Studies on March 14th, 2011

By Alumni Correspondent, John Wells, ’73 Hello everyone, I am very happy to report that my family is fine after the devastating earthquake in Japan.  I am presently in Huangzhou, China on another short trip away from Japan. It took me a long time to contact my son and my wife to find out if […]

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Division of International Studies on March 13th, 2011

Dr. Lalita du Perron is the associate director of the Center for South Asia and the faculty associate for the India Initiative, as well as a faculty liaison for the study abroad program in Varanasi, India. She has come to UW-Madison by way of London, with a background in South Asian Studies and Hindi. Du Perron recently traveled […]

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Division of International Studies on March 9th, 2011

By Alumni Correspondent, John Wells, ’73 Ni Hou!  你好! ‘Tis the season to travel as college students, and those looking for a cheaper ticket out of Japan, telephone agents seeking their reward for a ticket ‘somewhere’ … I did and ended up in Hong Kong and China! I arrived just before midnight in Hong Kong […]

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Division of International Studies on February 10th, 2011

By Alumni Correspondent, John Wells, ’73 Ah, the joy of high school life does come to an end!  For Japanese high school seniors wanting to go on to college it simply means an intense period of study time. It is certainly not an easy process to become a university student here, but once exams are […]

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Division of International Studies on February 4th, 2011

The Division of International Studies invited students who were  in Egypt on study abroad programs to reflect on their time during the recent unrest within the country.  Antoinette Pick-Jones is a senior political science and economics major, who went abroad on the IFSA-Butler and Middlebury University program through the International Academic Programs (IAP) office. Antoinette […]

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Division of International Studies on January 10th, 2011

By Alumni Correspondent John Wells, ’73 Shinnen Omedeto Gozaimasu 新年おめでとうございます! Happy New Year 2011, the year of the Rabbit. I send my heartfelt greetings to you all from my home in Yokohama.  It was a chilly January 1, but I sauntered over to a local shrine to pray for good health and happiness to start […]

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Division of International Studies on December 7th, 2010

Badgers who wrote for the Badgers Abroad Blog (BAB) this past semester, share their abroad experiences. John Wells John Wells graduated from UW-Madison in December of 1973. He had studied East Asian studies and taken five semesters of Japanese before deciding to start a new life in Japan. He has lived in Japan ever since, […]

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Division of International Studies on December 7th, 2010

By Alumni Correspondent John Wells, ’73 First and foremost, a big CONGRATULATIONS (Omedeto Gozaimasu) to the University of Wisconsin football team for being invited to play in the Rose Bowl game on Jan. 1.  I had the opportunity to get a ticket for the 1994 Rose Bowl and will always remember the exciting time I […]

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Division of International Studies on November 29th, 2010

This past summer, Helen Beckner, an International Studies major and a sophomore at UW-Madison took time out to travel. Helen’s travel was a bit more unique than most. Through the help of the Latin America, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (LACIS) department, Helen was able to fund a two-week volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic. Helen, […]

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Division of International Studies on November 24th, 2010

By Alumni Correspondent John Wells, ’73 I wish I could write and tell you about the traditional turkey dinner with lots of dressing I will be having or friends over to watch a pro football game on Thanksgiving Day, but Thanksgiving is different here in Japan.  In fact, it is a lot different! Japan’s Thanksgiving […]

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Division of International Studies on November 18th, 2010

Jenny Parker first lived and worked in Senegal as part of her Professional French Masters Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After completing her program she decided to return to Senegal. Here is what’s been going on since that time. Could you give us a little summary of how you ended up back in Senegal […]

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Division of International Studies on November 10th, 2010

By Alumni Correspondent John Wells, ’73 Recently Tokyo has once again been given the dubious distinction of being named the MOST expensive city in the world.  With the continuing rise in the yen, it appears that Tokyo will stay number one for a while.  The yen today is near 80 yen to a dollar (320 […]

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Division of International Studies on October 5th, 2010

By Alumni Correspondent John Wells, ’73 As I headed down E. Washington Street heading to the capitol, memories of my student days flashed through my mind.  37 years had passed since I graduated and today I was going to finally revisit the Univ. of Wisconsin campus – the campus and area that I was so […]

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Division of International Studies on September 29th, 2010

“I learned so much, not just about Indian culture, but also about myself.  …I think [study abroad] improves foreign relationships with Americans … because often the only exposure they may have is raunchy TV and cultural stereotypes.  It felt sometimes like I was an ambassador.  Just to hear different perspectives on your own culture is […]

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Division of International Studies on September 23rd, 2010

Mandy [Sioman] Chan grew up in Macau, China. She came to UW-Madison in 2008 to study computer engineering. Mandy has worked in UW–Madison’s Division of International Studies’ communications office for the past year. This summer, she traveled back to China to intern at Companhia de Electricidade in her hometown of Macau. She works there as […]

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Division of International Studies on September 2nd, 2010

By Alumni Correspondent John Wells, ’73 The rainy season in Japan is not my favorite season. As I headed home on a very crowded train after teaching Japanese businessmen, I could only think about my early morning baseball game the next day.  I certainly hoped to do well and wanted to get home to get […]

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Division of International Studies on August 27th, 2010

Enjoy this entry taken from UW-Madison student John Krippinger’s blog, Selamat Datang ke Malaysia I am writing this post Sunday night, marking the end of my last weekend in Penang, Malaysia, before heading back to the United States. Due to a busy work schedule the last few weeks coupled with wanting to spend some time […]

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Division of International Studies on August 16th, 2010

Enjoy this entry, taken from UW-Madison student John Krippinger’s blog, Selamat Datang ke Malaysia (7/25/2010)- This weekend the PDC Mechanical team had a team outing in Hat Yai, Thailand. The one downside of this trip: long travel times. We left Penang at 5:00 am on Saturday, which meant waking up at 4:00 to get ready […]

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Division of International Studies on August 9th, 2010

By Alumni Correspondent John Wells, ’73 Japan’s population is around 127 million people and ranks 10th in the world.  With that thought in mind, can you imagine how hectic it might be when people working in the larger cities decide to go back home to be with their families not once a year, but twice?  […]

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Division of International Studies on August 6th, 2010

Enjoy this entry taken from UW-Madison student John Krippinger’s blog, Selamat Datang ke Malaysia (7/16/2010 & 7/18/2010) – Friday night I went with a few friends from work to Batu Ferhinghi for dinner and a night out after work, see the pictures below! (Saturday was the trip to Kedah– see the post below this one) […]

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Division of International Studies on August 6th, 2010

Enjoy this entry taken from UW-Madison student John Krippinger’s blog, Selamat Datang ke Malaysia (7/17/2010)- Today Zan and CW (two of my co-workers and good friends at Plexus) offered to take me to the State of Kedah, or “The Rice State”, as Zan explained to me. As it’s nickname implies, Kedah grows rice… lots of […]

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Division of International Studies on August 4th, 2010

Enjoy this entry, taken from UW-Madison student John Krippinger’s blog, Selamat Datang ke Malaysia Hey guys, Saturday, July 10th was the birthday of Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang, or the Governor of Penang’s Birthday, so Penang had a replacement for this public holiday on Monday, and I had a 3 day weekend. I had originally […]

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Division of International Studies on July 30th, 2010

By Alumni Correspondent John Wells, ’73 A Home Away From Home Konnichi wa! Hello from Yokohama, Japan!  My name is John and after graduating from UW-Madison in Dec.1973, I decided to get a fresh start and begin a new and exciting life in Japan.  After studying East Asian studies and, with five semesters of Japanese […]

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International Studies on July 30th, 2010

Enjoy this entry, taken from UW-Madison student John Krippinger’s blog, Selamat Datang ke Malaysia Two weekends ago, most of my co-workers had alternative plans for the weekend, and were not going to be around. However, multiple people told me that Langkawi, an island north of Penang, would be a neat place to visit, so I […]

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International Studies on July 30th, 2010

Enjoy this entry, taken from UW-Madison student John Krippinger’s blog, Selamat Datang ke Malaysia (6/27/2010)- Sunday afternoon, I decided to do some sight-seeing in Penang, so I went to Penang Hill. Penang Hill is famous for the old cable car that carried passengers up and down the mountain. Unfortunately, in February of this year, this […]

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International Studies on July 26th, 2010

Enjoy this entry, taken from UW-Madison student John Krippinger’s blog, Selamat Datang ke Malaysia Hi All, First off, sorry I have been absent in posting the last week and a half. I haven’t been able to get internet access at my hotel, which hasn’t been conducive to writing new posts. An update of what I […]

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Division of International Studies on July 22nd, 2010

By Cynthia Williams, Director of External Relations, UW-Madison Division of International Studies [Ed. note: Last March, Chancellor Martin signed an MOU with UW-Madison and a new university in Kazakhstan, pledging to undertake a feasibility study to develop models for a School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the New University of Astana.] When I flew […]

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International Studies on July 16th, 2010

Enjoy this entry, taken from UW-Madison student John Krippinger’s blog, Selamat Datang ke Malaysia My first weekend in Penang proved to be a lot of fun. On Saturday afternoon I went to a durian feast with a few co-workers from the Penang Design Center. It was great to meet a few people from work before […]

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International Studies on July 16th, 2010

Enjoy this entry, taken from UW-Madison student John Krippinger’s blog, Selamat Datang ke Malaysia. Today I successfully made it to Penang! Since I left Chicago at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, I was able to sleep for most of the 14 hours of my first flight, and the second two flights were a breeze after that. […]

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Mandy [Sioman] Chan grew up in Macau, China. She came to UW-Madison in 2008 to study computer engineering. Mandy has worked in UW–Madison’s Division of International Studies’ communications office for the past year. This summer, she traveled back to China to intern at Companhia de Electricidade in her hometown of Macau. She works there as […]

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Kara Payne is a senior majoring in German and International Studies. Her emphasis is on Culture in the Age of Globalization with certificates in East Asian Studies and European Studies.  She studied in Freiburg, Germany for the 2008-2009 school year as part of the Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF) Program. Why did you choose to […]

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Jenny Parker is a student in the Professional French Masters Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. As part of the program she is required to do an internship in a francophone country. Because she already spent five years in France she decided to do her internship in Senegal this year. In the following Q&A she […]

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Bridget Roby, from St. Paul, Minnesota, is a UW–Madison senior, graduating with degrees in international studies and journalism, as well as a certificate in African Studies. She studied abroad during the spring of her junior year (2009) in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya through the Minnesota Studies in International Development program (MSID) which is co-sponsored by […]

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International Studies on March 30th, 2010

By Nina Gehan Alice Toy is a senior from Waukesha, WI majoring in biology and French. Last year she studied in Lyon, France through the TransAtlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP). TASSEP is a consortium of universities from the European Union and the United States that has designed an academic year exchange program specifically for […]

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International Studies on March 30th, 2010

By Alumni Correspondent Jeff Oloizia, ’07 I am standing in a throng of nearly 9000 naked men, and I am about to die.  Arms extended over my head, I try pushing out with my elbows to free my chest and ribs from the crushing weight of the 300-pound Japanese man sandwiched against me.  I attempt […]

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International Studies on March 19th, 2010

2010 February 18 [NB: This interview first appeared in last week’s Oconto Reporter.] Ed Wallace, Oconto, WI native, is a senior majoring in Languages and Cultures of Asia (LCA) and English. Last year, he studied abroad in Varanasi, India on an intensive Hindi language and research program. He has recently been awarded a Fulbright scholarship […]

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International Studies on March 8th, 2010

“Just being able to go to Ghana at all was an invaluable experience. It was good overall, and although a lot of situations weren’t ideal, I learned a lot.  And everything I did with the Beacon House Orphanage kids was invaluable – if I go back someday to Ghana, it will be for them.” Kyle […]

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International Studies on March 1st, 2010

By: Alumni Correspondent Jeff Oloizia, ’07 Hisashiburi is Japanese for “long time no see,” and I think it’s an appropriate way to begin my return to blogging after a long winter’s nap.  Where have I been, you ask? (or, perhaps someone asks…somewhere)  I’ll show you. I’ve been under here: This is a kotatsu.  Merriam-Webster’s online […]

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International Studies on February 26th, 2010

by Steven B. Zwickel, College of Engineering I posted a piece on my 2008 adventure in China on the Badgers Abroad Blog. Here’s the story of what happened when I went back in 2009. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=- My experience in China in 2008 was transformational and I was determined to find some way of going back. As […]

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International Studies on February 23rd, 2010

[This article first appeared in the European Studies Alliance Newsletter spring/summer 2009 newsletter.] By Mike Osberg, UW-Madison Alumnus (A.B. 2009, International Studies and Economics; Certificate: European Studies) Studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium was one of the most influential and enjoyable experiences during my time in college.  Learning to live in another country presented me with […]

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International Studies on February 23rd, 2010

[This article first appeared in the European Studies Alliance Newsletter spring/summer 2009 newsletter.] By Lorie Grushka, UW-Madison Alumna (A.B. 2009, Political Science, International Studies, French; Certificates: European Studies, Global Cultures) Throughout my four years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I have had the opportunity to take a diverse assortment of classes, ranging from “French Literature […]

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International Studies on February 23rd, 2010

[This article was first published in the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) fall 2009 newsletter.] By Nicole Butkovich Kraus, Department of Sociology Chain-smoking. Glancing around the room. This summer in Moscow I considered picking up these habits after finishing several interviews in which my respondent, seated across from me, spent an […]

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[This article was first published in the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) fall 2009 newsletter.] By Alec Luhn, CREECA web and publications assistant The two decades that Mark S. Johnson, a new assistant professor of Educational Policy Studies at the UW-Madison School of Education, has spent studying Soviet and Russian educational […]

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International Studies on February 23rd, 2010

[This article first appeared in the spring 2009 issue the Campus Connections newsletter.] By Kerry G. Hill Adam Kelley learned about culturally relevant teaching in his field experiences at Lincoln and Midvale, two of the elementary schools that participate in the Madison Professional Development Schools (PDS) Partnership. Kelley (B.S. ’07 in elementary education and African […]

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International Studies on February 23rd, 2010

By Grace Tran, IAP Study Abroad Correspondent Trying to read Nabokov in his native tongue is comparable to a masochist gouging his eye out. It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye, and in this case, it’s a sad realization of how long it’s going to take for me to be able to […]

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International Studies on February 15th, 2010

By Elizabeth Chadwick, IAP Study Abroad Correspondent Classes Classes are in full swing now. My class schedule is quite hectic with most days going from 10-5. However, I am thoroughly enjoying my classes and I have some really great professors. My science classes are really interesting and they’re much smaller than I’m used to. My […]

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International Studies on February 8th, 2010

By Elizabeth Chadwick, IAP Study Abroad Correspondent Classes So my first day of classes went really well. I missed the bus to school so I was a bit late to my first class, but other than that everything went smoothly. My first class was Xhosa which was at 10, followed by ecology of vertebrates at […]

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International Studies on February 2nd, 2010

A French Perspective on Madison: Q&A with Benedicte Coude By Nina Gehan UW-Madison received funds from the French Foreign Ministry’s Franco-American Cultural Exchange (FACE) and the U.S. National Science Foundation International Research Experiences for Students Panel to create and support graduate student exchanges with universities and research centers led by Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique de […]

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International Studies on February 2nd, 2010

An American Perspective: Q&A with Leif Brottem By Nina Gehan UW-Madison received funds from the French Foreign Ministry’s Franco-American Cultural Exchange (FACE) and the U.S. National Science Foundation International Research Experiences for Students Panel to create and support graduate student exchanges with universities and research centers led by Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique de Montpellier (Sup […]

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International Studies on January 25th, 2010

By Elizabeth Chadwick, IAP Study Abroad Correspondent January 25, 2010 Cape Town is the most beautiful place in the world. People have told me this before but I didn’t really believe them. Trust me though, I can not imagine anything better. I’ve moved into my semester house now. It is very nice and actually quite […]

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International Studies on January 22nd, 2010

By Elizabeth Chadwick, IAP Study Abroad Correspondent Friday, January 22nd, 2010 We arrived in the Cape Town airport early this morning, after watching the sunrise over the coast of Namibia. The UCT (University of Cape Town) people were at the airport to greet the ten of us coming from that flight. We took a bus […]

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International Studies on December 15th, 2009

[Editor’s note: Sarah Zink interned in Ireland’s Parliament during fall semester. Read all of her posts on the International Academic Programs Study Abroad Correspondents site.] And now for the dreaded blog post, fated to come since the day I bought that RETURN ticket. That’s right folks, tomorrow I get on a plane back to Chicago. […]

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International Studies on December 15th, 2009

By: Alumni Correspondent Jeff Oloizia, ’07 I am sitting in the staff room at school and stewing in self-loathe.  I have the done the unforgivable.  I am disgusting. It is approximately 8:30 in the morning, and the new social studies teacher with the bad toupee has come sidling over to my desk.  By his manner […]

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International Studies on December 1st, 2009

By: Alumni Correspondent Jeff Oloizia, ’07 This is the first in which I hope to be a series of entries detailing some of the best festivals that Japan has to offer. Step outside the glass doors of Tokushima Station on any day of the year, and you may not be overwhelmed by what you see. […]

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International Studies on November 19th, 2009

By: Alumni Correspondent Neal Vermillion, ’99 One day in 2004, a group of us from the American Embassy in Bulgaria were enjoying a U.S. federal holiday by bowling and then going out for lunch.  Leaving the Sofia bowling ally (yes, I was inordinately pleased to see lanes for a classic Wisconsin sport in the basement […]

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International Studies on November 12th, 2009

By Elizabeth Chadwick, IAP Study Abroad Correspondent November 12, 2009 COUNTDOWN: ONE WEEK I’m leaving in 7 days! I’m flying out of O’Hare on the 19th, with a 12 hour layover in London (Heathrow) and finally arriving in Cape Town on the 21st. The total trip duration will be about 31 hours..ugh! When I arrive […]

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International Studies on November 6th, 2009

By: Alumni Correspondent Neal Vermillion, ’99 A lot of people ask me questions about my chosen career path such as “How did you become a diplomat?” or even “Why did you become a diplomat?”  The “why” question is sometimes asked with a sense of puzzlement or even shock as in “why on earth would you leave […]

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International Studies on November 2nd, 2009

By Julie Strupp, Study Abroad Correspondent for 2009-2010. I’m browner now. My feet are tougher on the bottom from walking and my hair is lighter, curlier, and way more nappy. And I’m usually covered by some sort of sweat, varying from winsome little dots of perspiration to a small deluge that soaks through my shirt—complements […]

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International Studies on October 22nd, 2009

By: Alumni Correspondent Jeff Oloizia Of all the questions I get about my time in Japan, it seems the one facet of Japanese life that people are most interested in is the school system. Coming from an education background at Madison, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the differences between the two systems […]

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International Studies on October 14th, 2009

By: Alumni Correspondent Neal Vermillion, ’99 Greetings from Perth, Australia where I serve as United States Consul. Born and raised in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, I am a proud Badger by blood (my mother having received a Master’s degree from UW-Madison in the early 1960s.).  Madison will always be “home” to me as my wife and I […]

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International Studies on October 9th, 2009

By: Alumni Correspondent Jeff Oloizia, ’07 Hello again! Last time out I told you about my history with Madison, and now hopefully I can dig a little bit more into my life in Japan and just how I ended up here. In the spring of ’05 as a junior at UW, I had the opportunity […]

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International Studies on October 2nd, 2009

By: Alumni Correspondent Jeff Oloizia, ’07 Greetings fellow Badgers!  My name is Jeff Oloizia, I’m a ’07 UW grad, and I live in Japan.  Pleasure to meet you. I’m writing here on the Badgers Abroad Blog because…well, because they’re letting me I suppose.  And hopefully, because I feel I have something unique to say about […]

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International Studies on September 17th, 2009

The 2009 Study Abroad Fair hosted by International Academic Programs (IAP) welcomed a record number of visitors–at last count 2,500 students stopped by the tables in Memorial Union’s Great Hall to learn more about opportunities to study and intern abroad. With more than 150 programs to choose from in more than 50 countries, IAP offers […]

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International Studies on August 21st, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 17, 2009, Part 2 Sitting at the helm of our Toyota Land Cruiser was James, one of the most sought-after guides at  Akagera Park. There was not a creature or plant that he could not name. His keen eyes even led us to the elusive Mutware, or “Crazy Elephant” as James […]

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International Studies on July 27th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 17, 2009, Part I Based at the tranquil Hotel Dereva on the main highway that runs through the sleepy town of Rwamagana we were about an hour’s drive to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park. As the sun rose we piled into three Toyota Land Cruisers with all the fixings to have an […]

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International Studies on July 27th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 10, 2009 After about a week in the capital city of Kigali we headed southwest to the university town of Butare. Butare’s main street bustles with activity as motorcycle taxis, matatus, and bicycles rumble by. Maneuvering through pedestrian and wheel traffic past the ever-popular Matar Supermarket (a go-to place for fresh […]

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International Studies on July 24th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 9, 2009 Our travels across Rwanda would not be possible without the expert help and knowledgeable advice from Jeremiah and Giome, two guides from the Kigali-based  Bizidanny Tours and Safaris. With a group of 15 people there is a lot of luggage, so before heading for a long journey Jeremiah and […]

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International Studies on July 22nd, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 8, 2009: Part Two A few hours after our chance meeting with Senator Beatrice Mukabaranga, we made our way to FAWE Girls’ School, a boarding school located in one of Kigali’s suburbs. The school, founded in 1999, is managed by its namesake, the Forum for African Women Educationalists-Rwanda Chapter. The secondary […]

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International Studies on July 22nd, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 8, 2009 Hanging out in the lobby of Kigali’s Hotel Chez Lando can be a good way to meet Rwanda’s movers-and-shakers. Some of us had the pleasure of meeting Senator Beatrice Mukabaranga in the wood-paneled reception area the hotel. It was a chance meeting that turned into an informative discussion about […]

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International Studies on July 20th, 2009

[Editor’s note: UW-Madison engineering student Jeff Schacherl spent his summer interning at Plexus Corporation in Penang, Malaysia. We lifted this post from his blog, with permission.] Hi! I haven’t had time recently to update the blog because I have been very busy with work! Two of my projects are at critical points and two deadlines […]

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International Studies on July 7th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 7, 2009 The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) group is keenly interested in schooling in Rwanda, and in particular the role of education in national development. While some members of the group visited the Lycée de Kigali, I joined others to meet students and faculty at Riviera High School. The private […]

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MaiHer on July 6th, 2009

So I got home about two weeks ago and didn’t have time to blog yet…so here it is… I guess not much has changed since I’ve been gone. I’ve been gone for about four months and the only change is that the weather is no longer cold. My family is still the same and so […]

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International Studies on July 5th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 5, 2009 The Kigali Memorial Center opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide in 2004. Set above terraces overlooking Kigali the Memorial Center sits on a site where 250,000 are buried. Inside the crisp white building visitors walk through darkened spaces to learn about pre-colonial Rwanda and the historical […]

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ChristinePankratz on July 5th, 2009

Back home safe and sound and I really can’t believe it.  My life has completely changed…but it seems exactly the same.  It’s such a weird feeling.  I think the culture shock coming back is actually worse in some aspects because the “normal” things just seem so strange.  An example is: does anyone notice how many […]

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International Studies on July 3rd, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July, 3, 2009 Following a restorative horizontal sleep after more than 24 hours of travel, the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) participants awoke to the sounds of roosters and other aviary activity in the Remera neighborhood of Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali. Our first group meeting was held at the Hotel Bloom’s […]

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International Studies on June 30th, 2009

Catherine Reiland “This is a unique opportunity to develop curriculum that will be integrated into classrooms across the United States. I am especially excited to work on the topic of “Youth on the Move” because of its engagement with senses of place, mapping, and intersections between art and movement.” — Catherine Reiland, assistant director of […]

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ChristinePankratz on June 30th, 2009

It has been a while, however I have been traveling throughout Europe since finals and, wow, there is so much to see and experience! I finished my finals on June 3rd and right away on the 4th I flew to rainy London. I missed my first flight due to sleeping a little too late and […]

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ElizabethEdelstein on June 29th, 2009

It is my last few days in Santiago! I cannot believe how fast the time went! I am very sad to leave Chile; I will especially miss living with my host family. Today my host mom showed me all the cards from 15 years of students. It was a HUGE box filled with Christmas and […]

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International Studies on June 26th, 2009

By Leecreesha Hicks Sorry for the long gap once again, but I spent the last four days in Uruguay! Friday and early Sunday I stayed in Montevideo, and late Sunday until early Monday I spent the rest of my time in Colonia. Montevideo literally seems exactly like Buenos Aires –  Palm trees, some of the […]

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International Studies on June 26th, 2009

1.    Bring your own toilet paper/tissue to use in the bathroom — there is not always toilet paper. 2.    Most bathrooms have a 1 – 2 inch lip of marble separating it from the rest of the room.  Be sure to step over this so your feet or toes do not get injured or stubbed. […]

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MaiHer on June 17th, 2009

By Mai Her So time is winding down…and I’ll be back in America in less than 2 weeks…sounds crazy because when I get back, I have to do a blog on the “retuning” portion of studying abroad…So I wanted to introduce some food and a few little interesting things (kind of looking back) that I […]

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International Studies on June 17th, 2009

Sent from Taiwan by UW-Madison dance student Brittany Wittmann Wednesday, June 17, 2009 Unlike street fashions, dancers here in Taiwan wear similar clothes, for the most part, as in the United States.  Last week all of us UW dancers came to class clad in leotards and tights.  We quickly found that their dancers take class, […]

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International Studies on June 16th, 2009

By Leecreesha Hicks Ahhh!! So much to do! I wish I could write more in detail about every aspect of my days here, because I know that those of you who want to go abroad would love to know as much as you can about Buenos Aires. But I have been so busy and tired […]

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International Studies on June 12th, 2009

By Leecreesha Hicks Whew! The end of the week is finally here!! The second week has immediately switched gears from getting accustomed to the culture, to school work, activities, and spending time with host families. By host family, I don’t mean a traditional “family.” A host family here usually consists of a woman, either a […]

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MaiHer on June 11th, 2009

Results for the competition:Turns out we didn’t get 1st, but we did end up in the Top 10. Which I’m really happy about! We ended up getting 8th place, which is really good because there were some really good blogs out there! I just wanted to share the results with everyone!! Good Job!! **Website for […]

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International Studies on June 9th, 2009

By Leecreesha Hicks This is a very delayed start to this blog, because of some misunderstandings, but no worries, I have a lot to say. Hopefully, I have enough time to say it all right now. If not, then I can always just blog again tomorrow, or maybe, perhaps, later tonight. Whew! I am one […]

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International Studies on June 9th, 2009

Posted from Taiwan by UW-Madison dance student, Brittany Wittmann Sunday, June 7, 2009 Today was a wonderful day.  Laura, Megan, Natalie, Ali, Mychelyn, Amy, and I ventured off on our own and spent the morning and afternoon at the Shimending Market.  The market surrounded a metro station and curved and winded along large and small […]

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International Studies on June 8th, 2009

Posted by Kelley Conway, associate professor, UW-Madison Department of Communication Arts. June 2009 [Author’s note: In my course on French cinema, I asked the students to work on the economics of the French film industry for their final paper.  Most students chose to write about the exhibition sector.  Part of the project involved conducting interviews […]

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