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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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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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International Studies on June 4th, 2009

In April 2009, recent UW graduates Marissa Lee Mommaerts and  Farha Fatima Tahir had breakfast with Jean Wilkowski. Wilkowski, who was in town to receive the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, later spoke with UW students about her experiences. Wilkowski graduated with a masters degree in journalism in 1944. By Marissa Lee Mommaerts and  […]

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International Studies on February 12th, 2009

Matt Landis received a Global Health Certificate while earning is Master of Population Health at UW-Madison. He spent five weeks in Uganda working with the AIDS Support Organization as part of his education. After earning his degree in 2005, Matt worked for two years as a population health fellow in the Wisconsin Department of Health […]

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By Masarah Van Eyck, Division of International Studies Trucks, cabs, and horse-drawn carts compete for space with pedestrians and even goats below the skyscrapers of downtown Dakar, Senegal. But passing through the iron gates into the Pasteur Institute’s garden courtyard, one is greeted by a bust of Louis Pasteur himself and the air settles into […]

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International Studies on November 20th, 2008

Matt Landis noticed the dust right away. As soon as he got off the airplane in Uganda, he was confronted with a gritty, rust-colored film that covered everything, from the thatch roofs of the houses to the gravel paths that constitute 80 percent of the public roads. For Landis, a UW-Madison graduate student, who spent […]

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International Studies on November 5th, 2008

Ben Hesprich, originally from Byron, Wisconsin, is a fifth-year senior majoring in Business Management and Human Resources. Ben spent the 2006-2007 academic year in Varnasi, India, and won a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship in summer 2008 for the Advanced Hindi Language Program in Jaipur, India. He also completed a Business Internship in […]

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International Studies on October 23rd, 2008

Rebecca Gilsdorf spent a month in Rabat, Morocco teaching English the summer after her sophomore year in civil engineering studies. She went through a program called Projects Abroad that was recommended by an international advisor on campus. Day 1: Arrival After nearly 20 hours of travel I finally arrived in Rabat. The taxi driver suddenly […]

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International Studies on August 7th, 2008

Cindy Haq, MD, remembers passing poor children on the streets in her hometown of Lahore, Pakistan and wondering why they often did not have food while she did. “At age seven, I realized there was a big difference between my life and theirs,” says Haq, a professor of family medicine and population health sciences in […]

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International Studies on July 7th, 2008

By Kate O’Connor Educational Policy Studies Master’s program Having spent some time working and living in Ecuador, Guatemala, and Botswana, I could not ignore the disparities in quality of life and resources between my life in Canada and the lives of the people I met and saw during my travels and time abroad. The connections […]

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International Studies on January 23rd, 2008

by UW-Madison student Catherine Skroch Read more about Catherine’s Adventures in Africa. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I am majoring in Political Science, International Studies, and an individual major in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. I came to Senegal knowing that I wanted to research the little-known conflict in the southern region of Casamance. Frankly, […]

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