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Non-UWM Study Abroad Programs and Global Studies Internships: Information for Prospective Students

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Step 1: Information Gathering

Non-UWM Study Abroad Programs: If you can't find a UWM study abroad or exchange program that meets your academic needs, you are welcome to investigate other options. Information and advising about non-UWM program options is available in the study abroad office (Pearse 166). Feel free to drop-in to use the study abroad resource library and/or speak with a peer advisor (student workers who have studied abroad themselves).

Global Studies Internships: Click here to view the Global Studies information page.


Step 2: Meet with UWM Study Abroad Advisor

After gathering information and identifying a program, schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor (overseas@uwm.edu; 414-229-5182). The advisor will discuss next steps, provide advice related to financial aid and academics, and help you get started with UWM's application for non-UWM study abroad programs. Failure to complete the UWM application means you will no longer be recognized as a UWM student and you will lose your eligibility for financial aid through UWM.

Important: In order for you to receive transfer credit, non-UWM study abroad institutions must be (1) accredited and (2) able to issue an official transcript (or the foreign equivalent). If you have not already done so already, the study abroad advisor will work with you to verify that these conditions are met.


Step 3: Meet with Academic Advisor and Department

After meeting with the study abroad advisor, you should schedule a meeting with your academic advisor. At the meeting, show your academic advisor the list of courses you would like to take. A careful review of proposed courses is important to ensure that they fit with your UWM degree program and keep you on track for graduation. Key considerations:

  1. Avoid duplication. Make sure that the courses you plan to take will not be treated as equivalent to previous courses taken at UWM.
  2. Be careful with prerequisites. If the transferred course is the equivalent to a course more advanced than what you have taken, or has prerequisites that you have yet to take, you might not be able to backtrack and take the lower course for credit at UWM.
  3. Be sure you understand which courses will satisfy UWM's general education requirements (GER), your school or college requirements, and/or requirements for your major. Without careful planning, you might wind up with excess elective credits that will not meet specific degree requirements. Note that this applies even with credit transferred from other UW System campuses; UWM will accept the credit toward graduation, but may not necessarily consider the courses as satisfying degree requirements.

At the end of the meeting, have your academic advisor fill out and sign a non UWM program Advisor Conference Sheet. (Please see below).

In addition to meeting with your advisor and completing the nonUWM Study Abroad Academic Advising Form, your department(s) must review your proposed courses and complete the Course Equivalency Approval Form. Final approval is given by the department chair or designated faculty advisor of each of the proposed areas of study (i.e., English, History, Math). For students pursuing professional degrees (Business, Fine Arts, Engineering, Architecture, Nursing) course pre-approvals may be completed by the Director of Academic Advising. THIS IS A FILLABLE FORM. Please complete as much as possible by typing into it before printing it.

The Course Equivalency Form serves as a guide to you and faculty, both before your departure and after your return to UWM. Your faculty advisor may not be able to give you an ironclad guarantee of credit before your departure if the course description is insufficient. Faculty can, however, indicate that your expectations concerning credit appear to be realistic. They can also provide guidelines for selecting your overseas courses, as well as advice on what coursework you need to bring back to UWM for evaluation, which will help you avoid credit transfer problems upon your return to UWM. This process may need to be repeated when you return to UWM with transcripts in order to obtain final approval of the courses or if you take different courses for which you have no prior approval.

Make sure that the study abroad office has a copy of the Course Equivalency Form once it has been completed and signed. It will become part of your file and serve as a guide for your transfer of credit. Getting pre-approval in writing is very important. Verbal assurances given by program personnel are not binding and may be misleading.

Credits taken abroad on a non-UWM sponsored program will return as transfer credit. Transfer credit will never be part of your UWM GPA. This is true for any student transferring credits from another U.S. or foreign university.


Step 4: Apply for Program via Host Organization

You are now ready to formally apply for your study abroad program through its host organization. As soon as you have been accepted to a non-UWM program, bring your acceptance letter to the study abroad office. It is needed to approve the program for credit transfer.

Important: You will likely be asked to pay a fee to your program's provider organization at the time of application.  You are personally responsible for the timely payment of this fee. Application and fee payment deadlines are often different than those at UWM.


Step 5a: Apply for Non - UWM Program via UWM

After you have applied or been accepted into an international study program by its provider organization, or you plan to complete a Global Studies internship during a term where you are not already studying abroad, you must also complete the UWM application process.  To do so, please submit the following required materials:

  • Online application:  The online application requires that cookies be enabled in your web browser.  When you click the link, you should get a prompt asking you to accept a certificate.  Click the button to accept (not examine) the certificate until you see a page entitled "New Program Application".  For non-UWM Program Applicants: from this page, select "No" when asked "Are you applying to a UWM-sponsored program?", then select your proposed term of study and hit "submit". Click here to apply
  • $250 deposit:  This deposit includes a $50 non-refundable application fee (remaining deposit money will be applied to your UWM study abroad program fee--see below).  Your deposit, minus the $50 application fee, is refundable if you are not accepted into the program.  Please use a check or money order made payable to "UWM".  
  • Copy of unofficial transcript:  UWM students may order an unofficial transcript online for free via PAWS.
  • Non UWM program Advisor Conference Sheet: Please meet with your academic advisor and ask them to sign this form as part of your study abroad application process.  We want to make sure you have reviewed your degree requirements and coursework expectations while abroad with your academic advisor and that you understand how your time abroad will fit into your path toward graduation. THIS IS A FILLABLE FORM - DO NOT PRINT IT. Please email this (empty) form to your advisor or direct her/hom to this website once you have arranged an advising appointment. S/He can type directly into the form and then print and sign it.
  • Meet with a UWM Program Coordinator.

Program applications are reviewed shortly after the Application deadline.  Following your acceptance to the program your UWM study abroad advisor will send you a packet of additional forms to complete for your UWM study abroad file (the organization sponsoring your non-UWM program or in some cases your Global Studies Internship  will likely request that you complete similar materials). Your UWM advisor  will also enroll you in a study abroad place holder course, or if applicable Global Studies 489, to ensure that you remain registered as a UWM student while abroad, then assist you with questions about immunizations, getting a visa, and other pre-departure details.

Step 5b: Apply for Global Studies Internship 

After you have applied or been accepted into an international study program by its provider organization, or you plan to complete a Global Studies internship during a term where you are not already studying abroad, you must also complete the UWM application process.  To do so, please submit the following required materials:

  • Online application:  The online application requires that cookies be enabled in your web browser.  When you click the link, you should get a prompt asking you to accept a certificate.  Click the button to accept (not examine) the certificate until you see a page entitled "New Program Application" For Global Studies Internship Applicants: from this page, select "YES" when asked "Are you applying to a UWM-sponsored program?" Select your term, and then select  "Global Studies Internship from the drop down menu."  Click here to apply
  • $250 deposit:  This deposit includes a $50 non-refundable application fee (remaining deposit money will be applied to your UWM study abroad program fee--see below).  Your deposit, minus the $50 application fee, is refundable if you are not accepted into the program.  Please use a check or money order made payable to "UWM".   
  • Copy of unofficial transcript:  UWM students may order an unofficial transcript online for free via PAWS.
  • Non UWM program Advisor Conference Sheet: Please meet with your academic advisor and ask them to sign this form as part of your study abroad application process.  We want to make sure you have reviewed your degree requirements and coursework expectations while abroad with your academic advisor and that you understand how your time abroad will fit into your path toward graduation. THIS IS A FILLABLE FORM - DO NOT PRINT IT. Please email this (empty) form to your advisor or direct her/hom to this website once you have arranged an advising appointment. S/He can type directly into the form and then print and sign it. 
  • Meet with a UWM Program Coordinator.
Program applications are reviewed shortly after the Application deadline.  Following your acceptance to the program your UWM study abroad advisor will send you a packet of additional forms to complete for your UWM study abroad file (the organization sponsoring your non-UWM program or in some cases your Global Studies Internship  will likely request that you complete similar materials).  If your internship can not issue a transcript for your work, your Academic Advisor will also enroll you in Global Studies 489, to ensure that you remain registered as a UWM student while abroad, then assist you with questions about immunizations, getting a visa, and other pre-departure details.Some of the additional forms you will need to submit include:
  • If you are planning to use financial aid for your program, you should complete a Financial Aid Authorization Form and a Consortium Agreement Form (to be completed by the organization sponsoring your program and returned to the UWM Financial Aid Office).  We recommend for you to meet with a Financial Aid advisor to discuss your aid eligibility for your study abroad program.
  • Please submit a copy of the acceptance letter you received from the organization sponsoring your program to the UWM study abroad office.
  • Important: If all or part of your program will take place in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, you must also submit a Special Medical Health Risk Release Form to the UWM study abroad office.

Health Insurance

The University of Wisconsin System (UWS) requires ALL study abroad students to purchase CISI international health insurance, regardless of any other insurance coverage you have or need to purchase as part of your program. CISI insurance costs $35/month and is available for purchase through the study abroad office. The fees are charged to your PAWS account.  You must follow the deadlines for notifying the UWM Study Abroad office of the dates of your program so appropriate dates can be applied to your insurance.