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Getting Started

If you are considering studying abroad you have come to the right place! There are many options to consider and the following information will help you make an informed decision.

Common myths regarding study abroad:

1. Studying abroad is not for me
There are many programs and options for studying abroad. You can find a program that works for you whether you are a Global Studies, Engineering or Nursing student. Non-traditional students may be interested in a short-term program offered during the semester break (winter break?) that lasts only two weeks.

Click here to browse all of our current program offerings


2. Studying abroad is not affordable
Grants and scholarships are available to help finance your trip abroad. Financial aid may also be used toward your study abroad.

Click here to visit the Cost & Funding section.


3. Studying abroad will delay my graduation.
You can study abroad and still graduate on time. UWM programs will transfer directly as UWM credit. This means you can fulfill requirements while you are studying abroad. Many of the universities that our office works with are comprehensive universities just like UWM. This means that they offer a wide variety of subjects. Make sure you communicate with your academic advisor so that you know which courses to take to ensure that you get proper credit. If you are doing a Non-UWM program you will still get credit, however it will count as transfer credit instead of direct UWM credit.

Click here to learn more about academics abroad.


4. It will be difficult for me to adjust to a new culture
It is possible you may experience some culture shock while abroad, but it is important to keep in that this is completely normal and that there are several ways to manage it and still have a great experience.

Click here to read more about overcoming culture shock.

5. I don't speak a foreign language so I can't study abroad
There are several programs offered with courses instructed entirely in English. This is a great option for those with limited to no foreign language skills or for anyone who may be nervous about a language barrier. One option is taking a program in an exclusively English-speaking Country. Another option is taking English language programs in non-English-speaking countries. These are programs where you take some intensive language courses, but all of your academic coursework is in English.

See link under section 1 to browse current program offerings.