Check your program-specific predeparture information.
Review your program dates carefully and book your return flight after exam dates. Many students recommend STA Travel on State Street.
Foreign currency exchange may be available for a fee by order at many banks. Only a few banks will issue foreign currency checks for their customers. Some students recommend waiting until you arrive to access foreign funds using an ATM machine.
Check with the University Health Services Travel Clinic for any recommended health precautions or shots. This is very important for Asia and Latin America. The Travel Clinic gets very busy so make your appointment right away.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travelers' Health page offers information for travel outside the United States.
International Perspectives class
Fall 2011 course dates (for students studying abroad spring 2012) are: 11/1/11, 11/8/11 and 11/15/11 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
There is also a pre and post set of surveys on the study abroad experience.
The online orientation program is now available. Participants must complete this before the second meeting of International Perspectives. The information here is valuable and may be printed to take with you overseas. We recommend students read through the information on the For Parents page for additional information
Get the insider's view into your study abroad program by reading reports from past participants.
Course equivalency database
Once the host university announces its timetable, reference the course equivalency database to determine how courses count at UW-Madison. Also be aware that credit values may be different abroad, and students should check the Grade and Credit Conversion Tables to see how credit values may vary from the host institution to UW-Madison.
We highly recommend you check your DARS Report and make a one on one advising appointment for a discussion of your courses. Students will be given a Study Abroad Planner that their academic advisor must sign.
Please note that this is a business exchange, and we require that all students on a semester exchange take at least 6 credits of business classes.
No business course may be taken pass/fail. Review the pass/fail policy on the Undergrad Academic Services website for more information.
CISI insurance information
The University of Wisconsin System requires all students who study abroad to purchase mandatory emergency medical insurance. More information on this mandatory plan offered by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the latest brochure are available on the Risk Management Study Abroad webpage.
International students: You may file to waive SHIP for the time you are abroad if you do it far ahead of your departure. If not done before you go, you will be held responsible for paying for SHIP in addition to the CISI insurance required for study abroad. Contact SHIP for more information.
There are many good publications on the phenomenon of culture shock. You may want to look at some of the following books and websites.
- The University of the Pacific has an online culture training resource for study abroad.
- There is also a Peace Corps Culture Matters program discusses how to enter new cultures with understanding and Respect.
- Lives Across Cultures, 3rd edition by Harry Gardiner and Corinne Kosmitzki © 2005 | ISBN: 020541186X
- UHS Counseling and Consultation Services offers programs for returning study abroad students experiencing reverse culture shock. If you are interested please contact Alex at 608-265-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information from the U.S. State Department
Visit the State Department web site specifically designed for study abroad students. Read the consular information sheet for the country you are visiting. All study abroad students must register with the State Department in case of a local emergency.
View any current travel warnings and public announcements.
Additional information is available from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs. You can also review Background Notes on countries, which include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations.
Information on Subletting
Finding a subletter, or housing when you return from study abroad, can be a concern for many students. The UW-Madison Campus Area Housing Listing Service is a great resource for posting and searching subletting options.