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Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) Information for Students

The FLIIE program was originally created to increase access for all students to high-impact study abroad experiences during their UW-Eau Claire undergraduate career. Faculty-led programs can offer an alternative to a full semester study abroad, and therefore might fit better into degree programs for some students without extending time to graduation. The objective of the program is to increase the number of students who have access through defraying some of the program costs and thus increasing opportunities for student participation. Undergraduate students are eligible to receive between $1000 and $2500 in FLIIE funding, depending on the program.*

FLIIE programs are offered for 2-4 weeks during Summer or Winterim sessions. Many programs are designed to be interdisciplinary and collaborative, have a meaningful impact on the people and places of the host community, and contribute to beneficial relationships with the host community. Through dialogue and relationship building, students become more aware of and reflect on multiple perspectives. Guided, critical reflection is a key component to students' transformations as they seek a deeper understanding of another culture as well as their own. A meaningful engagement within the cultural environment inspires students to analyze the foundational assumptions that govern their thoughts and actions.

All student participants must apply through the CIE website and have a minimum 2.3 GPA and good academic standing to participate. Some programs have required prerequisite courses, and all students will attend an orientation during the semester before their program.

Application requirements:

  • Transcript
  • Application Fee of $30 (nonrefundable)
  • Application Questionnaire
  • 1 recommendation
  • Enrollment agreement
  • UW-System Release Statement

Application Deadlines:

  • Winterim Programs
    • Priority Deadline: April 1
    • Extended Deadline: September 15
       
  • Summer Programs
    • Priority Deadline: November 1
    • Extended Deadline: January 31

Click here for more information about programs running in 2014-2015.

If you have questions about a specific program or how to apply, please contact:
Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator
E-mail: freitasb@uwec.edu
Phone: 715-836-6037

*Please note: The goals of the Blugold Commitment are to extend access and affordability to these exceptional high-impact practices for all UW-Eau Claire undergraduates, to ensure that more of these opportunities are available for these students, and to increase the numbers of students who participate. Therefore, while UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in multiple high-impact immersion programs, each student is eligible to receive BCDT funding for only one FLIIE experience. Any student who has participated in a previous FLIIE experience is not eligible to receive funding through BCDT for a second FLIIE experience.

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