University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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TIP SHEET   Week of Dec. 22, 2003
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire will
send a record number of students on study abroad programs during the 2004 spring semester. This spring 232 students will be studying abroad through university programs. Students will be studying in Australia, Austria, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Scotland, Spain and Sweden. An increasing number of students are studying abroad as the university has added more programs and students have come to understand the value of having an international experience as an undergraduate student. A recent report indicates that UW-Eau Claire is ranked 18th in the nation among master’s degree institutions in the number of students who study abroad each year. More than 20 percent of UW-Eau Claire students have a study abroad experience during their undergraduate career. A majority of those students participate in semester or yearlong programs, giving them enough time in another country to learn about the culture. Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education, is available to talk with the media about study abroad trends. You can reach Markgraf this week at (715) 831-9038 or markgraf@uwec.edu. After the holidays, you can reach him at (715) 836-4411 or via e-mail.

Campus Calendar
UW-Eau Claire offices will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 24 and 25, in recognition of the Christmas holiday.

There will be no tip sheet sent to media the week of Dec. 29. The News Bureau will distribute media tip sheets again beginning in January 2004.

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 Judy Berthiaume, Director
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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(715) 836-4741
newsbur@uwec.edu

Updated: December 18, 2003