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Preparing golbal learners

Global learning and cultural immersion

UW-Eau Claire is committed to preparing students to live and work in the connected world. You can help us expand study abroad, service-learning and cultural immersion opportunities, and help bring international students, scholars and performers to campus. These experiences:

  • expand knowledge, vision and perspective
  • teach skills that can be applied anywhere in the world
  • increase cultural awareness
  • help students discover career and life opportunities
  • give students practice in adapting to new environments
  • promote interregional and international research and creative endeavors
  • allow collaboration and high-impact learning experiences
  • expose students to peers and scholars from other regions and countries.

Support global learning and immersion for Blugolds

We believe that transformational experiences at home and abroad prepare students to become citizens of the world. The importance of geographically dispersed, multicultural learning experiences is so widely recognized among our donors that a special fund and scholarships been created to support them.

Visit our online giving page to contribute to the Global Awareness Fund, Global Awareness Student Immersion Scholarships or Global Awareness International Study Abroad Scholarships — or establish your own fund like the donors below:

  • Bruce and Marlene Jannusch Scholarship
  • Tom and Eleanor Wildrick Scholarship
  • Wenzel Global Awareness Scholarship

Your support can help students expand their worldview and discover their unique impact on our planet.

Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Each year, UW-Eau Claire students have the opportunity to spend their winter or spring break on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage to the South, visiting sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement. The video above captures students’ experiences in Selma, Alabama, where they spent time with Joanne Bland. Bland was just 11 years old when, on March 7, 1965, she joined civil rights marchers on what was to be a journey from Selma to Montgomery. However, the marchers were attacked and beaten by officers as they crossed Selma’s Edmund Pettis Bridge. The day has come to be called Bloody Sunday, and UW-Eau Claire students were in Selma just weeks before the nation would mark the 50th anniversary of that pivotal moment in the fight for civil rights.


Environmental research in Cambodia

Five students accompanied Deborah Freund, associate lecturer of biology, on a research excursion in Cambodia to study the ecological effect of agrochemicals used in rice paddies.

The project offered experience in anthropology, agriculture and in many different facets of biology, and could have a long-term impact on the country.


Advancing free speech in Moldova

Students contributed to free speech and applied journalism skills in the small, formerly Communist Eastern European country of Moldova. They took the project from simply installing a public address system to a professional public forum and trusted source of information for the community. Students collaborated with a faculty member on her research about public perceptions of media during transitional times.

Emily in costa rica 

Providing health care
in Costa Rica

Each year, a cohort of nursing students spends six weeks in Miramar, Costa Rica, where students provide health-care services through rural medical clinics. A related course in health-care systems prepares students for the cultural, social, political, economic and environmental factors that influence the delivery of medical care in foreign lands.

give now

Your gift helps students learn and make contributions on a global scale. Below are examples of specific opportunities.

$1,000 annual
$30,000 to endow
  • Freshman Recruitment Scholarship  
  • Scholarships to study abroad in Latin America, Asia, Africa, for nursing and global student teaching
$500 annual
$15,000 to endow
  • Immersion Experience Scholarship
  • Scholarships to bring international students and scholars to campus
Gifts of any amount
  • International Scholar Rescue Fund
  • Center for International Education Advancement Fund to support cultural programs.

"I became aware of the growing need for cultural competency, especially in helping fields like mine."

- Lisa Wolfcale, social work alumna