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FLIIE Information for Students

Cultural Study Abroad

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 $500 per week of the program, up to a maximum of $2,000.*

FLIIE programs are offered for 2-5 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 Study Abroad 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 (non-refundable)
  • 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 15
    • Extended Deadline: February 15

For additional information or questions contact Jeff DeGrave,, 715-836-4471.

Students in the jungle in Guatemala on cultural immersion experience.

Current FLIIE programs

Curious about the faculty-led international immersion program? See where students can go this year to learn about the rich cultural diversity around the world.

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The Blugold Commitment was created to allow greater access, affordability, and participation in exceptional high-impact practices such as FLIIE programs 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. UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in multiple high-impact immersion programs, but each student is eligible to receive Blugold funding for only one FLIIE experience. Any student who has participated in a previous FLIIE experience is not eligible to receive funding through Blugold funding for a second FLIIE experience. The only exception to this is if a student who participated in a previous FLIIE experience returns as a student leader to the same program.

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