UW-Eau Claire remains a national leader in study abroad

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire continues to be a national leader among master’s-level colleges and universities when it comes to sending students to study abroad, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

With 489 students studying abroad, UW-Eau Claire ranks 29th nationally among public and private master’s-level schools in the total number of students it sends abroad.

UW-Eau Claire is the only master’s-level university in Wisconsin among the top 40 institutions in its category.

UW-Eau Claire has long supported the importance of study abroad and international education as a means of providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a changing world, said Colleen Marchwick, director of the university’s Center for International Education. Hilda Belle Oxby, a languages faculty member from 1916 to 1953, led UW-Eau Claire’s first study-abroad program, to Mexico, in 1950. UW-Eau Claire now has about 40 study-abroad program locations in nearly 30 countries.

Students are able to integrate what they learn abroad into UW-Eau Claire’s internationalized curriculum of languages, area studies, global studies and international business, among other academic programs, Marchwick said.

“Study abroad has been shown contribute to the development of employment-related skills such as tolerance for ambiguity, adaptability, confidence, and intercultural and interpersonal skills,” Marchwick said. “We want to make sure that our students have not only the knowledge and technical skills for the 21st century but also the soft skills to adapt to constantly evolving workplace.

“I would encourage all students with an interest in study abroad to explore how they can achieve their goal. UW-Eau Claire provides strong advising, pre-departure orientation, and financial supports to make study abroad a reality for those who aspire to venture outside of their comfort zone.”

The 2018 Open Doors Report rankings are based on 2016-17 study abroad figures.

Top image caption: While studying abroad in Greece, UW-Eau Claire student Taylor Pomasl climbed Mount Olympus, the country's highest mountain. Her photo was selected as a winner in UW-Eau Claire's 2018 Study Abroad Photo Contest.