Bon voyage: UW students going abroad in 2014 get advice, awards

Watch for the possibilities.

Joe Elder offers that piece of advice to students preparing to embark soon on a variety of international programs, experiences that will take them far from the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.

The students, along with parents, family and friends, and university staff, packed the Pyle Center’s Alumni Lounge on April 17 for the Division of International Studies Spring 2014 Scholarship Award Ceremony, co-sponsored by the Division’s International Academic Programs and International Internship Program.

Elder, a professor of sociology, languages and cultures of Asia, and integrated liberal studies, was instrumental in shaping and maintaining of the longest-running study abroad programs at UW–Madison.

In his keynote remarks that kicked off the ceremony, he highlighted the transformative experiences of three of the more than 1,500 UW students who had participated in the study abroad programs to India and Nepal.

“You’ll be scared,” he tells the students, “but you’re gutsy.”

Elder’s remarks set the stage for the announcements of scholarship awards to help students pay their way. Nearly 200 students received $555,525, which includes funds from International Studies and IAP, from other units at UW–Madison, and from private foundations.


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