Author: Dean Robbins

For International Education Week, see what people have to say about UW-Madison’s Visiting International Student Program

Inter­na­tional Edu­ca­tion Week, Nov. 17–21, celebrates the benefits of a learn­ing expe­ri­ence in a dif­fer­ent coun­try. UW-Madison events include an International Edu­ca­tion Week Photo Exhibit (through Novem­ber 21, Red Gym) and a talk by Suhail Khan on “The United Nations: An Insider’s View” (Novem­ber 20, Union South’s Var­sity Hall, 6 p.m.). The UW’s own Vis­it­ing Inter­na­tional Stu­dent Pro­gram (VISP) offers a cross-cultural oppor­tu­nity to peo­ple around the world. Par­tic­i­pants become offi­cial stu­dents at the Madi­son cam­pus, tak­ing courses from world-class pro­fes­sors and mak­ing use of the facil­i­ties. The pro­gram includes sum­mer ses­sions with courses last­ing any­where from one to 13 weeks. “I did many things I have never done before: mak­ing new friends from dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds, study­ing in a sec­ond lan­guage, attend­ing foot­ball and base­ball games, research­ing with a pro­fes­sor, watch­ing the NCAA Final Four and scream­ing for the Bad­gers,” says Xue­fei, a Chi­nese native who par­tic­i­pated in the Vis­it­ing Inter­na­tional Stu­dent Pro­gram. “With no exag­ger­a­tion, my time in Madi­son was a life-changing experience.” Dar­lan, a VISP par­tic­i­pant from Brazil, wor­ried about adjust­ing to a coun­try with a com­pletely dif­fer­ent cul­ture, but he found the UW-Madison a wel­com­ing environment. “From my first day at UW I felt like I belonged there,” he says. “The pro­fes­sors are really open to answer­ing your ques­tions, and they really care about your learn­ing process. The cam­pus also has a lot of resources for inter­na­tional...

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