Education Abroad offers record number of programs

March 22, 2016
Students in London
Students in India
Students in Rome

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is offering a record 10 short-term, faculty-led education abroad programs for students during the 2015-16 academic year, due to the popularity of the programs among students and faculty.

Since 1979, UW-Platteville Education Abroad has helped more than 10,000 students from more than 250 institutions nationwide study abroad. Its mission is to prepare global citizens by promoting global engagement, internationalize the university and provide educational experiences that lead to learning and reflection in an international context to students throughout the United States.

Short-term, faculty-led education abroad programs allow students to take a course taught abroad by one or more UW-Platteville faculty members and are an option for those who want to take an elective in their major/minor or a general education requirement during one of the university’s intersessions. Programs are often offered over the winter, spring and summer breaks and require some pre-departure and returnee requirements such as readings, research, papers, informational meetings, etc.

To date, more than 132 students from UW-Platteville and two students from other higher education institutions from throughout the country have participated in UW-Platteville short-term, faculty-led education abroad programs during the 2015-16 academic year or applied for summer.

“The benefits of participating in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program are certainly endless,” said Alyssa Shaff, education abroad program coordinator at UW-Platteville. “The programs help students cultivate meaningful relationships with faculty while engaging in an active learning environment. In addition, being able to put any type of study abroad on their résumés can set students apart from others during the first job search after graduation.” Shaff advises students on the education abroad process, coordinates short-term, faculty-led education abroad programs and oversees the International Programs’ Global Living Learning Community at UW-Platteville.

Shaff said that Education Abroad is still accepting applications for some of this summer’s short-term, faculty-led education abroad program experiences, which include:

  • “Arctic, Biology and Coastal Ecology,” in Canada, led by Dr. Jeff Huebschman and Ryan Schmitz. Students will visit a subarctic tundra environment on the Hudson Bay where they will interact with scientists studying arctic ecosystems.
  • “International Metals Processing Manufacturing,” in Canada, led by Dr. Kyle Metzloff. Students will travel to several metal processing facilities to investigate the processes used in manufacturing raw materials, metal casting and forgings.
  • “Renewable Energy and Green Building Best Practices: Darmstadt, Germany,” in Germany, led by Dr. Samir El-Omari. Students will attend a variety of lectures and site visits that focus on the business practices of the renewable energy and green building sectors as well as interact with faculty and students from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.
  • “The History of Science and Technology in Europe,” in Germany and the Netherlands, led by Elizabeth Holden and Dr. Adam Stanley. Students will examine the modern scientific and technological history of Europe over the past five centuries, with attention to the ways in which those developments have been intertwined with Europe’s wider political, economic, social and cultural history.
  • “Geography of Japan,” in Japan, led by Dr. Todd Stradford. Students will travel to various regions of Japan, examining physical and cultural differences and likenesses.
  • “Pond Hopping: Exploring British Agriculture,” in United Kingdom, led by Dr. Andrew Cartmill and Dr. Donita Cartmill. Students will look at the similarities and differences found in production agriculture systems between the United States and Great Britain.
  • “A Tale of Four Cities: Diversity and Immigration in Schools,” in Harlaxton, United Kingdom, led by Dr. Jennifer Collins and Dr. Lindsay Hollingsworth. Students will broaden their awareness on educational approaches being employed to support the immigrant population in Leicester City and will compare those to three United States cities with similar immigration experiences.

During spring break, five students will attend:

  • “Renewable Energy and Green Building Practices: Sao Pãulo, Brazil,” in Brazil, led by Dr. Samir El-Omari. Students will be exposed to renewable energy, sustainable practices and cultural differences related to Brazil in comparison to what they are familiar with in the United States.

During winterim, 41 students attended one of three short-term, faculty-led education abroad experiences, including:

  • “Agriculture and Food Marketing in India,” in India, led by Dr. Rami Reddy. Students experienced the multi-faceted agricultural, commercial, academic, business, historical, social and cultural aspects of Indian life.
  • “Visual Art in Rome,” in Rome, Italy, led by Carole Spelic' and Richard Moninski. Students interacted with the archaeology, architecture and art collections found in Rome, Italy.
  • “British Theatre and British Theatrical Styles,” in London, United Kingdom, led by Dr. Ann Farrelly, Dr. David Schuler, Jeffrey Strange and Sarah Strange. Students studied the works of Shakespeare, Jacobean and contemporary British dramatic literature, along with British theatre history and British theatre design in London, England.

“Participating in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience that cannot be experienced by simply travel alone; it allows for a more in-depth exploration of the culture unlike any other,” said Larissa Ruchotzke, a junior soil and crop science major from Miles, Iowa, who attended the “Agriculture in India” program.

“After talking with students our age in India, I realized how fortunate we are for the opportunities and schooling we have in the agricultural field for both women and men,” said Alana Voss, a senior animal science major from Mauston, Wisconsin, who attended the “Agriculture in India” program.

For more information or to apply for one of UW-Platteville Education Abroad’s short-term, faculty-led education abroad programs, contact Shaff at 608-342-1726 or email

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities, and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The Education Abroad programs align with the priorities of providing an outstanding education and fostering a community of achievement and respect.


Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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