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    Spring 2015 Global Link Scholarship Applications now available - due May 23, 2015

    Because international students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse assists students with scholarship opportunities.

    Every semester International Education & Engagement allocates money to students who are greatly involved in educating others about their home country/culture and who maintain a high GPA. The money for these scholarships comes from the  Student Association and the UW System Fund.

    The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students who pay out-of-state tuition and to encourage international awareness.


    All F-1, degree seeking international students (ESL students need to be taking at least one university/academic course in order to apply) can apply for a Global Link Scholarship each semester. The following three criteria must be met in order to be eligible:

    • Participate in at least 4 Global Link activities during the semester
    • Undergraduates must achieve a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to be eligible
    • Graduate students must achieve a minimum of a 3.5 GPA to be eligible

    Planned Activities

    Cultural Coffee Hours: See Schedule of Events for topics and dates.

    • Facilitated by international students and study abroad alumni, Cultural Coffee Hour is a space to engage in global conversations on a specific topic. Faculty, staff, students and community members are all welcome to join the event, have a cup of coffee or tea and share their perspective. 
    • Presentation formats vary by topic and could be a round table discussion or an individual presentation. 
    • If you are interested in being a facilitator or presenting during Cultural Coffee Hour, please contact Miranda Panzer at

    Cultural Poster Boards – Will be posted in the Global Village at Eagle Hall.

    • Create a bulletin board involving some aspect of your country or culture. One person per board.
    • In order to diversify the bulletin boards, we would like to limit country representation. Only one country per month please!

    Global Fridays – Various Fridays throughout October, November, February, March and April. Transportation provided during fall semester.

    • Join a 6th grade class at a local middle or elementary school and introduce your country to the students. Additional information on presentations will be provided.

    International Panels for Classes (UW-L & La Crosse School District). Dates and times to be determined by requests from faculty.

    • Share your culture and knowledge with students. Emails will be sent to international students with specific details after a request has been made.

    Requests from Faculty and the Community. Dates and times to be determined.

    • OIE receives requests from faculty/staff and community members for international students to share their culture.
    • Some specific requests may include a native dance, language, craft, sport, etc. Emails will be sent to international students after a request has been made.

    Miscellaneous Requests. E-mails will be sent to international students with specific information.  Students seeking to earn Global Link Points for an event not advertised for Global Link Points can do so by filling out this form and getting approval from IEE.

    Are there any exceptions?

    Yes. Graduate students can only receive money from one of the sources. Graduate students whose out-of-state tuition has been waived may not be eligible for the scholarship.

    Where do I find out about the Global Link Activities?

    Each semester an email is sent within the first 3-4 weeks outlining opportunities for the semester (only UW-L student e-mail addresses are used). Regular updates will follow thereafter. Sign-up sheets for various activities are available at the front desk of IEE. There are always numerous opportunities available to interested students who want to participate. Global Link opportunities are offered September – November (fall semester) and February – April (spring semester).

    What is a Global Link Point?

    A Global Link Point is obtained by participating in some sort of cultural sharing activity. A few examples of a Global Link Point include participating in Cultural Coffee Hour, panel discussions, or creating a poster board. Students can participate in activities outside of OIE's organized events, but must receive approval two weeks before the planned activity for it to be counted as a Global Link Point opportunity.

    What happens if I forget to complete all four Global Link Points?

    It is your responsibility to fulfill all three requirements in order to be eligible to receive a scholarship. If you forget to complete one of the necessary steps, you have not fulfilled all necessary requirements.

    Can International Students receive financial aid?

    International students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. As part of the F-1 visa requirements, international students must have the financial means to pay for tuition, fees, housing, meals and insurance for each term.

    Are there any other scholarships available for international students?

    Visit the UW-L Foundation for information on campus UW-L Foundation scholarships and various external scholarships.