An experience abroad is really about you! Here are some ways in which you can help us, help you.

1. Determine your priorities.

Academics:  Meet with your academic advisor to map out the rest of your academic track at UWL, so you know what courses you will need to target each semester to remain on track for graduation. This also helps you figure out which term would be most appropriate for you to spend abroad.  UWL requires students to have a 2.5 minimum combined cumulative GPA (including transfer credits) in order to study abroad.  Please note that particular programs may have higher minimum requirements. 

Finances: If you have not done so, take a look at what kind of financing options you have at your disposal. Whether it is through the Financial Aid Office, Scholarships, Loans, or possibly research grants. This may help us narrow down the location options for you. Learn more about financial aid and education abroad here!

2. Learn the program options, timelines, locations and cost.

Programs: Search based on program, area of study, location, language, or time frame.

Faculty-Led Programs range from one to five weeks, include 10-20 students, and are led by UWL faculty members. Students can usually earn between three to six UWL credit-hours in these programs. Faculty-led programs usually take place during Winter Break, Spring Break, or summer. 

Exchange and Direct Enroll programs are programs in which UW-La Crosse has an agreement with a specific university abroad. Exchange programs are based on a reciprocal exchange, which allows UWL to send students to these universities, and allows these universities to send students to La Crosse. Exchange programs are more cost effective because they are based on an even balanced exchange program between UWL and the host institution, and UWL students pay UWL resident tuition during their term abroad. However, they are also very competitive and placements are limited. Direct enroll programs have the same benefits as exchange programs, but students pay host institution's tuition. Placements in these programs are guaranteed as long as students meet the requirements. 

Though both exchange and direct enroll programs will cost more that studying at UWL, these programs can be more affordable than provider programs since UWL and the host institutions try to minimize costs as much as possible. If cost is an issue for you, we encourage you to take a look at our direct/exchange programs first. 

Provider Programs are third party organizations or affiliates who have their own partnerships overseas; UWL has an agreement with the following organizations, allowing students to participate in their programs as a sponsored UWL program.

Cost: Students will receive a Budget Fee Summary at Pre-Departure Orientation. Information regarding provider program fees can be accessed here: Program Provider Fees

3. Meet with Office Staff

To schedule an appointment with an IEE staff member complete this form, or e-mail international@uwlax.eduor just drop by and make an appointment with our front desk in 1140 Centennial Hall.

4. Attend an Education Abroad 101 Session. Join IEE staff every Thursday at 4PM in 1140 Centennial Hall to learn more about international program opportunities!

5. Attend the spring or fall Education Abroad Fair. Learn about the National Exchange Program (NSE) and all the education abroad opportunities offered at UWL.

6. Apply for a Program. Before applying for a program, it is important that you know which program you are applying to. Please take a look at the "How to Apply" page before starting an application.

7. Join our Social Network. Whether you prefer Facebook or Twitter, we would like you to join our online network and share your experience from start to finish with us. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter @IEEUWL