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Have no idea where to start? Want to hear more about a few (or all) programs? Have a few questions on the process?  We have people to help and fun events to attend! 


Talking to someone who knows the ins and outs about study abroad can be very helpful! We offer two levels of advising. Start with a general advising appointment, and the general advisor will connect you with a study abroad coordinator as needed.
  1. General Advising: First point of contact & can help you:
    • Narrow down program options
    • Navigate the application process
    • Talk through budgets, scholarships, and financial planning (Note: they cannot advise on financial aid)
    • Talk through specific program details (timelines, deadlines, what it's like, etc.)
    • Learn how to use the Transfer Credit Wizard
  2. Study Abroad Managers: Your contact for:
    • Complex or very specific academic questions (that a general advisor couldn't assist with)
    • Health & safety questions and preparations for when abroad

Attend a study abroad 101 information session:

Click to see Information session times

Fall 2023 General Advising Hours:

Monday 8:00 - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00 - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00 - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:00 - 4:30pm
Friday 8:00 - 4:30pm
Appointments will be offered virtually (on Teams) and in-person based on the preference of the student.

To schedule an appointment, click below:

Study Abroad General Advising Appointment

  • Choose a date/time
  • All general advising interns can chat about all programs, but if you have certain ones in mind, you can select which intern you want to meet with based on their region (feel free to make more than one appointment too!)
  • Add your contact info
  • Provide any additional information (so we can better prepare for your appointment)
You'll receive a confirmation email with the Teams link that you can use for your scheduled appointment. 

Meet Our Advising Interns: 

ZM Photo Zach May (He/him/his)
 Advises for: General Advising (focus on Latin America)
 Study Abroad Experience: Valparaiso, Chile Spring 2022

My name is Zachary May, I prefer Zach. I am a Spanish Education & Latin American Studies   major with a TESOL minor. I studied abroad in Valparaíso, Chile. My favorite study abroad   memory was my class about traditional dances of Chile, and in two of our classes we had a   party to celebrate our progress in the class and to celebrate the time we’ve spent in Chile.   There was music, sopaipillas (a type of fried bread) and pebre (a common salsa made to   accompany main dishes). We danced and really had a great bonding moment within the class.
liz R newLiz Ratajski (She/Her/Hers)
Advises for: General Advising (focus on Spain) 
Study Abroad Experience: Valladolid, Spain Spring 2022

My name is Liz Ratajski and I am a Communication Sciences and Disorders major and Spanish for Health Professions minor. All my favorite memories from my study abroad experience in Valladolid include spending time with all of the amazing friends I made, at our favorite spot to relax after a day full of classes: Colmadito’s.
Kayla P Kayla Poncius (She/Her/Hers)
 Advises for: General Advising (focus on Europe)
 Study Abroad Experience: Florence, Italy (LdM) Spring 2022

My name is Kayla Poncius, my major is Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology. My favorite study abroad memory was taking a Pairing Food & Wine cooking class. The kitchen was located in the Central Market. I feel that I was able to immerse myself even more in Italian culture through a deeper understanding of wine and food. 
Izabella Izabella Margozian (She/They)
 Advises for: General Advising (focus on UK, Ireland, and Oceania)
 Study Abroad Experience: Glasgow, Scotland Spring 2022

Hi, my name is Izabella, I am a fourth year in Education for equity and justice (elementary education) with a minor in Social Studies. My favorite memory from my time in Scotland would have to be the first ball I attended. I joined the Scotland highland dance society and at the end   of each semester they put on a traditional ball. It was so much fun getting all dressed up and   butchering the dances I was learning all semester, with some newly made friends.
twylaTwyla Alix (She/Her/Hers)
Advises for: General Advising (focus on Europe)
Study Abroad Experience: Florence, Italy (LdM) Spring 2022

My name is Twyla Alix. I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am an Organizational Communications major with a minor in Psychology. One of my favorite memories from my study abroad in Florence was when I was cooking for my pairing food and wine class and I met Ryan Seacrest. He had been watching me cook for about 15 minutes without me realizing it was him.
Julia - Intern Pic (3)Julia Paschke (She/Her/Hers)
Advises for: General Advising (focus on USAC & Europe)
Study Abroad Experience: Pau, France (USAC) Summer 2022

My name is Julia Paschke and my major is International business. My favorite study abroad memory is hiking to a lake in the mountains with my program group!

Study Abroad Info Session:
Learn how to research and apply to a UWEC program. You'll learn about things to consider when selecting a program, program opportunities, how to start an application, application deadlines, etc. Each session covers the same content, so find the time that works best for you! Each session will last 30-40 minutes.

Attend the Study Abroad Fair:
Find out more about EVERY program UWEC has to offer! Returned students will be available to chat with, as will study abroad and immersions staff, and faculty who lead some programs. This is our largest event of the year so you won't want to miss it! (fall only)

Funding Study Abroad Info Session:
Discover ways to fund your study abroad experience. This session will cover what type of scholarships are out there, financial aid, saving ideas, etc. All sessions cover the same content, so find the time that works best for you! Each session lasts about 30-40 minutes.

Applying for Scholarships:
Learn how to navigate the Gold for Blugolds site to find out more about UWEC Foundation scholarships. You'll also learn about nation-wide scholarships and to write a competitive/ well thought out essay for your applications. Each session covers the same content, so find the time that works best for you! Each session will last 30-40 minutes.

First Time Travelers:
This session is for students applying for/accepted to UWEC study abroad programs who have limited to no travel experience--but all are welcome as you may learn something new! Each session covers the same content, so find the time that works best for you! Each session will last 30-40 minutes.

Returnee and Partner Panels
Occasionally we may hold panels that focus on a specific program, region, or international topic. Check back regularly to see what's planned!