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Active Military & Veteran Students

UW-Eau Claire is proud of counting active military guardsmen and reservists as well as veterans among its student population. The Center for International Education is also proud of having sent many active military and veteran students on our study abroad programs and would like to encourage even more to take advantage of the opportunity to have a successful experience abroad. Some things to consider:

Length of Program

Short-term study abroad programs may work better for active military students due to their military duties. There are programs available in both Winterim and summer, ranging from two to eight weeks. It is easier to ask time off from military duties for a short-term program, but long-term programs are also possible if required for graduation.  Veteran students can consider any program length.

Financial Benefits

Veterans may be able to use their benefits to help fund their study abroad experience. If you are planning to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits or your Wisconsin GI Bill benefits to assist in payment of your study abroad program, please meet with Miranda Cross-Schindler, the Veterans Benefits Coordinator, before you apply to a program, in order to find one that fits the requirements of the VA and your study abroad goals.  Miranda can be contacted at 715-836-5212, or via e-mail at

Fitting In

Active military students and veteran students are recognized as nontraditional students by UW-Eau Claire and may wonder about fitting in with traditional students on a study abroad program. Please visit our Nontraditional Students page to learn more about common issues and solutions.

Other Resources

Post 9/11 GI Benefits -  Learn more about the available benefits for study abroad through the Post 9/11 GI Bill
WI GI Bill - Learn more about the Wisconsin G.I. Bill benefits
UWEC Veteran Benefits - Find the UW-Eau Claire programs abroad that allow you to use your benefits

Learn more from Sam Milewsky, an active military student who recently studied abroad:
Interview with Sam