Did you know that as soon as you are accepted as a transfer student at UW-Eau Claire, you can start applying for a study abroad program offered through the university? No need to wait until you are actually on campus! And the entire process can be completed on-line/through the mail. The Center for International Education recognizes that transfer students may feel that by the time you arrive at UW-Eau Claire your opportunity to study abroad is already gone. We know from transfer students who have successfully studied abroad that it is possible to fit it in to your schedule! Here are some things you may want to consider:
Interview with Kayla
Length of ProgramShort-term study abroad programs may work better for transfer students who have come to UW-Eau Claire with a lot of credits. There are programs available in both Winterim and Summer terms, ranging from two to eight weeks. However, don’t immediately dismiss longer programs. With planning ahead, you may be able to go abroad for a full semester or even an academic year! Look into courses that you can take during longer programs with your advisor to see how you can remain on track toward graduation.
Experiential EducationSome study abroad programs offer students the opportunity to fulfill part or all of the Service Learning requirement at UW-Eau Claire. You can also search for programs that may offer opportunities such as internships or research.
Financial AssistanceFinancial aid awarded through FAFSA can be used to pay for your study abroad program. Many scholarships offered through academic departments can also be used to pay for your study abroad program. If you are transferring from a community college and receive a Pell Grant, you are eligible to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which seeks to support students who are traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including students from two-year colleges . Also, there are a number of UW-Eau Claire Foundation scholarships that support study abroad. Find details here.
Other ResourcesLearn more from Kayla Buffington, a transfer student who recently studied abroad:
Interview with Kayla