Spring Study Abroad Fair!

The Spring Study Abroad Fair will be held Wednesday, February 10th from 10:00am – 2:00pm AND 4:00-6:00pm, in Phoenix Ball Room C

Students will have the opportunity to attend the Spring Study Abroad Fair and learn about the 200+ domestic and international study programs available.  Study abroad advisors and program representatives will be on site to answer questions and assist students in learning about these amazing opportunities!  Whether you wish to study abroad for a few weeks, a semester, or a full year we have a program that will fit your needs – come check it out!

Summer Travel Courses:

  • Alicante, Spain
  • Ecuador: Following the Inca Trail
  • Slovakia (Nursing track & Human Development/Global Studies track)

Winter Exchange Programs:

  • International Winter University- Germany (2 locations in Germany)
  • **coming soon: Japan

Summer Exchange Programs

  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • Stirling, Scotland
  • International Summer University- Germany (6 locations in Germany)
  • **coming soon: Japan


  • **New:  Japan
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany (3-5 locations)
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Mexico
  • Scotland (3 locations)
  • Student teaching (Cuernavaca, Mexico or through Educators Abroad to 60+ countries)
  • National Student Exchange (locations in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands)

A Summer in Spain: Sarah Alexander

Name: Sarah Alexander

Major: Communications

Year in school: Senior

Program: Alicante, Spain Summer 2014

Why did you choose to study abroad?

Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity that offers so many different challenges that will give me experiences that I can use to my advantage in the future.

Why did you choose to go where you did?

I have always had a love of the Spanish culture and language. Also, I have family in Denmark, and going to Europe gave me an opportunity to see them again.

What’s the best part about studying abroad? Favorite experience?

Well, my favorite experience was finding this amazing Tapas restaurant in Madrid called “El Tigre.” It was the funniest, most challenging experience, with a lot of laughter and adventure. We had to walk through the Puerta del Sol and saw some interesting night life. Also, meeting up with friends and going to the beach every day after the siesta was always fun. THERE ARE SO MANY! Lastly, trying all of the amazing food and learning how to use public transportation.

What did you struggle with? How did you overcome it?

I really struggled with communicating with my host mom because I didn’t have the best Spanish skills, and my mom didn’t speak much English. We had a tough day or two but by working together, we connected, and she really helped me clean up my Spanish.


What advice would you have for those who want to study abroad?

MAKE AN EFFORT TO GET TO KNOW YOUR FAMILY! My host family encouraged me to take advantage of the opportunities available, and they were willing to work with me. I owe that to communicating my wants and needs so my host mom could be there for me. Also, walk around the city you live in when it is safe. I got lost alone my first night, and it never happened again because I took the time to get to know my city.

How did studying abroad personally help you?

It taught me to ask for help, and that it is okay to be alone! Also, I learned that there is so much out there in the world that we are missing, and how important it is to spread this information to others.

What are the differences between your home country and the country you studied in?

Meals are a big difference, especially breakfast. In the United States, my family loves big brunches, followed by little lunches and late dinners. In Spain breakfast is a starch, like bread with tomato or a croissant, with milk, coffee, or tea. Lunch is a huge, grand meal where the whole family meets, and then dinner was at 9pm or 10pm. Generally, dinner would be by myself because everyone got hungry at different times. It was hard to adjust during the first week, but in Spain with the heat, the siestas, and the nightlife the meals made more sense.

A Semester in Mexico: Karlee Wegehaupt

Name: Karlee Wegehaupt

Major: Spanish and Communication

Year in School: Senior

Program: Mérida, Mexico Fall 2015


UADY central campus

UADY central campus

My name is Karlee, I am a senior and both a Spanish and a Communication major. This fall semester I am in Mérida, Mexico as an exchange student. I am taking anthropology classes here at UADY (Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán) for Spanish credit back at GB.

Why did you choose to study abroad?

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

I chose to study abroad because I am serious about learning Spanish, and I know that the best way to improve is to be surrounded by it and forced to use it all the time. Also I knew that traveling through the school is a great opportunity, and the first step for traveling throughout the rest of my life. I chose Mérida because there are only a few countries offered as an exchange program for a semester of Spanish. Out of all the programs, I liked what I read about Mérida and the Yucatán peninsula the most.

What is the best part about studying abroad? Favorite experience?

The best part about studying abroad so far is not what I expected it to be. One part is having been able to see many of the beautiful sites in the Yucatán and meeting some fun and interesting people. The other part is that it has changed my perspective and idea of how I want to spend the rest of my life (traveling more!), and has given me a lot of confidence to solve problems on the fly. Mérida is VERY different from anywhere else I have been. In both ways that seems good and bad, but overall I really like it here and this has been a great experience so far. In fact, if I wasn’t already a senior, I would have liked to stay in Mérida for another whole semester.’

Murals in Isla Holbox

Murals in Isla Holbox

What did you struggle with? How did you overcome it?

The biggest struggles I’ve had were at the beginning of my journey when I realized how big of a language barrier there was between me and everyone else, how different everyday life would be from what I was used to, and having to tell my “host mom” that I was moving out of her house. Also, I was unable to make my flight into Mérida and instead had to take a bus there from Cancun—only

Cenote Ik Kil

Cenote Ik Kil

managing this through very broken Spanish while not really understanding anyone around me. I had no idea where exactly I was going, how long it would take, and even if anyone would be there to pick me up once I got to wherever I was going. That was an adventure! I have honestly had a LOT of struggles here (and I certainly have some good stories about them), but I think that is also something I have learned: that if you have a good attitude, you can take on almost anything.

What advice would you have for those who want to study abroad?

I would advise anyone and everyone to study abroad; especially if you want to but think that you can’t. Even if just for a month-long program and not necessarily a semester. If you find a way to make it happen you definitely won’t regret it.

From Puerto Rico to Green Bay: Adriana Lebrón

Name: Adriana E. Lebrón

Major: English

Year in School: Senior

Program: Went from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez campus to the University Of Wisconsin Green Bay campus

¡Hola! ¡Saludos desde Puerto Rico! Greetings from Puerto Rico!

I picked UWGB as my exchange program university, and it was the BEST. DECISION. EVER.

Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you choose where to go?

I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, learn to live alone, and have new experiences. As soon as I decided to do an exchange program, I started looking for my best options and UWGB was always one of the first spots. I looked for the programs, curriculums, dorm, dorm life, lifestyle, and how safe the city was. I picked GB because it was always on the first spot. It also helped that the campus is beautiful, they have the Packers (I saw my first football game there), and overall, the city had a city feel with small town comfort.

Besides those options, I picked UWGB for multiple reasons. First, because they had all of the classes that I needed for my major. Second, because it was a good school, safe and the campus was beautiful. Third, the weather was totally different. I live in a tropical island, thus the heat is not as appealing as experiencing snow for the first time. When the cold came in, I was prepared and ready for it. I loved the cold, the snow and the weird wind. Lastly, I picked it because it was far from Puerto Rico. I did not want to get cold feet, have my family visit me every month, and experience the same things I can at home. I wanted to be free to decide everything, learn to live with roommates, develop cooking, cleaning, and social skills, and overall, meet totally different people; which I did. It may sound hard at first, but it was necessary for me to grow as a person and experience life outside my house and comfort zone.

What was the best part about study abroad? Favorite experience?

I had so many great experiences. I loved meeting so many great international students and learned so much from them! Everything was new, from recipes, to words and even actions. Every moment I spent with them is valuable to me; it was never boring. Something was always cooking, or a plan was hatching: we definitely did not get bored much.

What did you struggle with? How did you overcome it?

Not everything is positive though. I struggled with the roommate thing. I live at home with my parents and brother, so I don’t have to cook or clean that much. It was a learning experience having to live with another three girls, but I managed. I improved my cooking skills and developed cleaning habits and patience.


What advice would you have for those who want to study abroad?

Making sushi for the first time!


My honest advice to you is: Do it. Don’t overthink it! If you can do it, do it! You will NEVER regret it! I am so grateful for my time at GB. I learned a lot of things about myself! I learned I love spending time surrounded by people, I can easily feed a small army, and I can survive alone (I thought I would chicken out). Through my friends, I realized I would love to travel the world and I am not afraid of the thought anymore. Because of this, I made a Europe trip with my university and I am ready for whatever trip comes next—hopefully Mexico to visit some friends.

Studying at Green Bay has been the best decision I’ve made. The weather changes were great, the people, the ambience; everything was totally different to what I grew up in. I am grateful to the people I met, the experiences I had, and for the memories I created throughout the semester. If I could do it again, I wouldn’t hesitate to!

Color Run 2014

Color Run 2014

A Semester in Puerto Rico: Ericka Bloch

Name: Ericka Bloch

Major: Spanish and Communication (Public Relations and Mass Media emphasis)

Year in School: Senior

Program: NSE to Cayey, Puerto Rico Spring 2015

Why did you choose to study abroad?

There were many reasons that I wanted to study abroad, but my main reason was to immerse myself in the language. It has always been a goal of mine to become fluent in Spanish, but simply attempting to learn the language here wasn’t giving me the results that I wanted. I knew a few people that had studied abroad in Spanish-speaking countries—one of which was my cousin—and they came back practically fluent in Spanish. Because I wasn’t really learning at the rate that I wanted to—partly because I was too afraid to speak and make mistakes—I wanted to force myself to be surrounded by the language.

The house we stayed in on campus. It used to be an old military base.

The house we stayed in on campus. It used to be an old military base.

Why did you choose to go where you did?

I had actually known where I wanted to study abroad since 6th grade. Throughout middle school and high school Spanish, we always had to do projects on Spanish-speaking countries and I usually chose to do mine on Puerto Rico. This was partly because we never really learned about it in our classes, but also because my dad had actually been stationed there for a few months while he was in the Marines. Honesty though, the real reason I became fixated with studying in Puerto Rico were the bioluminescent bays. The pictures that I saw online were enchanting, and I wanted to experience that in real life. The reason that I chose Cayey specifically, was because it reminded me a lot of Green Bay. The campus was small, and had trees and mountains surrounding it. It was also in a smaller part of Puerto Rico where I would more easily encounter people that would speak to me in Spanish, since almost everyone can speak or understand English.

What was the best part about studying abroad? Favorite experience?

For me, the best part about studying abroad was getting to immerse myself in the culture. While I was there, I took part in anything and everything, and talked with anyone and everyone. Once I started to make friends with the locals and they began to help me travel, and helped teach me about the culture. I also took a Puerto Rican history class, which was actually one of my favorite classes. I even got a little coqui tattoo on my wrist to remind me of the time I spent abroad.

Playa Tamarindo

Playa Tamarindo

As I said, traveling was one of the best parts of studying abroad, but there were two places specifically, that I enjoyed the most: Culebra (a small island off of Puerto Rico that has the world’s 3rd most beautiful beach) and the bioluminescent bay in Fajardo. It was a struggle to get to Culebra because you need to get to the ferry before midnight and wait in line for hours just to catch the 6 am ferry.  We had actually attempted, and failed, to go on two separate occasions before we were finally able to go. But the struggles, and the wait, was definitely worth it! Once we got off of the ferry, we went to Playa Flamenco which is considered the world’s 3rd most beautiful beach. The next day we also got to go to Playa Tamarindo where we got to swim with over 20 sea turtles!


This is a video of me hula hooping in Culebra:


Kayaking to the bioluminescent bay in Fajardo

Kayaking to the bioluminescent bay in Fajardo

But by far, my favorite experience was getting to kayak to the bioluminescent bay in Fajardo. As I mentioned before, it had always been my goal to visit a bioluminescent bay. I had also visited the bay in Lajas, but we went during a full moon, and it wasn’t as bright as the pictures I had seen on the Internet. The one in Fajardo is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. We had to kayak for 2 miles before getting to the bay, but the ride felt like it only took 15 minutes. Once we got there, we all got anchored together and had a chance to play with the water underneath a tarp so that it could be as dark as possible to see the glow. I was wearing a dark shirt, so when I threw the water on me, it looked as if I was being showered with stars. Even though it was close to a full moon, it still looked like all of the pictures I had seen on the Internet. As the kayak drifted through the water, a bright glow trailed behind. Visiting the bioluminescent bay was by far one of my most magical experiences.

What did you struggle with? How did you overcome it?

Truthfully, I was always struggling with something while I was there. The first things I struggled with were the culture shock and language barrier. When I first got there, I couldn’t understand anything that anyone was saying to me, nor could I really respond to them because my Spanish wasn’t the greatest. I was also afraid to leave campus for the first week or so because I didn’t know the area, or any of the people. It was easier to overcome the culture shock than it was the language barrier though.

Mofongo con pollo. One of my favorite Puerto Rican dishes.

Mofongo con pollo. One of my favorite Puerto Rican dishes!

To overcome the culture shock, I did a few things. First, I tried to put myself out there and talk to as many people as I could. I didn’t become friends with most of them, but once I did find a group of friends, it was easier to settle into my new life abroad. Having friends also helped with the culture shock because it was easier for me to immerse myself in the culture with their help. Once I started to see the culture through their eyes, it became a lot easier, and more fun for me. Same with traveling; once I made friends and started traveling to different parts of the island with them, I forgot about how overwhelmed I was, and really started to enjoy myself. Lastly, my campus also had a councilor that was free for students, so I would see her once a week to talk about what problems I was having. That really helped me.

I also did quite a few things to overcome the language barrier. Most people could speak, or at least understand English, so when I really needed help, I was able to find it. But because I was there to improve my Spanish, I tried to stick to strictly Spanish: Plus all of my classes were in Spanish so I had to be able to understand my teachers. First thing I did was talk to my professors after my classes on the first day. I explained my situation to them and they were all very helpful; they would even check up on me to see how I was doing throughout the semester. They really were there to help me succeed. Second thing I did was again, just tried to talk to as many people as possible to practice my Spanish. People were very willing to help me, both in class and out of class. I also went to the tutor three times a week, two hours a session, just to talk in Spanish. When I went to the councilor every week, I also used it as a way to practice my Spanish. I had started out talking to her in English, but eventually tried speaking in Spanish more each time I saw her.

23 postcards in one night!

23 postcards in one night!

The last thing I struggled with was home sickness. I ended up staying in Puerto Rico for an extra 3 ½ months, so I was away from my friends and family for a total of 7 months. I had never been away from home for that long before. Out of everything that had to deal with, that was probably the toughest because there wasn’t really that much I could do to relieve it. I did Skype with many of my friends, called them on the phone, and sent them postcards and letters, but it still didn’t help as much as I wanted it to. My family also came to visit me for spring break though, so some of my homesick was relieved through spending time with them. But I just tried to take advantage of everything that Puerto Rico had to offer me so that I didn’t think about how much I missed my friends and family.

What advice would you have for those who want to study abroad?

Me and my advisor, Aruturo.

Me and my advisor, Aruturo.

First of all: Just do it! Don’t worry about money, significant others, or anything else that might stop you. If you let those things hold you back, you’ll miss out on the experience of a lifetime. I almost let my fear of failing stop me. And if I had, I never would have met the people that I did, experienced what I did, or have accomplished my goal of becoming fluent in Spanish.

And if you experience culture shock or homesickness, there are ways to deal with it. Get out and meet people, explore the city, Skype your friends and family. It may seem hard, but I promise you will get through it.

How did studying abroad personally help you?

A mural of  a coqui and the Puerto Rican flag that I found on the side of a building. The coqui is known as the symbol of Puerto Rico.

A mural of a coqui and the Puerto Rican flag that I found on the side of a building. The coqui is known as the symbol of Puerto Rico.

Studying abroad obviously helped me to better my Spanish, but it really helped me develop myself as a person as well. I have definitely become more confident in myself. While studying abroad, I was pretty much all on my own to figure out what I needed. Being able to not only survive, but flourish in a country where I know nothing (no people, the area, nor the language) is an amazing feeling. There is no better confidence builder than throwing yourself out of your comfort zone.

Lastly, studying abroad helped me find myself. As cheesy as that sounds, I did a lot of self-exploration while abroad. When you put yourself into a different environment, and again, throw yourself out of your comfort zone, you learn so much about yourself. Part of this is because you have nothing, or anyone, holding you back.


Check out the blog I kept while in Puerto Rico!

Blog: http://raeofsunnshine.weebly.com/

Summer and Fall Study Abroad!

Now is the time to think about study abroad plans for next year!  Choose from our exciting, short-term summer destinations such as Scotland, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, and Ecuador, as well as our many semester/year-long programs for the Fall.  Most application deadlines for these programs will be in February and the very beginning of March.  Keep an eye on our website for more details toward the end of the semester!  http://uwgb.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ListAll

UWGB students in Chile

Study Abroad Student Spotlight: Stephanie

Another one of our study abroad students is keeping a blog of her experiences, this time in Auckland, New Zealand!  She has invited us to share her blog, so we encourage you to check out her stories and photos during her semester abroad!

Stephanie went to New Zealand in 2013.

Stephanie’s New Zealand Blog

Study Abroad Info Sessions

Want to learn more about certain programs?  Not sure if there is a program right for you?  Come find out more at one of our spring information sessions:

National Student Exchange

Monday-Wednesday (Feb. 1-3) @ 10:00am, 2:00pm, & 3:30pm

Office of International Education– CL 207


Summer Study Abroad Programs

Thursday, February 12th @ 5:00pm

Office of International Education– CL 207



Germany travel course article

Our recent travel course to Germany, Poland, & the Czech Republic was featured in a UW-Green Bay Inside article last month!

Check out this great program and awesome UWGB faculty and students here: http://news.uwgb.edu/multimedia/photos/06/15/germany-summer-travel-course/

Also, the group was featured in a German newspaper too!