Study Abroad Program Options

Field Study


Field studies are led by UW-Madison faculty and typically involve 12-18 students who travel together for 2-3 three weeks during winter or summer break. They are thematic in nature and often involve partnering with a local organization in the host community on a shared project.

Featured Program – Texcoco, Mexico: UW Linking Agriculture and Nutrition in Mexico

UW Sustainable Food Systems and Society in Mexico gives students a global perspective on the agricultural industry and its impacts on sustainable development, food security, environmental quality and human health, among other issues.

International Research Experience


Research experiences are directed by UW-Madison faculty and usually take place over the summer. Students are matched with a mentor at a partner university or research facility abroad.

Featured Program – Bangkok, Thailand: UW Microbiology International Internships

UW Microbiology International Internships places students in a biological sciences research laboratory at Mahidol University or Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand where they conduct full-time research in microbiology, microbial genetics or molecular biology under the direction of a Thai mentor.

Exchange Program


Exchange programs allow students to enroll in classes for a semester or a year at a foreign university. Most exchange partners offer courses in English and the local language. Students can enroll in courses for which they meet the prerequisite requirements.

Featured Program – Montpellier, France: Institut National d’études Supérieures Agronomiques de Montpellier Exchange

The Institut National d’études Supérieures Agronomiques de Montpellier exchange program allows students to enroll in courses focused on environmental science, conservation biology, soil science and wildlife ecology. This program also offers the option to complete independent research with a local educational or research institution in Montpellier.