Beating the winter blues with study abroad

While many University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students took a break between fall and spring semester, more than 2,200 of their fellow students took UWinteriM classes, starting just after the new year. In addition to on-campus classes, nearly 100 UWinteriM students had the chance to combine travel with their study.

Thirteen students went south as part of UWM in New Orleans, an ongoing service-learning project in that post-Katrina city. The setting also provides students participant/observation learning experiences to study the dynamics of culture, race and disaster recovery efforts in the 21st century.

Others studied cultural diversity in health care in Costa Rica; environmental/renewable energy sources in Germany; architecture in France; Africology in Ghana; international information literacy in South Africa; air pollution, ancient cultures and Mayan ecosystems in Mexico; and Central European economics in Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria.

The three-week study abroad programs are a popular UWinteriM offering. Study abroad courses are available to UWM students year-round, but UWinteriM gives students access to some intensive, immersive programs not available at any other point in the academic year.

Extensive study abroad opportunities will be highlighted during the UWM Study Abroad Fair, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Union Concourse.

Here are a few photos from the travel, work and studies of this year’s UWinteriM classes.