The number of University of Wyoming students studying abroad has increased significantly in the past two years. In fact, more UW students are studying abroad than ever before, and more faculty are …
The number of University of Wyoming students studying abroad has increased significantly in the past two years. In fact, more UW students are studying abroad than ever before, and more faculty are directing courses around the world.
UW’s strategic plan called for increasing faculty and student participation in programs abroad from a baseline of 425 students and faculty members in the 2016-17 academic year to 650 students and faculty in 2022. But UW Education Abroad has already hit that mark, with 50 faculty and 618 students abroad (688 total) in the 2018-19 school year.
Faculty-directed trips offer many options, from two to eight weeks, while faculty-directed courses include “Anthropology of Monsters in Greece,” “Business and Entrepreneurship in Luxembourg,” “International Food and Farm Culture in France” and many language courses. Top destinations include the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Australia, Germany and Japan.
Senior Olivia Cole, of Cody, who’s majoring in social science and gender and women’s studies, has taken UW Alternative Break trips to San Francisco, New Mexico and Trinidad/Tobago. She also spent a London semester abroad and attended a conference in Canada.
“I’ve always had the desire to see the world,” said Cole, who’s also pursuing minors in honors and African American studies.
Her London semester as a sophomore was her first time abroad. There, she studied geology, English and art history. Cole describes her London semester as a pivotal moment in her college career.
“I learned so much about who I am and what I value,” Cole says. “I want to encourage more people to go and see the world.”
Associate Vice Provost for Global Engagement Anthony Ogden said the Education Abroad team works hard to ensure that all students at UW are able to participate; the Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Study Abroad Scholarship Endowment helps make international studies more affordable.
“When students study abroad in their chosen discipline, they are able to develop new knowledge and experience that can be ideally leveraged for later career growth and further study,” Ogden said.
To learn more, visit www.uwyo.edu/geo/eda.