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Thursday, August 05, 2021

UW-Madison expands Global Studies Program to Madison College

This Spring, UW-Madison will partner with Madison College to provide the Global Passport Program, an opportunity for Madison College students to participate in select international studies courses at UW-Madison.

The program allows only students enrolled in Madison College’s Interdisciplinary Global Studies Certificate program to earn course credits on the UW-Madison campus and transfer credits back to Madison College to fulfill their certificate requirements.

Geoff Bradshaw, Madison College’s international education director, said he views the program as a new level of collaboration between the two institutions to educate more students about global knowledge and skills.

“Our hope is that this program will not only allow for expanded opportunities for students in our Global Studies Certificate, but also help students explore more advanced degrees and careers by taking advantage of the enormous resources for global learning afforded by UW–Madison’s Institute for Regional and International Studies,” Bradshaw said, in a university press release.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program supports partnerships, like the Global Passport Program, by improving collaborations with community colleges to bring skills from global study courses to more students at a postsecondary level.

Todd Stebbins, dean of Madison College’s School of Arts and Sciences, emphasized the expansion of opportunities for Madison College students with this new partnership.

“We are excited to offer Madison College students this opportunity to take language and international courses that would not otherwise be offered at a community college level,” Stebbins said in the release. “This agreement reflects our ongoing commitment to partnering with UW–Madison to increase opportunities for students.”

Program participants, like Rebecca Waraczynski at Madison College, will have a chance to inspire their classmates to explore international interests on the UW campus.

“I am excited to pioneer this program and have access to the knowledge and global perspectives that each school brings to the table,” Waraczynski said in the release. “My only wish was to have been able to do this sooner.”

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