Office of International Programs

Mission Statement Top of Page

The Office of International Programs provides assistance and services to current international students at UW-Superior. (International students are defined as students who are in nonimmigrant status, such as an F-1 or J1 status.  International students can get help with issues such as: adjusting to campus and community life; maintaining U.S. immigration status; employment and internships; medical insurance; taxes; and personal, cultural or academic issues.

The office also conducts new international student orientation, hosts cultural events, and advises the World Student Association.

The office also manages all study away programs including faculty-led short-term programs, semester and academic year programs abroad, and the National Student Exchange.

Immigration Procedures Top of Page

Advisors trained in immigration regulations assist students in maintenance of lawful F-1 Student Status including such matters as full-time enrollment and good academic standing, obtaining Social Security cards, and authorization for off-campus employment including both Curricular and Optional Practical Training.

Insurance Requirements Top of Page

The University of Wisconsin System requires all F-1 students to have illness and accident insurance coverage. This requirement is for their protection because medical care in the United States is very expensive. If a student does not have adequate insurance coverage, one serious illness, injury or catastrophic medical emergency could mean financial ruin. In such a case a student would almost surely have to return home, which would mean the end of his/her educational dreams in the United States. UW-Superior offers an affordable international student accident and sickness insurance policy underwritten by AIU. With few exceptions, all international students are required to enroll in the UW-Superior international student health insurance program. Please contact iss@uwsuper.edu before purchasing any other insurance. Otherwise, a student may end up having to pay for two plans.

Please note that the UW-Superior policy covers illness and accidents only. It does not cover routine physical examinations, sports examinations, routine vision or dental care. We strongly recommend that students take care of these needs in their home country before coming to UW-Superior, or while they are home during University breaks.

The requirement to purchase our UW-Superior insurance policy can be waived ONLY for students who provide proof of national health insurance from their home country that meets or exceeds the policy offered through UW-Superior. We cannot accept coverage from other U.S.-based insurance providers.

If you believe that your policy meets or exceeds the university coverage, you must complete and sign a waiver form and give us a copy of your valid policy enrollment card NO LATER THAN THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES. We will not read through your policy searching for the required information.  It is your responsibility to study your policy to determine the coverage level.

Study Away Top of Page

Study Away is experiential learning at its best! Time spent overseas, or on another National Student Exchange (NSE) campus in the US, will open a window to the world that broadens students' international and intercultural awareness. To function effectively in the increasingly global economy, U.S. students need to acquire new perspectives, knowledge and skills to succeed. Study Away brings a fresh perspective to career choice and human relationships. Each student returns home a changed person able to see the world through new lenses.

UW-Superior offers numerous short-term and semester/academic year opportunities for students to study in other countries or on other NSE campuses while receiving course credit at the University. Information about Study Away programs is available from at www.uwsuper.edu/studyaway.

All credits earned through any Study Away program are listed on the official UW-Superior transcript and are used to calculate UW-Superior cumulative GPA.

Financial Aid for Study Away Top of Page

In nearly all cases, students' financial aid eligibility will transfer for study abroad, and they may be eligible for additional funding through grants, scholarships, and loans. Our staff provides coaching in applying for scholarships such as the Benjamin Gilman.

Faculty Led Programs Top of Page

Short-term programs led by faculty members are offered to a variety of destinations including Bali, Bosnia, China, France, Ghana, India, Mexico, Scotland and Spain. New programs are developed on a regular basis. These programs which travel in January or May range from 3 to 9 credits and all include a pre-course during the semester before departure. Requirements and program fees vary so please check with the program staff at studyabroad@uwsuper.edu for more information.

Wisconsin in Scotland Top of Page

The Wisconsin in Scotland (WIS) aka Experience Scotland, program is an amazing experience that offers virtually limitless opportunities for educational and personal growth. It is an opportunity full of challenges, new experiences, and great rewards and a chance to live in a Scottish castle/palace!

The Wisconsin in Scotland program is a facet of the West Central Wisconsin Consortium (WCWC), under the authority granted by the UW Board of Regents. UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, UW-Superior, UW-Parkside, UW-Whitewater, UW-Colleges and Normandale Community College offer participation in the WIS program to their students and faculty members. Students can participate for either one semester or for the summer program.

Courses are taught by faculty from the participating universities. There are also courses offered by British adjunct faculty during the fall and spring semesters. All courses are designed to take advantage of the Scottish setting. Fall and spring semester students are required to enroll for a minimum of 15 or 12 credits, respectively. Summer participants are required to enroll for a minimum of 3 credits. During the semester program, there is the opportunity for independent study/directed study courses and/or internships with home campus approval. The semester program allows time for independent travel with a 10-day break and several long weekends. The summer program allows three days of travel/exploration most weekends. Many cultural activities are included in each program. Information is at http://www.uwrf.edu/wisconsininscotland.

Other Study Abroad Programs Top of Page

UW-Superior has bi-lateral exchange agreements with the Global Village Program at Yonsei University, Wonju, South Korea Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany; and participates in the Wisconsin-Hessen Exchange with several institutions in Germany.

A semester long experience Experience China set in beautiful Hangzhou provides a rich, cultural immersion with the comfort and safety of an organized and well-staffed international learning community. As a student in the Experience China (ExC) program you will participate in a directed study of Chinese culture alongside your general education courses.  The relationship between the United States and China has been described as important not only for the citizens of our two countries, but also for a new era of global development. Position yourself on the leading edge of this new era by immersing yourself in the historic, diverse, and complex culture of China with the ExC program.

Students desiring an immersion experience in Spanish study at the Center for Interdisciplinary Education, CIME, in Costa Rica where a variety of internship experiences are also possible and host-family homestays provide terrific opportunities for language practice.

Art majors will find a special niche at SRISA, the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy.

Teacher Education majors enjoy the many opportunities to student teach abroad or in other parts of the U.S. through the Educators Abroad Program.

In addition to programs sponsored by UW-Superior, UW-Superior students can participate in programs offered by sister institutions within the University of Wisconsin System.

National Student Exchange Top of Page

Spread your wings and fly away on The National Student Exchange, a consortium of over 180 universities in the United States, our territories and Canada! To date, UW-Superior students have exchanged to campuses in 22 states, Puerto Rico and 5 Canadian provinces.

The NSE Program has been compared to a domestic study abroad program. Instead of crossing oceans, however, NSE students cross state, regional, provincial, and cultural borders to take courses not available on their home campuses, expand their academic program options, reside in a different region, be exposed to diverse cultural settings, seek out graduate and professional schools, and explore career options. The changes seen in student attitudes, understanding of other people in other settings, maturity, risk-taking, and decision-making are similar to the experiences of students who study internationally.

NSE is an unbelievable bargain! Our campus participates under Plan B in which a participating student pays tuition and fees at UW-Superior just as if he or she were here, but all housing, meals, and other costs are paid at the host university. Most scholarships and financial aid will apply as usual.

Office of International Programs Contact Information Top of Page

Office of International Programs
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Old Main 337
Belknap and Catlin Ave.
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8138
Email: iss@uwsuper.edu