Honors-Sponsored Study Abroad Programs

In collaboration with International Academic Programs there are currently two Honors-sponsored study abroad programs: one in Quito, Ecuador and another in Utrecht, the Netherlands. These programs are designed with honors students in mind and allow students to earn between nine and eighteen credits of automatic honors (H/!) per term.

Quito, Ecuador

The UW-Madison L&S Honors Program, in conjunction with the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation and UW-Madison Study Abroad Program, offers an honors study abroad opportunity in Quito, Ecuador. Students participating in the program receive a total of eleven Honors credits: Conservation Biology (three credits), Tropical Ecology I: Terrestrial Ecosystems (four credits), Tropical Ecology II: Marine Ecosystems (four credits). 

Students take classes for the first month of the semester at the Unniversidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). While at USFQ, students take intensive Spanish language classes as well as introductory classes on the ecology of Ecuador. The Spanish course helps students acquire the Spanish language skills that are necessary to build relationships with their Quito and Galapagos host families, and effectively communicate during fieldwork projects and internship placements. All other courses are taught by ecologists with over thirty years of experience in the tropics. 

During the last month of the semester, students select one of several internship or research opportunities with an Ecuadorian conservation or development organization. Past internships have included reforestation, environmental education, sea turtle monitoring, organic farming, and research. These internships allow students to apply knowledge and language skills obtained during coursework and provide them with first-hand experience in international sustainable development and conservation. 

For more information on the program, including application deadlines and eligibility requirements, please visit the UW International Academic Programs Ceiba Tropical Conservation webpage

Utrecht, the Netherlands

In this program, students enroll directly at University College Utrecht (UCU), the international Honors College of Utrecht University. UCU is a small and selective college within Utrecht University composed of 650 students (400 are Dutch; others are from a wide range of nationalities). The college’s special characteristics include an international student body, students’ freedom and ability to compose their own curriculum, small classes and individual attention. UCU specializes in the liberal arts and sciences and contains four departments: Academic Core, Humanities, Science and Social Science.

Courses are available in a variety of subjects. UCU is a residential college, and all students live on campus in one of the multiple UCU residence halls around the main campus area.

For more information about the program, including application deadlines and eligibility requirements, please visit the UW International Academic Programs Utrecht webpage