Location: European country of student's choice
Program Length: Semester (fall only)
Housing: Various options depending on the student's project and goals: youth hostels, home stays, apartments, etc.
Language: English, familiarity with another European language could be useful depending on the student's project
Coordinating University: UW-RF
Contact Person: Brad Gee, email@example.com or Magdalena Pala, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Website: Semester Abroad Europe
Application Deadlines: Students are accepted into the program based on an approved project proposal. They develop their proposals while attending Tuesday night International Study Seminar meetings in the spring.
Description: This 12-15 credit program, founded in 1963, allows students to study and travel in Europe at their own pace according to their own plan. It is open to students in all majors with a minimum 2.25 GPA who will be juniors or seniors in the fall semester.
During the spring semester students attend several International Study Seminars where they learn practical travel skills and develop a project proposal with the help of SA: Europe staff and a faculty project advisor. Some examples of past projects are: geology of the Isle of Skye, Scotland; the economic impact of the Olympic Games, Greece; and an exploration of the musical traditions of County Clare, Ireland.
The fall semester begins with a week-long group stay in Paris. At the end of the week the students travel individually to their chosen sites to spend several weeks gathering information on their project topics. An SA: Europe staff member accompanies the group and remains in Europe throughout the semester. This staff member maintains regular contact with the students by e-mail or phone and visits students at their project sites. In early November the group reassembles for 2-3 days at a seaside resort in Italy; then everyone is free to travel until the return flight home in mid-December. Completed projects are due shortly after Spring Break of the following spring semester. The project papers are a source of great pride and accomplishment.