Susan Huber Miller, Study Abroad Director
CALS Department of Academic Affairs
UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Susan Huber Miller discusses CALS students professional and personal development after study abroad programs and why students should consider studying abroad.
3:03 – Total Time
0:18 – Why study overseas
0:51 – Where students may go
1:16 – How long are the study opportunities
1:43 – Scholarships help pay to study abroad
2:06 – Career, employment assist
2:30 – Student safety important
2:54 – Lead out
Sevie Kenyon: Taking a look at study abroad opportunities, we’re visiting today with Susan Huber Miller, Director of International Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison in College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and I’m Sevie Kenyon. Susan, tell us why someone should want to come to college and do a study abroad program?
Susan Huber Miller: I think there are many different reasons why a student might consider studying abroad, it’s a great opportunity to develop new skills: navigating different cultures to learn how science or agriculture may be studied or looked at differently across the world. I think they really learn a lot about themselves, someone of them will have the opportunity to develop their language skills if they’re abroad for a longer period of time. So I think it’s a combination of personal and professional development that really comes out of study abroad experiences.
Sevie Kenyon: Where in the world can students in CALS go?
Susan Huber Miller: Students in CALS can study in Africa, in Asia, in South and Central America, and in Europe. For example they can go to Thailand and take a microbiology course and we have an agricultural and nutrition program in Mexico as well as in Ethiopia, looking at the impact of agriculture on nutrition.
Sevie Kenyon: Susan in the study abroad programs how long are students away?
Susan Huber Miller: You know it really varies. We have programs that we’ve tailored specifically for CALS students in the two to three week range. Students can also study abroad for an entire semester or a year at one of our exchange partners around the world and they can also undertake research experiences that may be anywhere from six to 12 weeks long at a lab at a partner overseas.
Sevie Kenyon: Susan give us an idea, how do students pay for these kind of experiences?
Susan Huber Miller: We at CALS are really committed to making this experience possible for as many students as we can and we have some wonderful donors that have provided scholarships to offset the costs for study abroad. The commitment to scholarships has really enabled many students who many normally be unable to study abroad have this experience.
Sevie Kenyon: How important is international exposure to the job market?
Susan Huber Miller: I think it is very likely that our students are going to find themselves, you know, in a job situation where they’re going to be interacting with collogues and partners from different countries and different cultures so the more exposure they can get before they enter the workforce navigating those cultures so the more exposure they can get before they enter the workforce navigating those cultures I think the more skilled leaders they will become.
Sevie Kenyon: Susan are these study abroad opportunities safe?
Susan Huber Miller: We take safety very seriously. We have a full time safety and security director who monitors the world situation. We have a 24-hour emergency phone number in the event of an emergency they can always contact a staff person here. We have on the ground emergency contacts in every location. We do absolutely everything we can to make our students as safe as possible.
Sevie Kenyon: We’ve been visiting with Susan Huber Miller, Director of International Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison in College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and I’m Sevie Kenyon.