The Wisconsin in Scotland (WIS) 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.
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, for the academic year, or for the six-week summer program. View the calendars for more information on dates and events.
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 12 credits. 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.
Participants in the Wisconsin in Scotland program must have a high school diploma or GED and be a matriculated, degree-seeking student at a post-secondary institution of higher education. Students must also be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.25 GPA.
Participants' disciplinary record, on-campus or otherwise, may also impact eligibility. The Wisconsin in Scotland program reserves the right to conduct criminal background checks and make a determination on participants' eligibility based on the results of that check.
Participants with a low GPA, or wishing to return for a second term with the program will be required to submit additional materials, as outlined in their program application or directed by the Experience Scotland Administrative Office. Any first-semester freshmen intending to participate in the program will need to work closely with the Experience Scotland Administrative Office, and various offices on their home campus, to determine eligibility and ensure they have the resources and guidance needed to be successful in Scotland.