UW Advance Global Environmental Perspectives

Program Introduction

The UW Advance Global Environmental Perspectives program provides a three-week opportunity for you to get a glimpse into the academic programs at UW-Madison.

Explore issues of environmental policy, sustainable forestry, agriculture, and food security. You’ll gain knowledge in current trends and research as you network with faculty and students from UW-Madison and peers from around the world. Learn sustainable practices from the indigenous Menominee Nation on a two-day trip to the reservation. Gain the skills necessary to be a global citizen and leader in your community. 

Program Highlights

  • Engage with top UW-Madison faculty in: 
    • Agriculture
    • Climate change
    • Conservation
    • Environmental policy 
    • Food security 
    • Forestry
    • Sustainability
  • Travel to the Menominee Indigenous Reservation for cultural exchange and learn about their sustainability model on an overnight camping trip (gears are provided)
  • Improve your academic English skills through daily classes
  • Network with UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students 
  • Gain leadership skills and connect what you learn to your local community 

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Program at a glance

Who: International undergraduate and graduate students
When: TBD
Where: Madison, WI
Cost: $3995
(*includes round-trip airport transportation, accommodations, 10 breakfasts and lunches, all program classes, workshops, and activities, in program transportation, and international health insurance.)

Featured faculty and topics

Alberto Vargas

Ph.D., Land Resources and Forestry

Dr. Vargas’ research examined the interactions of federal, state and local actors in sustainable use and conservation of tropical forests by local communities in Quintana Roo, Mexico.  He is an honorary Fellow at the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies.  He helped found the eco-development research center, Centro de Investigaciones de Quinta Roo, Mexico.

Alex Wiedenhoeft

Alex Wiedenhoeft

Ph.D., Botany

Adjunct Associate Professor of Botany

Dr. Wiedenhoft’s lab is within the US Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory, where he and his team curate the world’s largest and finest xylarium and conduct research on a range of topics related to wood, trees, and forests.  He also teaches short courses in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil in forensic wood science.

Explore Madison and hear from past students

“The program really expanded my knowledge, and the Wisconsin Idea made me realize that the work we are doing is so valuable, and there is also so much we can do in the future.”


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