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  • Locations: Enniskillen, Ireland; Marburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Hotel
Maximum Credits Available: 03 Prior Language Study: N/A
Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility Requirements: Completed at least 12 college credits, GPA of 2.75 or higher Duration: Short-term, Summer, Summer Interim
Excluded from Open Doors: Include Program Sponsor: University-Sponsored
Program Description:
Group at GiantsProgram Dates: The 2020 program will take place in Wisconsin. The 2021 program will take place in Marburg, Germany.

Program Overview
This unique opportunity helps participants build cross-cultural skills by working with students from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, and Marburg, Germany. Each year, students from Madison College and Waukesha Area Technical College meet for four to six days with students from our sister schools of South West College (SWC) and Käthe-Kollwitz-Schule (KKS). The location of this program alternates between N. Ireland, Germany, and Wisconsin. During the years that Madison College students travel to Europe, additional travel days provide the chance to sightsee and explore the local culture.

This program is open to both students and community members. Student and community member participants are required to enroll in the Global Studies Seminar course during the Spring Semester.

As a cultural and educational opportunity during the Spring semester, Madison College will offer a 3 credit class called "Global Studies Seminar". The focus of this class is making a living by doing good in global markets, however, the content is very flexible and projects can be tailored to be of value to any Madison College student. The course requires travel to Northern Ireland or Germany, which includes participation in an international seminar held in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland or Marburg, Germany. As a part of the seminar, students will tour businesses that are employing innovative customer service strategies.

Students will also have an opportunity to visit various sites in Ireland, Germany, or Wisconsin.

Instructors for the program are: Holly Mercier: and Janet Sperstad:

Course Information
Cliff at Giants

Student participants will register for the Global Studies Seminar course (3 credits), which meets once a week for most of the spring semester. Class sessions will involve research, trip preparation, and team presentation work. The course number for Global Studies Seminar in Germany is TBD.

Students will earn 3 credits at Madison College

This course focuses on:

   - the history, culture, business, and social issues of the host country;

   - current trends and issues in N. Ireland, Germany, and the U.S., and how they relate to overall marketing and tourism business strategies;

    - marketing management skills and perspectives to work successfully in the global marketplace; and

    - building cross-cultural skills by working with students from SWC and KKS.

Accommodations and Meals

Participants will be staying in double-occupancy hotel rooms during their stay in the host country. Single occupancy is available for an additional fee. Continental breakfast is provided daily. Lunches and most dinners must be paid for by the participants.

Global Studies Group PhotoExcursions

As part of the program cost, students will experience a number of excursions and cultural activities. There will also be a number of excursions throughout the host country.

Additional Information

A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Europe. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing.

This program is led by Madison College instructors, who will accompany participants to the host country as well as conduct pre-departure orientation sessions.

The cost for 2019 was $3100. The cost for 2021 is still being determined. Program fees include the following:
  • International airfare
  • In-country transportation
  • Breakfast daily and approximately 4 dinners
  • Lodging for the duration of the program- double occupancy (Single supplement is $800)     
  • Excursions in host country
  • Mandatory International Health Insurance
  • Admission fees for planned excursions
  • Ground transport to and from US airport of departure
Additional costs include the following:
  • Tuition for 3 Madison College credits
  • Most lunches and some dinners
  • Spending money
  • Passport (if you do not have one)
Scholarships are available up to $400 for Madison College students. Scholarship applications will be distributed after program acceptance.
To Apply

Interested students are required to complete an application by the deadline date. All materials, including the initial deposit of $500 (made payable to Madison College), must be received by 4:00 p.m. in the Center for International Education. (NOTE: unless an applicant is rejected, the $500 deposit is non-refundable). Accepted students will be sent information on how to register for the Spring semester course upon acceptance. Please contact us for more information.

For More Information Dunluce

Holly Mercier:

Janet Sperstad:

If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.

In 2016, participants traveled to Northern Ireland, in 2017 participants traveled to Wisconsin, in 2018 participants traveled to Germany, and in 2019 participants traveled to Northern Ireland. In 2020, the program will be hosted in Wisconsin and in 2021, the program will be in Germany.

South West College

Käthe-Kollwitz Schule

This program is currently not accepting applications.