Education Abroad

Director: Donna Anderson
Office: 111 Royce Hall
Phone: 608.342.1726

UW-Platteville Education Abroad is a provider of education abroad programs open to students from any U.S. college or university. Since 1979, more than 12,500 students from over 250 institutions nationwide have chosen to study abroad through UW-Platteville Education Abroad because of our affordable and distinctive programs.

UW-Platteville students are able to participate in more than 700 different programs including: study abroad, exchange, student teaching, internships, service learning and volunteering, and research abroad. These credit-bearing programs embrace more than 400 different areas of study and range in duration from two weeks to one year. Students are able to go abroad for a semester, academic or calendar year and short-term programs are also available over the spring, winter, and summer breaks. Programs are available in more than 50 different countries across the globe, and students return having not only earned credit toward their degree, but, more importantly, making an investment in their future.

Individual program costs vary based on a variety of factors, such as: the cost of living and location of the program site, level of support and the number of excursions or other group activities included, program length, tuition of the host institution, accommodation style, personal lifestyle, exchange rate, airfare, cost of additional travel, and more.

In many cases, it is true that an education abroad program will cost more than the normal semester expenses at UW-Platteville. Despite this, many students decide to go abroad for the following reasons:

  • Affordability provided by the UW-Platteville International Study Grant/Scholarship
  • Financial aid applies to program costs and additional grants and scholarships are available
  • The realization that there are many affordable program options to choose from
  • Increased marketability after graduation
  • Recognizing that the experience of going abroad is worth the cost, and there is no better time to discover the world!

English Language Program

Contact: International Programs Office
Office: 111 Royce Hall
Phone: 608.342.1726
E-mail: intlinfo@uwplatt.edu
Web: www.uwplatt.edu/elp

About UW-Platteville English Language Program

The English Language Program (ELP) at UW-Platteville is administratively housed under the International Programs office. This program primarily serves prospective international students who meet all admission requirements except for their English language proficiency to prepare them for academic success at UW-Platteville as well as improve their proficiency in English. Upon successful completion of the ELP, students are admitted as full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students at UW-Platteville. In addition to providing services to academically bound international students, the program serves non-academically bound students who are interested in improving their English language proficiency and/or understanding of the U.S. culture for professional and/or personal development. The ELP offers three sessions during a regular academic year (i.e., fall, spring, and summer sessions). A fall or spring semester lasts 16 weeks, and a summer term lasts 8 weeks. In collaboration with other campus units, the ELP contributes to the university’s strategic goals of internationalizing the campus.

Admission/Placement

Students must submit the following items with their application:

  • TOEFL or IELTS documentation of English Language Proficiency*
  • Documentation of completion of secondary school/high school
  • UW-Platteville Financial Verification Form
  • Bank Statement or letter from government sponsor
  • Copy of passport

*If TOEFL or IELTS score is not available, please contact Admissions (intlinfo@uwplatt.edu) for additional options.

The TOEFL: Test of English as Foreign Language exam is developed and administered by ETS (www.ets.org/toefl).  IELTS: International English Language Testing System is an international test of English language proficiency (www.ielts.org).  All students will take an additional placement test during orientation.  Students are placed into courses at the appropriate levels based on their placement test results and upon the recommendation of the ELP coordinator.

Students who receive a TOEFL score of 64 or higher (internet based) or an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher meet the university’s English language proficiency requirement and may apply for admission as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.

ELP Curriculum

The ELP offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at five levels (Level I Beginning I, Level II Beginning II, Level III Intermediate, Level IV Advanced I, and Level V Advanced II/Bridging).

Level I: beginning i

Students at the Beginning I level will have a limited understanding of English with some previous experience with the language in elementary school, high school, a language institutes, and/or at home. This level is designed to guide the learner to develop a beginning vocabulary, recognize key words and main ideas in contexts, answer questions using content words, and write using basic sentence structures. Beginning I level instruction classes consist of:

ESL 111Elementary English I3
ESL 112English Conversations I3
ESL 113Beginning Reading and Writing I3
ESL 115Special Topics For Beginning I3

Level II: beginning ii

Students at the Beginning II level will broaden their grammatical understanding, extend upon vocabulary, and make connections among ideas through oral and written communication practice. Students will begin to identify the gist of content to advance comprehension skills and to develop abilities to express ideas with increased clarity and detail. Beginning II level instruction classes consist of:

ESL 121Elementary English II3
ESL 122English Conversations II3
ESL 123Beginning Reading and Writing II3
ESL 125Special Topics For Beginning II1-3

Level III: Intermediate

Students at the intermediate level are approaching readiness for academic study but still have some significant weaknesses using their English skills. This level is designed to broaden and deepen students’ linguistic foundation as well as to refine their language skills within a communicative academic context. Intermediate level instruction classes consist of:

ESL 131Intermediate Listening and Speaking3
ESL 132Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary3
ESL 133Intermediate Writing and Grammar3
ESL 134U.S. Culture3
ESL 135Special Topics for Intermediate Level (Elective)3

Level IV: Advanced I

Students at the Advanced I level will focus on improving their general language proficiency for practical, social, academic, and intercultural needs.  Instruction at this level is designed to familiarize students with organizing, paraphrasing, summarizing, and synthesizing in English in both spoken and written forms. Advanced I level classes consist of:

ESL 141Advanced Listening and Speaking3
ESL 142Advanced Reading and Vocabulary3
ESL 143Advanced Writing and Grammar3
ESL 144Topics in U.S. Higher Education3
ESL 145Special Topics for Advanced I Level (Elective)3

Level V: Advanced II

Students at the Advanced II level are nearly ready to begin academic study or participate with confidence in professional settings.  ELP courses at Advanced II level will focus on improving students’ academic language proficiency and preparing them for success in college-level courses. Advanced II level classes consist of:

ESL 151Academic Listening and Note-taking3
ESL 152Academic Speaking3
ESL 153Academic Reading and Writing3
ESL 155Special Topics for Advanced II/Bridging Level (Elective)1-3

Please note: Beginning Level I and II ELP programs are not available at this time but will added to the ELP curriculum at a later date.

Student Credit Load

A full time ELP student should take a minimum of 12 credits during a regular semester.

Credit Hours/Clock Hours

UW-Platteville English Language Program: ESL Credits and Clock Hours Conversion

15 ESL credits 25 clock hours
12 ESL credits 20 clock hours
9 ESL credits 15 clock hours
6 ESL credits 10 clock hours
3 ESL credits 5 clock hours

1 clock hour = 50 minutes of classroom instruction

All ESL courses are non-degree credit courses that do not count towards graduation credits.

Concurrent Enrollment in Undergraduate courses

Students at Level V Advanced II/Bridging are eligible to take 1-6 undergraduate credits upon the recommendation of the ELP coordinator in addition to completing a minimum of 9 required ESL credits.

Satisfactory Progress Rules

A student may repeat a required ESL course at any given level only once.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Director: Angela Miller
Location: 133 Warner
Phone: 608.342.1555
Website: www.uwplatt.edu/multicultural

The mission of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is to support retention and academic attainment for African-American, Native American, Latino/a, and Asian students. Our goal is to help these underrepresented minority students successfully navigate higher education, seek leadership opportunities, and prepare for their professional and educational futures.

OMSA serves pre-college and college undergraduate students with youth outreach programming, summer bridge programming, college advising, leadership development, and programmatic services including: DRIVEN Scholars, the Academic Enrichment Program, and the Lawton Grant Program.

Patricia A. Doyle Center for Gender and Sexuality

Coordinator: Emily Stier

Location: 136 Warner Hall

Phone: 608.342.1453

The Patricia A. Doyle Center for Gender and Sexuality serves as UW-Platteville’s central resource for programming, events, and support around the topic of gender and sexuality. The Doyle Center is committed to creating an environment where folks of all identities receive equal opportunities and are empowered to utilize their talents and efforts to their fullest extent. The center provides all students, faculty, staff and the community with resources related to gender and sexuality such as books, magazines, journals and videos. The Doyle Center seeks to honor the contributions and experiences of all people regardless of their identity. Programming, fostering connections, providing resources and advocating for equitable situations all folks are the Doyle Center’s main activities. The Doyle Center also houses the Alliance office for the LGBTQ+ organization on campus. For more information, visit us at http://www.uwplatt.edu/doyle-center, or e-mail doylecenter@uwplatt.edu.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Director: Laura Franklin
Location: 103 Warner Hall
Phone: 608.342.1818 (Voice and TTY)

Services for Students with Disabilities works to ensure that no qualified student, solely by reason of disability, be denied access to, participation in or the benefits of, any academic program or activity offered by the university.

The office provides:

  • Information about university services to potential and present UW-Platteville students with disabilities
  • Assistance in obtaining reasonable academic accommodations and/or auxiliary aids
  • Assistance in obtaining access to academic services, programs, activities and facilities
  • Referral to appropriate sources for non-academic accommodations
  • Advocacy for campus and community needs
  • Technical assistance to university departments, assisting in identifying accommodations and providing services and responses on a case-by-case basis

To arrange academic accommodations, students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations; provide the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities with sufficient, current disability-related documentation from an appropriate licensed professional; and describe the impact of their disability in an academic setting. The SSWD office reviews disability documentation and verifies that the documentation satisfies disability verification guidelines. The student meets with the SSWD staff for an intake to determine reasonable academic accommodations. At the conclusion of the intake process, students receive a VISA and information about how to implement each of the recommended academic accommodations. It is then the responsibility of the student to meet with each course instructor to discuss the accommodation recommendations. Students are expected to engage in appropriate and responsible levels of self-advocacy in obtaining and arranging for accommodations or auxiliary aids. There is no cost to students for assistance provided by SSWD. Visit us at www.uwplatt.edu/disability.

Student Support Services

Director: Laura Franklin
Location: 105 Warner Hall
Phone: 608.342.1816
Email: sss@uwplatt.edu

What is Student Support Services?

Student Support Services is a federally funded program. We are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and provide academic and personal support services to help our participants become successful college graduates.

Who is Eligible?

Students must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria to qualify for our FREE services:

  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent currently has a four-year college degree)
  • Be an income-eligible student (based on taxable income level)
  • Be a student with a documented disability

Some of the FREE Services Available:

  • Individualized tutoring
  • Academic coaching
  • Assistance in course selection
  • Financial literacy information
  • Study skills support
  • Help locating scholarships
  • Graduate school advisement
  • Cultural opportunities
  • FAFSA completion help
  • Study lounge
  • STEM help room
  • Computer lab
  • Leadership training
  • Career planning

Veteran's Resources

Veteran’s Benefits

The veteran’s certifying official is located in the Robert and James Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran Students Room 322 Royce Hall. The certifying official serves as an advocate and resource person for veterans on campus and has information on local, state and federal resources. Call 608.342.7352/7351 with any questions before, during, or after enrollment at UW-Platteville.

Veterans interested in educational benefits must complete the necessary application forms for the benefit they are seeking. Although the certifying official provides information about the various benefit programs, the decision about which program to apply for needs to be made by the veteran. For further information, please visit www.uwplatt.edu/non-traditional-and-veterans/veterans

For assistance regarding benefit eligibility or to learn about other benefits, veteran’s should contact the Grant County Veterans Service Office at 608.723.2756.

Platteville Student Veterans Organization

The Platteville Student Veterans Organization offers the opportunity for fellow student veterans to come together in order to build camaraderie and support systems. Members who have served in any branch for any length of time in the U.S. military to join. The goals of the organization are to unite service member students on campus, to establish a unified veteran’s voice on campus and to assist the members in academics, developing social skills and in the understanding of one another.  For further information, please visit www.uwplatt.edu/non-traditional-and-veterans/veterans-club-uw-platteville.

Military Service: Leaving and Returning to the University

Mobilization Guidelines

If currently enrolled students receive military orders (involuntary call to active duty) that will interrupt their education, they must provide a copy of their orders to the registrar and the veterans certifying official. Notification of the registrar will allow the student to exercise the following options:

  1. Withdrawal from all courses with a full refund of tuition
  2. Selective withdrawal from one or more courses with a refund of tuition
  3. Incomplete grades awarded at the discretion of the instructor to provide an extension for completing coursework
  4. Final grades may be issued if the instructor determines that the student has completed a sufficient amount of coursework

Returning to the University

Any students returning from military service or who have interrupted their studies to enlist and attend military training may return without applying for readmission if the period of absence does not exceed two years. In order to reactivate the student’s eligibility to register, the student should contact the Registrar’s Office no later than six months following discharge from service or training. An updated DD-214 or NOBE (DD 2384-1) should be submitted to the registrar and the veterans certifying official as soon as possible but no later than six months after the effective date of the orders.

Before enrolling with another university or college, students must contact the Registrar’s Office to ensure that classes are transferable. Any such enrollment must be reported at the time of re-entry to UW-Platteville and official transcripts must be provided. If a student leaves the university to enlist following an academic dismissal, an appeal to the Admissions and Academic Appeals committee may be required. Enlistment will not void an academic dismissal. For further information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 608.342.1321 or by e-mail at registrar@uwplatt.edu.