As part of the UW-Madison Partnership with Nazarbayev University, select students from NU regularly enroll in summer courses at UW-Madison as part of the Visiting International Students Program (VISP).
In Summer 2014 and Summer 2015, 30 undergraduate students from NU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) and 30 undergraduate students from the School of Science and Technology (SST) studied at UW-Madison under Agreement 4 and as part of the Visiting International Students Program (VISP).
All SHSS students took a common course focused on social science research methodology, with a required research project. The course was custom designed for those cohorts by political science and economics faculty. Similarly, all SST students took a customized scientific research methods course designed by geology faculty, and completed an empirical science research project.
In addition to the common courses, each of these NU undergrads enrolled in one or two regular summer session courses. UW-Madison staff and students provided them with a variety of support services, including writing tutoring, library assistance, peer mentoring, and academic advising. To round out this study abroad experience, VISP and the Partnership offered regular social and cultural activities, including the “WisKaz language partner program,” a Mallards game, and field trips to Devil’s Lake and Chicago.
In Summer 2016, UW-Madison will again host NU students taking classes as part of VISP. This year, 20 students from SHSS and 15 students from the NU undergraduate School of Engineering (SEng) will enroll in L&S and Engineering summer session courses. Support services and cultural activities will be offered, providing these Kazakhstani students with a rewarding “Wisconsin Experience.”