International Education

“We need students who are knowledgeable about the world and who have an understanding of how other cultures work and how other people think.”

Tony Evers, PhD, Wisconsin State Superintendent

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The terms international and global education do not mean the same, even though they are often used interchangeably. Strictly speaking, international education builds bridges between two or more countries and engages in bi- or multilateral relations. Global education, on the other hand, investigates issues in a global context to reflect the complex web of social, economic, or scientific issues that transcend national boundaries.

The DPI supports international education by engaging in several partnerships with other countries or regions in the world. These partnerships build platforms for school-to-school activities and the opportunity for Wisconsin educators, students and families to meet and learn with their peers in different parts of the world. Such personal relationships are often the basis for elements of global education.

Global education in Wisconsin is based on the definition of global competence in a publication of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in collaboration with the Asia Society:

Global competence is the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. Globally competent individuals are aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works.

The Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC) supports education for global competence with a designation of Wisconsin Global Scholar. Global scholars are students who have successfully completed the requirements in this program. School district adoption of the GEAC is voluntary but must be approved by the DPI.


Global Education



Guidance and Support

International Partnerships and Student Exchanges

Other Support

and Resources

The Wisconsin Global Schools Network


• The Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC)

• GEAC Approval Form

• GEAC Power Point

• Press Release

• Global Schools Network



Global Youth Summits:



2013 at UW-Madison

• Press Release

• Video and Photos 

• About the Summit

• Facebook




2014 at UW-Milwaukee

Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World


Global Wisconsin Logo

Online videos



Global Learning (Education Week/Asia Society Blog)


Funding Global Learning


Planning for global competence in school districts


Curriculum Guide


DPI’s international partnerships with


• China (Heilongjiang)

• France (Aix-Marseille and Bordeaux)

• Germany (Hessen)

• Japan (Chiba)

• Mexico (Jalisco)

• Thailand


Assistant Language Teacher Program (ALT) with Chiba Prefecture


Hessen-Wisconsin Student Exchange Program


The Council on Standards for International Education Travel


Model School Policy


J-1 and F-1 visas


Foreign Students (F-1) in Public Schools


Exchange Student Safety Guidelines


US Department of State


Student Exchange Program Rules and Regulations



The State Superintendent’s International Education Council


Global Wisconsin Inc.


Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC)


UW-Milwaukee Institute of World Affairs




The Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning


Mapping the Nation


The US Department of State


• Exchange Programs

• Teachers for Global Classrooms (IREX)




Council of Europe



For questions about this information, contact Gerhard Fischer (608) 267-9265
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