International students get a taste of holiday traditions

More than 50 students from around the globe who attend classes at UW-Madison gathered last week to learn about the American tradition of decorating cookies—all part of the Visiting International Student Program (VISP) offered through the Division of Continuing Studies at UW-Madison.

“Each semester we try to plan a few events to get students together to share their experiences on campus,” Seidel-Quast said. “This is the first time we tried the cookie decorating event but it went so well we’re already thinking about doing it next year.” Earlier this fall, students also had the opportunity to attend a Milwaukee Brewer’s baseball game with a group of UW-Madison international exchange students.

The hardest part about life in Madison for many of our students is the cold weather, Seidel-Quast noted. Each semester VISP holds a winter clothing drive to help students enjoy all that winter in Wisconsin has to offer. One VISP student said, “Though people say that Wisconsin is too cold, it is easy to have fun. Usually in snowy days, I went outside with my friends for a snowball fight, or to make an angel or a snowman, or to go ice-skating in the Shell at Camp Randall. After that we went for a drink in a coffee shop.”

For more information about VISP, visit the program’s website.

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