'All Abroad'

Center for International Education Blog

Hard hats required

by CIE - November 18th, 2011


Wisconsin Lutheran College’s English Language Institute (ELI) classes visited the Miller Compressing Company, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a worldwide distributor of metal to locations around the United States, as well as to the Far East, this local company recycles more than 1,000,000 tons of ferrous metal scrap and over 250,000,000 pounds of nonferrous scrap.

Ferrous metals are those pieces of scrap that are too large or bulky to be shredded, such as cars. Nonferrous scrap is metal that is small enough to go through the shredding process. Examples of nonferrous scrap would be aluminum cans, stainless steel, and copper.

1-2-3 Strikes You’re Out

by CIE - September 2nd, 2011

Students and staff from the CIE enjoyed an evening at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewer’s baseball team.  Despite losing the game, everyone enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smells of the ballpark.

Bernie Brewer, the Brewer’s mascot, made several trips down his slide in the stadium to celebrate our home team scoring runs. Typical baseball cuisine of hot dogs, peanuts, and pretzels were tested and approved.

Perhaps the most entertaining experience came during the 6th inning when the Famous Racing Sausages – the Italian, Bratwurst, Hot Dog, Chorizo, and Polish Sausages – raced around the park. That evening the Italian won!

During the 7th-inning stretch, the crowd stood and sang along to Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Roll Out the Barrel, classic baseball songs.  Go Brewers Go!

Brand new WLC Warriors!

by CIE - September 1st, 2011


The Wisconsin Lutheran College family welcomed 17 new international students to campus this fall. Among the group were students from Czech Republic, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam.

During New International Student Orientation, many important topics were addressed: academic success, student programming & involvement, health & safety, as well as tips on how to navigate as a new resident of the United States and the State of Wisconsin. Orientation programming included the opportunity for individuals to become familiar with their new home by exploring campus and the city of Milwaukee.

We are so pleased to welcome these students to WLC.

Blessings on a fantastic school year!

Hook, line, and fish!

by CIE - August 1st, 2011


ELI Summer Adventure: Students and staff of WLC’s English Language Institute (ELI) packed their tackle boxes, fishing poles, and bait on an early July morning to board a charter boat owned by a friend of the ELI. The weather was perfect for a calm morning of salmon fishing.

After learning how to bait their fishing hooks, students displayed great patience routinely casting their lines in and out of the water to wait for a fish to bite their bait. With great success quite a few sizable salmon were caught!
The ELI plans to enjoy a get together later this summer where the salmon will be prepared and grilled for everyone to sample and enjoy. Bon Appetit!

A brief introduction

by CIE - July 1st, 2011

The final day of our ELI Summer Session I is today. Get to know one of our dedicated instructors.

Paul Erickson
English Language Institute Instructor

My passion for teaching English started in a small village in east Africa. I was 18 and on my own trying to learn Somali. It was a frustrating process that forced me to consider the difficulties of being a language learner. It was humbling to know things without being able to communicate them. It was scary to travel alone without being able to read signs or ask for directions. It was also exciting because every day was a chance to improve and get better.

Since that time I have been a banker, a stockbroker, a financial planner, and a teacher. I married an incredibly talented woman and we have five children and a dog. I have taught briefly in classrooms in Dubai, Djibouti, Jordan, and Milwaukee. I love teaching both inside and outside of the classroom.

I consider my students to be my friends and I am available to help both in and out of the classroom.

Zoological English

by CIE - June 16th, 2011

The English Language Institute (ELI) visited the Milwaukee County Zoo earlier this week on what was a perfect summer day!

Students, staff, and friends of the ELI strolled around the zoo to see animals from around the world. It was a great opportunity to learn about individual animal’s habits, diets, and favorite activities.

Part of the experience included visiting an interactive butterfly exhibit where guests had the opportunity to welcome butterflies to land on them for a much closer view of their distinct colors and size.

There were many other close encounters with animals, which made the day exciting! Students shared stories of animals from their home countries and how they differ from the animals in the Milwaukee Zoo. What a culturally rich experience!

ELI is on the move

by CIE - June 6th, 2011

Wisconsin Lutheran College’s English Language Institute (ELI) has found a new home in downtown Milwaukee, a short distance from our campus. We are blessed to use office space in the German-English Academy Building, located on the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s campus.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and provides a beautiful backdrop for students to study and improve their English language skills.

Summer Session I classes began on May 31 and will continue for five weeks with students enrolled from China, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Guatemala. Stay connected for future updates from the ELI!

Commencement goes global

by CIE - May 20th, 2011


The Wisconsin Lutheran College Class of 2011 participated in its final event on campus as students on Saturday, May 14. Commencement was a wonderful celebration of the achievements of so many, most especially for our international graduates!


Five fabulous foreign students received their degrees on Saturday, ending their study-abroad experience at WLC and in the United States. In the audience were parents who made the journey to Milwaukee from as far away as China and Guatemala. Each student’s time at WLC varied in length; however, each enriched our campus in unique and special ways!

God’s blessings as you leave WLC, and perhaps the United States, to share your knowledge, skills, and faith to all whom you encounter. You will always be a member of the WLC family.

ESL-I adds a new instructor

by CIE - October 14th, 2010

The ESL Institute is excited to announce the arrival of new instructor, Kevin Fedewa! He is a 2008 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College and is happy to return to campus. Check out his bio…

Welcome to WLC and more specifically the ESL Institute! My name is Kevin Fedewa and I am an English instructor here at the college. My goal is to help you acquire the English skill set necessary to have a successful college career.

In addition to language tutoring as an undergraduate, I also served as a writing tutor for international graduate students at Valparaiso University while obtaining my M.A. in Chinese Studies. After graduating, I taught English abroad in South Korea.

Like so many others, my various adventures abroad have reinforced my passion for studying foreign languages and cultures. This has created opportunities and helped me to achieve dreams. It is my hope that your time here at WLC will have an equally positive effect on you.

Animals, food, and rides

by CIE - August 10th, 2010

The Wisconsin State Fair is being held August 5-15. It is a very popular attraction in Milwaukee during the summer, and conveniently, the State Fair grounds happen to be very close to Wisconsin Lutheran College’s campus.


During a recent visit to State Fair, students enjoyed sampling cuisine such as cream puffs, corn on the cob, and cheese curds. Touring the various barns, students also saw cows, pigs, horses, goats, and sheep. Local families bring their animals to State Fair to showcase them in hopes of winning prizes.

State Fair also has many rides, such as the Ferris wheel in the picture below, for those thrill-seeking patrons.

Many musicians perform, and there is never a shortage of vendor areas to walk through and purchase a wide variety of items ranging from kitchen utensils to hot tubs.

We had a great day at the Wisconsin State Fair!

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