For Students

Wisconsin: The Perfect Place to Study Water 

Enroll at one of Wisconsin’s 13 public universities for your degree and expand your water knowledge by participating in hands-on experiences and unique coursework at other UW System schools. Each UW institution offers a degree program or coursework in water studies — and every school is part of the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin.

Through the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, undergraduates have opportunities to:

  • Participate in field experiences on the Mississippi River, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and the many rivers, streams and wetland areas throughout the state, in rural and urban settings
  • Acquire lab and technical skills while working with expert faculty throughout the UW System
  • Enroll in unique courses at other UW campuses
  • Collaborate with students from other campuses
  • Educate community members about water through outreach projects
  • Land an internship that builds professional connections and could lead to a fulfilling job in the water field

Current Water-Related Courses Available to Any UW Student
Current Undergraduate Field and Research Experiences

Not sure which UW School is best for you? Learn more about the programs at each UW Institution on our Academic Partners page.  


High School Programs

We also support summer campus and workshops for high school students interested in learning more about what it’s like to have a career in water. High school juniors and seniors can participate in hands-on activities at multiple institutions, including UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater. Available High School Programs