First-year student Laura Bunn received a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to study Portuguese during the 2018–19 academic year at UW–Madison. Bunn, who is in the La Follette School's Accelerated Program, expects to receive her bachelor’s degree in international studies, journalism, and Spanish in May.
In 2016, Bunn received a UW Global Gateway scholarship and studied in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a month, and during the 2016–17 academic year, she studied in Madrid, Spain. Her experience in Brazil inspired her to independently learn Portuguese.
After visiting Rio de Janeiro as a sophomore, Bunn returned to Brazil in summer 2018 to intern with Catalytic Communities, a non-governmental organization. “I conducted interviews entirely in Portuguese, transcribed them in English and wrote in-depth profile stories about community-based sustainability,” she says. “Interviews with local community organizers taught me grassroots information about public policy issues in Rio de Janeiro.”
-This story was updated Dec. 27, 2019