Know Your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System)
Knowing how you are progressing towards your degree is essential to choosing the right study abroad program for you. Through MyUW, UW-Madison students can request a DARS report that shows which degree requirements have been completed and which remain unfulfilled. If you have not declared a major, you can run a “what-if” DARS that will show your progress in completing your degree and intended major.
Keep your academic advisor informed about your intention to study abroad. We highly recommend that students meet with their academic advisor for an appointment prior to studying abroad. Before meeting with your advisor, review your DARS in conjunction with your study abroad program materials and course equivalent list to determine what type of courses you might want to take abroad. Pay attention to your degree requirements and credit rules. Each school on the UW-Madison campus has its own policies. Check DARS and the Guide to review requirements for your degree and major(s).
Have the following items ready for your appointment with your academic advisor:
- Study abroad handbooks, academic notes, and any other academic information relevant to your program
- Course equivalent list for your program
- An up-to-date copy of your DARS report
- A list of questions and concerns you want to discuss, including the types of courses you should take abroad and what courses you might need to take afterwards