International Academic Programs (IAP), a unit of the International Division, leads campus efforts to provide credit-bearing academic experiences worldwide for UW-Madison students from diverse backgrounds in all majors and academic levels.
UW-Madison is ranked 18th among all U.S. universities and colleges for total students studying abroad.
Semester-long program participation:
- 1st among U.S. public and Big 10 Academic Alliance Institutions
- 2nd among all U.S. Institutions
Year-long program participation:
- 1st among Big 10 Academic Alliance Institutions
56% of UW-Madison study abroad students participate on semester and year-long programs – 21 points above the national average and highest among Big 10 Academic Alliance Institutions.
More UW-Madison students studied abroad for a semester or longer than students from any other U.S. university or college except NYU.
UW-Madison participation breakdown by country is similar to national trends, with the exceptions of Denmark, South Africa, and Thailand being top 10 UW destinations which did not make the national top 10 list. UW participation is significantly higher than the national average to Africa (11% to 4.2%).
The gender balance for studying abroad at UW-Madison (35% Male: 65% Female) is slightly closer than nation-wide trends (33% Male: 67% female)
UW-Madison study abroad participation increased 6% over the previous year, compared with a nation-wide increase of 2.7%.
The above rankings are from the 2019 Open Doors Data Report, which includes all UW-Madison U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident degree-seeking student credit-bearing activity outside of the U.S. for Academic Year 2017-18, totaling 2,410 students. Previous UW-Madison Campus-Wide Open Doors.