In achievement and prestige, UW-Madison has long been recognized as one of America’s great universities, regularly ranked as one of the top public research universities in the United States. Many of UW-Madison’s academic programs are ranked among the best in the nation with more than 400 degree tracks and over 5000 courses. A public, land-grant institution, UW-Madison offers a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs and student activities. UW-Madison is the flagship campus in the University of Wisconsin System, a statewide network of 13 four-year universities, 13 freshman-sophomore colleges and an extension (community outreach) service.
Madison is the capital of Wisconsin, which became a state in 1848. During the American Civil War, Madison was used as a Union Army training camp and military hospital, which was called Camp Randall. Camp Randall continues today as the site of UW-Madison’s football stadium. Madison is one of the hubs of education, business, and culture in the state of Wisconsin, and is known for a vibrant entertainment and performing arts scene. Madison residents are active, and spend time in parks, on bike paths, and in and around Madison’s four lakes. Madison has frequently been ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States.
Thank you for your interest in becoming an exchange student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison through International Academic Programs (IAP). We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Wisconsin, to Madison, and to the United States!
Exchange Student Status
You are eligible to be an exchange student if your university has a formal exchange agreement with UW-Madison. You will work with your home university’s international office to be nominated to our office as an exchange student. Please contact the international office staff at your home university for more details about the nomination process.
UW-Madison is very decentralized, and multiple host offices on campus work with incoming exchange students. If you are coming to UW-Madison through a university-wide agreement, IAP will likely be your host office. If you coming to UW-Madison through a College of Engineering or Wisconsin School of Business exchange agreement, your host office is likely International Engineering Studies & Programs or International Programs at the Wisconsin School of Business. Check with your home university staff to be sure you are working with the correct office! We are also happy to answer questions about which office is your best point of contact.
If your university does not have an exchange agreement with UW-Madison, it can still be possible to attend UW-Madison for study abroad through the Visiting International Student Program (VISP). VISP is a fees-paying program offered through the Division of Continuing Studies.
If you will be on a formal exchange through International Academic Programs, please contact our Incoming Exchange Section if you have any questions. Andy, Kristin, and Kate are available to answer questions on the application and pre-departure process, as well as to provide support and resources for you while you are here on campus.
Andy Quackenbush | Kristin Calkins | Kate Hamoonga
Incoming Exchange Section
International Academic Programs
University of Wisconsin-Madison
301 Red Gym, 716 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706, USA
+1 608 265 6329
Make an appointment online with Andy or Kate if you need assistance. Either advisor can assist you, though if you’ve been working with one or the other on a particular issue, it’s easier to schedule with that person.
Do you have forms that need to be filled out by IAP for your home institution? You can drop off forms that need to be signed at our front desk. Our office will notify you when they are ready to be picked up.