As an exchange student, you will enroll in courses with degree-seeking UW-Madison students. UW-Madison does not offer any courses meant only for exchange students. This will give you the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a student at a U.S. university, as well as get to know students in your classes and build friendships and connections. It may also be a challenge to take courses exclusively in English for the first time in your life.
UW-Madison offers a huge amount of courses in many different fields of study. UW-Madison students frequently take courses outside of their subject/department of choice (known as a major). As an exchange student, you will also have the ability to enroll in courses in a variety of departments. We encourage you to take advantage of the flexibility of the American university structure and to explore the many academic choices you have at UW-Madison. Try taking something new and interesting!
It’s important for you to be as flexible as possible when it comes to your course selections. Some courses at UW-Madison are in higher demand than others, which results in them reaching enrollment capacity quickly. UW-Madison degree-seeking students receive enrollment priority for certain classes. We are not able to guarantee you a space in any particular course.
As an exchange student, you will be required to be enrolled full-time. Full-time enrollment depends on whether you were nominated as and applied as an undergraduate exchange or graduate exchange student.
Undergraduate: 12-18 credits
Graduate/Postgraduate: 8-15 credits
Most courses are 3 or 4 credits, though UW-Madison offers courses of many different credit amounts. The number assigned to a course gives an indication of the level of difficulty and indicates for whom the course is intended. Courses numbered under 300 (100-299) are undergraduate-level courses. Courses in the 300-699 range may be taken for credit by both undergraduate and graduate students; courses in the 300-499 range are generally considered intermediate level and courses in the 500-699 range are generally considered advanced level. Graduate students taking courses numbered 300-699 are expected to do graduate-level work, though they are enrolled in an undergraduate level course. Courses in the 700-999 range are open only to graduate students.