UW-Madison is on a semester system. Our academic year begins with the fall semester. The academic calendar is set several years in advance.
There will be a mandatory exchange student orientation at the beginning of each semester. Orientation is held a few days before the first day of class. You are required to be present from orientation until your last examination is complete.
Fall Semester: (beginning of) September – (late) December
Spring Semester: (late) January – (mid) May
Exchange students may attend UW-Madison for a single semester, academic year (September – May), or calendar year (January – December).