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Most Memorable Experience

I volunteered at a nursing home in Aix, and meeting my 98-year-old friend Ferdinand was easily one of the best things I did.

Allison Mack

French and English, with a certificate in European Studies
IAP Aix-en-Provence, France



All IAP program participants earn UW-Madison residence credits for the work they complete abroad. This means the credit they earn while on an IAP program will appear on their transcripts with a UW-Madison department number, course title, and grade. For this reason, studying abroad does not delay the student's graduation in most cases. Consult UW's Undergraduate Catalog for more information how residence credits relate to degree requirements.


International Academic Programs are just that - academic. Students are expected to attend class and meet all academic requirements during the time abroad. Grades in courses taken abroad will be on your student's transcripts as if the student had taken the courses in Madison. All grades received abroad will be reported to the Registrar's Office and calculated into your student's GPA.

Registration from Abroad

As a participant of an IAP study abroad program, students stay continuously enrolled at UW-Madison. This allows them to follow the same registration procedures that they would on campus to enroll for future semesters at UW-Madison. Any holds on a student's record must be cleared before registration, including advising holds used by some Schools or Colleges to ensure that students speak to their academic advisors before registering.

The UW-Madison Registrar will send students an email invitation with dates and deadlines for the next term registration.

Graduating while Abroad

Students earn UW residence credits while on IAP programs making it possible for seniors to complete their degree requirements and graduate abroad. Students can choose when (or if) to attend commencement ceremonies, either in the semester of their official graduation or in a previous or subsequent semester.