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Most Memorable Experience

I travelled in four different countries, climbed Machu Picchu and Glacier Perito Moreno, took classes in a different language, made new friends and found my way around the chaotic city of Buenos Aires. However, some of the best days abroad involved getting on and off the right bus or providing an Argentine with accurate directions. The sense of accomplishment from those little things made the whole experience that much better.

Julie-Ann Spatz

Legal Studies, Criminal Justice Certificate
IAP Buenos Aires, Argentina

Incoming Exchange Students

Thank you for your interest in becoming an exchange student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW-Madison) through International Academic Programs (IAP)! We would like to welcome you to the University of Wisconsin, to Madison, and to the United States.

Exchange Student Status

IAP works with universities around the world on exchange programs. 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.

Choosing the University of Wisconsin - Madison & Madison, WI

In achievement and prestige, UW-Madison has long been recognized as one of America's great universities, regularly ranked as one of the top three 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 5,100 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 oldest and largest campus in the University of Wisconsin System, a statewide network of 13 comprehensive universities, 13 freshman-sophomore transfer colleges and an extension service.

Madison is the capital of the state of Wisconsin, and has been so since before Wisconsin became a state in 1848. During the American Civil War, Madison was used as a Union Army training camp and military hospital, 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 known for a vibrant entertainment and performing arts scene. Madison also has an active population with many parks and bike paths available to residents, as well as activities on its four lakes. Madison has frequently been ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States. The cities of Milwaukee and Chicago are easily accessible by car or bus.

Application Process
Academic Calendar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Got questions? Here are some of the most commonly-asked questions about exchange at UW-Madison.

Contact Information

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

Please call the Study Abroad Resource Center at (608) 265-6329 or email if you need an appointment. You can also drop off forms that need to be signed. Our office will notify you when they are ready to be picked up.