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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


When a student is officially admitted by the Admissions Office, an acceptance letter and a DS-2019 immigration document are prepared for the student. The immigration document, the official admission letter and other acceptance materials will be sent to your home university on your behalf.

Approximate visa appointment wait times and processing times can be found here:

While the University of Wisconsin – Madison acts as the J-1 sponsor for incoming exchange students, visas are granted at the discretion of consular officials and International Academic Programs is not able to assist students in the case of delayed or rejected visa applications. IAP works with International Student Services (ISS) to obtain the necessary visa documents for exchange students.

The J-1 visa is issued with DS-2019 dates that cover a range of time from the first day of class to the last day of exams. However, once students obtain their visa, they are able to enter the United States up to 30 days before the start date on the DS-2019 form. Students must leave the United States no more than 30 days after the program end date.