International Academic Programs (IAP), in the International Division, serves as a comprehensive resource for academic experiences worldwide.
International Academic Programs collaborates with academic units to develop and deliver high-quality study abroad programs that foster students' academic, personal, & professional growth.
- Study abroad is integral to the learning experience at UW-Madison.
- By fostering global citizenship, study abroad advances the Wisconsin Idea on campus, throughout the state and in communities all around the world.
- All students deserve access to affordable study abroad programs that meet their personal and academic goals.
A variety of program options—over 200 programs in more than 60 countries—have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost and degree of independence demanded of the participant. Each program is expected to meet the University's high academic standards and to integrate with the on-campus curriculum.
Currently, 1,300 students study abroad each year through our office, and around 150 students from our partner institutions abroad come to UW-Madison through exchange partnerships.
IAP's goal is to remove the financial barriers for UW-Madison students to study abroad and to make study abroad accessible to as many students as possible. As an auxiliary unit, IAP receives no additional funding from the state or university to administer its programs and operates its budget on a cost recovery basis. UW-Madison students studying abroad are exempt from paying UW-Madison tuition and academic fees as per UW system policies. IAP participants are assessed a fee which recovers the actual costs of the program which includes the program expenses, IAP administrative fee, and CISI health insurance coverage for the duration of the program.
What We Do
IAP offers a full range of professional support services, in cooperation with academic and administrative units on and off campus, related to the delivery of study abroad opportunities, including:
- manage academic partnerships with foreign universities and study abroad organizations,
- program development and management,
- marketing & recruitment,
- student advising,
- application & acceptance process management,
- registration and pre-departure services,
- evaluation and assessment,
- student financial planning,
- grade & credit articulation,
- emergency response, and
- student support before, during & after program.
How Do We Define Study Abroad
Study Abroad encompasses educational programs that take place outside the geographical boundaries of the U.S. that result in progress toward an academic degree. IAP has opportunities available for undergraduates, graduates, and professional students for durations including semester, year, summer, winter intersession, and spring break. Study abroad programs include academic international experiences such as:
- directed study
- honors programs
- research and fieldwork
All IAP approved programs are offered to complement on-campus academics at UW-Madison:
UW Signature Programs: Created specifically by UW-Madison, and may include courses taught by UW-Madison instructors. These programs may be prioritized for IAP scholarships.
Exchange & Affiliate Programs: Offered through partnerships with other universities or organizations.
Goals & Expectations for Study Abroad Participants
Because every IAP program has unique learning objectives, it's important for students to consider how each program can help meet individual goals. IAP's advising services, plus our Goals & Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, help students meet a core of personal, academic and professional goals.