Visa & Arrival Orientation Module

This online orientation module will assist you in your visa application process and on making your travel arrangements to Madison, Wisconsin. 

Visa Application Process Overview

The visa application process may differ by country the process is subject to change. We recommend researching the visa application process and checking with your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you have questions. The following is meant to serve as a general overview for your reference.

After your Admission into VISP:

    • Submit sufficient financial documentation necessary for visa process and wait for materials to be processed by UW-Madison.
    • Receive and carefully review Welcome Packet (including I-20, admission letter, application instructions from ISS, etc.) from VISP staff, sent by express mail.
    • Pay your SEVIS fee online using your personal SEVIS identification number.
    • Make your visa appointment at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate, complete the appointment, and receive your visa back. 
    • Be sure to keep photocopies of all important documents for your records.

Travel to Madison

There are two airports with easy access to Madison, Wisconsin.

MSN - Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, WI - A small airport located about 5 miles (8km) from UW-Madison. Taxi rides from the MSN airport to campus cost approximately $25 one way. There is a taxi waiting area outside of baggage claim.

ORD - Chicago O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL - While much further from UW-Madison, flights to this airport are often much less expensive. The Van Galder bus service offers daily buses between the airport and UW-Madison. Tickets can be purchased from the driver when you arrive, but please consult the bus schedule prior to booking your flight.

Getting to your Housing

Calling a taxi is the easiest way to traverse the city with luggage in tow. Madison is home to several official taxi services including Badger Cab, Green Cab of Madison, Madison Taxi, and Union Cab.

If you request temporary housing through Madison Friends of International Students (MFIS), your housing volunteer may be able to pick you up.

Checking In with VISP

You are not required to check in with us before your in-person orientation, however, if you have any issues before your orientation feel free to contact your VISP Coordinator. You can find a map of where we are located on the Contact Us page.