Puffy white cumulus clouds and a deep blue sky make for a striking view of Memorial Union Terrace chairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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"Well Red," a sculpture by artist Douwe Blumberg of a studious-looking UW-Madison mascot Bucky Badger sitting atop a pile of books, looks out on Lake Mendota from Alumni Park at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the autumn morning of Oct. 8, 2017. The newly-opened park, part of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA), is located between the Memorial Union and Red Gym (Armory and Gymnasium) overlooking the shoreline.

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VISP students make the sign of 'W' while overlooking a scenic view.
VISP students dressed in red and white make the 'W' sign with their hands at a Badger home game.

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About Our Program

The Visiting International Student Program (VISP) welcomes students interested in short-term credit and noncredit study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. VISP staff provide personalized advising as well as a variety of cultural and social events to help students feel welcome on our campus.

Noncredit Programming
Our noncredit programming includes the pre-college EducationUSA Academy and American Culture and English (ACE) summer camps. We also offer UW-Advance for groups of university students throughout the year. Noncredit courses are taught by qualified instructors on a variety of academic topics.

Credit Programming
The credit VISP students enroll for one or more academic terms in regular university courses taught by world-class faculty at one of the nation’s top public research universities. Courses taken and grades received in this program will appear on an official University of Wisconsin-Madison transcript. Read more about our Admission processAcademics at UW-Madison, and About Madison to learn if the credit Visiting International Student Program is right for you.

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Get ready to have one of the most amazing experiences of your life at one of the best universities in the world. On, Wisconsin!

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