Students admitted to our Thematic VISP track programs are guaranteed access to the bulk of their required credits within the admitting department. If you’re interested in focusing your enrollment on one area, do review our Thematic Track offerings to see if there’s one in your area of study.
Students applying to our Traditional VISP track, however, are not guarantee enrollment in any specific courses or departments. Upon review of your application, the VISP coordinators might contact you if you are interested in department(s) with particularly tight enrollments.
In any case, it is important that all VISP students be flexible with course choices and look to more than one department, school/college of enrollment. With over 45,000 students at UW-Madison, some popular courses or courses needed to fulfill degree requirements can fill quickly.
Further, the U.S. educational system values a liberal education wherein our undergraduate degree students take courses from a variety of academic areas concurrently to enhance their educational experience. While VISP students are not required to follow this path, it does mean that the workload expected in upper level classes takes this breadth of focus into consideration.
That is to say that while it might be common back home to enroll full-time in upper level engineering courses, for example, this is not common practice for undergraduate degree students at UW and would be an intensive course of study.
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact the VISP Coordinators.