Celebrate VISP

VISP 10th Anniversary Celebration | September 14-18, 2022

In 2012, the University of Wisconsin–Madison launched the Visiting International Student Program (VISP) as a way for people from around the world to experience the exceptional quality of our university and the beauty of Madison without having to be in a full degree program or part of a direct exchange. Over time we expanded and launched a suite of noncredit programs to complement our credit offerings. To date we’ve hosted more than 2,750 former VISPers from 40 countries through our credit and noncredit offerings.

In recognition of our 10-year anniversary, we are inviting all former program participants and their guests back to UW–Madison to help us celebrate.

Tentative Program Schedule*

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Arrival day

  • Conference Check-in
  • Suggested optional events


First official conference day

  • Morning yoga on campus
  • Boat rides in Lake Mendota (limited spaces available)
    Ride the Bucky Boat with experienced tour guide from the Wisconsin Alumni Association, other alumni, and VISP Staff. 
  • Faculty lectures
  • Networking event overlooking the Lake
    Connect with current VISP students, VISP staff, and other program alumni while enjoying lake views.

*Events are subject to change and availability.


  • Painting party with Wheelhouse Studios
    Wheelhouse staff will guide you in creating your own UW-Madison-themed keepsake. 
  • Off-campus excursion to Devil’s Lake State Park (limited spaces available)
  • Campus tours featuring new buildings and old memories
  • Conference reception
    Photos with Bucky Badger & the VISP team followed by a short program and a Wisconsin-themed dinner. 

*Events are subject to change and availability.


  • Farmers’ Market outing
  • Badger Football Game  (limited spaces available)
    Cheer on the Badger football team in Camp Randall. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.

*Events are subject to change and availability.


Last day of conference

  • Remembrance for those who cannot be with us
  • Farewell breakfast

*Events are subject to change and availability.

Deadlines, Cost Information, & Refunds

Registration type Early Bird Registration
available until June 1
Regular Registration
June 2-August 1
Individual $75 $100
Couple $100 $150
Family (3-5) $150  $200

Registration fee includes conference materials, some meals, and participation in the planned events. Note that some activities have limited capacity. Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Alumni are welcome to bring their family to campus–we’d love to meet them! But please note that not all events will be child-friendly. Aren’t sure yet if your family can join you? You can register as an individual first and then add in additional family members later.

This conference is open to all former VISP credit or noncredit participants and their families. If you’re not sure if you participated in VISP or not, please contact us before registering.

Refund Policy

Registration fees: We are able to offer a 100% refund of registration costs if we have to cancel the program due to COVID-19. That decision, if necessary, will be made as soon as we possibly can. If you need to cancel your registration, you will receive a 90% refund if you cancel by August 1, 2022. It may not be possible for us to offer refunds after that time. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact anna.seidel-quast@wisc.edu.

Group hotels: The hotels we are working with allow you to cancel your booking up to 48 hours prior to arrival with no penalty or charge.