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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Visiting International Student Program – Credit

The credit-based Visiting International Student Program (VISP) welcomes students interested in short-term academic study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Enroll in Coursework at a World-Class University

VISP credit 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.

Receive Unmatched Student Support

VISP staff provide personalized advising as well as a variety of cultural and social events to help students feel welcome on our campus. From football games, ice cream socials, advising events, and more, the VISP staff is here to support our students from application through the end of their time in our program.

Join us for the Fall, Spring, or Summer Term

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.

Experience UW-Madison student life and apply to VISP today.

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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