Flexible Enrollment, Real Academic Experience
Whether you are currently in the United States studying at another institution, in your home country wishing to come to our campus for just a few weeks, or wanting to take classes online-only, UW-Madison is a great choice for your summer educational plans.
UW-Madison offers a variety of course sessions to allow students to customize their learning experience: most courses run in our four or eight-week sessions. While not a degree program, VISP students earn official UW-Madison academic credit for the classes taken.
Popular Subjects for Summer VISP Participants
As a VISP student, you’ll have access to courses from across the UW-Madison curriculum. Popular areas include:
Accounting, Art, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical & Computer Engineering, English as a Second Language, Finance, Math, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics.
Learn more about why Summer is a great time to be at UW on the UW-Madison Summer Term page.
"This is my home away from home. UW-Madison is the combination of a world-class academic institution while at the same time an incomparable college experience."VISP Credit Participant
Summer Application Timeline
Research our program through our website to make sure that VISP is the right fit for you.
Receive permission to attend VISP from your university, if currently enrolled.
Check out the 2022 Summer Course Preview, available for download on this page at that time.
Apply by mid-March for the most flexibility with housing and class selection. After your formal admission to our program, you’ll receive additional information about obtaining a student visa, enrolling in classes, and more.
Next Steps: Ready to apply? Visit our How to Apply page for required materials and to get started with your application.
Enroll in your summer class(es), and get ready to start your adventure!
Next Steps: Read over the information you received with your admission, as well as information on our website to learn more about housing, about the City of Madison, and get inspired by listening to testimonials of former VISP students.
2022 Summer Course Preview
Each year, our staff creates a handy PDF guide showcasing the classes our students are most likely to be interested in taking, and those that work with our on-campus housing options. Check back on this site in January 2022 to download your copy!
Special Summer Thematic track Programs - Coming soon!
These special programs are created just for VISP students. You'll receive additional support and assistance, as well as guidance from the academic hosting departments. Check back for additional information.
Typical Summer Enrollment
In the summer, students typically enroll in 1 class in our 4-week programs or 2-3 classes in our 8-week program for a total of between 3-9 credits.
Ready to Apply?
You've looked over everything and now you know VISP is the right fit. Go ahead and start your program application. The VISP staff will be in touch soon. Questions? Contact the VISP Coordinators for assistance.