The Lake Mendota shoreline is pictured in an aerial view of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus looking toward the downtown Madison skyline during an autumn sunset on Oct. 5, 2011. Major campus facilities pictured from center to right include Memorial Library, Armory and Gymnasium (Red Gym), the Memorial Union Terrace and Helen C. White Hall. On the horizon is the Wisconsin State Capitol and Lake Monona. The photograph was made from a helicopter looking southeast.

Summer Enrollment with VISP

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.  

Popular Summer Sessions

  • June 20 – August 12: 8 week session
  • June 20 – July 15: 4 week session
  • July 18 – August 12: 4 week session

Download our Summer 2022 VISP Brochure for more information

"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.

Next Steps: You can learn more about our program eligibility, estimated cost of attendance, and our required application materials you’ll need to start collecting via our website.

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.

Interested in learning more?

Fill out this form to learn more about our non-degree programs.
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