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 at UW-Madison

COVID-19 Update

Notice: Summer Term at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will proceed with online-only instruction due to the COVID-19 situation. Contact VISP@dcs.wisc.edu if you’re interested in taking online classes with VISP this summer.

Whether you are currently in the United States studying at another institution or you are in your home country wishing to come for just a few weeks, 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 three, four, our eight-week sessions.  Learn more about why Summer is a great time to be at UW on the UW-Madison Summer Term page.

2020 Popular Summer Sessions

8-week (DHH): June 15 – August 9
4-week (DDD): June 15 – July 12
4-week (HDD): July 13 – August 9

Coming from Abroad

Our program can issue immigration documentation to assist you in applying for your student visa. Newly-arrived VISP summer students enroll full time in academic coursework while experiencing life on our campus. Depending on the session you choose, you might only take one class giving you the opportunity to focus deeply on your chosen subject.

Coming from Another US Institution

You are welcome to visit UW-Madison on your summer break from another US institution. If you have enrolled for the spring term and plan to return to your school in the fall, then you have no full-time enrollment requirement to maintain your visa status.

Summer Credit Loads

Summer enrollment works differently than during the rest of the academic year. Please see our Full-time enrollment page for more information.