Join ISS events and programs! Check out ISS event calendar for details.

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Students spend a warm July morning kayaking on Lake Mendota with ISS and Outdoor UW.

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Students celebrate graduation with a traditional hat toss at the top of Bascom Hill.

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Dancers perform at WISA's Intercultural Night.

International Student Services (ISS) serves UW-Madison students on F and J visas by providing holistic support through advising on immigration, personal, and cultural matters, and by organizing events and activities to support students’ engagement and development within the campus community.

Please explore our website for answers to many international student questions. On, Wisconsin!

Student Quick Links

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Read for updates related to your immigration status.


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Please read these tips if you plan to travel internationally.


Fall 2021 International Student Orientation (ISO) & ISS Check-in

F-1/J-1 students who have an I-20/DS-2019 with a Fall 2021 start date must complete ISO and ISS Check-in to activate your SEVIS record.

Fall 2021 ISO & ISS Check-in

Optional Practical Training

What is OPT and how can you apply? F-1 students can learn more here.


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Drop-in advising is available through Zoom every week.

Virtual Drop-in Advising

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Program Extension

If you need more time to complete your program of study, you need to extend your immigration document.

Extension of Stay

Announcements and Events


Upcoming Events

Tue 21

Global Cafe w/ Polish Student Association

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu 23

VIRTUAL: WISA’s First Meeting

September 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fri 24
Oct 05