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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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Find resources and definitions.

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Students can schedule a 20-minute appointment through Terra Dotta.

Advising Appointments

Optional Practical Training

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


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Please read these tips if you plan to travel internationally.


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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


  • Sending Messages to ISS

    Dear Students, ISS moved to a caseload model for advising international students. All international students must send information requests to their assigned advisors through Terra Dotta to better manage messages and to ensure a timely …

  • Campus Partner Town Hall for the ISS Caseload Model

    On July 31, 2020, we introduced our new advising caseload to campus partners in a town hall. In this session, we discussed what students can expect from advisors, how students should communicate with ISS moving …

  • ISS has a new Caseload Model

    Dear Students,   International Student Services (ISS) is adopting a caseload model! This means that we’re changing the way we advise to better serve you and help our campus partners understand the nuances of your F-1 …

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Upcoming Events

Tue 22

Virtual Engagement: Around the World in 80 Orgs

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu 24

Virtual Engagement: Global Cafe

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Oct 08

Virtual Engagement: Global Cafe

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm