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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!

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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.

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Announcements and Events


  • USCIS Announces I-765 Online Filing for OPT & STEM Extension

    On April 12, 2021, USCIS announced that F-1 students seeking permission for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or OPT STEM Extension can now file Form I-765 online.  We are optimistic about this change, but we are …

  • Fall 2021 Enrollment & Summer Travel Guidance

    Dear Student, We are hopeful that UW-Madison’s return to in-person study and services for Fall 2021 will happen as planned. We know that there are still many concerns about international travel, health and safety in the U.S., …

  • Terra Dotta Login Issues – March 17

    Terra Dotta is currently experiencing technical errors. The company is investigating and actively working to resolve the issue. This impacts all Terra Dotta user’s ability to login, submit requests, and check the status of currently …

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Virtual Engagement: Global Cafe

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm