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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.

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Announcements and Events


  • Spring 2021 Enrollment & Winter Travel Guidance

    Dear Student, We are writing with a few updates as  winter break and  spring semester approach.  This message is long, but it is full of important information and answers the most frequent questions we receive. …

  • Virtual Drop-in Advising schedule change for October 26-30

    For one week only virtual drop-in advising will not be available on Wednesday. Students who want to participate in virtual drop-in advising during the week of October 26 – 30th are encouraged to participate in …

  • ISS Update: Terra Dotta forms

    Dear Students, We appreciate your commitment to communicating with us through Terra Dotta! We receive hundreds of information request each week and International Student Advisors and student Peer Advisors are working to respond to all …

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Upcoming Events

Fri 22

Virtual International Student Orientation

January 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Feb 02

Virtual Engagement: Global Cafe

February 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Feb 16

Virtual Engagement: Global Cafe

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm