ISS Homecoming Parade 2017

#GlobalBadgers get ready for the 2017 UW-Madison Homecoming Parade

ISS Orientation Assistants Welcome New Global Badgers

ISS staff and Orientation Assistants welcome all new Global Badgers to UW-Madison!

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

photo of students in graduation robes in front of Bascom hall

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

photo of dancers at an Intercultural Night event

Dancers perform at WISA's Intercultural Night.

photo from many decades ago of UW-Madison international students

For over 140 years, International Students have contributed to UW-Madison's history of rich culture and diversity.

photo of BRIDGE program flag with Red Gym in background

BRIDGE - Building Relationships In Diverse Global Environments - an international friendship program at UW-Madison.

photo of Reach program presenter with students at an elementary school

International Reach - a volunteer program that places international speakers in schools, campus venues, and community organizations for presentations.

Welcome to ISS

International Student Services (ISS) serves non-immigrant students on F and J visas by empowering them to comply with federal regulations and adjust to American education, life, and culture. We provide advice regarding maintenance of status, academic and personal adjustment, employment authorization, and referrals to appropriate services on or off campus.

We are excited to launch Terra Dotta in Fall 2019. This software will provide students and advisors with enhanced online services for all processes. Students will receive an email informing them when this service goes live, please stay tuned!

In addition, we’ve heard your feedback and are implementing changes to advising this semester! Advising by appointment or phone is available! Scheduling tips are available online.

Please pardon us while we upgrade

Dear students,

ISS is currently working on implementing an online system called Terra Dotta. You will soon receive an email notification inviting you to start using Terra Dotta to submit requests. We are working to provide a seamless transition while honoring our current processing time. We strongly encourage you to plan ahead and allow for any unexpected delays as we transition to this new system.

We strongly encourage you to use online resources such as our website; Study in the States; the STEM OPT Hub; and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program Travel and Transfer pages.

Thank you for your patience as we work on these improvements.


International Student Services


  • Morning Phone Advising is Cancelled for 11/20

    Dear Students, Due to conflicts in schedules, we will not be having morning phone advising from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on November 20th. Phone Advising will resume in the afternoon from 2:00 pm- 4:00pm. …

  • ISS Advising Update: Limited Hours 10/9 and 10/23

    Dear Students, We’re incredibly excited to be having our International Career Conference next Wednesday, October 9, 2019. In order to facilitate this awesome opportunity for students, we are unable to provide phone or appointment advising …

  • Here’s how to check in with ISS!

    Welcome to UW-Madison! We’re glad you’re here! New and returning students must complete ISS Check-in so we can register your records in SEVIS. Check out the instructions below! ISS check-in requires you to complete the …

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Upcoming Events

Thu 14

International Photo Contest Exhibit

November 11 @ 12:00 pm - November 29 @ 5:00 pm
Thu 14

Global Cafe

November 14 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 19

Cookies/Cocoa & Expedited Travel Signatures

November 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wed 20

Practicing English And Cultural Exchange (PEACE)

November 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri 22

CommuniTEA & Connections- Community and kitchen

November 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm