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!

Also, 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.

We 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.


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    All of the spots for the snow tubing event with ISS on Saturday, February 15th have been filled. The registration for this event is closed. For students who were able to register; information about the …

  • Apply to be on the International Student Advisory Board for Spring 2020!

    You’re invited to apply to be on the International Student Advisory Board, an initiative dedicated to building a bridge between international students at International Student Services at UW-Madison! This is a great leadership opportunity which …

  • Message on coronavirus (2019nCoV)

    Stay up-to-date with campus messages and information on coronavirus (2019nCoV). The site contains some message translations into Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, Chinese and Nepali. Frequently Asked Questions about coronavirus (2019nCoV) University Health Services (UHS) has answers …

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Upcoming Events

Sat 29

Madison International Festival

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mar 04
Mar 10

Express Travel Signatures

March 10 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mar 12

Global Cafe

March 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mar 18