International Student Services (ISS) also supports students’ dependents while they are in Madison. This section provides a variety of information related to International Students’ spouses and children.
Practicing English And Cultural Exchange (PEACE) is a free, non-credit English conversation and cultural exchange class facilitated by staff members of International Student Services (ISS). PEACE focuses on intercultural sharing and learning, cultural adjustment support, and community-building through English conversation practice. We also sometimes have conversations focused on social justice within the U.S. and countries around the word. Family members are also welcome to join!
Madison Friends of International Students (MFIS) is an ISS partner organization of local residents who support all UW-Madison international students, scholars, and family members. MFIS is currently offering its Global Friends program. If you are interested in making a new friend from the Madison community, consider signing up for Global Friends! International students and scholars studying on and off campus and their families are welcome.
The University Apartments community is known for its diversity with dozens of nationalities and languages spoken throughout the neighborhoods. University Apartments residents are primarily graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, academic staff, university staff, faculty, and their families.
The University Apartments offer many weekly events, field trips, teen/youth only events, parent groups, and many other activities. Check the events calendar to see what’s going on and how to sign-up for events. Be sure you take a look at the details of the event, although many of events are FREE they also organize several other events that have a fee to participate in.
A variety of child-care programs for children ages 6 weeks – 8 years are available Monday through Friday, year-round. Eagle’s Wing serves families from University Apartments, UW-Madison, and the surrounding community.
While open to the general public, University Apartments residents have priority when enrolling their children at Eagle’s Wing. The order of the waiting list is based on date of application, priority list, and space availability. Interested parents or guardians may complete a waiting list form online in order to be added to the Eagle’s Wing waiting list.
KIDSville is a FREE program that teaches children a variety of topics in a town square-style classroom. Kids ages four to seven learn the basics of many topics that will help them succeed in school. Sessions normally run 60-90 minutes and include 24-30 children divided into groups of five or six, plus a chaperone.
University Recreation & Wellbeing (RecWell) provides programs, services, and facilities that promote the social, mental, and physical well-being of the campus community. The Dependent membership may be available for dependents (younger than 18 years old) of Rec Well members or current UW students. Please check their website for more information.