Students kayak on Lake Mendota during an ISS program, in collaboration with Outdoor UW.

ISWIF August 2019

Students take selfies with Bucky Badger during the International Student Welcome & Information Fair in August 2019.

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A colorful group of people celebrating Holi.


ISS is committed to creating meaningful and engaging experiences for UW-Madison international students, also known as “Global Badgers.” We host and collaborate on a variety of engagement, transitional, and co-curricular education programs and events that focus on leadership development, social justice, and learning through the Wisconsin Experience. Our programs and events aim to foster global citizenship, career development, and personal growth for all Global Badgers while enhancing internationalization within our campus and local communities.

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International Reach: Cross-Cultural Speakers Program

Learn about this cross-cultural speakers volunteer program and improve your presentation skills. Reach is virtual Spring 2021.


ISS-Affiliated Student Organizations

Learn how to get involved with Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) across campus, and how RSOs collaborate with ISS.

Student Orgs


Stay connected with ISS by reading the latest ISS newsletters and watch student-focused videos.


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BRIDGE: Building Relationships In Diverse Global Environments

Find out how to apply for this International Peer Mentorship program and make new friends.


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Global Badger Experience Grant (GBE Grant)

Student organizations interested in applying can review resources, check approval dates, and read application tips.

GBE Grant

Virtual Engagement

Catch up on what you missed or rewatch your favorite virtual sessions.

Virtual Engagement

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International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)

Join fellow international students in advocating for campus issues that matter to you.


Madison Friends of International Students (MFIS)

Connect with local residents, participate in fun events, and get involved in the Madison community.


Understanding U.S. Elections

Do you have questions about the U.S. elections? Check out these tips.

U.S. Elections

Upcoming Events

Fri 16
Mon 19
Fri 23
Tue 27

Virtual Engagement: Global Cafe

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

Program Announcements

  • Share your photos with us for #ThisIs2020

    2020 has been a bit unexpected. We’re living through a global pandemic. Countries including the U.S. are becoming more active to fight racial injustice. And, graduation ceremonies across the U.S. happened via WebEx or YouTube. …

  • Debunking Myths of ISS and International Students at UW-Madison- Recording Now Available

    Dear Campus Partners, The recording for Debunking Myths of ISS and International Students at UW-Madison is now available. Originally presented on May 1st by Sharece Bunn and Caitlin Dawson, the session can watched on the …

  • Upcoming Event: Where is “Home” for you, Global Badger? Virtual Discussion

    Come engage in the conversation “Where is ‘Home’ for you Global Badger?”. On Friday, April 24th from 9:00-10:00am Central Standard Time join members of ISS staff from China, Thailand, California, and Wisconsin for some thought-provoking …

  • Global Cafe- Cancelled

    The Global Cafe event scheduled for March 12th and April 2nd has been cancelled. For most updates about ISS events please check out the Programs page on the website.

  • Snow Tubing

    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 …

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Looking for ways to get involved in programs?

  • Talk to us! Send us programming ideas, ask questions, and request accommodations at events by emailing
  • Need an accommodation for an event? Contact or call 608-262-9716. All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date, but cannot guarantee they will be met.

Meet the ISS Programming Staff

Yinzhu Hong (she/her/hers)

Position title: Engagement Assistant


I’m a Chinese with Korean minority nationality, so I can speak mandarin, Korean and English. Raised under multi-cultural environment, so very excited to provide students with a welcoming environment and promote different cultures. Currently studying in Business school majoring in Marketing and Finance. In my free time, I like singing, playing the piano, and playing video games.

Xiuyue Yan (she/her/hers)

Position title: Visual Media Assistant


Xiuyue Yan is an international student from China. She is currently studying Journalism at UW-Madison and is pursing a Certificate in Digital Studies and a Certificate in Digital Production. As an international student, Xiuyue is aware of the problems that students may encounter when studying in a foreign country. Therefore, she is thrilled to help other international students to facilitate their integration into campus life. In her free time, she enjoys hip hop dancing, photography and reading.