ISWIF August 2019

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

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A 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.

Click below for details about our reoccurring events this semester- all students are welcome!


Events Calendar

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International Reach: Cultural Speakers Program

Learn about this cross-cultural speakers volunteer program and improve your presentation skills. Reach is hybrid for Spring 2022.


Global Café

 Learn about new cultures while meeting other international and U.S. students. These events are hosted by student organizations.

Global Cafe

Global Badger Success Series

Learn about campus offices and resources for a successful transition to the University!

Global Badger Success Series

PEACE (Practicing English and Cultural Exchange)

Come and join us for a free, non-credit English conversation and cultural exchange class.


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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.

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People iconInternational Peer Mentor Program

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

International Peer Mentor Program

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International Student Services Advisory Board (ISSAB)

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


ISS-Affiliated Student Organizations

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

ISS-Affiliated Student Orgs

Madison Friends of International Students (MFIS)

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


Meet the ISS Global Engagement Team

Melissa Murray Baltus (she/her/hers)

Position title: Assistant Director for Global Engagement

Allison Streckenbach (she/her/hers)

Position title: Transitions Coordinator

Jay Stokes (he/him/his)

Position title: International Engagement Coordinator

Kacha Fischer (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Engagement Coordinator

Global Engagement Team Interns

Ziyao Zhou (she/her/hers)

Credentials: Global Engagement Intern

Position title: International Reach Intern

Huawei Huang (she/her/hers)

Credentials: Global Engagement Intern

Position title: Transitions Intern

Chunxin (Aurora) Hou

Credentials: Global Engagement Intern

Position title: Transitions Intern

George (Georgii) Sukhotin (he/him)

Credentials: Global Engagement Intern

Position title: Student Organization & Peer Mentor Intern

Parker Wall (he/him)

Credentials: Global Engagement Intern

Position title: Global Badger Experience Grant Intern

Upcoming ISS Events

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.