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

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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

Madison Friends of International Students (MFIS)

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


People iconBRIDGE: Building Relationships In Diverse Global Environments
(Suspended for Fall 2021)

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



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.

GBE Grant

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International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)

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


Global Badger Success Fridays Series

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

Global Badger Success Fridays

Understanding U.S. Elections

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

U.S. Elections

Upcoming Events

Tue 21

Global Cafe w/ Polish Student Association

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu 23

VIRTUAL: WISA’s First Meeting

September 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fri 24
Oct 05

Program Announcements

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

Jenny (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.