University of Wisconsin–Madison


Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Madison!

We are excited that you have chosen to study at UW-Madison, and we look forward to welcoming you to campus. Please read the information below to learn about International Student Orientation (ISO).

Please check back regularly as we continue to plan for your orientation.

Spring Orientation

Summer Orientation

Fall Orientation

  • When can I arrive in the United States?

    If you are a newly admitted F-1/J-1 student, you are allowed to arrive 30 days before your program start date. Check the program start date listed on your form I-20/DS-2019.

  • What can I expect from ISO?

    At International Student Orientation (ISO), you will learn about:

    • How to maintain your F-1 or J-1 visa status
    • Resources on campus that are available to you
    • Where to go if you are sick (hint: it’s University Health Services)
    • Your Student Health Insurance Plan
    • Co-curricular events and activities especially designed with you in mind
  • How is ISO different from SOAR?

    ISO is for students with an F-1/J-1 visa.

    SOAR (Student Advising, Orientation, & Registration) is for all undergraduate first-year and transfer students who are studying a degree program at UW-Madison.

    Graduate and professional students do not attend SOAR. If you are a graduate or professional student, check with your academic department for your program’s orientation. All graduate students should also attend the Graduate Student Welcome.

  • If I'm an undergraduate first-year or transfer student, do I have to go to both ISO and SOAR?


    Both ISO and SOAR are mandatory programs designed to support your success at UW-Madison.