Full-time Enrollment Required

The Visiting International Student Program (VISP) can provide F-1 or J-1 visas for our students to engage in academic study on our program. These visa types require full-time enrollment, however, VISP can also admit students with alternate visa situations for part time study.

Minimum Enrollment Requirement for Full-time Status (F-1, J-1 Students)

All F-1 and J-1 international students are required to enroll full time for the duration of their studies as per visa regulations. The minimum credit load required depends on your academic level and the term (fall, spring, or summer) you select.

Full-time Status by term Fall Spring 4-Week
Summer Term
Summer Term
Undergraduate: You will not have completed your undergraduate degree by the time you begin VISP. 12 Credits 12 Credits 3 Credits 6 Credits
Graduate: You have completed your undergraduate degree and/or are currently enrolled in a graduate program. 8 Credits 8 Credits 2 Credits 4 Credits
Dissertator: You have completed all PhD coursework requirements and are working on your dissertation OR you have completed your PhD. 3 Credits 3 Credits 2 Credits 3 Credits

Special Visa Status (OPT, F-2, J-2, etc.)

Students with special visa situations including OPT, F-2, J-2, or other groups may have alternate enrollment. Please contact the VISP coordinators with any questions.

Summer Term

The UW-Madison Summer Term offers a number of flexible summer sessions between May and August. Please refer to the summer term page for more information about summer enrollment.

Calendar Year Students (January – December)

Calendar year students enrolling for the spring term and staying through the fall term are not required to enroll over the summer.