Popular 2014 Summer Sessions

8-week: June 16 - August 8
4-week: June 16 - July 12
4-week: July 13 - August 8

Summer at UW-Madison with VISP

Spend your summer studying at UW-Madison as part of the Visiting International Student program (VISP)! Whether you are currently in the United States studying at another institution or you are in your home country wishing to come for just a few weeks, UW-Madison is a great choice for your summer educational plans. Enjoy all that Madison has to offer on our beautiful campus.

UW-Madison offers a variety of course sessions to allow students to customize their learning experience: Courses last as little as 1 week, and as long as 13 weeks in length. Most students come for our 8-week session, but you can find a number of courses that will meet your needs.

Coming from Abroad

VISP is a great option for you. Our program can issue immigration documentation to assist you in applying for your student visa. Newly-arrived VISP summer students enroll full time in academic coursework while experiencing life on our campus. Because the summer is a shorter session, you might be considered full-time at just one course. Please see below for more information and visit our Full-time Enrollment page for more information.

Coming from Another US Institution

You are welcome to visit UW-Madison on your summer break from another US institution. If you have enrolled for the spring term and plan to return to your school in the fall, then you have no full-time enrollment requirement to maintain your visa status. You are welcome to enroll in as little as one credit as part of our program.

Summer Credit Loads

As a general rule, you cannot take more than one credit per week of study during the summer(i.e. for undergraduates, 6 credits during an 8-week term = OK; 8 credits during a 4-week term = Not OK), so check the start and end dates of your courses prior to registering.
Confused about summer enrollment? See example summer registrations below for an undergraduate level student (minimum enrollment of 6 credits for summer):

Course Credits Term
Math 221 – Calculus 5 credits DHH  (06/18 – 08/12)
Geography 318 – Intro to Geopolitics 3 credits DDD  (06/18 - 07/15)

Total credit load = 8 Credits
Total weeks of study  (earliest start date to latest end date)=  8 weeks
= OK!

Course Credits Term
Int’l Studies 335 – Globalization and Education 3 credits ACC  (05/29 – 06/17)
Geography 318 – Intro to Geopolitics 3 credits DDD  (06/18 - 07/15)

Total credit load = 6 Credits
Total weeks of study = 7 weeks
= OK!

Course Credits Term
Int’l Studies 335 – Globalization and Education 3 credits ACC  (05/29 – 06/17)
Finance 300 – Intro to Finance 3 credits ACC  (05/29 – 06/17)

Total credit load = 6 Credits
Total weeks of study = 3 weeks
= Not OK!