Jeff Miller
University Communications

The Advisor

In the Fall 2014 issue:

Important dates & deadlines
Online orientation
Wiscard expiration
UW-Madison email
University Health Services
Learn@UW - Instructional technology support
Bus pass essentials
Staff changes

Important dates for fall term

Classes begin Tuesday, September 2

Late August - Most University Special students begin enrolling; check for your earliest date and time in your MyUW Student Center.

September 2 - Senior and regular Guest auditors begin enrolling - Permission form

September 12 - Last day to enroll without $25 late enrollment fee (Special and Guest students only); last day for 100% tuition adjustment on dropped courses.

September 26 - Last day for 50% tuition adjustment on dropped courses.

Fall tuition deadline - See your tuition eBill for your payment deadline. Generated after you enroll, the eBill will be available to view and pay in your MyUW Student Center within a week after enrolling.

Additional deadline information - see the Registrar's deadlines page for all other important deadlines including those for pass/fail or audit options, tuition fee refunds, drops and withdrawals.

Online orientation

ACSSS recently rolled out an online orientation. Most University Special students do not have a formal orientation session and we hope this online version will help familiarize you with campus whether you are a new or returning Badger. Spend some time exploring the modules which include: enrollment, housing, getting around campus, health services and more. Online orientation.

Do Wiscards expire?

Yes they do!  In 2008, a new identity proofing process was designed for the Wiscard (photo ID).  Wiscards issued since then have a 5-year expiration date.  Cardholders are notified by email 60 days in advance of their card's expiration date.  If your card is about to expire or has expired, learn more about Wiscard renewal at the Wiscard webpage

Don't miss important UW-Madison emails

Your instructors and other offices at UW-Madison will begin sending all official email to your WiscMail address on the first day of classes. Your WiscMail can be accessed through My UW. Don't want another email account to check? Follow the steps for Setting a Forward at:

University Health Services

Acupuncture, massage therapy, counseling, and yoga, in addition to preventative care, are just a few of the services available free or low cost to UW-Madison students, including University Special students enrolled in at least one credit. See the UHS website for a full list of services and information about scheduling appointments.

Need health insurance?

University Special students enrolling in at least 5 credits during the fall are eligible to purchase the university’s comprehensive health insurance policy, SHIP. A comprehensive fall policy for a domestic student aged 26 years or older is $1195. Family plans are also available.

International Special students studying at UW-Madison and residing in the U.S. are required to purchase SHIP or submit a valid insurance waiver application. Visit the SHIP for International Students website for more information.

Learn@UW - Instructional technology support

Many UW-Madison faculty and instructors use eLearning technology to enhance face-to-face instruction, to teach a class that is a combination of classroom and online, or conduct a class entirely online. UW-Madison uses the Learn@UW (aka Desire2Learn/D2L) online course management system. Even if you are taking a brick-and-mortar class, you may be required to interface with the class via Learn@UW or some other system. Students can find Learn@UW support via DoIT at: Desire2Learn (Learn@UW) - Basic Information for Students.

Bus pass essentials

Enrolled University Special students are eligible to receive a free Madison Metro bus pass with a valid Wiscard (photoID). For details on obtaining your bus pass, visit the ASM website. You are required to carry your Wiscard with you when riding Madison Metro and may be asked to display it with your bus pass when boarding.

Note: Guest and Senior Guest auditors are not eligible for a free bus pass.

Campus bus routes 80, 81, 82, & 84 are always free to everyone (no bus pass needed).

Other transportation information

UW-Madison’s Office of Transportation Services offers information about parking, biking and walking, SafeRide, SafeWalk, SafeCab and other innovative programs.

Staff changes

Welcome Josh Juedes

Josh JuedesJosh started in April as our new Visiting International Student Program (VISP) Sponsored Groups Coordinator.  Josh works with UW-Madison departments and faculty interested in bringing cohorts of international students to the university for short-term study. In addition to his work with VISP sponsored groups, Josh supports the overall VISP program with development, admissions, advising, events, and evaluation.  He also serves as the admissions liaison for ESL applicants, and visiting exchange students. 

Josh completed his BA in English and communication science (2007) and MS in educational leadership and policy analysis (2011) from UW-Madison. Josh embraces the Wisconsin idea and enjoys sharing his passion for the university and Wisconsin in making worldwide connections for his students, faculty and program.

He was born and raised in Oshkosh, Wis., and is a nature and sports enthusiast (Go Packers!).  He enjoys biking, films, local and international travel, and is a self-described "foodie."    

Fall workshops

If you've thought about changing careers or returning to school but aren't sure how to make it happen, ACSSS can help. Check out our fall workshop schedule. For more information and to register, follow the links for each of the workshops listed:

Career change 101 - Thursday, September 25, Monday, October 20, or Thursday, November 13

Tools for purposeful career change - Friday-Saturday, October 17 & 18

Counseling and advising services

ACSSS is the admitting and advising office for University Special and Guest students. We also provide education and career counseling for the public. For more information or to schedule an appointment please email or call 608-263-6960. Office hours are 7:45 am - 4:30 pm, Tuesdays until 7 pm.


The Advisor is produced three times per year by Adult Career and Special Student Services to provide news and information to UW-Madison Special students. Visit our archive for past issues.