Bryce Richter
University Communications

The Advisor

Summer 2013

Welcome to Summer at UW-Madison!

Summer classes are offered in flexible sessions from 3-8 weeks in length with over 1000 courses to choose from.  Explore the Schedule of Classes to see the many options available to you, both on campus and online.  We hope you have a great summer!

Important dates for summer term

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

May 20 - Senior and regular Guest auditors begin enrolling.

May 28 - Three-week early session begins 

June 17 - Eight-week general session begins 

August 9 - Eight-week general session ends

Summer 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 you enroll.  Note: the first summer tuition bills will be posted May 13.   

Additional deadline information - see the Registrar's Key Deadlines page for add, drop, and tuition refund deadlines.  For an overview of all summer deadlines by session length, see the Guidelines for Summer Enrollment Actions

Don't miss important UW-Madison email 

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?  Here are the steps to forward your WiscMail:  

1) Go to 
2) Log onto your account with your NetID and Password.
3) Click on "mail forwarding"
4) Enter your email forwarding address in the field provided and select modify

Summer Housing Options

Special students are eligible for university housing, but there are a limited number of rooms available during the summer. Please see the housing page for information and an application. Short term accommodations are also available.

If you are interested in off-campus housing we encourage you to use the Campus Area Housing Listing Service.

The Tenant Resource Center in Madison can assist you with your housing contract questions and problems.

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 for the current term.  See the UHS website for a full list of services and information about scheduling appointments.

Bus riders required to show ID

If you ride Madison Metro using your free UW bus pass be prepared to show your valid UW-Madison Wiscard (photoID) when boarding busses. This policy is not new but Madison Metro recently began enforcing it due to concerns about fraudulent use of unlimited ride passes.  Failure to show valid identification could result in confiscation of your bus pass.  Read more...   

Don't have a bus pass?  Enrolled University Special students are eligible for a free bus pass by showing a valid Wiscard. 

Other transportation information

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

Summer Facilities and Services access

University Special students enrolled in summer classes can use their Wiscard to access all university services including: recreational facilities, campus libraries, and computer labs.  If you are taking the summer off but planning to enroll again in fall, you may be able to access computer labs and libraries free of charge.  Recreation Sports and University Health Services charge summer fees to non-enrolled students wanting to access these services.  See our FAQs on Special student privileges for more information.

Free Summer University Forums offered 

The Division of Continuing Studies and its campus partners are proud to sponsor two free University Summer Forums open to the public.  Both forums meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings on campus from 7-9 pm.  For topics and more information, visit the University Summer Forums webpage

My Linh Do joins ACSSS

Adult Career and Special Student Services welcomes My Linh Do as our new Visiting International Student Program Sponsored Group Coordinator. My Linh works with faculty and departments to enroll cohorts of visiting international students interested in short-term, formal study at UW-Madison.

My Linh completed her undergraduate degree (political science and international relations) and graduate degree (international public affairs) at UW-Madison.  Prior to joining ACSSS, My Linh was the graduate studies coordinator in the Department of Agronomy.  She has been with the University since July, 2007.

When not at work, My Linh enjoys watching (not playing!) tennis, going for long walks, traveling, cooking, baking, and spending time with friends and family.        

Summer 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 summer workshop schedule.  For more information and to register, follow the links for each of the workshops listed:

Nuts & bolts of returning to school - Monday, July 15
Career change 101 - Thursday, May 30 or Thursday, June 27  
Tools for purposeful career change - Thursday-Friday, June 20 - 21
Building Bridges - Saturday, August 24   

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 both in our office and on Tuesdays from 5-7 pm at Goodman South Madison branch library.  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.