ACE Program: Requirements and Visas

At a glance

When: July 20-August 7, 2020 (Arrival date: July 18, 2020; Departure date: August 8, 2020)

Where: UW-Madison campus, Madison, WI

Cost: $4,995. Includes a double room, classes, local transportation, activities, all meals, and international health insurance

Continuing education credit: 100 hours (10.0 CEUs)

For questions or additional information about the ACE program: Contact us at or 608-262-1156.

For questions about UW-Madison: Email or call 608‑262‑1156, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


ACE students

What are you looking for in an applicant?

We are looking for young people ages 14-17 who want to experience life on an American university campus, learn about other cultures, and improve their English.

Applicants must have at least an intermediate level of English and should score at the high beginning level or above to participate in the program. In addition, applicants will also write a short personal statement in English as part of the registration process.

Participants must be at least 14 years old and no older than 17.

Will participating in ACE help me gain admission to UW-Madison?

No, ACE participants need to follow the university’s admission application procedure. ACE is a noncredit course that offers a certificate of completion. Participation in this program does not affect future UW-Madison admission for degree or credit programs.


The cost is $4,995

This includes tuition, a double room, instruction, meals, activities, health insurance, local transportation, and transportation to and from the airport. A $500 nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of registration, and the rest is due by June 8.

Participants are responsible for their own airfare to and from Madison or Chicago.

In the unlikely event that not enough participants enroll, ACE could be cancelled. Because of this, please buy travel insurance.

Refund policy

Participants may withdraw by June 8 and receive a refund, minus an administrative fee. No refunds will be given as of June 9. In the unlikely event that ACE is cancelled, it will happen by June 1, and 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.


Participants from countries that are not eligible for the Visa Waiver Program will need to get a B-2 Tourist Visa before coming to the United States. Visa rules change regularly. It is important to pay attention to these rules and consult with your local American embassy or consulate if you have questions.

When you register for ACE, you’ll receive a welcome letter from UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies. The letter contains information about obtaining a visa. This letter is helpful during your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live.


Register online here >

You will receive several forms via email after submitting registration materials and a $500 nonrefundable deposit. This includes a parental authorization-to-participate form, a risk management form, and a photo release form. A separate link to University Health Services will be sent to you via email as well. No mailings will be sent via postal mail.

Important Links

B-2 Tourist Visa

U.S. Embassies and Consulates

Free online English level test


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