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Choose UW–Madison Continuing Studies

The year the University of Wisconsin offered its first correspondence courses.
UW–Madison’s ranking among public universities in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)
Students enrolled in UW–Madison Continuing Studies noncredit programs in 2019.
Number of Continuing Studies classes delivered July 2019–June 2020, with more than 27% delivered online.

Learn from a leading program and highly qualified instructors.

Classes are taught by UW–Madison faculty, staff and researchers, along with leading practitioners and industry experts — accomplished professionals who create connections with their students and subject matter.

 I am so very grateful to be learning from the best in the business.... I've learned so much and have grown so much in more ways than one; it's truly been one of the most life-changing experiences I've ever had, and I'm just so grateful. 

Nicole V., WPPI Energy, UW Certified Professional Coach Program

Get the latest in learning, backed by the reputation of a top-ranked university.

Classes are developed using the latest research, theory and best practices, delivering relevant, practical knowledge and skills you can use right away.

 I had a lot of ‘a-ha’ moments going through this class. The suggestions were straightforward, and I think it will be easier to implement than other classes I’ve taken. 

Connie W., DuPont Inc., A Coach Approach to Work Performance Feedback

Find the format that works best for you.

For more than a decade, we’ve offered online classes that give you the flexibility to work at your own pace, from anywhere in the world. Many online classes are delivered live, offering real-time learning and connection with instructors and classmates. Or select from our other online or in-person formats — the choice is yours!

 This was a wonderful course and exceeded my expectations. I appreciated having the class materials ready to go in Canvas, as well as the clear, concise agenda listing the homework and what we were going to review during each conversation session. I will highly recommend UW–Madison Continuing Studies courses to family, friends and coworkers. 

Jen B., Spanish 2, online

Join a community of learners committed to improving themselves, their work and their communities.

Our learners come from all walks of life and from all over the world. Students regularly report that their learning is enhanced by the experience, expertise and perspectives of their classmates, along with opportunities to network and connect outside of class. Some even become lifelong friends.

 Very good presentation. In the large discussion group the talk was very beneficial. The instructor was VERY helpful and even called during the presentation when I had an issue. 

Gail S., social worker, Advanced Dementia Care: Exploring Grief and Loss (Online)