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General Information

In the event of impending severe weather or other public emergencies, visit this site ( or call 608-263-4432 to learn whether a UW-Madison Continuing Studies program or course has been cancelled. In the event that UW-Madison Continuing Studies must cancel part of a program, the session may be rescheduled.
We seek to create an inclusive environment where everyone can fully participate. If you need an accessibility accommodation, please email the contact person listed on the individual class page 2-3 weeks prior to the class, and also make sure to note your request in the space provided on your registration form. Requests are confidential.
Most, but not all of our courses meet on the UW-Madison campus at Pyle Center, located at 702 Langdon Street. Other locations can include the Memorial Union and Lowell Center, also located on Langdon Street. Larger conferences are often times held at private hotel and conference centers. Please check program descriptions for exact locations.
We have programs for both professional development and personal enrichment. Anyone can attend our courses.

The coordinator and contact information for each topic area appears at the top of the Web page about that program or topic.

Call the registration office directly at 608-265-3261 or 1-800-442-4617 and they will be happy to check on your registration.
You can find the cancellation policy for each course on the course details page. For an overview of our general policies, visit the policies and related information page.

UW campus parking information (in some lots you can purchase a spot ahead of time)

  • Lot 46 between University Ave. & Johnson St (enter off Frances St. or Lake St.)
  • Fluno Center located at 601 University Ave. (enter on Frances St.; booth is staffed from 7am-10pm, Mon-Sat.)
  • Grainger Hall between University Ave. & Johnson St. (enter from Brooks St.)

City parking near campus

  • Lucky Building public parking (enter on Lake St. between Johnson & Lake; Public parking in a 24-hour, metered ramp that is part of the University Square development)
  • State Street Campus Garage, 430 N Frances St (Frances St side) and 415 N Lake St (Lake St side) Public parking in a 24-hour, metered ramp

Special event parking

Campus construction detours

There are lodging options close to Pyle Center, where many of our programs are held. Lodging is not included in the program price unless otherwise noted. Learn more here >

Yes, UW–Madison Continuing Studies offers noncredit certificate programs for a variety of professions.

Most of our programs offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) that are recognized for professional continuing education, not for completion of a specific degree such as a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. In addition, the University of Wisconsin, Department of Professional Development and Applied Studies is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB) (1-800-225-6880) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.

Occasionally, programs have scholarships available to help with registration fees. For other programs, special arrangements can be made to help participants or organizations unable to afford the entire fee. Contact the listed coordinator to learn about availability of financial assistance with registration fees.

Faculty members conduct applied research in a variety of fields. Click on Faculty and staff to learn more about our staff and their areas of expertise and research.

Yes! Several of our faculty and staff provide consultation services to agencies and organizations.
Yes! We offer on-site training services. Learn more.

Yes, all of our programs offer CEUs. Many are approved for specific professional continuing education requirements, such as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction equivalency clock hours.

Yes. Please contact the course instructor by phone or e-mail, as posted in this Web site.

Except for our pre-college courses specifically designed for minors (e.g., Summer Music Clinic), our courses are intended for adult learners. Please contact us to discuss the possibility of registering a minor.

Taking Online Courses

No. These are noncredit courses which are offered for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which are not equal or interchangeable with university credit.
No. Student status is not required.


Yes. Students are already taking our courses from many parts of the world.
It varies depending on the course. Most self-paced online courses allow one year from registration to complete.
Unless a specific start date is listed on the course information page, you can start an online course at any time and work at your own pace. Our faculty and instructors are not tied to an academic-year schedule.

Yes. You can take multiple courses or stagger the starting dates of courses according to your own schedule.

No. You may access our courses from wherever you wish.

Definitely. For our web courses, you only need to remember, your NetID, and password. For email courses, you only need to access your email.

The great benefit of being in an online course is that you can have direct, one-to-one communication with your instructor—and, in some of our courses, with your fellow students—at any time, rather than only during class or office hours. If you do take advantage of this new ability, then you should check your e-mail regularly.

Similarly, you are strongly encouraged to post questions and comments on the course discussion boards, if they are made available. This method of informal communication is an important and very rewarding replacement for the atmosphere and camaraderie of a friendly, face-to-face classroom. And just like in a classroom, if everyone else gets to hear a question and its answer, everyone learns from it.