Exchange In-person & Online Orientation Program

As a formal exchange student arriving in the fall or spring semesters you will receive both the following online orientation modules as well as an in-person orientation. Information about the in-person orientation will be sent to you by your exchange coordinator in the Wisconsin School of Business, the College of Engineering, the Law SchoolInternational Academic Programs, or the Visiting International Student Program.

Mandatory In-Person Orientation – Spring 2019

Thank you to those who attended our orientation on January 18th. If you missed the orientation, please check your email for more information on how to make up the requirement.

Below please find the presentations from each concurrent session. Also still available is your downloadable Exchange & VISP program handbook.

Concurrent Sessions:

Online Orientation Modules


UW-Madison will provide you with tools and resources to help you succeed while studying on our campus. Watch this video to learn about how courses are structured, resources available to you, and the academic standards we hold students to during their time at UW-Madison.

Academic Resources

In addition to talking with your exchange coordinator, campus also offers the following resources that we encourage you to take advantage of during your time with us:

Academic Integrity

“Academic Integrity is critical to the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a research one institution with high academic standards and rigor… Students are expected to uphold the core values of academic integrity which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. These core values, combined with finding one’s purpose and passion and applying them in and out of classroom learning, produce students who become extraordinary citizens.”

– from the Dean of Students statement on Academic Integrity.

When working on class assignments or taking exams, it is important that students maintain a high level of academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to understand what is considered academic misconduct, how to avoid it, and the consequences of such behavior.

Review the Academic Overview video above to learn more about academic misconduct and please let your exchange coordinator know if you have questions.

Call 911 in case of emergency

In the United States you can dial 911 from any phone to be connected to the closest emergency operator.

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Staying Safe

The city of Madison and the UW-Madison campus community are strongly committed safety. Recently the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ranked Madison the fourth safest city in the United States.

Although campus and the city of Madison are quite safe, UW-Madison offers a number of resources to further protect students on and around campus. Learn about these resources by viewing the following video from the recently retired University of Wisconsin Police Department Chief of Police, Susan Riseling.

Safety Resources

  • University of Wisconsin Police Department (UWPD) serves as our campus police force and works in conjunction with the City of Madison police force.The UWPD is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you need them.
  • WiscAlerts and electronic Crime Warnings serve as our campus emergency alert system provided by UWPD to inform the campus community of any emergency situations by phone and e-mail.
  • Badger Watch, a volunteering program provides free training to students and campus staff about safety issues on campus and tips to keep yourself safe.
  • SAFEwalk, a free nightly service that sends student employees to accompany you home from anywhere on campus.
  • Nighttime campus bus service can also help you to get home after a long night of studying in the library.
  • Lightway Walking Paths are a network of well-lighted paths for pedestrians
  • Emergency Telephones are placed throughout campus (over 60 currently in place) and connect instantly to the local emergency operator.
  • Office of Cybersecurity at UW-Madison offers guides and training to help students prevent identity theft and other online scams.

Staying Healthy

University Health Services (UHS)

All fee-paying students have access to University Health Services (UHS), a campus clinic located at 333 East Campus Mall. Health professionals at UHS offer routine health caremental health counseling and psychiatrypersonal wellness, and more. Most of the services provided by UHS are free.

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

UW-Madison and immigration requirements mandate adequate health insurance for all international students and their dependents. The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) provides comprehensive health coverage for medical issues, mental health counseling, and prescriptions beyond the services provided by UHS. SHIP enrollees have access to a network of hospitals across the United States to provide coverage in case of travel during your time at UW-Madison.

Learn more about the importance of SHIP Insurance and how to meet their requirements on the following video presentation.

Call 911 in case of emergency

In the United States you can dial 911 from any phone to be connected to the closest emergency operator.

Fire – Police – Ambulance