Flying into Madison
There are two airports where most international students arrive. The Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) is a small airport about seven miles from the UW–Madison campus. The Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is about 2.5 hours from Madison and has many direct international flights every day.
Will someone meet me at the airport?
Yes, the program includes pick-up and drop-off service. Students flying into Chicago O’Hare International Airport will need to arrive within a select time frame. You must consult with us at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to booking your airline ticket.
May a parent or chaperone accompany me to Madison?
ACE parents may visit Madison with their children or use chaperones to accompany their children. Parents and chaperones receive information about housing options and things to do while in Madison, but they are responsible for their own expenses.
Chaperones are not required to attend classes and events with students since UW–Madison has advisors who accompany students on trips and in residence halls. Chaperones are also invited to participate in a day trip to Chicago and any activities that involve UW–Madison faculty and staff.
Travel before and after the program
Madison is centrally located in the heart of the Midwest. That makes it easy for students and their parents to use the city as a base for taking trips before or after the program. The nearby metropolitan area of Chicago is accessible by car, bus, and plane.
After registering for ACE, you will receive an email confirming your deposit, plus additional information. Make sure you have received this email before making travel plans. Parents interested in visiting Madison should consult with Christine Inthachith about student schedules before arranging travel.
Important Travel Links
Dane County Regional Airport
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Contact Christine Inthachith for information on shuttles and visiting parents at email@example.com or 608-262-1156.
Requirements and Visas