Precollege

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a top-ranked American university known for its academics, influential research and faculty, a beautiful lakeside setting, a global network of alumni, and a welcoming atmosphere for international students. Our Precollege programs offer high school students an authentic college experience in a city renowned for its warmth and friendliness.

Through a balance of university workshops, optional English courses, campus activities, recreational & service activities, and cultural events, students get a first-hand look and feel of life as a university student in the United States.

There is no better way to spend your summer than becoming part of the UW-Madison Badger community and living the college experience here in Wisconsin!

"It was one of the best experiences in my life. It changed my life because I grew a lot as a person and I discovered a lot of things. I really learned a lot about how university works in the US, and how awesome this university is and that I would really love to study in UW-Madison."

Yinaré, Chile, EdUSA Student

"ACE has made a difference in my life because it taught me so many communication skills. It also broadened my circle of friends. I met so many people here from all over the world.”

Jenny, ACE student

Frequently asked questions about precollege programs for international students

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Who do I contact for more program-specific questions?

For EducationUSA Academy at UW-Madison: Sara Bembenek-Saborio: vispnoncredit@dcs.wisc.edu

For ACE Program: Jing Xu: vispnoncredit@dcs.wisc.edu

When will I know if I have been accepted?

You will receive a response within two weeks of your completed application process. Once you are accepted, you will receive a welcome packet via email. A separate link to Camp Health will be sent to you via email as well. No mailings will be sent via the United States Postal Service.

If I have to cancel my registration, will I get a refund?

Participants may withdraw from registration until June 5, 2020 to receive a refund of full tuition paid, excluding deposit.  No refunds will be given as of June 5, 2020.

Where will I stay?

You will live in a university residence hall on campus. Each of these rooms is air-conditioned and has a small refrigerator. A housekeeping service cleans shared bathrooms and common area each day at no cost.

Can I arrive to the residence halls early?

No, you can not check-in early.

Is there a curfew for students staying in the residence halls?

The curfew for our precollege students is 11pm, unless they are participating in a supervised activity. This curfew is strictly observed, and students who do not abide by it will be dismissed from the program.

Where are classes held?

Classes are held on the UW-Madison campus.

Is there access to computers and wireless internet?

Students have access to computer clusters and laboratories throughout the campus. These facilities range from informational kiosks to high-end workstations. Most residence halls have their own computer labs.

Are there accommodations for students with disabilities?

The university provides a full range of services and accommodations to assist students with disabilities. Upon acceptance into the ACE Program or EducationUSA Academy, students seeking assistance should contact us.

Are there ATMs on campus?

Yes.

Are there vegetarian and vegan meal options in university dining?

Yes.

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 prior to booking your airline ticket.

May a parent or chaperone accompany me to Madison?

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 and any activities that involve UW–Madison faculty and staff.