What’s your #MyBadgerSummer story?

sailboats peacefully floating on Lake Mendota

When it snowed in April, summer seemed far away, but never fear – Summer Term is here!

Whether you’re on campus, at home or anywhere else in the world, you can still keep that Badger connection through summer learning, internships, study abroad and other Summer Term experiences.

With thousands of courses – in person and online – and plenty of sessions to choose from, you can design your summer to achieve academic goals while accommodating travel, work, time with friends and family and maybe even time on the Terrace.

We hope you will share your Summer Term story by using #MyBadgerSummer on Instagram. We’ve got some Badger prizes for top posts. Tell us about a cool course, informative internship, interesting international experience or any other summer activity that shows your Badger spirit.

Not sure how to design your Summer Term? Get inspired by a few previous Summer Term students:

Group of Cardiac on Campus student volunteers, smiling in two rows
Cole Schairer (pictured bottom left in white shirt) went back to his hometown to serve as an Emergency Medical Service volunteer while taking two online courses to complete his Global Health and Environmental Studies certificate.


Student sitting at front of boat with bridge and big body if water behind them
Melisa Erman (here enjoying a boat ride while traveling abroad) enrolled in International Studies 523, a Summer Term course designed to complement an international internship. Through the International Internship Program, she worked in Madrid as a digital project management intern for a Spanish company that promotes sustainability.


UW–Madison student Maren Stewart stands holding an umbrella to her side on one hand and with a shopping bag in the other. In the background behind her is the Sydney Opera House.
Maren Stewart did an internship at a fermented foods company in Australia partly funded by the School of Human Ecology summer internship scholarship. Her internship introduced her to a host of skills in marketing and communication as well as “great food, coffee and beauty” Down Under.


Sara Kaska holding a red Badger t-shirt and cup and smiling
Sara Kaska took a Spanish course, did some research studying arrhythmias and worked as a nursing assistant in the cardiovascular lab at UW Hospital. As a double major in neurobiology and Spanish, Summer Term helped her meet academic goals while still being able to work and gain research experience.


Sindhu Shankar, smiling in front of a meadow and mountain scenery in the background
Sindhu Shankar (pictured here enjoying the outdoors) took Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab online during Summer Term so she could lighten her load for fall semester and help prepare to take the MCAT. She also worked at the Primate Center on campus during the summer.


Austen Fan in cap and gown
Austen Fan took three online courses to help him graduate on time in the spring so that he could continue with graduate studies in the fall. While taking courses, he also did research and created a reading group for advanced computer science/math enthusiasts in Madison.


Bryanna Plaisir enrolled in Summer Term courses year after year – from acting to algebra – while she was a student so she could stay on track for graduation with her double major in math and theater. While taking courses, she had summer jobs and performed in theater productions.

No matter how you design your summer, we wish you well as you work toward your goals, and we look forward to hearing from you through #MyBadgerSummer!

Learn more about UW–Madison Summer Term and designing the summer that’s right for you. It’s not too late to enroll in summer courses. Search Summer Term’s most popular session, which is June 17–August 11. Open the Student Center module in MyUW to start the process.