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International Student Summer Institute (ISSI)

The 2023 ISSI Application will open TBD

At UW–Madison, we want to ease your transition to American university life. The International Student Summer Institute (ISSI) allows you to come to UW–Madison several weeks ahead of the fall semester and take a class with other international students experiencing campus life for the first time.

Your course

The three-credit course English as a Second Language 113: Academic Reading and Writing will help you improve your speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills that are essential to your academic success at UW–Madison. The class meets Monday through Friday, for two hours each day. You will learn strategies for reading academic texts, learn about and practice what is expected for academic writing, build vocabulary and note-taking skills, learn to engage as an active participant in discussion sections, work on a short research paper, and generally grow more comfortable in the atmosphere of an American university classroom. It is a rigorous course and you will be required to study and complete homework every day.

Program at a glance

Who: Incoming international freshmen
When: July 31–August 27, 2023
Where: UW–Madison Campus
2022 Cost: $4,959.45

Meet your lead instructor

ISSI instructor Andrea Poulos

Andrea Poulos

I have been teaching English for over twenty years and I am still delighted that this is my career. Many of my teaching years were spent in Minneapolis (where I got my MA in TESOL), and a couple were spent in Buenos Aires. Reading and writing are areas that interest me, and I’m happy to help you grow in those areas as well.  Having said that, I never pass up the opportunity to teach grammar, speaking (and pronunciation) or listening either; I enjoy it all and look forward to coaching you in any and all skill areas.

Your Badger community

While attending the institute, you will become familiar with campus resources, participate in group activities outside of the classroom, meet new friends, and begin to adjust to life in the United States. You and the other participants will experience typical American activities such as baseball games, bonfires and cookouts, outdoor recreation, and visits to local attractions. You can also enjoy the UW–Madison’s athletic facilities as well as attend art, theatre, and music events offered all summer long-and many of them are free.

Top reasons to attend


Advance your English communication skills.


Adjust to American academic culture.


Become familiar with UW–Madison campus resources.


Meet new people, make new friends.


Get comfortable with learning technologies.

Agriculture Hall on a sunny summer day

Application and admission

Thank you for your interest in ISSI. The Institute is open to incoming international freshmen who have accepted an offer of admission to UW–Madison for fall 2023. Space is limited, apply early for best consideration.

Step 1: Accept your offer of admission to UW–Madison.

Step 2: The application for summer 2023 will open TBD

Step 3: Summer Term coordinators will notify you about the status of your application within two weeks of applying.

Email us at summerterm@wisc.edu

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Important 2023 dates

TBD: ISSI application opens
TBD: ISSI application due
TBD: Last day to submit your final official transcript to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment
TBD: Move-in day
July 31: First day of ISSI
TBD: Take English as a Second Language Assessment Test (ESLAT)
August 27: Last day of ISSI
September 6: Fall semester instruction begins


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Program Cost

2022 Tuition & Segregated Fees: $4,959.45

In addition to the tuition and segregated fees, students will be charged a one-time official document fee of $130 by the Registrar’s Office to cover future transcript requests and other documents and a $100 International Student Services (ISS) fee each term of enrollment. There are other fees that may be assessed on a student’s account. please visit the Bursar’s Office website to learn more.

ISSI summer housing fees: TBD


You will live in a double room with an ISSI student at Kronshage Residence Hall, a modern residence hall located along the UW-Madison lakeshore. Rooms are fully furnished and sheets, pillows, and towels are provided.

Institute participants are required to sign a contract to live in University Housing for the 2023-2024 academic year.

In the last week of classes, you will move from Kronshage Residence Hall into your assigned University Housing location for the 2023-2024 academic year, before most other students arrive.

If an ISSI student ranks the Chadbourne Residential College (CRC) as their #1 preference for the 2023-24 Academic Year, the students will be guaranteed placement in CRC.

SOAR Program

ISSI participants are asked to sign up for one of the following virtual SOAR sessions, participants are expected to complete the SOAR program before the first day of ISSI.

  • Session 0613: June 13–17
  • Session 0620: June 20–24
  • Session 0711: July 11–15
  • Session 0725: July 25–29

Placement Testing

ISSI participants will take the UW-Madison English as a Second Language Assessment Test (ESLAT) during the program. ISSI participants are strongly encouraged to complete other required placement tests before the first day of ISSI.


Check back soon for updates.

Health Insurance

All international students and visa dependents are required to have UW–Madison approved health insurance coverage. For more information, please visit Health Insurance for International Students.

Helpful Resources

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