VISP Sponsored Group Program

Host a cohort of international students in your department with our new VISP Sponsored Group Program.

Information for UW Faculty & Staff

In the spirit of Educational Innovation and strengthening international education, the Division of Continuing Studies launched the Visiting International Student Program (VISP) to assist international students interested in short-term nondegree study at UW-Madison. Our first cohort of independent VISP students arrived on campus fall 2012.

Who are the VISP students?

Similar to exchange students, the typical VISP participant comes to Madison for a study abroad experience before returning to their home institution to finish their degree. They are admitted as University Special Students, and typically enroll in upper-level courses across many disciplines for one or more terms.

Our 2012-13 students came from 15 different countries.  Half of our students are recipients of full scholarships from their home countries or universities including the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (formerly Science Without Borders), DAAD, Brittingham Viking Organization, the Taiwanese Ministry of Education, and more.

For more information about our VISP students and their academic success at UW-Madison, see our VISP Quick Facts data reports:

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