Visiting International Student Program (VISP) - Sponsored Groups

Expanding the scope of VISP, the new sponsored group program facilitates the admission of cohorts of international students for study within academic departments at UW-Madison.

Sponsored Groups are identified by the UW-Madison academic department. They are groups of 10+ international students from foreign institution(s) who will focus their studies within your academic department during their time at UW-Madison. They can come over the summer, or for one or more semesters.

Why host a sponsored group?

Hosting a sponsored group can help to fill under-enrolled courses within the department, diversify your student body, strengthen ties to foreign institutions, and can be a potential avenue for generating revenue for your department. Tuition paid by a sponsored group can directly support the costs associated with offering courses (faculty salary, development costs, supplies, expenses, etc.).

What is our department's responsibility in hosting a sponsored group?

By committing to host a sponsored group, your department will identify the group of 10+ students and act as liaison to the foreign institution. You will identify appropriate array of courses within your department to ensure full-time enrollment for all students, and work with our staff to facilitate enrollment.

How does Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) assist with hosting a sponsored group?

ACSSS serves as the main advising and academic dean's office responsible for all University Special Students including VISP Sponosred Groups. Our office will oversee much of the general student communications. We will coordinate the application and admissions process as University Special Students. We will facilitate the student visa request process, serve as their Academic Dean's office, assist with housing, and provide a comprehensive orientation upon their arrival in the US.

How did this program develop and how is it supported by the University?

For the history about our VISP Sponsored Cohort program, please refer to the VISP Sponsored Cohort Policy Agreement.

If you are interested in exploring the idea of hosting a VISP Sponsored Group in your department, please contact the VISP Sponsored Groups Coordinator, Josh Juedes, for more information.