Full-Time Enrollment

The Visiting International Student Program (VISP) can provide F-1 or J-1 visas for our students to engage in academic study at UW-Madison. These visa types require full-time course enrollment during each academic term.

VISP can also admit students with alternate visa situations for part time study. Please contact the VISP Coordinators with questions about your specific situation.

Minimum Credit Enrollment Requirements for Full-Time Status

Academic Level
 Fall   Term 
Spring Term
4-Week Summer Term
8-Week Summer Term
Undergraduate (UIUL): You will not have completed your undergraduate degree by the time you begin VISP.
12
12
3
6
Graduate (UIGL): You have or will have completed your undergraduate degree by the start of your VISP program and/or are currently enrolled in graduate-level coursework abroad.
8
8
2
4
Dissertator (UIDL): You have completed all PhD coursework requirements and are working on your dissertation OR you have completed your PhD.
3
3
2
3