University of Wisconsin, Madison Academic Program in Computer Sciences

Academic
Times Top 100
Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Multi Term

About the Program

A renowned research-led institution, UW-Madison is home to pioneering achievements – here, they discovered vitamins and uncovered fossils revealing a new human species. 

Founded in 1848 in the state capital, Madison has an unparalleled reputation for academic excellence, with faculty excited to integrate you into university and city life. As a leading study-abroad destination, it welcomes around 6,500 international students eager to make local friends and engage in American experiences in the Midwest, known for its familial and friendly culture. 

At UW-Madison, you walk in the footsteps of notable alumni architect Frank Lloyd Wright, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and fashion icon Iris Apfel.

Be a Badger Volunteer to benefit schools, non-profits, and municipalities

Department of Computer Sciences is one of UW-Madison’s top departments

Madison is known as one of America’s friendliest cities

Continue the UW's legacy of public service and improve people’s lives

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
Advanced
GPA Requirements:
3.00
Academic Level:
Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Strengths:
Business, Economics & Finance, Law, Engineering, Health & Pre-Med, Music, Film & Performing Arts
Housing:
On-campus dormitory
Visa Required:
Required
Credits:
8-18 credits

Stay Healthy & Safe While You Study Abroad

WHAT STUDENTS SAY

Former SAF Scholar

It's really worth it to get out there and see something new, in addition to experiencing a great academic atmosphere. Your eyes will be opened and you will be changed. 

University of Wisconsin, Madison SAF Alumni

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About the University

University of Wisconsin-Madison

A renowned research-led institution, UW-Madison is home to pioneering achievements such as the discovery of vitamins in the early 20th century and uncovering fossils revealing a new human species. 

Founded in 1848 in the state capital, Madison has an unparalleled reputation for academic excellence, with faculty excited to integrate you into university and city life. As a leading study-abroad destination, it welcomes around 6,500 international students eager to make local friends and engage in American experiences in the Midwest, known for its familial and friendly culture. 

UW-Madison’s notable alumni include the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and fashion icon Iris Apfel.

Learn more at University of Wisconsin-Madison's official website

Academics

University of Wisconsin, Madison's Academic Approach

Renowned particularly for its social sciences, engineering, and business programs, UW-Madison runs more than 9,000 courses, giving you the freedom and flexibility to design a for-credit study experience around your own academic goals.

Courses

Course Registration Policies 

Before you arrive, you enroll in your chosen courses online using the student portal. When you get to campus, you refine your schedule during the first week of classes.

On the Computer Sciences Thematic Track, you choose courses from three content areas. All courses are available to VISP students:

  • Computer Sciences Theory & Software/Hardware Courses (one course)
  • Computer Sciences Applications & Elective Courses (choose up to two courses)
  • Data Science & Programming Languages Courses (optional: choose one course)

Course/Departmental Restrictions

As an undergraduate you enroll in four courses. As a graduate, you would normally enroll in three courses.

As a graduate, you should expect to take most of your courses at the undergraduate level. Graduate course availability varies each semester and is subject to change. If you’re a graduate-level student and have met the necessary requisites, you can take graduate courses if they’re available. 

Graduate level courses are not available to undergraduates. 
 

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university - and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you can use any of the following:

  • TOEFL iBT: 80 (*Home edition acceptable)
  • TOEFL PBT: 550
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEIC: 685
  • Duolingo: 105
  • ITEP: 3.8

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Housing Information

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On-campus dormitory

Make your home in the historic Adams undergraduate residence hall, an attractive on-campus dorm. You have a private single room with a shared bathroom and nine meals a week included in the SAF program fee. As a graduate, you call the modern off-campus apartment in the Regent home. You have a single bedroom in a shared self-catering community conveniently close to class.

The SAF Program fee does not include break stay or early arrival accommodation.

About Madison

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Why Madison

With a deep focus on being outdoors, exploring nature, and enjoying life, Madison has more bikes than cars and the biggest farmers market in the Midwest. Its parks, gardens, and farmyard fun—think pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple orchards—beckon you out and put a smile on your face. It's little surprise that Madison is so well known on the global stage as an agriculture and life sciences hub making its mark.

Learn more about Madison

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

Commonly Asked Questions About Academic & Concurrent Programs

Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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