Boasting an active student body, UW-Madison embraces ‘the Wisconsin Idea’, a principle that education should influence people’s lives beyond the classroom. Therefore, you’ll not only have access to unparalleled academics, but also to volunteer opportunities to continue the university’s legacy of public service and to improve people’s lives. Situated in a beautiful mid-sized American city, the campus is nestled on the shores of Lake Mendota. Many students are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy recreational activities on the lake, as well as running through wooded areas. One of the nation’s most bike-friendly cities, Madison abounds with biking trails and offers plentiful skiing, sailing and hiking opportunities, too. Madison has been voted one of the best places to live in America. Study here and you’ll understand why.
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.
SAF's Student Promise
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to study abroad, not only for my English skills, but also for the confidence and ability to adapt to a new environment, as well as for the experience I gained that will help me to achieve my future goals. I believe that I will be able to make great use of this experience in my future job search.”Takumi Yaguchi, Past SAF Student
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