Study Abroad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

United States Midwest Madison

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.

Academic strength: Economics, Management, Education Pedagogy, Engineering, Mechanical, Political Science
Rankings: Times Top 100

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

Unparalleled Access

We know your destination and host university inside and out

Total Support

We manage your housing, insurance, application - the entire adventure

24/7 Health & Safety Coverage

Our experts are available around-the-clock for support when you need it

In It For You

As a registered US not-for-profit, it's our mission that drives us

We've Seen It All

For over 70 years we have curated world-class study abroad experiences

Official Associations

Over 300 of the world's best universities trust our study abroad expertise

“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

The Inside Scoop

"There's a whole new type of energy on campus"

What is student life in Madison like?

Tamia Fowlkes asks UW-Madison students what the best part about being back on campus is.

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

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