Contact

Center for International Education


TRUAX D1610
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704 

Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

International Admissions
Email / (608) 243-4108

International Student Services
Email / (608) 243-4108

Study Abroad
Email / (608) 243-4108

CIE Main Office
Email
Call: (608) 246-6201 
Fax: (608) 243-4445

Downtown D112
211 North Carroll Street
Madison WI 53703

Call: (608) 243-4108

Hours: Limited staffing on Wednesday and Friday, please call first.

Next Steps for New International Students

To get started as a new international student at Madison College, please carefully review and complete the next steps below. It is important to complete these tasks before the semester begins.

  • Attend International Orientation

    Attendance is mandatory

    All international students new to Madison College are required to attend International Orientation and are enrolled in a 1-credit, 8-week New International Student Seminar course. *Fees apply.

    Upcoming International Orientations

    Arrive to Madison at least 2 full days before International Orientation to allow for unexpected travel delays and adjustment with travel fatigue and jet lag. Accuplacer placement testing must be completed prior to International Orientation. Accuplacer testing may be taken while abroad or upon arrival to campus.

    Summer Semester:

    May 31 - Arrive by this date to Madison, WI
    June 3 - Classes begin  
    June 5 - Complete online International Orientation and check-in 

    Fall Semester:

    You are required to enroll in the new international student seminar, 1 credit, 8-week class #34192

    August - The online portion of the New International Student Seminar class begins
    August 19 - Arrive by this date to Madison, WI
    August 21 - Complete Accuplacer Placement Testing by this date
    August 22 - Attend in-person International Orientation and complete online check-in
    September 3 - Program classes begin
    September 6 - New International Student Seminar class begins in-person in room# B3227 

    *Important Fee Information:

    Orientation Fee - $50.00 charged upon admission.
    Missed Orientation Fee - Additional $200.00 charged if you miss any part of the orientation.
    The New International Student Seminar class is a required course and non-resident tuition fees apply.

    What to Expect

    • Welcome Reception: meet current students, faculty, staff and administrators
    • How to:
    • Aspects of U.S. culture and cultural adjustment
    • Campus resources: tutoring, academic advising, cafeteria, bookstore, etc.
    • Class registration assistance from academic advisors

    Additional Orientation Events for All Students

    We strongly encourage you to participate in these new student events: 

    Advising and Registration (A&R)
    In order to get the best choice of classes meet with your academic advisor at the earliest A&R session you can attend!  

    Meet with your academic advisor to plan your academic career and receive personalized assistance with enrolling in classes. Meet students and instructors in your program of study. 

    For students currently abroad - special A&R sessions are held as part of International Orientation. You should still begin course enrollment now for the best selection of courses. The advisors can review and suggest modifications to your class schedule during an A&R. 

    WolfPack Welcome
    New students will learn about:

    • getting your student ID card
    • parking permit/bus pass
    • getting your textbooks
    • tutoring services
    • library services
    • how to meet with your instructors and more!

    *Important Information!
    Orientation Fee - $50 charged upon admission. 
    Missed Orientation Fee - Additional $200.00 charged if you miss any part of the orientation. 

  • Activate Your Student Account

    You must create a student account at Madison College before registering for classes.

  • Register for Course Placement Testing

    The course placement test will determine your placement for math, English and other courses. You will need certain scores to meet the requirements for some courses.

    Currently in the U.S.? Take the placement test as soon as possible so you are ready to enroll!

    Currently abroad? Register now to schedule a time to take the course placement test once you arrive and before the start of International Orientation and attending an Advising and Registration session. 

    Register online

    1. Visit Course Placement Testing
    2. Select the date and time of any course placement test offered in Madison
    3. Select the “register” icon in the upper right to register for the selected exam time
    4. Prepare for the exam - resources found on the "Preparation" tab
    5. Bring your passport or other photo identification to the exam and provide them with your student ID number upon checking in

    Note: If you have sent ACT scores to Madison College, the ACT scores may be used in place of course placement scores for class placement purposes.

     

  • Enroll in Classes

    enroll in the New International Student Seminar class

    You are required to enroll in the new international student seminar, 1 credit, 8-week class #34192 (09/06-10/25)

    • August 1st - Online portion begins
    • September 6th - You must report to class in-person in room# B3227 
      This is a required course and non-resident tuition fees apply.

    Do not wait until arriving on campus to enroll in your program classes! Classes fill very quickly, so enroll now in at least 12 credits of classes. At least 9 of the 12 credits must meet in person with the instructor, not online. When you arrive to Madison, you will be able to meet with an academic advisor to modify your schedule, as necessary.

    To view the required curriculum for your degree program, follow these steps or watch the video tutorial:

    1. Log in to your myMadisonCollege student account
    2. Click on Academic Record on the left navigation menu 
    3. Click on Degree Progress which will show a listing of course options for your first semester
    4. When you select the course, you will see a list of class section options

    For instructions on how to register for classes watch a video tutorial.

    Carefully consider these details when selecting class options:

    • A prerequisite is a requirement for enrollment into a course, such as a previously completed course or placement test score.
      Note: If you are abroad and a prerequisite is blocking your enrollment into a class, you may email the course name and 5-digit class number to International Student Services and we will give you permission to temporarily enroll in that class until you can show that you can meet the prerequisite.
    • Please select only classes located at the Downtown, South or Truax campuses, which are the campuses located within the city of Madison. You may attend classes at the other campuses, but you must be prepared to travel for up to one hour outside of Madison to attend each class session.
    • Please be sure you are looking at the correct Semester or Term to make certain the class is offered during the semester in which you will begin your program of study at Madison College.
    • Madison College courses are offered in a variety of formats including in-person with an instructor, online, accelerated, etc. Look under class details for the Instruction Mode. Taking accelerated, short-term or online classes during your first semester is not advised.
      VISA NOTE: The F-1 visa allows only three online credits per 12 credits of enrollment each semester. Make sure at least 9 of your 12 credits are “in person” with the instructor.
    • The number of students who can still be accepted into a class is listed under Seats Open. If there are zero seats open, look at the Waitlist Total to see how many students are already waiting for a seat in the class. If more than 3 people are on the waitlist, it is unlikely that a spot in the class will become available for you and we recommend you look for another option.
      VISA NOTE: If you choose to add yourself to a waitlist, be certain that you enroll in at least 12 other credits not including the waitlisted class, to ensure compliance with F-1 visa regulations requiring full-time enrollment. Please see Waitlist information.

     

  • Complete New International Student Seminar

    All incoming international students are required to enroll in the new international student seminar, 1 credit, 8-week class #34192. This is a mandatory 1-credit hybrid course that runs for the first 8-weeks of the semester.

    This course will prepare students to be successful at Madison College. Topics include:

    • Tips for success in U.S. classroom
    • Campus resources:  tutoring, academic advising, cafeteria, bookstore, etc.
    • Madison College online tools, such as Blackboard, Wolfpack Connect and ISS Portal
    • Benefits of being involved in campus activities
    • Health and wellness resources
    • U.S. culture and cultural adjustment