For more information about airports and when to arrive, please visit the International Academic Programs Exchange -Travel and Arrival website.
Upon your arrival, it is important to receive your Wiscard and your bus pass.
- Wiscard is the official UW-Madison identification card. It will give you access to libraries, recreation facilities, and other campus services. You must present some form of personal photo identification, such as a passport. Hours of operation can be found on the Wiscard website.
- Bus passes are available for pick up at various locations across campus at the beginning of the semester. You must be registered for courses and present a valid Wiscard to receive a bus pass.
Cell phones are an important way to stay connected. Although International Programs does not recommend any specific provider, past exchange students have recommended AT&T, Straight Talk plans because they do not necessarily require a long-term contract.