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&TStraight Talk plans because they do not necessarily require a long-term contract.



Because the Wisconsin School of Business firmly believes that orientation provides an essential foundation for your time at UW-Madison, we require that you arrive in time to attend the orientation session. If you cannot attend the orientation session, you should defer your participation to another semester. Social events are optional, but they are a good way to meet other students and explore the campus.

Fall 2019 

Friday, August 30

Check-in begins at 8:00 am

Spring 2020

Friday, January 17

More information about orientation can be found on the
International Academic Programs Exchange - On-site Orientation website.