The Wisconsin Experience

At UW–Madison, you can create your own Wisconsin Experience. Our unique resources give scholars like you everything you need for a challenging and fulfilling collegiate career. Explore career ideas and academic possibilities with faculty, advisors, and tutors. Work, study, and conduct research alongside some of the best faculty in the world. Chart your path with a supportive network of proud Badgers.

Students live out the Wisconsin Experience in:

First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)

First-Year Interest Groups are academic learning communities designed specifically for first-year students. Each FIG is a unique cluster of UW courses, linked together to explore a common theme or topic. These groups help you discover the interdisciplinary nature of your studies, creating a richer educational experience.

Residential Learning Communities

Do you want to live and learn with students who share your interests? Residential Learning Communities bring together students, faculty, and staff around an explicit focus within our University Residence Halls. You'll have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty and staff through social, cultural, and educational activities.

Honors Programs

Since 1958, when UW–Madison was one of the first schools in the country to introduce an honors program, we've been offering our most academically talented students unique opportunities to challenge and surround themselves with others who love to learn. We offer seven honors programs geared toward those who have a desire to accomplish something remarkable.

Undergraduate Research

You are welcomed into the university's vast research community from your very first year on campus—no need to wait until junior or senior year. The Undergraduate Research Scholars program helps first- and second-year undergraduates get hands-on experience in research or other creative endeavors, working with faculty and research staff. There are research opportunities across disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM.

Service Learning

Wisconsin has a vibrant academic service learning program, allowing students to integrate course work with hands-on community service and research. The Morgridge Center for Public Service connects campus and community through service, service learning opportunities, and community-based research to build a thriving democratic society. You can also take part in Wisconsin Idea Fellowships that support students in finding solutions to community issues.

Study Abroad and Research Abroad Programs

With over 200 programs in more than 60 countries to choose from, studying abroad connects you to classrooms, internships, research projects, fieldwork, and service learning opportunities around the globe. Studying abroad through approved UW–Madison programs helps you earn academic credit while cultivating an international outlook that gives you an edge in the classroom and the global marketplace. Join over 1,300 UW–Madison students who study abroad each year. Opportunities are available within every major, and you can study abroad from your freshman to senior year for a semester, year, summer, winter intersession, or spring break.

International and National Internships and Co-Ops

The career services department of each undergraduate college or school connects students with internships and co-ops each semester. Recent internships include partnerships with:

  • Amazon
  • American Family Insurance
  • Andersen Corp.
  • Apple
  • BNP Paribas
  • Boeing
  • CUNA Mutual Group
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Frito Lay
  • General Mills
  • Harley-Davidson
  • John Deere
  • NASA
  • S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc.
  • Target
  • Tesla Motors
  • Thomson Reuters