The Wisconsin Experience

Through undergraduate research opportunities in liberal arts, science, business, health, ecology, engineering, and education, you will investigate local, national, and global issues. As a student here, you will become a problem solver and creative thinker who is prepared to confront 21st-century challenges.

Students live out The Wisconsin Experience in:

First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)

First-year interest groups are learning communities of about 20 students who are enrolled in a cluster of three classes that are linked by a common theme. They help students discover how disciplines relate to one another, creating a richer educational experience.

Service Learning

Wisconsin has a vibrant academic service-learning program, allowing students to integrate course work with hands-on community service and research. Our 80 service-learning courses, prestigious awards given to students who engage in community service, student-led service initiatives, and the presence of the Morgridge Center for Public Service earned UW–Madison acclaim in the Princeton Review guidebook titled, "Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement."

Residential Learning Communities

Residential learning communities offer a total-immersion experience that connects living and learning. Students can pursue their entrepreneurial spirit, their passion about sustainability, their desire for a multicultural experience, and more through these special communities. And they can work one-on-one with faculty and staff through social, cultural, and educational activities.

Study Abroad

UW–Madison students study abroad in record numbers, with more than 2,200 students participating in 150 programs offered around the world. You can study abroad for a summer, a term, or the full academic year. Academic credits, scholarships, and financial aid are generally carried forward during overseas study.

Undergraduate Research

Our students don't need to wait to be juniors or seniors before they are welcomed into the university's vast research community. A special program helps first- and second-year undergraduates get hands-on experience in research or other creative endeavors, working with UW faculty and research staff. Experience at the frontiers of knowledge transforms what our students learn in the classroom into reality and relevance.

Multicultural Arts Initiatives

The First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students that offers a four-year full tuition scholarship to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Bringing together young artists and leaders from across the US and beyond, the First Wave Learning Community offers students the opportunity to live, study, and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community. Administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, the First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on urban arts, spoken word, and hip-hop culture.

Internships and Co-ops

The career services department of each undergraduate college or school connects students with internships and co-ops each semester. Some of our recent popular internships were at:

  • Amazon
  • American Girl
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories
  • City of Chicago—Department of Buildings
  • Dean Health Plan
  • Discover Financial Services LLC
  • Ecolab, Inc.
  • Electronic Arts
  • Facebook
  • Intuit, Inc.
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Monona Terrace Convention Center
  • Reilly Images, LLC
  • The Catalai China Programme
  • The D.E. Shaw Group
  • Uline
  • USIT International Exchange
  • Wisconsin Historical Foundation