International Education and Engagement throughout the University of Wisconsin System is at the heart of the academic enterprise of our universities. The UW System Shared Learning Goals pdf for students at all UW System universities include components of international education, e.g. the development of “intercultural knowledge and competence” enabling students “to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures”; and the development of “local and global” civic knowledge, engagement, ethical reasoning and action”. The Office of Academic Programs & Faculty Advancement (APFA) works with educators and administrators throughout UW System to promote international academic programming, facilitate student and faculty exchanges, develop global partnerships with higher education systems abroad, and support inter-university collaborative study abroad.

International Education Map

International Student Impact

In 2018-19, 13,067 international students enrolled in Wisconsin colleges and universities, a .9% increase from the previous year. These students contributed $448,502,787 to Wisconsin’s economy.

Source: Open Doors: Report on International Educational Exchange

International Education Offices

International Education Directors


International Admissions

Students from more than a hundred countries are welcomed into UW System university communities.


UW System Collaborative Language Program

The UW Collaborative Language Program (CLP) offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hmong, Japanese, and Russian.