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Study Abroad Advising

Start Your Study Abroad Journey

Watch the videos below to establish your baseline knowledge about study abroad at UW–Madison. “Study Abroad – Wisconsin School of Business” highlights what Business Badgers need to know to prepare and apply.

Students are encouraged to watch these videos before scheduling an appointment with a professional study abroad advisor.

Meet with Us

Prospective students (pre-application)

If you have not applied to a program or you have not been accepted onto a program, you are a prospective student.

  • Drop-in advising is 12:00pm-2:30pm, Monday-Friday, in 3150 Grainger Hall.
  • Attend a Business Badgers Study Abroad info session. These sessions go over studying abroad through the Wisconsin School of Business and answer your questions. View events and register.
  • Prospective students must attend drop-in advising or a Business Badgers Study Abroad info session before scheduling an advising appointment in Starfish.

Accepted students (post-application)

If you have applied and been accepted onto a program, you are an accepted student.

  • Appointments are scheduled through Starfish.
  • Schedule your appointment with your Study Abroad Advisor (SAA). Your SAA is listed on the “Contacts” tab of your program page and in your MyStudyAbroad portal.
  • Come prepared: have questions ready, review the content on this Advising page and emails you have received for your study abroad program.

We’re here to help

There are two different advising roles at UW–Madison, Enrollment Specialist Advisors (ESA) and Study Abroad Advisors (SAA). Advisors at the Wisconsin School of Business serve as both. Their roles vary by program, and they work together as a cohesive team.

Enrollment Specialist Advisors (ESA) can help with:

  • Application advising (online application, program-specific forms, etc.)
  • Program eligibility questions (GPA and language requirements)
  • Program selection
  • Course Equivalency Requests (CER)
  • Scholarship availability and applications

Study Abroad Advisors (SAA) can help with:

  • Program advising (program experience, academics, housing, visa, etc.)
  • Health and safety abroad
  • Student identity abroad
  • Funding study abroad and scholarships
  • Returned student resources and advising upon return

Advising for students accepted in a study abroad program

After accepting a place in a program, navigate to your MyStudyAbroad to find contact information for your advisors.

Your SAA can help with:

  • Visa and entry requirements
  • Housing options
  • Program course offering
  • Health and safety abroad questions
  • Student identity abroad

Returned study abroad students

Your ESA can help with CERs, grade processing, and transcripts.

Your SAA can help with:

  • Articulating your study abroad experience
  • Cultural readjustment
  • Staying involved in international activities on campus
  • Volunteering with Global Programs
  • Returned student resources