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International students

Badger Precollege welcomes international students ages 15–18 from around the world to participate in our academic and arts-based precollege programs. We work to create a welcoming environment for you to join us online or on our beautiful campus in Madison, Wisconsin. Not only will you learn from professionals across the university and experience our world-class academics, but you’ll also meet new friends and join a welcoming community of peers.

By participating in a Badger Precollege program, you will:

  • Complete valuable academic or arts-based coursework that will help to prepare you for the rigor of an American university experience
  • Develop critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity skills through individual and group projects
  • Gain independence, confidence and a new perspective on the world around you
  • Form a better understanding of American culture and the higher education system
  • Join a community of mentors, instructors and new friends
  • Improve your English language speaking and writing skills

We offer international students varying levels of support to ensure the best experience possible. To learn more about available resources for international students, please see our international student resources page.

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Programs available to international students

Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)

In person | June 30–July 20, 2024

The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) engages talented students from across Wisconsin, the nation and the world in an intense, three-week residential summer camp designed to push you to the next academic level in a welcoming learning environment. You’ll enroll in a single course of your choice for an in-depth learning experience. Activities outside of class are thoughtfully planned and coordinated by residential staff to foster additional social and emotional connections between students.


Badger Summer Scholars

In person | July 21–August 2, 2024

Badger Summer Scholars offers a transformative residential learning opportunity across several academic areas of interest. You should be ready to take the next step in your academic journey and to engage in a rewarding college program with peers from all over the country and the world. Participate in one academic track focus during the day, then become familiar with the college application process and college life through the Jump Forward workshop series.


EducationUSA Academy Connects

Online | Winter session: January 8–February 2, 2024

Summer Session 1: July 8–August 2, 2024 | Summer session 2 & 3: July 29–August 23, 2024

EducationUSA Academy Connects at UW–Madison provides international students ages 15–18 the opportunity to explore life at a U.S. university and prepare for the application process in an online environment. Using the university’s online tools, you will engage in activities and discussions with new friends from around the world.


EducationUSA Academy

In person | June 29–July 20, 2024

The EducationUSA Academy program is an opportunity for international students to participate in experiential learning with other peers from all over the world. You will experience college life as a student on UW–Madison’s campus and participate in interactive workshops and presentations in many different areas. During your time here, you will also sample the culture, traditions and values of the American Midwest.


Summer Music Clinic Senior

In-person | June 23–29, 2024

Summer Music Clinic provides students an opportunity to play, sing, create and learn about music at all experience levels. Choose from different paths, courses and electives to create a varied arts-based experience. Throughout the program, you will grow as a musician and as an individual through the coursework and will meet a community of like-minded peers with multiple and diverse artistic voices.

International programs at a glance

Program dates

Winter and summer 2024; see programs for specific dates


In person or online


For students ages 15–18

Applications open

For winter 2024 sessions: October
For summer 2024 sessions: November 28, 2023


In person on the UW–Madison campus

or online


Varies by program


Not included in program fee

UW Madison Rankings:

#20 Institution for International Students

Home to 8567 International Students

International students come from 115 different countries

2023 Open Doors Report

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“What I have experienced here will help me make better decisions in the future. I’m able to see the world from a different perspective.”

Otoniel, Nicaragua

Badger Precollege students come from around the world