The International Studies Major is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Letters & Science. New students interested in declaring the IS Major should meet with the IS Peer advisor and attend one of our workshops.

New Scholarship: Student Conference Travel and Undergraduate Research Award

We are excited to announce our new travel scholarship for students who are participating in conference and research activities. Award funds can be used to cover expenses related to conference travel, registration, and meals associated with the professional activity.  This award can also be used to support an undergraduate research project that is done under the supervision of an IS Major faculty member employed by UW-Madison. Deadline for Fall semester is November 30th and Spring semester is April 15th.

 For more information and application, visit here !

Dr. Stephen Young, earns the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Stephen was one of 12 faculty members selected for this prestigious honor!!!

Dr. Stephen Young

Stephen Young has always stressed that thinking and acting as a global citizen means paying attention to how our own campus and local community are shaped by the myriad ways in which we are connected to other places around the world. In order to allow students to discover these connections for themselves, Young – in collaboration with another faculty member – designed a walking tour through the old industrial section of Madison in which directions, audio narration and historic images are delivered in real time via a mobile map. Young also applied for funds through the Global Studies program to buy a sufficient number of devices that students could check out from the library. During the walk, students took their own photos and then used these images to create a photo essay about Madison as a distillation of global processes. The walking tour has now taken place three times, receiving rave reviews from students.

We’re always accepting submissions to put on our walls!

What we’re looking for:
– any student photos taken during study abroad, internship abroad, IS-related student groups, or international events in and around Madison

If you’re looking to submit, you can send us your materials at  ismadvisor@ismajor.wisc.edu Remember to include your name, the place that your submission came from, and, if preferred, a small caption or some context for the material submitted. Please inform us if you would like your submission returned to you at any point, and make sure we have the contact information to do so.

Send us a postcard! 

Postcard_FarAre you studying abroad? We would love to get a postcard from you! Postcards can be dropped off in our office or mailed to:
International Studies Major
333 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706


Interested in Declaring the International Studies Major???

Students that are interested in declaring the International Studies major need to attend an

Student peer advisor Josh Jackson helps with registration (Photo credit: Jeff Miller)

Student peer advisor Josh Jackson helps with registration (Photo credit: Jeff Miller)

Intro to IS Major Workshop.  Workshops are offered 12 times per semester, you can see the full schedule here.  After attending a workshop, students are welcome to use Declare Me, walk-in advising, and scheduled appointments to declare the IS Major.


International Studies Major alumna, Jenna Bushnell recognized for her work

Jenna Bushnell

IS Major alumna, Jenna Bushnell

The Morgridge Center for Public Service has recognized Jenna Bushnell for her work with the Peace Corps.

A 2014 graduate, Bushnell serves as a public affairs specialist in the Peace Corps’s Washington, DC office.

“It’s my job to tell the wonderful stories of Peace Corps volunteers and let Americans know how they can make a difference by serving others,” says Bushnell.

For more information and the full story please visit the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

Senior IS Major, Ruth Lied interned in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Lied, a UW–Madison senior majoring in International Studies and French, is interested in a career in diplomacy. Her time at the U.S. embassy provided invaluable insight into which positions she might want to pursue and how to navigate the application process.

Senior IS Major, Ruth Lied

She assisted with many embassy tasks. For the public affairs department, she photographed the U.S. ambassador during outreach visits. For the executive office, she managed documents. For the political department, she took notes during official meetings with the foreign ministry.

“Being able to shadow officers during their daily meetings and tasks helped me better understand how an embassy functions,” she says. “I was able to get advice from current professionals and build my network of contacts.”

For more information and the full story, please visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison News.

Career Events

Fall is a great time to develop your resume with an internship.  Please check the weekly IS Major e-newsletter and like our Facebook page for updates about internship and job postings.   Also, please check our events website for upcoming information.

Lijiang, China (Photo Credit: Dreux Montgomery)

Lijiang, China (Photo Credit: Dreux Montgomery)

Also, L&S Career Services can help you build and improve on your skills and learn about the following areas: mock interviewing, networking with alumni, job searching strategies, and  tailoring resumes or cover letters.

For more information  please visit their website.