One in five students at UW-Madison is a transfer student and many of these students find their home in the International Studies department. After students have been admitted into the university, entering into the International Studies Major is a relatively simple and painless task. Students who transfer from other institutions enter with portions of the Major or prerequisites already completed prior to arriving on campus.
The International Studies Major allows students to take prerequisites such as language classes and economics elsewhere and enter into the university almost prepared to declare. This allows a great opportunity for students to take these courses in a smaller setting as opposed to a large lecture at Madison. Students are also encouraged to take an area studies or modern history course of a country outside the US to fulfill the areas studies requirement. It is important to note that track core courses must be completed at Madison; they cannot transfer from another institution. Students should complete Intl St 101 their first semester on campus. This prerequisite is specific to the major at UW-Madison and it is difficult to find a course that mirrors this at other campuses.
At the transfer Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) events students often have the opportunity to speak with an advisor from the International Studies department when registering for classes and ask any questions they may have. Students are advised to meet at least annually with their advisors; meeting before registering for the second semester of classes on campus can help keep students on track with the major requirements and provide an opportunity to discuss adjusting to classes in the major, plans for study abroad, and more. Stopping by an Introduction to the IS Major workshop is a quick way to get more information about the major and how to declare. Some courses will not directly transfer to courses here at UW-Madison so it is especially important to keep records of courses taken elsewhere. Please keep projects, papers, and syllabi.
There is a tool to help students evaluate course equivalencies at home so students can get a better idea as to what will transfer as an equivalency. Remember, these tools are generally guidelines and are not a guarantee of equivalency credit.
- Transfer Transition Program assists all students with the transfer process and has several useful tools including a calendar of upcoming Transfer Transition Program events.
- For students transferring from within Wisconsin: http://tis.uwsa.edu/wizards/
- For students transferring from Illinois and Minnesota: http://www.admissions.wisc.edu/transfer/ted/index.php
- The university has a page specifically dedicated to transfer admissions: http://www.admissions.wisc.edu/transfer.php
Transfer from Madison Area Technical College (MATC)
Students transferring from MATC should review the transfer worksheet below and use the transfer information system.