Academic Advising

Please note that for Summer 2020 all advising will be held remotely via email, phone, or videoconferencing. 

Advising is essential to a successful undergraduate experience. For this reason, the International Studies Major has an academic advisor, a peer advisor, and a career advisor. We recommend that you meet with your advisor at least once per semester to track progress towards your degree, explore study abroad options, and begin the career exploration process.

Just have a quick question? Feel free to email the IS Major advisor. The email should come from your email account (why?and include your Campus ID number. If it is an ongoing email conversation, please include the history.

Prior to sending your email, please check our website for answers to frequently asked questions.  If it is determined that your question cannot be answered via email you may be asked to make an appointment.

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How to Meet with an Advisor

1. Attend a virtual Introduction to the International Studies Major Workshop during the fall semester or spring semester. (See link on out main About page)

2. Schedule an appointment with an IS Major Advisor via Starfish or email.

3. Or see our walk-in-advising hours for quick questions.

*Please note that during busy times in the semester, the IS Major advisors’ schedule will fill up quickly, so it is best to plan ahead.

How to use Starfish

All currently declared students and current UW-Madison undergraduate students interested in the International Studies major are welcome to schedule an appointment. Advising appointments can be made through StarfishYou can access Starfish from your MyUW dashboard.

To add the Starfish app:

  1. Login to MyUW
  2. Search for Starfish
  3. Click Add to home for easy access
  4. Launch the app

Please click this link for instructions on how to use Starfish.

Advising Hours

Schedule an appointment with Molly via the Starfish widget on your MyUW page.

Walk-in Advising:

*Walk-in advising hours will not be held during Summer 2020. Please schedule an appointment directly with one of our advisors.

Peer Advising: Peer Advising walk-in hours should resume in Fall 2020

Peace Corps Advising (252 Bascom Hall): Check the Peace Corps website for current advising schedules.

Advising while Abroad

Students who are currently studying abroad and need to meet with the IS Major advisor can schedule Skype advising appointments.  Schedule via the Starfish widget on your MyUW page.

Advising Staff

Molly Donnellan
, Academic Advisor: Molly advises for the International Studies Major. Walk-in hours are listed above, and students should attend an Intro to the IS Major Workshop before scheduling their first appointment with Molly. Students can also email with questions. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Schedule an appointment via the Starfish widget on your MyUW page.


Csanád Siklós, PhD., Academic Advisor: Csanád advises for the International Studies Major, as well as certificate programs within the Institute for Regional and International Studies. Students can email directly to schedule an appointment.