Academic Advising

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 wisc.edu 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 an Introduction to the International Studies Major Workshop during the fall semester or spring semester.

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

3. Or see our walk-in-advising hours and stop by with a quick question.

*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 hours for Spring 2020 are noted below:
Mondays: 12-3
Tuesdays: 10-12
Wednesdays: 12-3
Thursdays: 1-4
Fridays: 11-2

Peer Advising: Peer Advising walk-in hours are Mondays 12-3, Wednesdays 12-3, and Fridays 11-2.

*All IS Major advising takes place in 301 Ingraham Hall.

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 molly.donnellan@wisc.edu 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 siklos@wisc.edu directly to schedule an appointment.

 

Alondra Avitia, Peer Advisor: Alondra helps introducing and getting students familiar with the International Studies major, declarations/cancellations, and reading their DARS. Alondra’s walk-in advising hours for Spring 2020 will be Mondays 12-3, Wednesdays 12-3, and Fridays 11-2.

 

Bremen Keasey, Communications Intern: Bremen manages all social media accounts, newsletter publications, and promotional materials for the IS Major.