Transfer Students

Upon admission, students should meet with an IS Major advisor and work towards completing the IS major prerequisites.

Students may take the micro and macro economics courses and the language courses at other institutions and transfer them to UW-Madison. Transfer course equivalencies are determined by the Office of Admissions. 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.

At the transfer Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) events students often have the opportunity to speak with an advisor from the International Studies Major when registering for classes and ask any questions they may have. Students are advised to meet regularly with their advisors. Before declaring the IS Major, students should attend an Introduction to the IS Major workshop. Please see our About page for more information on how to declare the IS Major. 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 for courses relevant to the IS Major.

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Transfer Transition Program

Transfer Transition Program assists all students with the transfer process and has several useful tools including a calendar of upcoming Transfer Transition Program events.

Transferring from within the UW System or Wisconsin Technical College System

If you are transferring from a UW System or Wisconsin Technical College System school, use the Transfer Information System to determine your course equivalencies.


Transfer from Madison Area Technical College (MATC)
Students transferring from MATC should review the MATC Transfer Worksheet and use the transfer information system.

For students transferring from 2-year institutions in Illinois and Minnesota

Let TED help you determine how your course credits will transfer to UW–Madison. TED currently includes courses from a number of two-year colleges in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The system will continue to be updated with more courses and more colleges and universities as current offerings are evaluated.