Once you’ve been accepted and have committed to enroll in the program, the GREM Program office can provide assistance in a variety of areas. Because the program is just one semester, we want you to get acclimated as quickly as possible and ensure that you are aware of the many resources available to you at UW–Madison.

Whether you need information about housing, transportation, or activities in the area, we’re here to help.

Two students walk across the North Park Street pedestrian overpass bridge in Spring

Orientation to the Program and Campus Resources

To introduce you to the GREM Program, the Wisconsin School of Business, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, you will attend the week-long GREM Program orientation session, which is held prior to the official start of classes.You will participate in the International Student Services orientation as well. These sessions are mandatory and will be quite helpful as you get acquainted with the program and your new home.

Skyline of Madison, Wisconsin

Finding a Home in Madison

As you look for a place to live during your semester in Madison, you will find several options for short-term leases. To learn about on-campus apartments, visit the University Housing website. The University Apartments community serves graduate students, student families, academic staff, and faculty at UW–Madison. If you are interested in off-campus housing, you may contact Campus Area Housing.

Please note: Before signing any lease contracts, be sure you have secured your visa to gain entry into the United States. If you need assistance, you may contact International Student Services for questions relating to visas and related immigration issues.

International Student Services (ISS) offers Resources and Community

International Student Services (ISS) welcomes over 1,400 new international students each year as UW–Madison becomes a temporary home for over 4,500 students from over 100 countries around the world. ISS offers educational, legal, employment, and financial resources for students and their families. There are also many events and programs where you can meet people, make friends, and engage in campus life, such as the bi-weekly Global Cafe. ISS staff members also provide information and support regarding visas and related immigration issues.

Please view the Guide for International Students tutorial.

Madison—One of America’s Most Livable Cities

You will find much to enjoy about living in Madison. A city of over 233,000 people, with half a million in the metro area, Madison offers the amenities of a bustling city with a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Nestled in between two lakes, Wisconsin’s vibrant capital city is renowned for its beauty.

There is plenty to do here year-round, both in the city and on campus. The active cultural and entertainment scene bring innovative thinkers, visual artists, and performers to Madison. A total of five area lakes and more than 200 parks provide a wide range of outdoor activities. Excellent public transportation and bike paths make it easy to get around.

Wisconsin Weather

You will experience a season or two of Wisconsin weather during your GREM semester. Madison is located in a temperate climate zone and has four distinct seasons. During the warmest months of June, July, and August, high temperatures average 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius). Winters are cold with moderate snowfall. In the middle of winter, high temperatures average 25 degrees Fahrenheit (−4 Celsius) though temperatures can fall below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (−18 Celsius). Average annual snowfall is 35 inches (89 cm).

Getting Here

The state of Wisconsin is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. Madison is located in the south-central area of Wisconsin, providing convenient access to Milwaukee (80 miles), Chicago (150 miles), and Minneapolis (270 miles). Daily buses serve all three cities.

Madison is also served by the Dane County Regional Airport (airport code MSN). More than 85 commercial flights depart and arrive daily. There is also frequent shuttle bus service from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport (MKE), as well as from downtown Chicago and downtown Milwaukee.

Scenic Madison and the UW–Madison Campus