International students are supported in their transition to the Wisconsin School of Business from their first day in the program. A day-long orientation is held for incoming first-year international students immediately prior to The MBA Experience, our orientation program for all new Wisconsin MBA students. At international orientation, students are introduced to School staff, become familiar with American business culture, and meet other international students.
International Student Services at the University of Wisconsin–Madison also provides a variety of services to meet the needs of international students, including a mandatory orientation for all new international students.
Throughout their two years in the Wisconsin MBA Program, students have the opportunity to participate or take a leadership role in a wide range of student organizations, including the Graduate International Business Association. This lively student organization organizes case competitions, group dinners, sessions on global business issues, career workshops, and networking events.
Socializing and having fun with friends is also a big part of the Wisconsin MBA experience. With our international students as hosts, the entire community celebrates Chinese New Year and Diwali, the Indian Festival of Light, in Grainger Hall. Community-wide events such as these help us learn about each other and allow international students to share familiar traditions from their countries of origin.