Winter 2020 and Spring 2021 study abroad programs cancelled

W banners hang from the columns of Bascom Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during winter on Dec. 9, 2016. In the foreground is the Abraham Lincoln statue. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Dear Badger Community,

In consideration of the evolving conditions around the world, the International Division has cancelled all Winter Intersession, Spring, and Spring Break 2021 study abroad programs. This decision applies to inbound exchanges as well.

While many were looking forward to pursuing their scholarly passions around the world, the university’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. This decision is being made in consideration of the well-being of participants and to allow them ample time to choose other programming for winter and spring.

Though study abroad programs will not be offered during the winter and spring, there are still numerous opportunities for students to add a global dimension to their UW–Madison experience.

Courses, programs, and activities continue to be available for students interested in engaging the world. In fact, the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) offers weekly lectures and activities on regions around the globe in addition to certificates, majors, and minors. Additionally, many courses offered across campus include international topics. Please see the IRIS website for opportunities or consult your advisor to learn about courses offered through your home academic department.

The International Division, along with colleagues across campus and partners worldwide, continue to monitor conditions and look forward to offering opportunities abroad in the future. An FAQ is available with more information about programming abroad.


Best regards,


Guido Podestá

Vice Provost and dean, International Division