Summer Opportunities for New Students

Non-Academic Programs

Wisconsin Basecamp

New students can start their college experience off on the right foot by making new friends, learning about life on campus, and gaining their independence on a summer backpacking or canoeing wilderness orientation trip.

Academic Programs for Credit

College of Agricultural & Life Sciences QuickStart

CALS QuickStart allows incoming College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS) students to complete their first-year seminar online. Participants will connect with peers, gain early exposure to campus opportunities and resources, and develop personal

Class meeting on Bascom Hill

Mechanical Engineering Summer Launch

This program is an opportunity for incoming first-year students in Mechanical Engineering to take a course on campus and meet other students in their major before fall classes begin.

Photo of three students working on a prototyping Lab

Electrical & Computer Engineering Summer Launch

ECE Summer Launch is an opportunity for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering students to take a course on campus and meet other students in their majors before fall classes begin.

Two students working with a faculty member in the WisCEL classroom

Summer Collegiate Experience (SCE)

The Summer Collegiate Experience (SCE) is a high-impact, quality-learning, first-year experience for students entering the university. Students typically enter SCE through PEOPLE, First Wave, and CAE; however, any interested student may apply.

Sophomore students take part in a session during the Center for Academic Excellence Second Year Conference held in the Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Oct. 3, 2013. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

International Student Summer Institute (ISSI)

This program is for incoming first-year international students about to start their UW-Madison experience. The program helps students improve their academic English skills and become familiar with the UW-Madison campus and available resources.

Wisconsin Experience Summer Launch

The Wisconsin Experience Summer Launch Program is an 8-week online program which allows incoming first-year UW-Madison students to take courses and engage with fellow incoming students during the summer before their first fall semester.