First, please KEEP US INFORMED about your contact information (address,
telephone, email) during the summer. This is most easily done by
sending email to or calling Sandy Ramer (262-3805, firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Mary Powers (262-4863, email@example.com).
ALSO report your current address to the Graduate School (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You need to do both: the Graduate School does not have access to
our records, and we do not have access to theirs.
Please plan to arrive in Madison by August 26 at the latest. Please
make a commitment to attend our departmental New Graduate
Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 27
at 3:00-5:00 in room 8417 Social Science. You will receive information
from the Graduate School about other orientation activities during
this week. We recommend that international students arrive between
August 19 and August 23 to allow extra time for adjustment and special
international student orientation programs.
students should see important information for international students
posted on the web at http://www.intstudents.wisc.edu/
. If you have not received
an I-20 form or need information on that, contact the Office of
Graduate Admissions, 228 Bascom or call (608)262-2433.
students should pre-register by touchtone (telephone) in July. (Information
will be mailed to you by the Graduate School.) International students
should plan their course schedules, but will not register until
they are in Madison. We have procedures for saving space for new
graduate students in courses that are otherwise closed, so you should
tell us what courses you would like to take as soon as possible.
We need your pre-registration so we can plan course enrollments,
but you can modify your plans after you are here, so do not worry
if your situation is too complex to handle long distance.
You can find out information about
housing opportunities at http://www.wisc.edu/grad/gs/students/beyond.html#23
. If you are on a tight budget and do not have a family or partner,
we suggest you consider shared housing such as cooperatives, or
shared apartments or houses. In addition to being more economical,
shared housing can provide new graduate students with companionship
when they first arrive in Madison, and roommates can make it easier
to find your way around. You will probably prefer a shared situation
with other graduate students, who are generally quieter and more
studious than most undergraduates.
look forward to seeing you in August. Best wishes and do keep in
touch. Do not hesitate to call me or Sandy Ramer (608-262-3805)
or Mary Powers (608-262-4863) if you have any questions or concerns.
And again, do not hesitate to contact me by telephone or email.
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