Incoming graduate student information: Fall 2016

ONE VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER
Please do not forget to update your email address in MyUW if it changes over the summer. All communication from the Department of Computer Sciences will be via email. Once you have a wisc.edu email account, you should check it regularly to ensure you do not miss important messages!

REGISTRATION
By the week of June 26, 2016, you can expect to receive an email from UW Registrar Enrollment Services with an invitation to enroll and instructions for registration. You will be able to register (enroll for classes) starting on July 5.  We recommend that you register online this summer. If necessary, you can make changes to your course selection after you arrive.

ARRIVAL DATES/ORIENTATION INFORMATION
International students, please plan to arrive by August 15 if possible. This will allow you time to establish bank accounts, apply for a social security number (if applicable), and attend International Student Services Orientation prior to Advising Week, which is August 29-September 2. We recommend that incoming international students plan to attend ISS orientation before advising week.  U.S. law allows international students to enter the United States up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester.

All students should plan to be at the Computer Sciences Building on Monday morning, August 29, for a department orientation. A detailed orientation schedule will be emailed to you in August. Advising and other activities will be scheduled throughout the week of August 29- September 2. Fall 2016 classes begin on Tuesday, September 6.

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES
All incoming students are required to fill out an online UHS Immunization and Health History Form. You can access the required form via the University Health Services website.

Please note: if you have guaranteed support, you are eligible for health insurance coverage through the university and will not need SHIP insurance.

USEFUL WEBSITES

Graduate School New Student Checklist

This site provides a helpful checklist of things you need to do once you have arrived at UW-Madison in the fall.

Campus and Visitor Relations (general campus information)

This site is the gateway for information about the UW, campus activities, procedures, departments, locations, directions and Madison-area information.

Student Association of Computing Machinery (SACM) Transition Information

Be sure to check out this site for a compilation of useful information for new graduate students, written by computer science graduate students who were once in your shoes. It includes a transition checklist and information on temporary housing with current students while you are locating housing of your own. Don't miss this website!

Campus Area Housing Listing Service

This site provides information and listings for off-campus housing; it is an excellent resource for your housing search.

UW-Madison University Housing

This site provides information on UW campus housing, including dormitories, apartments and family housing. Note: there is often a waiting list to get into University-owned family housing. If interested, be sure to contact University Housing as soon as possible.

UW-Madison International Student Services (ISS)

International Student Services (ISS) offers a wide variety of services and programs to international students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The ISS staff provides information and programs to international students about the campus and community and provides support and assistance concerning visas and related immigration issues.

UW-Madison Graduate School Information

This site contains everything you need to know about Graduate School policies, procedures, timelines and more.