Winter Program

Visiting International Student Program
December 26, 2016 to January 20, 2017

The University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison is a public research university in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. The UW is one of America’s Public Ivy universities, which refers to top universities in the United States capable of providing a collegiate experience comparable with the Ivy League. The sprawling campus is situated along Lake Mendota and is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful in the United States.

There has been a significant transformation in the 21st century due to the remarkable advancement in the way of using vast information and knowledge services. Information and communication technology has revolutionized how we learn, how we work, and how we make decisions. In the 21st century, students should be able to communicate, share, and use information to solve complex problems, to adapt and innovate in response to new demands and changing circumstances, and to command and expand the power of technology to create new knowledge through a teamwork.

The principal objective of the winter program is for students to be able to acquire the creative thinking, flexible problem solving, creative/innovative/collaborative critical in successful work and life.

Participants will take CEE 629: Development of 21st Century Tools for Creativity and Innovation course. The participant will receive an official UW-Madison student identification card and can obtain an official transcript from the University. Participants will receive the certificate of the program from VISP. Although the official credit is one, the actual credits are equivalent to six.

There will be two hours of lectures and two hours of team project work per day for three weeks. The last week will consist of a series of field trips to New Orleans and Disney World in Florida. Professor Jim Park and invited lecturers will team-teach the course.  Students will have opportunities to meet various local professionals in the evening as part of social activities.

Eligibility: Any undergraduate students can participate in this program regardless of their majors.

International transportation: Students are responsible for the airfare. A chaperone will guide the travel.  The visa and travel arrangement will be made by Xu Nan who is the representative of the program (

Accommodation: All students will live in a campus dormitory located along Lake Mendota.

Safety: Madison is one of the safest cities in the United States. The University provides two-person escort teams throughout campus (SAFEwalk) in the evening upon request. A chaperone will stay with participants at the dormitory and supervise day-to-day activities.

Meals: Students are responsible for meals. It is possible to cook their own meals in a kitchen at the dormitory.

Program Inquiry and Enrollment: Prof. Jae K. (Jim) Park,

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