Programs - Students/Scholars

This is a summary of the programs MFIS provides to international students and scholars.

Capitol Reception
Capitol Reception is held in January at the State Capitol to welcome new students arriving for the spring semester.  Students enjoy meeting other students and community members, snacks, an address by a state legislator and a tour of the Capitol building.  Learn more…

Global Friends
The Global Friends program pairs a local resident with an international student or scholar for a semester.  The interaction is informal and guided by the participants.  Learn more…

English Classes
We offer classes to international students, scholars and their families that emphasize conversation and include practical help for everyday life in Madison. Learn more…

Temporary Homestay
Temporary Homestay is a program where international students stay in the homes of local volunteers for up to three nights when they first arrive in Madison. The program provides hospitality, rest and orientation for the incoming students.  Learn more… 

Furniture
We collect, store, and distribute gently used furniture to visiting international students when they arrive in Madison to help make their residence feel more like a home.  Learn more…

Thanksgiving Hospitality
Local resident volunteers open their homes to share their Thanksgiving food, family and traditions with one or more international students.  Learn more…

Welcome Picnic
We host a picnic in a Madison park shelter in August to welcome incoming students and scholars. In addition to typical Wisconsin food, students enjoy interaction with local residents and other students, stories about Madison, and UW cheer with Bucky Badger.  Learn more…

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