As part of the UW–Madison Partnership with Nazarbayev University, select students from NU regularly enroll in summer courses at UW–Madison through the Visiting International Students Program (VISP). The NU VISP program began in 2014 and continues for its fifth summer in 2018. This summer, UW–Madison expects to receive 14 students from NU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS).
In Summer 2014 and 2015, 30 undergraduate students from SHSS and 30 undergraduate students from the School of Science and Technology (SST) studied at UW-Madison under Agreement 4 and as part of the Visiting International Students Program (VISP). In Summer 2016, 20 students from SHSS and 15 students from the NU undergraduate School of Engineering (SEng) enrolled in L&S and College of Engineering summer session courses at UW–Madison, and in Summer 2017, UW–Madison welcomed 42 NU VISP students, 14 from each of the three undergraduate schools (SHSS, SST, and SEng).
In the first two years of the VISP program, UW–Madison offered common “cohort” courses. For the SHSS students, political science and economics faculty designed a course focused on social science research methodology, with a required research project. Similarly, all SST students took a customized scientific research methods course designed by geology faculty and completed an empirical science research project. In addition to the common courses, each student enrolled in one or two regular summer session courses.
Since 2016, all NU students enroll in at least two regular summer session courses. Each year, UW–Madison staff and students provide them with a variety of academic support services, including writing tutoring, library assistance, peer mentoring, and academic advising.
To round out this study abroad experience, VISP and the partnership offer regular social and cultural activities, including the “WisKaz” language partner program (since 2016, the “NUUW Connections” program), a Mallards game, and field trips to Devil’s Lake and Chicago. Through these and other activities in and around Madison and the campus, visiting Kazakhstani students have a rewarding “Wisconsin Experience.”