Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville!

We are pleased that you chose UW-Platteville as part of your educational journey, and we hope to make your stay here as rewarding as possible. Platteville is the tri-state (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin) area's second largest city and the largest community southwest of Madison. Platteville is 20 miles northeast of Dubuque, Iowa, 70 miles southwest of Madison, 150 miles west of Milwaukee and 150 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois.

UW-Platteville was established in 1959 when a merger combined the Teachers' School founded in 1866 and the Mining Trade School which was created in 1908. The seal of the university incorporates a bell, symbolic of the Normal School, and the letter "M", symbolic of the Mining School. UW Platteville is one of 13 state-assisted universities in the University of Wisconsin System.

Whether you are here as a student, scholar, or visiting faculty member, this handbook is designed to help you locate the resources and services you will need while you are here, and to answer some of your questions. If you are unable to find an answer to your questions, or need to be referred to another student service, academic department or agency, please contact the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Office at 608-342-1852 or intlinfo@uwplatt.edu. We would be happy to answer any of your questions!

The ISSS Office is the primary liaison between international students and the University and community and provides a variety of services. Examples of services offered are: orientation to the campus and the community; personal advising and counseling; employment, visa and travel information and authorization; immigration advising and cultural and educational programming. In addition, the office works closely with the International Student Club (ISC) and the Platteville Friends of International Students organization (PFIS) in planning recreational activities throughout the year.

Please take some time to read this handbook; it is our hope that it will answer many of your questions. This guide should be used in combination with the UW-Platteville Student Handbook and the undergraduate and graduate catalog. Both of these publications contain important information and regulations of the university that you will need to know. You should have a copy of each book as soon as you begin your program. We would like to thank the University of Iowa on which much of the handbook is based, and Central Missouri State University and DePaul University for their handbooks, parts of which were used as guides in creating this handbook.