Prospective students should understand that this is an intensive language immersion program, covering a year’s worth of course material in 8 weeks. Much of your “free time” will be spent studying. There are required activities most days in the afternoons, evenings, and on weekends. In order to maintain a language immersion environment, students eat all meals together and live in the same residence hall. It is important that you make an honest evaluation of your ability to handle the unique stresses of this intensive immersion experience before attending. Each year there are a small number of students who are unprepared for the relative lack of freedom in their daily routine, the close proximity to the same group of people, or the requirement that they not communicate in English, and it causes them a great deal of frustration and stress.
Important Logistical Information
Beginning students should plan to arrive on campus on Tuesday, June 11, as classes will begin on Wednesday, June 12. Non-beginner students should plan to arrive by 5:00pm on Saturday, June 15. If you are unable to arrive by that time, please contact the APTLII Coordinator to make arrangements.
The closing banquet for APTLII will take place on August 9, ending around 3:00pm. Students can choose to leave either the evening of August 9, or the morning of August 10. All students must check out of the residence hall by Saturday at 1:00pm. Please note that there will not be dinner service following the closing banquet, so participants will be expected to provide their own meal if needed. Brunch will be served on Saturday, August 10 to all those who are still in the dorms at that time.
Please see the Campus and Visitor Relations site for different ways to reach Madison and campus. Note that it may be cheaper to fly to Milwaukee (MKE) or Chicago (ORD), and then take the Badger Bus (Milwaukee) or Van Galder bus (Chicago) to campus.
For students flying directly to Madison, taxis are available at the north end of the terminal (Door #7) to take you from the airport to campus, which is approximately a 20-minute ride.
Flying to Madison: If you are coming from far away, you can choose to fly into one of three nearby airports. Madison’s airport (MSN) is located ~20 minute drive away from Phillips Hall. Once you arrive at the airport, we would suggest hiring a taxi to the dorm, where you will check in at the Dejope Hall Front Desk.
Flying into Chicago: You may choose to fly into Chicago (ORD) to save cost on flights. There are Coach USA buses that run every 60-90 minutes from their Bus/Shuttle Center. Tickets can be purchased online in advance, or on the bus once you have arrived. Buses will finish their route at Madison’s Langdon Street stop. Once there, you can choose to take a taxi to the dorm, or catch the 80 bus from Memorial Union to the Observatory at Elm St. stop. Once you get off the bus, Dejope Hall will be directly in front of you, where you should check into your room.
Flying into Milwaukee: You may also choose to fly into Milwaukee (MKE) and can take a bus from Mitchell Airport to Madison’s Langdon Street stop. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. Once there, you can choose to take a taxi to the dorm, or catch the 80 bus from Memorial Union to the Observatory at Elm St. stop. Once you get off the bus, Dejope Hall will be directly in front of you, where you should check into your room.
All students will be housed in double (shared) rooms in the same building on campus. We will update you with more information as we finalize the APTLII residence hall. If you know another APTLII participant and would like to request them as your roommate, please contact the APTLII office. A limited number of single rooms may be available for an additional fee.
The majority of your meals will be eaten in a cafeteria next to the APTLII residence hall. Students are given an electronic meal card to swipe upon entrance to the cafeteria. Other meals will include catered food at the APTLII residence hall, trips to local restaurants, picnics, etc. Group meals, conducted in your target language, are part of the APTLII immersion experience and there are no facilities for students to prepare their own meals. Meal service includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner each weekday, with brunch and dinner on the weekends.
Please inform the APTLII Coordinator after you have been accepted so we can let University Housing know about any student dietary restrictions.
Hourly parking on campus is very limited and very expensive! If you know you will be bringing a vehicle to campus for the summer, you must purchase a parking permit in advance. We will update you with more information as we coordinate with UW Transport Services regarding the purchase of parking permits.
Tentative textbook information for each language is included on the Courses page. On average, students spend around $100 for textbooks each summer. Depending on your course, textbooks will either be available at the University Bookstore, 711 State Street (on Library Mall) or at the APTLII office in Ingraham Hall. If your course is using a photocopied reader, it will be available at the office as well.
Even though the program includes 3 meals a day each weekday (brunch and dinner on weekends), students should plan to bring along, or have access to, extra spending money. You might want to head over to the Babcock Hall Dairy Store for ice cream, or meet your classmates at one of the two Wisconsin Union buildings for a study session.