Student Information

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.

If you have questions about any aspects of the program, please review the APTLII policies, check out our FAQ, or contact the APTLII Coordinator.

Important Logistical Information

  • Getting to Campus

    Beginner 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 1pm. 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.

    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.

  • Applying as a Special Student

    In order to receive UW-Madison academic credit, you must become a UW-Madison Special student. The instructions below will guide you through the application and enrollment process as a UW-Madison Special/Nondegree student. Please allow 30 minutes to answer the application questions to the best of your ability.


    If you are not already a UW-Madison student, go to to file your official UW-Madison Special student application for Summer 2019. The sections of the application are indicated below:

    • Register as a New User or login as an Existing User
    • Create a New Application
    • Personal Information
    • Contact Information
    • Background Information
    • Program
      • Term: Summer 2019
      • Applying As: Pre-Selected Populations (UNPS)
      • I have the following academic plans: APTLII
    • Educational History
    • Residency for Tuition Determination

    Wisconsin Statutes, Section 36.27(2), govern resident status for tuition purposes. If you do not qualify as a Wisconsin resident, in most cases your tuition will be assessed at the higher out-of-state rate. Although these questions are quite detailed, please answer them to the best of your ability to avoid processing delays.

    • Review & Submit

    ***Students who previously attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison but have not been enrolled for one or more semesters are considered reentry students. If you recall your MyUW NetID and password, you may submit the shorter Reentry Special Student Application & Residence for Tuition Purposes Application in your Student Center.


    UW-Madison Special student admission will be granted within about one week and a congratulatory email and postal letter including your Campus ID number will be distributed. At this time, activate your NetID and password at to access your MyUW Student Center.


    Application questions, contact Adult, Career and Special Student Services at 608-263-6960 or

    NetID questions, contact the DoIT Help Desk at 608-264-4357.

    APTLII-related questions, contact or 608-262-5666.