Campus Resources

All CESSI participants are considered UW-Madison special students for the duration of the summer and have access to many of the university’s resources. Below are some of the resources students may wish to take advantage of while at CESSI:

-The Office of Child Care and Family Resources lists child care services at UW-Madison and in the community.

-International Student Services provides visa and other support for international students.

-Contact the McBurney Disability Resource Center as early as possible if you think you might need special accommodations, such as for taking tests or meeting assignment deadlines.

-CESSI students have free access to many UW-Madison athletic facilities.

Parking is limited at UW-Madison, but the university is very accessible by bus or bike. More information about picking up your free student bus pass can be found here.  Additionally, check out this guide for renting bikes in Madison. We recommend participating in the Red Bike Project, which allows UW-Madison students and staff to rent a bike for free for as long as you need it.*

*Requires a $100 deposit that will be returned to you when you return the bike. This program runs on a first-come, first-serve basis.

University Health Services provides a variety of services for students, including mental health services. Through UHS, both international and domestic students can purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) for the duration of the summer.

-In addition to resources for students attending CESSI on campus UW Madisons Department of Information Technology (DoIT) maintains a knowledge base of resources for students enrolled in virtual programs. 

-Information on changes to normal operations at UW Madison as a result of COVID-19 can be found on the University’s Smart Restart page 

-CESSI aims to create a welcoming and affirming environment for students of all genders and orientations.  Resources for LGBTQ students on campus can be found at the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center. 

-For up-to-date information on events on campus visit the Events Calendar. 


The University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial.

In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory.

Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.

This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation.

Today, UW–Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.