International Studies

Advising and Support


Registration Advising

You are required to speak with your advisor before registering to discuss your schedule and receive your Personal Identification Number (PIN). The PIN changes each semester, so you will not be able to use an old one. Your advisor's name is on your Degree Audit Report, DAR.

You must print and bring 2 copies of your DAR to your advising session. 

Advising Appointments

A)  SCHEDULE an advising appointment by signing up on the Advising Schedule posted on or near your advisor's office door—do not call.  Do not wait until the last minute. If your advisor is unavailable then, your registration could be delayed. It is to your advantage to register at the earliest allowable date! If the advising times do not fit your class or work schedules, try attending office hours. If those also conflict, e-mail your advisor, explaining the situation, and provide multiple days and times when you are free so a mutually agreeable meeting time can be identified.

You must meet with your advisor before registering to discuss your schedule and receive your Personal Identification Number, PIN. The PIN changes each semester, so you will not be able to use an old one. Your advisor's name is on your Degree Audit Report, DAR.

B)  Log into eSIS and check your records for any holds (e.g. books overdue at the library, parking tickets, unpaid bills, etc.) and address those right away. You will not be able to register without clearing all the holds.

C)  BRING two items to the advising appointment:

  • your tentative schedule for the upcoming semester
  • two copies of your DAR.

D)  As soon as possible after meeting with your advisor, log onto eSIS and enter your PIN, roll your deposit forward, and provide the electronic signature for the fee payment agreement.

E)  Register online at the date and time given to you (you can also register after that time if you miss it).

Schedule Planning Tips:

Plan ahead to ensure that you accomplish your academic goals in a timely and cost-effective manner, and so you can accomplish your career goals.

* All international studies majors must complete a minor (or second major).  To develop skills and maximize your career opportunities, we strongly encourage students to complete a modern language minor, or a second major.  Almost any combination will work well, and you should pick the combination that will best help you accomplish your academic and career goals.  If you double major, some of your courses might overlap.  A few of the more common second majors include, but are not limited to:  economics, French, geography, German, history, political science, sociology, and Spanish.  When you consult with your advisor, work to identify general education and other courses that will double count for you.  If you are uncertain about your choice, try to identify general education and/or liberal arts courses that might help you make your decision.  For example, if you are interested in a German minor, but are not certain, you could enroll in German 101, and this could count as a liberal arts course for you even if you decide eventually to minor in something else.  If you think economics might be your second major, you could enroll in ECON 100, and it would count as a general education course for you, even if you decide not to major in it.  There are many other good choices, too.  Planning this way helps keep you on track to graduate on time.

* Employers value internships, and extra-curricular activities because they show that you have skills and abilities beyond typical academic work.  Explore these options with your advisor, family, and others who you trust, to ensure that they fit into your academic program.  If, for example, you are interested in an internship, work to identify courses that might help prepare you for an internship in an area you wish to pursue.

* All majors must study abroad at some point.  Discuss the options with your advisers, and consider how a study-abroad experience will complement your other academic work.  For example, if you are studying Chinese, consider a program that will take you to China.  Financing your time abroad is also a major consideration.  Your advisor can provide valuable planning advice regarding these issues.  Finally, the sooner you can identify potential programs, the greater your chances that you can leave general education, liberal arts, or international studies requirements open for use when you study abroad.  For instance, if you think studying in the Wisconsin in Scotland Program is an option, consult the programs website, and you'll be able to see schedules for the next several terms.  If General Education humanities courses are offered, leave those slots open until you go to Scotland.  The International Education website  lists many of the possibilities.  In every case, be sure that the program you select is approved for credit by the International Studies Program (the list shows up on your DAR).

* The Program has designed its electives so students can concentrate on a particular topic or region, such as culture, or Europe.  From your first year, be sure to consider which elective category you wish to complete.  Talk to your adviser about the categories that might be appropriate for you.

* Many upper-level courses are offered on a two-year cycle.  If you are a junior and are particularly interested in a 300-level course, for example, be certain to select it because it might not be offered again before you graduate.

* All majors are required to complete a substantial research project as part of their senior seminar.  As you select international studies electives, consider how they might help you prepare to complete a major research project on a topic you enjoy.

Tools for You

Course Catalog
Course Schedule
Getting Organized


Registration PIN

International Studies Advisors
Neil Kraus (Chair)-  KFA 355
Charles Corcoran-  SH 212e
David Trechter-  AGS 106
Rebecca Raham-  KFA 271
Charlie Rader-  KFA 336
Ogden Rogers-  WEB 228