The University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison is a public research university in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. The UW is one of America’s Public Ivy universities, which refers to top universities in the United States capable of providing a collegiate experience comparable with the Ivy League. The sprawling campus is situated along Lake Mendota and is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful in the United States.

Participants will take CEE 629: Art of Discovery and Innovation course that is offered to regular UW-Madison students. There will be an opportunity to study alongside multi-national students. Thus, the participant will be an official UW-Madison student and thus have an opportunity to take a regular class at the university in the United States.  The course will focus on creativity and innovation in various areas. Students will analyze real-world problems and develop creative solutions in a multi-disciplinary environment while working as a team. Through creative thinking and discovery learned through lectures and various exercises, students will be able to evaluate and dissect existing problems, products, and projects. The participant will receive an official UW-Madison student identification card and can obtain an official transcript from the University. Participants will receive the certificate of the program from VISP. Although the official credit is one, the actual credits are equivalent to six.

There will be two hours of lectures and two hours of team project work per day and weekly fieldtrips to various facilities and companies. Professor Jim Park and invited lecturers will team-teach the course.  Students will have opportunities to meet various local professionals in the evening as part of social activities.

Study Trip (Optional): August 12 to 18, 2017 – Study trip to California (San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Monterey, Santa Barbara, UCLA, and Los Angeles)

Eligibility: Any undergraduate students can participate in this program regardless of their majors.

Accommodation: All students will live in a campus dormitory located along Lake Mendota (

Safety: Madison is one of the safest cities in the United States. The University provides two-person escort teams throughout campus (SAFEwalk) in the evening upon request. A chaperone will stay with participants at the dormitory and supervise day-to-day activities.

Meals: Students are responsible for meals. It is possible to cook their own meals in a kitchen at the dormitory.

Program Dates: July 17, 2017 (Arrival) to August 12, 2017 (Departure)

Program Inquiry and Enrollment: Prof. Jae K. (Jim) Park,