Chinese students first began attending UW-Madison in the early 1900s and formed a Chinese students association in 1909. Today, the largest group of international students at UW-Madison comes from the People’s Republic of China (3,028 for fall 2017, which is 46% of all international students for that semester).

Currently, the University enrolls over 3,200 degree-seeking students from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Additionally, about 450 students study modern and classical Chinese each year at UW-Madison, which has been offering doctoral degrees on China-related topics since 1924.

These numbers speak to the exponential growth of Badger alumni from, or living in, the China region.

(1924 Wisconsin Chinese Students’ Club)

Wisconsin Alumni Assocation


The Wisconsin China Initiative is constantly looking for ways to bring students and alumni closer together. By partnering with WCI you will become a member of our Student-Alumni network in which we will connect you with student organizations on the UW campus to help coordinate future events and opportunities for you to engage with members of the UW-Madison community.



Are you a Badger alum with a China connection? Email us about your experience (! If you are heading to the China region or already living there, see the information below on how to connect with our East Asia-based alumni chapters.  You can also click on our “Get Involved” tab to donate, or our “History” tab to learn more about Badger connections with China.