About Independent Learning

At University of Wisconsin Independent Learning, we’re focused on you. Our distance learning courses are available whenever and wherever you need them. So no matter where you are in life — high school, college, your first job, retirement — you can receive a high-quality UW education.

What began as a correspondence study program in the 1890s has evolved to meet the needs of today’s learners by offering both print and online college-level courses developed and taught by UW faculty. UW Independent Learning brings the Wisconsin Idea to life by expanding education and lifelong learning opportunities beyond the boundaries of a classroom.

Whether you want to get an early start on college coursework, earn the final credits you need to graduate college, or gain professional or personal enrichment, UW Independent Learning offers courses that are:

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