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Residential institutes

Residential institutes are offered as a fall session and spring session in Madison, Wisconsin. The high-quality, noncredit courses are taught by university faculty and are two to five days in length. Classes typically center on the needs and perspectives of union members, officers, and staff, and while topics vary, the core focus is on advancing worker empowerment.

Upcoming classes

Enrollment info

Registration deadlines are two weeks prior to the class start date. Complete the online registration here or by phone at 608-262-2112.


Payment is due 14-days before the class start date. Registration payment includes tuition, instructional materials, lunches, and refreshment breaks. Please do not include lodging fees in your payment to School for Workers. Pay by credit card at our secured payment site or by phone at 608-262-2112. Or send a check payable to UW-Madison to:

School for Workers | 610 Langdon St., Rm 229 | Madison, WI 53703

Fall 2021 classes will be held at the Madison Concourse Hotel. The hotel is located in downtown Madison – 1 W Dayton St., Madison, WI 53703. A block of rooms at the Madison Concourse Hotel is available for class participants to reserve. Participants are responsible for arranging their own lodging and parking. We encourage you to secure your lodging soon after registering for your class to ensure a hotel room for your stay in Madison.

To reserve your room call the Madison Concourse Hotel directly at 1-800-356-8293 and reference your institute for the block rate of $131 per night for a single rate and $141 per night for a double rate. All individual reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. If you need parking, inform the hotel when you book your room. Parking charges for overnight hotel guests are $15 per night for self-park or $20 per night for valet parking. 

School for Workers is committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. As the COVID-19 pandemic response continues to adapt, School for Workers adheres to the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Madison and Dane County, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. If you choose to register for a residential institute with School for Workers you are agreeing to follow the latest guidelines in effect at the time of your institute – this may include masking, social distancing, testing, etc. Individuals who do not abide by the guidelines will not be able to participate in the institute.

For a full refund, you must notify the School for Workers at least 14 days before the institute start date. Cancellation notification can be done by emailing or by calling 608-262-2112. If the cancellation notification is received less than 14 days before the institute’s start date, or no notification is provided at all, the cancellation fee will be a minimum of $100. When enrollment criterion is not met or conditions beyond control intervene, School for Workers reserves the right to cancel the institute. If the school cancels an institute, registrants will be notified and tuition is refunded in full; participants will be responsible for all their personal traveling arrangement costs.

University of Wisconsin–Madison provides equal opportunities in programming. If you need an interpreter or have a disability and require accommodations, please make your request at registration. You may also make this request by contacting the School for Workers office at or 608-262-2112. Requests are confidential.

Learn more

All institutes link

On-demand institute link

Online institute link