Student quote: I've had the opportunity to participate in several institutes and each one has helped me.

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 14 days 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 institute 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.

Pay by check by making the check payable to UW-Madison and mailing it to: School for Workers | 610 Langdon St., Rm 229, Madison, WI 53703

Residential institutes are held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Fluno Center. The center is located on campus at 601 University Ave., Madison WI 53715. A block of hotel rooms is available for class participants to reserve on campus at the Fluno Center. 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 Fluno Center directly at 608-441-7117 and reference your institute for the block rate. If you need parking, inform the center when you book your room.

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 $200. 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.

Providing access to high-quality labor education to advance worker empowerment and facilitate workplace improvements.