Did you know students from over 100 countries choose to study within the University of Wisconsin? It’s true and the UW System is ready to welcome you, too.
International students should be:
- Proficient in the English language
- Academically qualified
- Financially stable to meet educational and day-to-day living expenses
Studying in Wisconsin will fill you with so many wonderful experiences, on and off campus. The following will give you a head start with life at a UW System campus:
Applying for International Undergraduate Student Admission
The best way to apply is through the online application. You can quickly apply to multiple UW campuses with one application — helpful when you can’t decide where you want to begin your college career.
This is a simple but very important step. Official academic records from secondary and postsecondary education, as well as any college or university institution you have attended are required.
- All records should be submitted in English (some campuses may require both your native language and English)
- All records must be official (notarized copies will not be accepted)
- All records should be sent directly to each UW System campus you want to attend from each academic institution
- Pay close attention to instructions included with your application for admission and/or information packet
Another important step in the application process is the evaluation of your English language proficiency. All UW System campuses require you to verify English proficiency, usually through Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
Minimum TOEFL score requirements vary among UW System campuses. Please request that your official TOEFL results be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to each UW campus you’re applying to.
Some UW campuses may accept the results of other standardized tests like the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
*NOTE: If you haven’t already taken the TOEFL, please make timely arrangements to take this exam soon. It is administered throughout the world by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ACT or SAT scores in addition to an English language proficiency test may be required.
The UW System currently doesn’t offer scholarship money for international students. So, you’ll need to finance your own education and living expenses while attending school. That means, you’re required to declare and verify necessary funding. The admission packets from individual UW System campuses explain in detail how an international student applicant should verify funding and the estimated funding necessary (tuition and fees, housing, health insurance, books, supplies, and personal expenses). Each UW System campus provides more specific (U.S. dollar) amounts that must be certified. All dollar amounts are subject to change. Annual increases should be expected.