Over 4,000 international students from more than 130 countries choose to study at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and our university is consistently ranked among the top 15 universities in the United States with the largest number of international students. The University of Wisconsin–Madison is ranked 25th among world universities by the Center for World University Rankings.
ADMISSION APPLICATION PROCESS
International students need to apply as either a freshman or a transfer student. Applications, required materials, and additional common international curricula (below) must arrive by our published deadlines.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMON INTERNATIONAL CURRICULA:
Click on the appropriate drop-down item below for a detailed explanation of the documents required based on your curriculum or country of study. These requirements are based upon a student’s level of education at time of application. All students currently enrolled in high school/upper/senior secondary will be required to provide us with a list of their courses in progress. Before enrolling, we must receive official transcripts and graduation credentials confirming that the student completed their planned coursework and is eligible to progress to higher education.
If your country or curriculum is not listed on this page, please send official transcripts for the equivalent of grades 9–12 in the U.S., as well as any external examinations or credentials required to complete secondary school and move on to university in your country. If you have further questions, you may contact our office at email@example.com or 608-262-3961.
English Language Proficiency Exams
Freshman Applicants educated in non-English speaking countries must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English Test (DET) score (effective for 2021), unless English was the primary language of instruction in all four years of secondary school. Transfer applicants may have the exam waived if English was the primary language of instruction in all four years of secondary school or a college level English composition course was successfully completed at an accredited US institution. We currently accept the TOEFL iBT, the TOEFL iBT Special At Home Edition, IELTS, IELTS Indicator, and the Duolingo English Test.
NEW: English proficiency exam scores can be self-reported, and you are encouraged to report these scores in the Common Application ‘Testing’ section and test score-related questions in the UW–Madison ‘Academics’ section. You may also self-report test scores through the MyUW Student Center (beginning September 1 and after your application is received and processed).
Note: Official test scores will be required prior to enrollment. Incorrect reporting of test scores may result in your admission offer being revoked.
Our TOEFL test code is 1846. TOEFL must be submitted electronically from the testing service. We do not accept the IELTS electronically. Please have a paper copy of your results sent directly from the testing agency to our office through the mail. Be sure to give additional time for this process. Duolingo scores should be sent to us electronically through the DET testing site by selecting “University of Wisconsin-Madison” in the undergraduate category. The DET should be sent with sub-scores.
If you feel that you qualify for a TOEFL, IELTS, or DET waiver based upon the requirements above, please submit all required transcripts to our office. Other test scores such as ACT or SAT score do not meet the requirements for a waiver. Once your transcripts are received in our office (are no longer displayed on your to-do list in your Student Center), we will determine your waiver eligibility. Waivers will not be processed prior to receipt of both the admissions application and transcripts.
Financing Your Education
The cost of attendance is the total amount of tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, and other estimated school expenses. The Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) features a list of academic and merit opportunities offered by schools and colleges within the university. International Student Services (ISS) also has a helpful Funding & Scholarships page.
Students from particular countries may also be eligible for our International scholarship opportunities including King-Morgridge and our Latin American Scholarship.
Enrolling students who need an F-1 or J-1 visa will be asked to submit proof of funding for one full year of study at UW-Madison. I-20 requests and supporting documentation can be submitted through the Terra Dotta portal in the MyUW Student Center once students have accepted their offer of admission. Financial documents should not be sent to the Office of Admission and Recruitment as part of the undergraduate application.
Important Message about Agents and Consultants
The University of Wisconsin-Madison recognizes that agents or consultants are retained in many parts of the world to assist students in applying to colleges and universities in the United States. However, the University does not partner with third parties (agents or educational consultants) to represent the University, nor to recruit or enroll international students for degree seeking programs. Agents who may be retained by students to help with the application process are not recognized as representatives of the University and do not have a contractual agreement or partnership with the University.