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 and required materials must arrive by our published deadlines.
OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
Freshmen applicants are required to submit academic records for the equivalent of US grades 9–12, as well as any external examination results. Accepted students must complete their studies and earn their respective credentials (certificates, diplomas, etc.) before enrolling.
Transfer applicants are required to submit complete secondary school records and graduation credentials as well as university transcripts and courses in progress.
International students completing secondary school in the United States must submit official transcripts from their U.S. high school, as well as transcripts from any secondary work (grades 9–12, including partial years) completed outside the U.S. Your current U.S. high school may submit their copy of your prior school transcript.
*If studying in a 13-year system, academic records for grades 10–13 are required.
How to submit transcripts:
If you apply via the Common Application, you can self-report your courses and grades from the equivalent of grades 9–12 for the purposes of reviewing your application. Grades should be reported exactly as they appear on your transcript, not converted to a U.S. GPA equivalent. Official transcripts must be sent from all schools attended if you are accepted and plan to enroll at UW–Madison. If you apply via the UW System Application or elect to not self-report via the Common Application, we require you to submit official transcripts from all schools attended at the time of application.
Our office does not accept emailed or notarized transcripts. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the educational institution via a secure electronic document sending service (Common Application, Parchment, Docufide, etc.) or by postal mail. Paper transcripts sent to our office must bear an official school seal or be printed on the school’s custom watermarked/security paper. In cases where students have only one copy of an external examination result or credential, school counselors can make certified copies of the original documents and submit them to our office along with any internal transcripts.
If the official transcript is not in English, we require both the original version and an English translation. This translation can be provided by the student or another person able to translate.
If you are having trouble obtaining official transcripts from prior schools, we recommend reaching out to your local Ministry of Education or EducationUSA Advising Center for assistance.
Documents submitted to UW–Madison as part of the application review process will not be returned.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-3961.
TOEFL OR IELTS SCORES
Freshmen: Freshman applicants educated in non-English speaking countries must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score, unless English was the primary language of instruction in all four years of secondary school.
Transfer students: Transfer applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score, unless they have completed and received a passing grade in a college level English composition course at a US college or university.
Waiver:If you feel that you qualify for a TOEFL or IELTS 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.
Generally, admitted students have an Internet-based TOEFL score in the 95–105 range (587–620 on the paper-based test) or an IELTS score of 6.5–7.5. 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.
UW–Madison accepts the Duolingo English Test (DET) as supplemental information but it does not fulfill the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
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.