Over 4,000 international students from more than 120 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. There is not a separate application process for an international student. Applications, required materials, and additional common international curricula (below) must arrive in our office 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 attended a non-English institution: If your school or institution does not issue transcripts in English, we will require an official translation of the entire original transcript with all course names and grades included, preferably in the same format as the original. That translation must be completed either by the school or institution (e.g. a school counselor, English teacher, or other school staff member who can complete the translation) or by an Education USA official within your home country or region. It must also be submitted via the same official methods required for other official documents; email is not considered official. We must receive both the original non-English transcript and the official English translation to complete your application.
Note: We continue to monitor the changes and delays impacting external exams including the Indian Boards and GCSE/AS/A-levels. You will be messaged later in the year with specific instructions as to how to turn in your final exams.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY EXAMS
First-year Applicants educated in non-English speaking countries must submit an official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test (DET) score, 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. This requirement will not be waived for English composition taken at U.S. branch campuses abroad.
All English proficiency exams should be official and sent electronically, directly from the testing service.
Please note: Sending official test scores from the testing agency does have an additional costs and will add 3-6 weeks to the application completion process. Plan to send your test scores early to ensure your scores arrive before the the materials deadline.
We do not superscore any English Proficiency exam and score reports cannot be older than 2 years from the time you apply.
Duolingo English Test (DET)
- Minimum accepted score: 105+.
- When submitting your score(s): Search category should be “Undergraduate,” then select “University of Wisconsin–Madison.”
- Please do not send to offices listed under “Other,” as we are unable to retrieve those scores.
- The DET should be sent with sub-scores.
- Minimum accepted score: 6.5+.
- When submitting your score(s): IELTS does not require a code. Select our account name, “University of Wisconsin, Madison Undergraduate.”
- Please do not send paper copies of your IELTS scores.
- We do accept the IELTS Indicator.
- Minimum accepted score: 80+.
- When submitting your score(s): TOEFL test code is 1846.
- We do not accept “MyBest” score from TOEFL nor any English Proficiency exam.
- For each TOEFL you submit, we will require the full score report. Wisconsin does not accept the TOEFL iTP Plus for China but we will accept the iBT Special Home Edition.
If you feel that you qualify for an English Proficiency Exam waiver based upon the requirements above, please submit all required transcripts to our office. Other test scores such as ACT, SAT, or AP (Advanced Placement) scores 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.