Undergraduate International Admission Requirements and Guidelines

Students should begin the application process early to allow plenty of time for the submission of required forms, documents, and credentials. It takes time to process all necessary documents, send and receive overseas mail, obtain a visa and passport, make travel arrangements, take care of details for departure, and arrive on campus at the appropriate time for beginning academic studies.

UW System campuses have application priority dates and deadlines, admission guidelines and requirements, test score requirements, and financial certification requirements for international admission.
International students planning to transfer from a U.S college or university to a UW System campus should review the admission requirements for transfer students in addition to international student admission information.

Review undergraduate admission information, deadlines, and requirements for the campus or campuses of interest using the links below.

Campus Application Priority Dates & Deadlines Test Score Requirements Financial Certification
UW Colleges

Fall Semester: June 1; Spring Semester: November 1

TOEFL Code Number: 1888 (Same code used for all 13 freshman/sophomore campuses.)

TOEFL: 500 (paper-based); 61 (Internet-based); IELTS: minimum score of 5.5

Estimated expenses in U.S. dollars: $22,350.00 (nine months)

UW-Eau Claire

Fall Semester: June 1; Spring Semester: November 1 (Late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

TOEFL Code Number: 1913

TOEFL: 550 (paper-based); 197 (computer-based); 79 (Internet-based); IELTS: minimum score of 6.0

Students with lower scores may be considered for admission to the English Language Academy until English proficiency is attained.

Estimated expenses in U.S. dollars: $28,870.00 (nine months).

Summer expenses are not included in the figure above. For this approximate three-month period, expenses are estimated at $8,000.00.

Applicants must also indicate how they will meet expenses for subsequent years of study if they expect that the program of study will require more than one year's stay.

UW-Green Bay

Fall Semester: June1; Spring Semester: November 1

TOEFL Code Number: 1859

TOEFL: 500 (paper-based); 71 (computer-based); 61 (Internet-based)


Please see additional information on alternative evidence of English proficiency.

Estimated expenses in U.S dollars: $27,500.00 (nine months)

Note: This is a relatively conservative budget, for a student who budgets carefully and is willing to share living quarters with another student. While some students may need less money, many students find that they spend more than this amount. This estimate does not include the cost of international travel and keeping a car.

UW-La Crosse

Fall Semester: July 15 (Applications will continue to be reviewed until space allocation is filled.); Spring Semester: December 15; Summer Session: May 1 for Session I, May 15 for Session II, June 1 for Session III

TOEFL Code Number: 1914

TOEFL: Full university admission (and exemption from the ESL Placement Exam upon arrival): 550 (paper-based); 73 (Internet-based); 73 (Internet-based)

or

IELTS: 6.0

Undergraduate applicants with no TOEFL or IELTS results or with scores less than those stated above will be considered for conditional admission.

Note: The TOEFL is not required for students whose native language is English or for students who have studied full-time for a minimum of two academic years in an English-speaking country.

Estimated expenses in U.S dollars: $26,608.00 (nine months)

Note: The estimated total costs do not include any personal living expenses, travel, and summer session or interim tuition costs. Students should budget approximately $3000.00 per year for personal expenses.

UW-Madison

Fall Semester: February 2; Spring Semester: October 1; Summer Session: February 2

TOEFL Code Number: 1846

ACT code: 4656

SAT code: 1846

TOEFL: Minimum score for consideration: 587-620 (paper-based); 95-105 (Internet-based)

IELTS: 6.5-7.5
All freshman applicants must submit scores from either the ACT or SAT in addition to the TOEFL.

The TOEFL is required for all applicants (freshman and transfer).

Estimated expenses in U.S. dollars: $41,326.00

All applicants must show sufficient funds on deposit for at least two years of study.

UW-Milwaukee

Fall Semester: March 1 for international undergraduates applying from overseas or July 1 for international undergraduates applying from inside the U.S.; Spring Semester: August 1 for international undergraduate applicants applying from overseas or December 1 for international undergraduate applicants applying from inside the U.S.

TOEFL Code Number: 1473

TOEFL: 520 (paper-based); 68 (Internet-based)

For admission to Architecture and Urban Planning: 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based); 79 (Internet-based)

or

IELTS: 5.5

For admission to Architecture and Urban Planning: a minimum score of 6.0

Estimated expenses in U.S. dollars: $32,456.00 (nine months)

UW-Oshkosh

Fall Semester: June 1; Spring Semester: November 1

TOEFL Code Number: 1916

TOEFL: 527 (paper-based); 197 (computer-based); 70 (Internet-based) or IELTS: 6.0

or

IELTS: 6.0

Estimated expenses in U.S. dollars: $27,455.00 (nine months)

UW-Parkside Fall Semester: June 1; Spring Semester: November 1

TOEFL Code Number: 1860

TOEFL: 525 (paper-based); 71 (Internet-based)

or

STEP Pre-1 Grade level

or

ELS Completion of Level 112

Estimated expenses in U.S. dollars: $14,889.00 (nine months)

UW-Platteville Fall Semester: June 1; Spring Semester: November 1

TOEFL Code Number: 1917

TOEFL: 500 (paper-based); 61 (Internet-based)

or

IELTS: 5.5

Students transferring from a U.S. college or university may be exempted from the TOEFL requirement if they have demonstrated English competency by completing English composition and speech courses with grades of B or higher.

Estimated expenses in U.S. dollars: $25,229.00 (nine months); $7,964.00 if student plans to attend summer school (in addition to nine-month cost)

UW-River Falls

Fall Semester: February 1; Spring Semester: December 1

Applications will be considered after these dates on a case-by-case basis.

Early applications are encouraged.

TOEFL Code Number: 1918

TOEFL: 550 (paper-based); 78 (Internet-based);

No TOEFL required for conditional admission. 

or

IELTS: 6.0

Estimated expenses in U.S dollars: $23,830.00 (nine months)
UW-Stevens Point Fall Semester: July 1; Spring Semester: November 15

TOEFL Code Number: 1919

TOEFL: 523 (paper-based); 70 (Internet-based)

or

IELTS: 6.0

Estimated expenses in U.S. dollars: $21,700.00 (nine months)

UW-Stout No set deadlines. Recommendation is for students to apply 9–12 months before the intended semester of entry.

Official TOEFL score (school code 1740)

  • If admitted for Fall 2014: minimum iBT score of 61, minimum paper-based of 500
  • If admitted for Spring 2015 or after: minimum iBT score of 70, minimum paper-based of 525

Official IELTS score

  • If admitted for Fall 2014: minimum score of 5.5
  • If admitted for Spring 2015 or after: minimum score of 6.0

Students with lower scores may be considered for admission to the English Language Academy until English proficiency is attained. For a complete list of English proficiency options, please visit our international admissions site.

Estimated expenses in U.S dollars: $25,318.00 (nine months)
UW-Superior Fall Semester: July 1; Spring Semester: November 15 (Transfer applicants who are in the United States will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

TOEFL Code Number: 1920

TOEFL: 500 (paper-based); 61 (Internet-based)

or

IELTS: 5.5

Estimated expenses in U.S. dollars: $25,985.00 (nine months).
International students may be eligible for the Tuition Award Program (TAP), which provides financial aid to nonresident degree-seeking students.

UW-Whitewater Fall Semester: May 30; Spring Semester: November 1

TOEFL Code Number: 1921

TOEFL: 500 (paper-based); 173 (computer-based); 61 (Internet-based)

or

Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency: 70

or

IELTS: 5.5

Estimated expenses in U.S. dollars: $21,252.00 (nine months)

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