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University of Wisconsin–Madison

International Applicants

As of July 1, 2016, the application fee is $75.00 U.S. It is non-refundable and can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa), Debit/ATM. In addition, starting for applications to summer 2016 term, non US citizens will be charged a $6.00 international document processing fee. Both fees will be processed during the submission of your application.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required, but may be considered if available.

Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). An admitted applicant whose TOEFL (paper-based) test score is below 580; TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) score below 237;TOEFL internet based (iBT) test score below 92; IELTS score below 7;or MELAB below 82 must take an English assessment test upon arrival. You must then register for any recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) course(s) in the first semester you are enrolled. Visit the TOEFL Web site to sample exam questions, to get free test preparation materials, and to find where the test will be given in your area. You should use the institution code of 1846. You do not need a department code.

Plan ahead and take these tests early. It can take up to 30 days for the Graduate School to receive the official scores.

International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree. Specific requirements for individual countries is available here.

The department requires official copies of all transcripts. International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Documents must be issued by the school with the official seal/stamp and an official signature.

We have very limited financial aid to offer. International applicants who are admitted are expected to certify that they have sufficient resources to live in the United States for themselves and dependents. Here is an estimate of what living expenses are.

All international students must have an advisor and financial support before they can be recommended for admission.

International students should apply as early as possible. If you are admitted, extra time will be needed to process visa documents.

International applicants: Please do not send financial documents until requested by the Graduate School. This information will be requested upon a positive admission recommendation from the department.