How to Apply

Apply at least three months before your intended start date at UW-Madison. We do not have a fixed deadline to participate but completion of the entire admission process and visa application may require many months to complete. There are a limited number of spots available each semester, so apply early for best consideration.

Step 1: Select the VISP Track (traditional or a thematic option) for your academic goals.

Step 2: click here to apply button

Step 3: You can either upload your application materials while submitting your application, OR submit scanned copies to VISP@dcs.wisc.edu afterwards. However, please only email items that you were not able to upload in your application to avoid duplication.

  • Official university transcripts (undergraduate level students only)
  • English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS/iTEP/Duolingo), if required as outlined on our VISP Eligibility page. Please do not have computerized scores sent to UW-Madison.
  • Passport information page
  • Financial support documents (bank statements and/or scholarship letters) showing at least the minimum cost of attendance if requesting an F-1/J-1 visa from our program. If the bank statement is not in your name, please provide a signed affidavit of financial support from the account holder. See a sample bank statement and required affidavit of financial support for assistance with this requirement. Note: The financial support documents can be sent after your admission.

Step 4: VISP coordinators will be in touch with you within a few days after receiving your documents.

Questions? Please contact the VISP Coordinators.

Applying to take classes online-only

While the majority of our students take classes in-person, VISP can also admit nondegree international students wanting to take exclusively online courses from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It’s important to know that F-1/J-1 visa paperwork cannot be issued for online-only instruction. In this case, students would be able to enroll and take classes remotely.

If you’re interested in taking classes online-only, simply indicate that in the academic goals section of your VISP application. You will not be required to submit financial support documents, but you can follow the other application instructions above.

Academic Integrity in Applying

As an applicant to VISP, by submitting your application you certify that your application is complete and accurate. We hold you accountable to ensure the authenticity and honesty of your application, written statements, and additional materials subsequently submitted.