University of Wisconsin–Madison

Cost of Attendance

Students requesting F-1 or J-1 visas are required to submit proof of financial resources for visa documents to be prepared. The following estimates are based on:

  • Tuition and Segregated fees covering the minimum number of credits for full-time enrollment for your educational level (undergraduate, graduate, or dissertator).
  • Estimated living expenses ($1,761 per month x program duration). This amount includes mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), housing with utilities, food, books & supplies, and incidentals.

Estimated Tuition for 2018-19 Academic Year

Please note that the charts below should be considered our best estimates for the 2018-19 tuition rates. These figures were calculated based on the 2017-18 rates plus an additional estimated tuition increase from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For now, these estimates are subject to change without notice. The tuition rate for 2018-19 will be set by the UW System Board of Regents in July 2018 at which point this page will be updated.

Undergraduate level VISP: You will not have completed your undergraduate degree by the time you begin VISP.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for Undergraduate Level Students**

2018-19 Academic Year
Fall or Spring
(4 Months)
Academic Year
(9 Months)
Estimated Tuition & Segregated Fees
Based on minimum enrollment of 12 credits each term
$18,941 $37,882
Estimated Living Expenses $7,044 $15,849
Total Estimated Cost $25,985 $53,731

 

Summer 2018 4-Week Session
(1 Month)
8-Week Session
(2 Months)
Estimated Tuition & Segregated Fees
Based on minimum of 3 credits in the 4-week; 6 credits in the 8-week term
$4,511* $8,971
Estimated Living Expenses $1,761 $3,522
Total Estimated Cost $6,272 $12,493

 

Graduate level VISP: You have or will have completed your undergraduate degree by the start of your VISP program and/or are currently enrolled in graduate-level coursework abroad.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for Graduate Level Students**

2018-19 Academic Year Fall or Spring
(4 Months)
Academic Year
(9 Months)
Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 8 credits each term
$12,628 $25,256
Estimated Living Expenses $7,044 $15,849
Total Estimated Cost $19,672 $41,105

 

Summer 2018 4-Week Session
(1 Month)
8-Week Session
(2 Months)
Estimated Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 2 credits in the 4-week; 4 credits in the 8-week term
$3,024 $5,998
Estimated Living Expenses $1,761 $3,522
Total Estimated Cost $4,785 $9,520

 

Dissertator level VISP: You have completed all PhD coursework requirements and are working on your dissertation OR you have completed your PhD.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for Dissertator Level Students**

2018-19 Academic Year Fall or Spring
(4 Months)
Academic Year
(9 Months)
Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 3 credits each term
$4,735 $9,470
Estimated Living Expenses $7,044 $15,849
Total Estimated Cost $11,779 $25,319

 

Summer 2018 4-Week Session (1 Month) 8-Week Session
(2 Months)
Estimated Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum of 2 credits in the 4-week; 3 credits in the 8-week term
$3,024 $4,511
Estimated Living Expenses
$1,761 $3,522
Total Estimated Cost $4,785 $8,003

 

*VISP students pay international tuition, which is calculated on a per-credit basis. Tuition is capped between 12-18 credits during the fall and spring terms; 6-9 credits during the summer term. Graduate, dissertator level students, and all students in the 4-week summer term will see higher tuition costs if they enroll in more than the minimum enrollment requirement. For more information about tuition and fees, please visit the Registrar’s Office website select “Undergraduate (and Special students)” as the student rate, and refer to the ‘International’ column.

**In addition to the tuition and segregated fees, students will be charged a $100 International Student Services (ISS) fee each term of enrollment and a one-time official document fee of $65 to cover future official transcript requests and other documents. These fees are not factored into our estimated cost charts.

Summer Term

Our 8-week and 4-week summer sessions are the most popular, although there are other sessions also available. Sessions of varying lengths may have slightly different cost estimates based on length. Please check out our Summer page for more information and contact the VISP Coordinators for additional cost information.

Bringing Dependents

If you are bringing any dependents with you to Madison (spouse or children) you will need to show additional amounts of funding to cover their expected living expenses. They will also need to receive visa paperwork from UW-Madison in order to enter the U.S.

Funding Options

UW-Madison is unable to offer any scholarship support for our visiting international students. International students are not eligible for U.S. financial aid.

You may be able to secure outside scholarship support by looking at these potential funding resources or by applying for scholarships from your home country or institution.