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 2020-21 Academic Year
Please note that the charts below should be considered our best estimates for the 2020-21 tuition rates. These figures were calculated based on the 2019-20 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 2020-21 will be set by the UW System Board of Regents in July 2020 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**

2020-21 Academic Year
Fall or Spring
(4 Months)
Academic Year
(9 Months)
Estimated Tuition & Segregated Fees
Based on minimum enrollment of 12 credits each term
$19,843 $39,686
Estimated Living Expenses $7,044 $15,849
Total Estimated Cost $26,887 $55,535

 

Summer 2020 4-Week Session
(1 Month)
8-Week Session
(2 Months)
Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum of 3 credits in the 4-week; 6 credits in the 8-week term
$4,861 $9,696
Estimated Living Expenses $1,761 $3,522
Total Estimated Cost $6,622 $13,218

 

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**

2020-21 Academic Year Fall or Spring
(4 Months)
Academic Year
(9 Months)
Estimated Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 8 credits each term
$13,232 $26,464
Estimated Living Expenses $7,044 $15,849
Total Estimated Cost $20,276 $42,313

 

Summer 2020 4-Week Session
(1 Month)
8-Week Session
(2 Months)
Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 2 credits in the 4-week; 4 credits in the 8-week term
$3,250 $6,473
Estimated Living Expenses $1,761 $3,522
Total Estimated Cost $5,011 $9,995

 

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**

2020-21 Academic Year Fall or Spring
(4 Months)
Academic Year
(9 Months)
Estimated Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 3 credits each term
$4,962 $9,924‬
Estimated Living Expenses $7,044 $15,849
Total Estimated Cost $12,006 $25,773

 

Summer 2020 4-Week Session
(1 Month)
8-Week Session
(2 Months)
Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum of 2 credits in the 4-week; 3 credits in the 8-week term
$3,250 $4,861
Estimated Living Expenses
$1,761 $3,522
Total Estimated Cost $5,011 $8,383

 

*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 Bursar’s Office website select “Undergraduate and Special” as the student program, and refer to the ‘International’ column. Summer segregated fee rates (a portion of the tuition & fee calculation) are finalized during the prior spring semester, usually by early April. Once finalized, the charts above will be updated accordingly.

**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.

Program Applications During Uncertain Times

With the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that it’s hard to plan for a study abroad experience several months from now. We wanted to provide some additional information about when fees are due for our program participants to help make planning easier. If you have any questions about this information or anything else, please don’t hesitate to reach out to VISP@dcs.wisc.edu.

What happens if I have to cancel my participation in the program?
As long as you let your VISP coordinator know that you are withdrawing from the program before the first day of class, you will not owe the university any academic fees. If you signed a contract for on-campus housing you will likely lose your $50 application fee and $250 deposit, but will have no other expenses due to the university.

Can I defer my admission to VISP to a future semester?
Yes! Just let your VISP coordinator know and we can make that change for you.

When are university fees due?
Summer term: Summer term dates vary by session. You can find a full list of summer term deadlines by session here: https://registrar.wisc.edu/sessiondates-2/

  • Tuition & fees – Most summer session students will have a June 19, 2020 due date for their tuition & fees, but you may have an alternate due date depending on when you enroll.
  • On-campus housing & meal plan charges (if applicable)  – TBA, but most likely June 19, 2020
  • Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) fee – Due 31 days after the start of your summer class.

Fall/spring semester:

  • Tuition & fees – End of the second week of the semester – Fall 2020 = September 11, 2020
  • On-campus housing & meal plan charges (if applicable) End of the second week of the semester – Fall 2020 = September 11, 2020
  • Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) fee – Fall 2020 = September 14th, 2020

What other fees should I consider?

  • SEVIS Fee: To obtain your F-1/J-1 student visa you’ll have to pay your SEVIS fee. If you need to cancel or postpone your studies in the US after paying the SEVIS fee, you should be able to apply that SEVIS fee to a later visa application.
  • Off-campus housing: This will vary depending on the lease you sign. Before signing any documents be sure to ask what happens if you have to withdraw.
  • Airfare: Read ticketing information carefully and make sure that your tickets can be changed, if necessary. You might also want to purchase travel insurance.

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.