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.

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**

2019-20 Academic Year
Fall or Spring
(4 Months)
Academic Year
(9 Months)
Tuition & Segregated Fees
Based on minimum enrollment of 12 credits each term
$19,393 $38,786
Estimated Living Expenses $7,044 $15,849
Total Estimated Cost $26,437 $54,635

 

Summer 2020 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
$4,888 $9,723
Estimated Living Expenses $1,761 $3,522
Total Estimated Cost $6,649 $13,245

 

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**

2019-20 Academic Year Fall or Spring
(4 Months)
Academic Year
(9 Months)
Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 8 credits each term
$12,946 $25,892
Estimated Living Expenses $7,044 $15,849
Total Estimated Cost $19,990 $41,741

 

Summer 2020 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
$3,276 $6,499
Estimated Living Expenses $1,761 $3,522
Total Estimated Cost $5,037 $10,021

 

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**

2019-20 Academic Year Fall or Spring
(4 Months)
Academic Year
(9 Months)
Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 3 credits each term
$4,888 $9,776
Estimated Living Expenses $7,044 $15,849
Total Estimated Cost $11,932 $25,625

 

Summer 2020 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
$3,276 $4,888
Estimated Living Expenses
$1,761 $3,522
Total Estimated Cost $5,037 $8,410

 

*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.

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.