Cost of Attendance

Students on F-1/J-1 Visas

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 as required by the F-1/J-1 visa for your educational level (undergraduate, graduate, or dissertator).
  • Estimated living expenses for the program duration. This amount includes mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), housing with utilities, food, books & supplies, the $100 semesterly International Student Services (ISS) fee and incidentals.

Estimated Tuition for the 2024-25 Academic Year
Please note that the charts below represent our team’s best estimate for the 2024-25 tuition rate. These figures were calculated based on the 2023-24 rate plus a small estimated tuition increase from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For now, these estimates are subject to change without notice. The tuition rate for 2024-25 will be finalized by the UW System Board of Regents in July 2024, at which point this page will be updated. If the rates differ significantly from our estimate we will notify all admitted students at that time.

UPDATE May 23, 2024: In April the Board of Regents of the state of Wisconsin approved a tuition & segregated fee increase that was slightly higher than our 2024-25 estimates originally posted to this page. Additional information was recently posted to the Bursar’s Office website which enabled our office to update our estimated cost of attendance. The increase is roughly $449 higher for undergraduate-level students, $286 higher for graduate-level students, and $84 higher for dissertator-level students each semester of attendance. The charts below have been updated to reflect our new estimates, which should be finalized in July 2024. All admitted fall 2024 VISP students have been notified of this change.

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**

2024-25 Academic Year
Fall or Spring
(1 semester)
Academic or Calendar Year
(2 semesters)
Estimated Tuition & Segregated Fees
Based on minimum enrollment of 12 credits each term
$21,551 $43,102
Estimated Living Expenses $9,964 $20,226
Total Estimated Cost $31,515 $63,328
Summer 2024 4-Week Session 8-Week Session
Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum of 3 credits in the 4-week; 6 credits in the 8-week term
$5,210 $10,401
Estimated Living Expenses $2,678 $4,958
Total Estimated Cost $7,888 $15,359

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**

2024-25 Academic Year Fall or Spring
(1 semester)
Academic or Calendar Year
(2 semesters)
Estimated Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 8 credits each term
$14,367 $28,734
Estimated Living Expenses $9,964 $20,226
Total Estimated Cost $24,331 $48,960
Summer 2024 4-Week Session 8-Week Session
Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 2 credits in the 4-week; 4 credits in the 8-week term
$3,480 $6,940
Estimated Living Expenses $2,678 $4,958
Total Estimated Cost $6,158 $11,898

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**

2024-25 Academic Year Fall or Spring
(1 semester)
Academic or Calendar Year
(2 semesters)
Estimated Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 3 credits each term
$5,388 $10,776
Estimated Living Expenses $9,964 $20,226
Total Estimated Cost $15,352 $31,002
Summer 2024 4-Week Session 8-Week Session
Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum of 2 credits in the 4-week; 3 credits in the 8-week term
$3,480 $5,210
Estimated Living Expenses
$2,678 $4,958
Total Estimated Cost $6,158 $10,168

*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. The per-credit tuition rate is available below for your reference, and is based on the international column of the “Undergraduate & Special” tuition rate from the Bursar’s Office website.

**In addition to the tuition and segregated fees listed above, students will be charged a one-time official document fee of $130 by the Registrar’s Office to cover future transcript requests and other documents.

Students Without Enrollment Requirements

2024-25 Estimated Academic Year Per-Credit
Tuition Chart

Number of Credits Taken Estimated Tuition & Segregated Fees
1 $1,796
2 $3,592
3 $5,388
4 $7,184
5 $8,980
6 $10,776
7 $12,571
8 $14,367
9 $16,163
10 $17,959
11 $19,775
12-18 credits $21,551

Online-Only Students & Alternate Visa Situations
Students not on UW-Madison-issued F-1/J-1 visas have more flexibility in their enrollment. This group includes those studying with us online-only located outside of the U.S. taking part in special programs, individuals who hold dual citizenship, and those with other less-common visa situations.

Students without an enrollment requirement can enroll in as little as one credit or as many as 18 credits each fall or spring semester. Summer maximum enrollments vary by length of program.

All VISP students including this group are assessed tuition & fees on a per-credit basis using the chart to the left. This is based on the international column of the “Undergraduate & Special” tuition rate from the Bursar’s Office website.

Note: depending on your visa status, you may only be charged the non-resident rate instead of the international student rate, which would result in a nominal cost savings. If your bill is slightly lower than the amount listed here, that is likely the reason.

Additional Charges
In addition to the amounts listed on the chart to the left, students will be charged a one-time official document fee of $130 by the Registrar’s Office their first term of enrollment to cover future transcript requests and other documents. Additional fees may include electronic textbook fees, late payment fees, returned check fees, etc.

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 need or merit-based individual 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.