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 ($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**

2020-21 Academic Year
Fall or Spring
(4 Months)
Academic Year
(9 Months)
Tuition & Segregated Fees
Based on minimum enrollment of 12 credits each term
$19,815 $39,630
Estimated Living Expenses $7,044 $15,849
Total Estimated Cost $26,859 $55,479

 

Summer 2021 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
$4,993 $9,934
Estimated Living Expenses $1,761 $3,522
Total Estimated Cost $6,754 $13,456

 

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)
Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 8 credits each term
$13,227 $26,454
Estimated Living Expenses $7,044 $15,849
Total Estimated Cost $20,271 $42,303

 

Summer 2021 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
$3,346 $6,640
Estimated Living Expenses $1,761 $3,522
Total Estimated Cost $5,107 $10,162

 

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)
Tuition & Segregated Fees*
Based on minimum enrollment of 3 credits each term
$4,993 $9,986
Estimated Living Expenses $7,044 $15,849
Total Estimated Cost $12,037 $25,835

 

Summer 2021 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
$3,346 $4,993
Estimated Living Expenses
$1,761 $3,522
Total Estimated Cost $5,107 $8,515

 

*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. 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 by the Registrar’s Office to cover future transcript requests and other documents. These fees are not factored into our estimated cost charts.

Students Without Enrollment Requirements

2020-21 Academic Year Per-Credit
Tuition Chart

Number of Credits Taken Tuition & Segregated Fees
1 $1,700
2 $3,346
3 $4,993
4 $6,640
5 $8,287
6 $9,934
7 $11,580
8 $13,227
9 $14,874
10 $16,521
11 $18,168
12-18 credits $19,815

 

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., 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.

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 $65 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.

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?
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.