Any international student who has completed at least one semester of college/university study and meets the proficiency requirements below is welcome to apply. Applicants do not need to be currently enrolled in an educational institution.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
Non-native speakers of English and those who have not recently studied at a university where English was the language of instruction must provide language proficiency test scores showing scores at or equal to the following:
Traditional Test Options:
IELTS: Minimum of 6.5
TOEFL: Minimum of 80 (iBT) / 550 (PBT)
TOEIC: Minimum of 685
Online Test Options:
Duolingo English Test: Minimum 105
iTEP Academic: Minimum 3.8
TOEFL At Home: Minimum of 80 (iBT)
Students who do not meet our English proficiency requirements can check out our new WESLI UW Experience program for ESL + academic coursework.
Undergraduate Level Students
Undergraduate level students have had at least one semester of college/university study and will not have completed their degree before arriving in Madison. Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum grade point average (GPA) equivalent at home university of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. View this international grade conversion guide and contact us if you have any questions.
Graduate and Dissertator Level Students
Graduate level students have completed an undergraduate degree and may or may not have started a graduate program. Dissertator-level students have completed all PhD coursework requirements and are currently working on a dissertation, or have completed a PhD. No additional requirements apply for students in these classifications.