Admissions procedures have been designed to assist international students who plan to earn an undergraduate degree at UW-L or to study as a non-degree student. An international admissions specialist in the Office of International Education coordinates the admission process of any applicant who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.


International applicants must submit the following items:

  1. A completed International Student Application form available on the Web at and appropriate application and/or processing fees.

  2. Official academic records for secondary and all post-secondary education.

  3. TOEFL score of 550 for full university admission. Students with no TOEFL or with scores less than 550 may be granted “restricted” admission for degree or non-degree study. A comparable score of 73 on the internet-based TOEFL exam for undergraduate students can be used. Graduate students are required to have a 79 on the internet-based exam. In lieu of a TOEFL score, a band score of 6.0, with no sub score less than 5.5 is acceptable on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. An English proficiency exam (La Crosse Battery) upon arrival will determine if additional language study is required. Students who achieve a 550 TOEFL (or equivalent) while enrolled in ESL courses will be required to wait until the beginning of the next term before being released from the ESL program. (See information about the English as a Second Language Institute.)

  4. Financial certification verifying that sufficient funding is available for study at UW-La Crosse.

Detailed information regarding admission requirements is included on the Office of International Education Website.

Applicants admitted to the university and fulfilling all financial requirements will be sent an admission packet including the official letter of admission, applicable immigration documents, pre-arrival and registration information, and other information as appropriate.