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New Freshman Application Process

To apply for undergraduate admission, follow the instructions below. Please do not staple any of your application materials.

  • $44 Application Fee: Payable with a credit card at the same time you submit an online application.
  • Academic Records: Official transcripts and certificates mailed directly to UW-La Crosse from all secondary and post-secondary institutions, including English as a second language study, even if the program was not completed. Documents issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by literal English translations.  Photocopies, scanned or notarized copies are not accepted as official documents.
  • English Language Proficiency: Non-native English speakers must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 73 iBT or 550 pBT; or an official IELTS score of at least 6.0 with at least 5.5 in all subscores. UW-La Crosse’s institution code for ETS is 1914.
    • Undergraduate applicants who do not have the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score may be considered for conditional admission.  Students who are conditionally admitted are required to complete the UWL English as a Second Language program.
  • Passport Copy: Submit a copy of your passport page which contains your photo, name, country of origin, birth date, etc. This is to ensure that your information is entered correctly on your immigration documents.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall - July 15
  • Spring - December 15
  • Summer - May 1

Please send all application materials to:

Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601 
USA

Admitted Students 

If you have been admitted to UW-La Crosse, congratulations! Check out ouradmitted international student page to complete your next steps.

Transfer Student Application Process

To apply for undergraduate admission, follow the instructions below. Please do not staple any of your application materials.

  • $44 Application Fee: Payable with a credit card at the same time you submit an online application.
  • Academic Records: Official transcripts and certificates mailed directly to UW-La Crosse from all secondary and post-secondary institutions, including English as a second language study, even if the program was not completed.  Documents issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by literal English translations.  Photocopies, scanned or notarized copies are not accepted as official documents.
    • Course-by-Course Evaluations - For all post-secondary education taken outside the United States, an official WES or ECE course-by-course evaluation is required.
    • Course Descriptions - For all post-secondary education taken outside the United States, school-issued course descriptions must also be submitted.  This will allow us to review your courses for transfer credit.  If acceptable course descriptions are not submitted, transfer credit will not be awarded.
  • English Language Proficiency: Non-native English speakers must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 73 iBT or 550 pBT; or an official IELTS score of at least 6.0 with at least 5.5 in all subscores. UW-La Crosse’s institution code for ETS is 1914.
    • Undergraduate applicants who do not have the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score may be considered for conditional admission.  Students who are conditionally admitted are required to complete the UWL English as a Second Language program.
  • Passport Copy: Submit a copy of your passport page which contains your photo, name, country of origin, birth date, etc. This is to ensure that your information is entered correctly on your immigration documents.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall - July 15
  • Spring - December 15
  • Summer - May 1

Please send all application materials to:

Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601 
USA

Transfer Credit 

An official credit evaluation is performed after admittance to the university and submission of the enrollment deposit.  

Please review the Transfer Credit Policy for guidance on how your credits might transfer to UW-La Crosse, including information about Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Exam Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits. For questions about scheduling and academic advising, please consult the Academic Advising Center's list of frequently asked questions.

Credit is generally awarded for college-level course work completed at institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  Foreign institutions must be recognized by the appropriate authority in that country, such as the Ministry of Education. Courses must be similar in nature, level, and content to a course in our undergraduate curriculum and applicable to one of our academic programs.  Continuing education courses, graduate-level courses, and courses that are remedial, technical, vocational, or doctrinal in nature are not transferable.

Admitted Students 

If you have been admitted to UW-La Crosse, congratulations! Check out our admitted international student page to complete your next steps.

Graduate Application Process

To apply for graduate admission, please follow the instructions below. Please do not staple any of your application materials.

  • $56 Application Fee: Payable with a credit card at the same time you submit an online application.
  • Academic Records: Official transcripts and certificates from all post-secondary education, including English as a second language study, even if the program was not completed.  Documents issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by literal English translations.  Photocopies, scanned or notarized copies are not accepted as official documents.
    • Course-by-Course Evaluations - For all post-secondary education taken outside of the United States, an official WES or ECE course-by-course evaluation is required.
  • English Proficiency: Non-native English speakers must meet one of the following for admission:
    • Official TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT or 550 pBT - Institution Code: 1914.
    • Official IELTS score of at least 6.0.
      • TOEFL and IELTS scores cannot be more than 2 years old.
    • A bachelor’s or higher degree from UWL or another approved institution where English is the sole language of instruction may also fulfill this requirement.
      • Degree must be earned within two years of your expected enrollment at UWL.
      • The applicant must have attended the institution for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Program Specific Requirements: Some graduate programs may require additional documents. Please contact your intended graduate program directly to inquire about any additional requirements they might have. Official GRE or GMAT scores are required by some graduate programs.
  • Passport Copy: Submit a copy of your passport page which contains your photo, name, country of origin, birth date, etc..  This is to ensure that your information is entered correctly on your immigration documents.

Application Deadlines

  • Graduate application deadlines vary by program.  Please check with the graduate program to which you are applying for application deadlines.  

Please send all application materials to:

Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601 
USA

Admitted Students 

If you have been admitted to UW-La Crosse, congratulations! Check out ouradmitted international student page to complete your next steps.

ESL Application Process

The English as a Second Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers courses at six levels of English proficiency from beginning to advanced level.  The ESL Institute provides instruction for those who wish to strengthen their English skills for personal or professional reasons or to meet the requirements for degree study at UWL.

To apply for ESL admission, please follow the steps below. Please do not staple any of your application materials.

  • Academic Records: Copies of academic records in all previous secondary school and post-secondary education undertaken.  This includes all transcripts, mark sheets, and national examination results.  Documents issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by literal English translations.
  • Passport Copy: Submit a copy of your passport page which contains your photo, name, country of origin, birth date, etc..  This is to ensure that your information is entered correctly on your immigration documents.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall - July 15
  • Spring - December 15
  • Summer - May 1

Please send all application materials to:

Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601 
USA

Admitted Students 

If you have been admitted to UW-La Crosse, congratulations! Check out ouradmitted international student page to complete your next steps. 

Exchange Student Application Process

We're glad that you will be joining us as an exchange student from one of our partner institutions!  

  • Academic Records: Submit your university transcripts. Non-English documents must be accompanied by an English translation.
  • Passport: Submit a copy of your passport page which contains your photo, name, country of origin, birth date, etc.
  • English Language Proficiency (Non-native English speakers): Submit a TOEFL score of at least 73 iBT or 550 pBT; or an IELTS score of at least 6.0 with at least 5.5 in all subscores.
  • Proof of Funding: Submit a completed Financial Certification Form and accompanying bank statement.  For immigration purposes, you must prove that you are able to fund your studies as an exchange student at UWL.
All exchange students are required to live in on-campus housing.  After you have been officially admitted as an exchange student, you will receive instructions on how to reserve housing.
 
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Robert Packard, International Admissions Specialist. Please do not staple any of your application materials.

Please send all application materials to:

Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601 
USA

Admitted Students 

If you have been admitted to UW-La Crosse, congratulations! Check out ouradmitted international student page to complete your next steps.