International student

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New Freshman

To apply for undergraduate admission, follow the instructions below:

  • $50 Application Fee: Payable with a credit card at the same time you submit an online application.
  • Academic Records: Official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended. Documents issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a literal English translation.
  • English Language Proficiency: Non-native English speakers must submit proof of English proficiency in order to be considered for admission. This can be demonstrated by:
    • 73 TOEFL score. Our Institution Code is 1914
    • 6.0 IELTS score
    • 54 PTE score
    • Completion of ELS Level 112
    • Completion of WESLI Level 700

      *Undergraduate applicants who cannot meet the English proficiency requirement may be considered for conditional admission.  Students who are conditionally admitted will begin their studies in the UWL English as a Second Language program.

  • Proof of FundingComplete the 2019-20 Financial Affidavit if you plan to enroll for fall/September 2019 or spring/January 2020.  Complete the 2020-21 Financial Affidavit if you plan to enroll for fall/September 2020 or spring/January 2021.
  • Passport Copy: Submit a copy of your passport page which contains your photo, name, country of origin, birth date, etc.

Please send all application materials to:

Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street, 2342 Student Union
La Crosse, WI 54601 
USA

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Admitted Students 

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

Transfer

To apply for undergraduate admission, follow the instructions below:

  • $50 Application Fee: Payable with a credit card at the same time you submit an online application.
  • Academic Records: Official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions.  Documents issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a literal English translation.
    • 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.
  • English Language Proficiency: Non-native English speakers must submit proof of English proficiency in order to be considered for admission. This can be demonstrated by:
    • 73 TOEFL score. Our Institution Code is 1914
    • 6.0 IELTS score
    • 54 PTE score
    • Completion of ELS Level 112
    • Completion of WESLI Level 700

      *Undergraduate applicants who cannot meet the English proficiency requirement 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.

Please send all application materials to:

Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street, 2342 Student Union
La Crosse, WI 54601 
USA

If you have any questions, please contact us at intladmissions@uwlax.edu.

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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.

Foreign institutions must be recognized by the appropriate authority in the country, such as the Ministry of Education. Credits considered for transfer to UWL must have been earned at regionally accredited institutions, e.g., Higher Learning Commission. 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

To apply for graduate admission, please follow the instructions below:

  • $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. Documents issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a literal English translation.
    • The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program requires a WES or ECE evaluation to be submitted as part of the application process.
  • English Proficiency: Non-native English speakers must meet one of the following for admission:
    • TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT or 550 pBT - Institution Code: 1914.
    • IELTS score of at least 6.0.
      • TOEFL and IELTS scores cannot be more than 2 years old.
    • 60 PTE score
    • 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.
  • Passport Copy: Submit a copy of your passport page which contains your photo, name, country of origin, birth date, etc.

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, 2342 Student Union
La Crosse, WI 54601 
USA

If you have any questions, please contact us at intladmissions@uwlax.edu.

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Admitted Students 

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

English as a Second Language

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:

  • Academic Records: Academic transcripts showing completion of at least high school graduation. 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 Priority Dates

  • Fall - July 15
  • Spring - December 15

Please send all application materials to:

Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street, 2342 Student Union
La Crosse, WI 54601 
USA

If you have any questions, please contact us at intladmissions@uwlax.edu.

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Admitted Students 

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

Exchange

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

  • The UW System application, available online at https://apply.wisconsin.edu.
    • Apply as a special/non-degree student
    • Exchange students do not need to pay an application fee.
  • Academic Records: Submit your university transcripts. Documents issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a literal English translation. Please also provide a list of courses currently in progress on a separate document if they are not included on your transcript.
  • Course Selection FormUse the UWL course catalog or course timetable (when available) to select courses you would like to take during your time at UWL. Academic advisors will review your course selection and determine which courses you may or may not take based on availability and your prerequisites.
  • 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): 
    • 73 TOEFL score
    • 6.0 IELTS score
    • 54 PTE score
  • Proof of Funding: Submit a completed Affidavit of Support 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, 2342 Student Union
La Crosse, WI 54601 
USA

If you have any questions, please contact us at intladmissions@uwlax.edu.

Admitted Students 

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

ESTIMATED INTERNATIONAL TUITION & FEES

Academic year Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 tuition

  Undergraduate
(2 semesters)
Graduate
(2 semesters)
Tuition and Fees $17,990 $20,050
International Fees $350 all students $350 all students
Orientation Fee $150 new students $150 new students
Housing $4,640 (based on Eagle Hall) $5,990 (based on Reuter Hall)
Meal Plan (based on the Eagle) $2,595 $2,595
Health Insurance $1,770 $1,770
Personal Expenses $2,000 $2,000
Estimated Total $29,495 $32,905

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