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New freshman

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

  • 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 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 with at least 5.5 in all subscores
    • 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.

  • Proof of FundingComplete an Affidavit of Support with supporting bank statement.  Funding must be equal or greater than our estimated costs for undergraduate study.
  • 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
  • Summer - May 1

Please send all application materials to:

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

 

Connect with us:

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. 

Transfer

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

  • 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 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.
    • Course-by-Course Evaluations: The Admissions Office reserves the right to request an official WES or ECE course-by-course evaluation for any education taken outside of the U.S.
  • 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 with at least 5.5 in all subscores
    • 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. This is to ensure that your information is entered correctly on your immigration documents.

Application Priority Dates

  • 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, 2342 Student Union
La Crosse, WI 54601 
USA

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

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

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

  • 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: The Admissions Office reserves the right to request an official WES or ECE course-by-course evaluation for any education taken outside of the United States. Submission of a WES or ECE evaluation may speed up the decision process in some cases.
      • The Doctor of Physical Therapy 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:
    • 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, 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. 

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. 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 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.

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!  

  • Academic Records: Submit your university transcripts. Non-English documents must be accompanied by an English translation.
  • 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): 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 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.