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International Student Admissions

At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, we recognize the value of many different voices among our students. We welcome students from around the world and strive to make their academic and personal life at UW Oshkosh a fulfilling one.

Let the experiences as an international student become a part of the rich heritage of the campus that is global diversity.

Note: International applicants interested in the on-line MS in Transnational Human Service Leadership should follow this link to separate instructions and requirements. 

Graduate Admissions Deadlines

  • Fall: March 1

  • Spring: Sept. 1

International applicants may apply for fall or spring admission based on what is available by program. Exceptions to these deadlines will be considered for applicants already in the United States, either as an F-1 visa holder or who have H-1B or other status. Browse the applicable program website for other information about admission deadlines.  You may also contact the Office of Graduate Studies for more information.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

The following application requirements must be met/received by the Office of Graduate Studies by the appropriate application deadline. Use the list below to guide your completion of the application. An application and it's related materials that are not complete will not be considered or may be delayed for an extended period of time.

  • Application for admission.

  • $56 (U.S.) application fee (this fee cannot be waived and is not refundable).

  • Three letters of recommendation except for the MBA program. The MBA program does not require letters of recommendation.

Evidence of English proficiency, demonstrated by:

    • Submitting an official TOEFL score (minimum 550 paper-based or 79–80 internet-based) or IELTS overall band score (minimum 7.0) OR;

    • Completion of the WESLI program (Madison, WI) at the 700 level with a B average or better and a WESLI recommendation for graduate studies; OR;

    • Completion of the MESLS program (Madison, WI) at the advanced curriculum level (302 level courses in oral communication skills, reading and writing, and grammar) with at least an AB grade average; OR;

    • Attending a U.S. college or university continuously for more than one year OR;

    • Having a completed U.S. undergraduate degree OR;

    • Receiving an undergraduate degree from a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction for both degree and non-degree courses (proficiency subject to corroboration with other evidence of English language skills) OR;

    • Residing in the U.S. for more than one year without being a student.

NOTE:  The University and its graduate programs reserve the right to further verify English proficiency in addition to TOEFL or IELTS scores, if in their assessment of an applicant's admissibility to a program, they believe an applicant may not meet or must further demonstrate English proficiency to succeed in graduate studies.

UW Oshkosh does not offer an English language institute or ESL, IELTS or TOEFL test preparation for graduate studies applicants.

The following are schools/institutes that have agreements with UW Oshkosh to prepare applicants for graduate studies:

Wisconsin ESL Institute (WESLI)Madison English as a Second Language School (MESLS)
A course-by-course credential evaluator report (grades, credits and degree assessment) of foreign undergraduate academic records used for admission is required. Go to the NACES website to find an appropriate evaluator.
  •  Official/attested version of all undergraduate and post-undergraduate transcripts/mark sheets including degree diploma or certificate. If an applicant is or was a UW Oshkosh graduate or undergraduate student, he/she does not need to provide an official UW Oshkosh transcript.
  • Certified English translation of all native language transcripts/mark sheets diplomas and degree certificates submitted for admission. Visit the American Translators Association website to find a certified translator.
  • GRE or GMAT test score, if applicable.


Estimated Expenses and Costs, Academic Year 2013 - 2014

Expenses/Cost CategoriesAmount
(9 months)
Tuition and Fees $18,706
Housing** and Dining  $ 7,660
Books and Course Materials  $ 1,200
Loan Fee Allowance  $    102
Transportation  $ 1,110
Personal  $ 2,091
Insurance  $    873
 TOTAL  $31,742

 ** - Find information here about housing options.

Non-Resident Partial Tuition Remission (waiver)

A need- and academic achievement-based financial award, a partial tuition remission provides international students with partial assistance towards their non-resident tuition.  Full tuition remission (waiver) is not available.

Program-Specific Requirements

A number of graduate programs have additional or other admission requirements. Please consult the appropriate program website for those requirements and deadlines, or refer to the appropriate program section in the Graduate Bulletin.

NOTE: All applications and documents submitted become the property of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the Office of Graduate Studies.  These documents are not return to the applicant/student regardless of admission or enrollment. Notarized/attested copies of original foreign transcripts are acceptable for issuing an admission decision however, if admitted, the student must present the original document for visual inspection of authenticity.

IMPORTANT: In order to ensure an accurate evaluation of transfer credit, requests for transfer credits must include syllabi for the coursework, preferably at the time of application.