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We're happy that you're considering applying to UW Oshkosh!  If you have any questions at all as you go through this process, please contact us at +1-920-424-0775 or at .

Application
Application Deadlines
UW Oshkosh will accept applications after the application deadlines.  Applicants who have not submitted all required application documents in time to schedule a visa appointment may continue their application for the next semester.
For FallRecommendedFirst Friday in May
Final to guarantee time for the visa interview processFirst Friday in June
Final for transfersMonday before orientation
For SpringRecommendedFirst Friday in November
Final to guarantee time for the visa interview processFirst Friday in December
Final for transfersMonday before orientation
Application

Complete our application process in three steps plus apply for a scholarship!

  • Step I: Apply for Admission to the University
  • Step II: Apply for your Immigration Documents
  • Step III:  Share Biographical and Health Information
  • Optional: Apply for a Scholarship
Optional: Apply for a Scholarship

Need-based Scholarship Application for applicants who are unable to pay the total required amount shown on the form.  This is the same form that you will use in STEP II for the "Application to Receive Form I-20 or Form DS-2019".
Step I: Apply for Admission to the University

University of Wisconsin System Application  Choose “University of Wisconsin Oshkosh” on this application.  This application will require payment of a $50 application fee by credit card.  Your electronic application will be sent to UW Oshkosh after you submit.

Proof of English Proficiency  Identify UW Oshkosh as the institution that should receive your test results.  If you need to provide an address, the testing company must send these results to: Office of International, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901, USA.

Official transcripts or marks sheets plus diplomas and certificates that confirm the degree granted, in the original language. 

  • All documents not in English must be accompanied by an official English translation.
  • Transcripts must include the full list of courses completed plus grades for each course EXCEPT courses currently in progress. An updated transcript must be submitted after final grades become available.
  • First-year students (freshmen) must submit documents from all secondary schools previously attended.
  • Students with 29 or fewer college-level credits (less than one year of study) earned at a U.S. university/college OR a U.S. university/college outside the U.S. must submit documents from all secondary schools, colleges and universities previously attended.
  • Students with 30 or more college-level credits (more than one year of study) earned at a U.S. university/college OR a U.S. university/college outside the U.S. must submit documents from all colleges and universities previously attended.
  • TRANSCRIPTS, DIPLOMAS & CERTIFICATES MUST BE SENT DIRECTLY TO UW OSHKOSH BY THE ISSUING INSTITUTION.  Alternatively, applicants may send transcripts, diplomas and certificates to UW Oshkosh IF they are SEALED in an envelope which has clearly been provided by the academic institution awarding the transcripts, diplomas or certificates.
  • Students who have studied at a U.S. institution may be able to send transcripts electronically through the Credentials Electronic Exchange.  If this is an option for you,  please let your international admissions counselor know that you are sending your transcripts electronically and give the date on which your transcripts should arrive at UW Oshkosh.  Use the email address  to make this notification.
  • Mail original documents to: Office of International Education, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901, USA.
Step II: Apply for your Immigration Documents (I-20 or DS-2019)
You may begin this step before you receive an admissions letter, or you may wait to hear the results of your Application for Admission before beginning.  If the application deadline is soon, consider submitting these documents as soon after you have completed the above list as possible.

Application to Receive Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 signed by the applicant AND by all (if any) financial sponsors.  ALL applicants complete this form regardless of the source of funding.  This is the same form that you used if you applied for a Scholarship "Need-based Scholarship Application".

Evidence of Financial Resources  Document requirements are explained on the Application to Receive Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.

Copy of the biographical page of your passport , if you have one.

If you plan to bring one or more dependents with you to the U.S., request the "Dependents Application" form BEFORE you complete the Commitment of Financial Resources form.
Step III: Share Biographical and Health Information
You may begin this step before you receive an admissions letter or before you receive an I-20, or you may wait to hear the results of your Application for Admission and your I-20 before beginning.  If the application deadline is soon, consider submitting these documents as soon after you have completed the above list as possible.

Student Health Form completed by a doctor or other appropriate health provider

Copy of the biographical page of your passport, if you have not already submitted this.

Copies of previously issued U.S. Visas (if you have been given a U.S. visa in the past)

Copies of previously issued I-20's or DS-2019's. (if you have been in the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 visa in the past)

 The review of your application will take between 2-4 weeks depending on the timing of the application submission. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified by email.

UW Oshkosh will issue a Form I-20 or DS-2019 only after admission by the Admissions Office and verification of adequate financial resources as required by federal regulations. UW Oshkosh encourages the enrollment of qualified international students in suitable programs and seeks to attract students whose academic potential has already been recognized in their home countries. An international student is classified for educational purposes as a person who is a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than the United States. UW Oshkosh is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. The Office of International Education is responsible for ensuring that the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh complies with all applicable laws set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of State, and other government agencies.

Admissions Criteria
First-year Students
UW Oshkosh follows a comprehensive approach to admissions, considering ALL of the following factors.  Each factor is equally important and helps to create a picture of a student's past performance. Past performance is the indicator that the university uses to determine the probability of future success.  Because all of the factors below must be considered together to make an admissions decision, it isn't possible to tell a prospective student whether they will (or even may) be admissible until ALL application materials have been submitted.
Factors include:
  • completion of a rigorous college preparatory curriculum at the high school (or equivalent) level;
  • cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or 6.25 on a 10-point scale
    OR
    when scores are calculated based on a comparison of each student to the average of all of the other students, scores of 1, 2 and 3 (based on a 10-point scale with 1 being the highest); 
  • grades or scores specifically in college preparatory courses;
  • high school class rank (if available);
  • grade or score trends throughout the high school career (does the student perform the same, better or worse as he/she progresses through high school?);
  • English proficiency score;
  • personal statement addressing leadership experiences, community service, motivation and life circumstances that will positively contribute to the University's strength and reflect its mission and values; AND
  • letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak directly to the applicant's ability to be academically successful.
NOTE
  • A "GPA" cannot be calculated from scores that are based on a comparison of each student to the average of all other students.
  • If grades or scores show that a student's performance was lower over one semester or year than the semesters that came before and after, this must be addressed in the personal statement.
Transfer Students

UW Oshkosh follows a comprehensive approach to admissions, considering ALL of the following factors.  Each factor is equally important and helps to create a picture of a student's past performance. Past performance is the indicator that the university uses to determine the probability of future success.  Because all of the factors below must be considered together to make an admissions decision, it isn't possible to tell a prospective student whether they will (or even may) be admissible until ALL application materials have been submitted.

Factors include: individual course grades, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and the English proficiency score. An applicant's high school academic record will always be considered when fewer than 30 college-level semester credits have been earned at the time of application and may also be required of any student whose application requires further review.  See the eligibility of "First-year Students" for details in relation to high school records and eligibility.

Dual Degree and Degree Pathway Students

Admission criteria include individual course grades, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and the English proficiency score. An applicant's high school academic record will always be considered when fewer than 30 college-level semester credits have been earned at the time of application and may also be required of any student whose application requires further review.  See the eligibility of "First-year Students" for details in relation to high school records and eligibility.

English Proficiency Requirement

Undergraduate degree-seeking applicants affirm English language ability by:

  • having TOEFL, IELTS, or STEP/EIKEN scores submitted directly to UW Oshkosh by the testing agency; or
  • successfully completing the UW Oshkosh Intensive English program; or
  • successfully completing another pre-approved English language program*; or
  • successfully completing one year (approximately 30 credits) at a U.S. college or university; or
  • earning a high school diploma from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.

English Language Tests Accepted at UW Oshkosh

TOEFL Minimum score: 71 ibt (undergraduate)
Report must be mailed directly to UW Oshkosh (institution code: 1916) from the testing agency.

IELTS Minimum score: 6.0 (undergraduate)
Report must be mailed directly to UW Oshkosh from the testing agency.

STEP/EIKEN Minimum score: Level 1 (undergraduate only)
For students whose native language is Japanese.

*Other Approved English Language Programs

ELS Language Centers Minimum level: 112 (undergraduate only)

Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute (WESLI)
Minimum level 700 plus rating of “very good” in academic reading, writing, listening and speaking and minimum 75 on the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (undergraduate).

Madison English as a Second Language School (MESLS)
Minimum level advanced - 302 level courses in oral communication skills, reading, writing and grammar, with at least an AB grade average (graduate only).

Full Admission & Conditional Admission

Applicants who meet all admissions criteria including minimum language requirements may be admitted directly into the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Undergraduate applicants who meet all admissions criteria except minimum language requirements may be conditionally admitted into the University and may matriculate without re-applying for admission following successful completion of the UW Oshkosh Intensive English Program, another pre-approved English language program or an increase in test scores.

Undergraduate applicants who are conditionally admitted and intend to study through the UW Oshkosh IEP and graduate applicants who choose to attend the IEP will receive an I-20 specifically for the English Language training, per new federal guidelines. Upon successful completion of the IEP, the I-20 will be updated to reflect the student’s intended degree program.

Applicants who are conditionally admitted but do not intend to study through the UW Oshkosh IEP will, after meeting minimum language requirements, be required to submit updated immigration-related paperwork prior to receiving an I-20.

Transfer
Transfer Student

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is able to transfer undergraduate courses from accredited or recognized universities and colleges and some courses from technical schools located both within and outside of the U.S. Applicants must provide detailed course descriptions or syllabi for each individual university course or module so that University of Wisconsin Oshkosh can give credit for the most appropriate equivalent course.

For transfer courses to be most useful to the student, they must be similar in nature, level and content to a course in the UW Oshkosh undergraduate curriculum and applicable to one of our academic programs. While courses which don’t meet these criteria may also be transferable, applicants should understand which of these courses will meet specific academic program graduation requirements and which may only count toward the number of course credits needed to graduate.

Continuing education courses and courses that are remedial, technical or vocational in nature are not transferable.

Courses from institutions which are not accredited and/or recognized by their home country ministry of education may be reviewed by the appropriate university departments to determine transferability.

Degree-seeking students can earn credit for IB courses taken prior to admission at UW Oshkosh. See the IB Course Transfer Chart for details.

Cost
Estimated Expenses

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Every August, tuition & fees, housing, meal and insurance fees are updated.  Estimates may change for students beginning after August.

ExpenseEstimate
Full-time Tuition & Fees$15,120*
Pre-arrival Course (on line)$250
Housing (double)$4,220
21 Meals/week Plan$3,036
Books & Student ID$1,000
Health Insurance$1,440
Total$25,066

Add approximately $60 per credit ($1,440) for engineering technology.

An accommodation deposit is due at the time that you reserve housing. All other fees payable to UW Oshkosh are due prior to the first day of class.

Fees payable to UW Oshkosh include tuition & fees, pre-arrival on-line course, housing, meals (semester only), books, student ID and health insurance. The housing fee is based on the lowest-cost accommodation in double rooms on the UW Oshkosh campus and includes the housing deposit. All students must purchase the UW Oshkosh insurance plan to be in compliance with U.S. Immigration policy and UW Oshkosh requirements.

In addition to fees owed to UW Oshkosh, you will incur personal expenses during your stay. On average, a student may spend approximately $1,000 each semester. Every individual's spending habits are different; an individual student’s personal expenses may be higher or lower than the estimate. Applicants are responsible for U.S. government fees in relation to the visa application. As of early 2014, these fees were approximately $200 for the US government SEVIS fee PLUS the in-country U.S. student visa fee.

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