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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

Apply by the recommended deadline in order to register for courses at the same time as other degree-seeking students. Late applications will be accepted through the final deadline. Exceptions may be made to the final deadline on a case-by-case basis but are not guaranteed.

For FallRecommendedFirst Friday in May
FinalFirst Friday in June
For SpringRecommendedFirst Friday in November
FinalFirst Friday in December
Application
Complete the following on line:

University of Wisconsin System Application
Choose “University of Wisconsin Oshkosh” from the drop down list; this application will require payment of a $44 application fee by credit card.  Your electronic application will be sent to UW Oshkosh after you submit.

Office of International Education Intake Form
Before
completing this on-line form, read all of the questions on the form.  The form requires you to upload documents.  After reading through the questions on the form, you will know which documents you must have prepared in advance for upload.  THIS FORM CANNOT BE SAVED - YOU MUST SUBMIT THIS FORM AT THE TIME THAT YOU COMPLETE IT.

Request that the following be submitted directly by the testing agency to: Admissions Office (International Admissions), University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901, USA.
Proof of English Proficiency
--You must also upload an unofficial copy of your scores when completing the "University of Wisconsin Oshkosh International Students Form".--
Mail the following directly to: Admissions Office (International Admissions), University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901, USA.
Two Letters of Recommendation from teachers, professors, community members, employers or others who can comment on your potential to succeed at the university level. 
--You must also upload a copy of each recommendation when completing the "University of Wisconsin Oshkosh International Students Form".--

Official transcripts or marks sheets plus diplomas and certificates that confirm the degree granted, in the original language. 
--You must also upload a copy of your transcripts or marks sheets plus any diplomas and/or certificates you may have when completing the "University of Wisconsin Oshkosh International Students Form".  Create ONE pdf to include ALL of the documents that you have.--

  • 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 must submit documents from all secondary schools previously attended.
  • Transfer students with 29 or fewer college-level credits must submit documents from all secondary schools, colleges and universities previously attended.
  • Transfer students with 30 or more college-level credits 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.
Declaration of Financial Resources signed by the applicant AND by all (if any) financial sponsors.

--ALL applicants complete this form regardless of the source of their funding.—

One or more of the following, so that the total available to you in US dollars adds up to the total required amount shown on the Declaration of Financial Resources:

  • A copy of your personal bank statement
  • A copy of your parents’ or other sponsor’s bank statement.
  • A letter from your government or a scholarship agency indicating the total sponsorship in US dollars per year of study.
Tuition Remission/Scholarship Application
--Optional; intended for applicants who are unable to pay the total required amount shown on the Declaration of Financial Resources form.--
Student Health Form completed by a doctor or other appropriate health provider
Copy of the biographical page of your passport
--Can be submitted later if you do not yet have one.--
Copies of any previously issued U.S. Visas
Copies of any previously issued I-20's or DS-2019's
--ONLY required from students who have previously been in the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 visa.--
If you plan to bring one or more dependents with you to the U.S., request the “Dependents” application and submit this along with your application packet.

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 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 also attempts to ensure 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

Academic Year
2015 – 2016
Estimated Expenses for Nine Months (late August through early June)

ExpenseEstimate
Tuition$15,450
Room & Board$7,400
Books$1,000
Health Insurance$1,250
Transportation$750
Personal$2,000
Total$27,850

Tuition is determined annually in early August just prior to the start of the academic year and applies to the following fall semester, spring semester and summer. Therefore, the estimates available from the link above will change each August and apply to the academic year starting in September of the same year.

An individual student’s expenses may be higher than the estimate given above based on accommodation choice (accommodation above is based on the lowest-cost on-campus accommodation at UW Oshkosh), enrollment in greater than 18 credits per semester, enrollment in courses with significantly higher book estimates, personal travel around the state or country, etc. and do not include international travel.
Scholarships & Tuition Assistance

Scholarships

Tuition Assistance Scholarships

Financial assistance in the form of tuition waivers may be available for applicants with superior academic records who are also unable to cover the total required amount shown on the Declaration of Financial Resources form.

Undergraduate degree-seeking students with financial need can apply for tuition assistance scholarships. A link to the application is included in the list of application documents on this website.


Contact Us

Office of International Education
Dempsey Hall, Room 202
General: 
Phone: +1 (920) 424-0775
Fax: +1 (920) 424-0185

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