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Prospective Visiting

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

If you are coming to UW Oshkosh from a partner institution, apply to your own international office by your HOME campus deadlines.  If you are coming to UW Oshkosh directly, apply by the deadlines announced below.

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.

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Application

Complete our application process in three steps.

  • Step I: Apply for Acceptance to the University
  • Step II: Apply for your Immigration Documents
  • Step III:  Share Biographical and Health Information
Step I: Apply for Acceptance to the University

Special Student Form

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.

Acceptance Criteria
Visiting Students

Acceptance 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. 

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).

Cost
Estimated Expenses

Fall 2015 -Spring 2016

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

Expense1 Semester2 Semesters
Full-time Tuition & Fees$7,530$15,060
Pre-arrival Course$250$250
Housing (double)$2,110$4,220
21 Meals/week Plan$1,518$3,036
Books & Student ID$500$1,000
Health Insurance$720$1,440
Total$12,628$25,006

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, housing, meals, 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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