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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. 

Graduate Admissions Deadlines

  • Fall: March 1

  • Spring: Sept. 1

International applicants may apply for fall or spring admission based on what is available for a 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 another 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 its 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).

Processing will not proceed if the fee is not paid.  It's recommended you pay the fee at the time you submit the online application.

Letters of recommendation

Generally, three are required, however, only two are needed for Educational Leadership, Math Education, Professional Counseling, Psychology, Special Education and any certificate program.  The MBA program does not require letters of recommendation.  Please refer to the program requirements and website for the appropriate format for letters of recommendation.

Evidence of English proficiency, demonstrated by:

    • Submitting an official TOEFL score (minimum 550 paper-based or 79–80 internet-based [UW Oshkosh's ETS test code for the GRE is #1916]) 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;

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 they believe an applicant may not meet or must further demonstrate English language proficiency to succeed in graduate studies, other proof of proficiency may be required.

UW Oshkosh offers limited English language training for preparing graduate students.  At the completion of the program, the student must still take and submit a passing TOEFL score of 79 to be considered for admission to a graduate program.  Click on the IIE link directly below to search for other language schools in Wisconsin.


In some cases, the criteria below may also demonstrate English language proficiency.  Further Graduate Studies review is required when considering these criteria.

    • 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).

Transcript Translations

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. 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.

Credential Evaluation

A course-by-course credential evaluation report (grades, credits and degree assessment) of foreign undergraduate (and graduate/post-graduate if applicable) academic records used for admission is required. Go to either the NACES or AICE websites to find an appropriate evaluator.  Information about a credential evaluation report can also be found at any evaluator's website.

Test Scores

GRE or GMAT test score, if applicable.  [UW Oshkosh's ETS test code for the GRE is #1916.  Information about applying for the GRE Fee Reduction program]

Financial Information

Completed and have notarized a Confidential Declaration of Financial Resources form.

Health Screening

Completed Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Report form unless the applicant has been in the U.S. for at least one year. 

Estimated Expenses and Costs, Academic Year 2019 - 2020

(NOTE: Tuition is planned to be increased by 2% for 2019-2020. This should occur after July 2019.)

Expenses/Cost CategoriesAmount
(9 months)
Tuition and Fees $17,970
Housing** and Dining  $ 9,976
Books and Course Materials  $ 1,298
Transportation  $    450
Personal  $ 4,077
Medical/Health Insurance  $ 1,515
 TOTAL $35,286

 ** - Find information here about housing options.

Nonresident* Partial Graduate Tuition Remission (waiver)

A combination need- and academic achievement-based financial award, a nonresident tuition remission provides international students with partial financial assistance towards their nonresident* 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 returned 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.


* - Nonresident refers to that portion of tuition over and above resident tuition.  All students are still responsible for paying the resident portion of tuition for which they are billed.  This is in addition to all other fees and expenses charged.