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Prospective Exchange

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 Deadlines

Apply by the recommended deadline in order to register for courses at the same time as UW Oshkosh students who have completed the same number of years of university education as you have. 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 FallRecommendedApril 15
FinalMay 1
For SpringRecommendedOctober 15
FinalNovember 1

Complete our application process in three steps.

  • Step I: Apply for Admission to the Exchange Program
  • Step II: Apply for your Immigration Documents
  • Step III:  Share Biographical and Health Information
Step I: Apply for Admission to the Exchange Program

Online Application and 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.  Transcripts will be used to help UW Oshkosh staff enroll you in appropriate courses when you study here.
Step II: Apply for your Immigration Documents (I-20 or DS-2019)
You may begin this step before you receive an acceptance letter, or you may wait to hear the results of your Application for Acceptance 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.

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 Form DS-2019 only after acceptance 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

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. 

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).

Estimated Expenses

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

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 & Feespaid to home
paid to home
Housing (double)$2,320$4,640
21 Meals/week Plan$1,715


Books & Student ID$500$1000
Health Insurance$817$1754
Titan Welcome Week$150$150
*Students on the Hessen Exchange will also pay segregated fees, estimated $650 per semester. The estimates for Hessen exchange students are $6,152 (1 semester) and $12,274 (2 semesters)

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 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 2017, these fees were approximately $200 for the US government SEVIS fee PLUS the in-country U.S. student visa fee.

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Contact Us

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

Contact Us

Office of International Education
Dempsey Hall, Room 202
Phone: (920) 424-0775
Fax: (920) 424-0185
Emergency Contact

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