International Student Services
International Student Services provides information, workshops, support, and assistance concerning visas.
A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution is required. International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor's degree. For specific information about comparable degrees in your country, and which academic documents are required, refer to the Grad School Admissions Requirements web page.
The La Follette School welcomes applications from international students. International students may find the following information useful when considering application to the La Follette School of Public Affairs. In addition to references, education transcripts, personal statement, and the online application, each student must submit these standardized test scores:
- Graduate Record Examination
All students, including international students, must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores before they can be considered for admission. Because it normally takes three to six weeks for the Educational Testing Service to process GRE scores, applicants should plan to take the GRE in October so that results are received in time to be considered in January for admission beginning in the fall semester.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language
Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Applicants may take the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS in their home country, in the United States, or in Canada.
An admitted applicant must have above these minimum scores: TOEFL paper-based test score 580, TOEFL computer-based test score 237, TOEFL Internet-based test score 92, IELTS score 7, or MELAB score 82. If a student has the minimum or close to the minimum, the admitted applicant then must take the on-campus English-as-a-second-language exam and register for any recommended English-as-a-second-language course(s) in the first semester of graduate study.
The Graduate School does not request financial documents from international applications until a recommendation for admission has been received. Students wishing to learn more about the cost of attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison should consult: https://financialaid.wisc.edu/cost-of-attendance/
International students are strongly advised to improve their language skills before beginning a La Follette School degree program. The University of Wisconsin–Madison offers two English-as-a-second-language courses during the eight-week summer session:
- English 110 Intensive English as a Second Language
- English 118 English as a Second Language: English Composition
For more information about these courses, students should contact the ESL program directly.