Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

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:

  • 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.

Financial Documents

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:

Summer School

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.

Contact Graduate Admissions

Phone: 608-262-9163



Prospective Student Folder

Prospective Student Canvas Page

The La Follette School will hold several prospective graduate student information sessions this fall 2022 and the dates and times in Central Standard Time are below. Links to RSVP will be posted in mid-August. In-person sessions will be held at the La Follette School of Public Affairs in the Observatory Hill Conference Building room 110. 

Monday, September 19, 2022
12:00-1:00pm, in-person and via Zoom

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
3:00-4:00pm, in-person and via Zoom

Friday, November 11, 2022
12:00-1:00pm via Zoom

Thursday, December 8, 2022
3:00-4:00pm via Zoom

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