University of Wisconsin, Madison
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Engineering Exchange Information
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the largest and most respected universities in the United States, with more than 40,000 students in residence and some 340,000 alumni living around the world. As the flagship campus of Wisconsin's public university system, UW-Madison has deep connections with its home state, but also a proud tradition of thinking and acting globally. Few institutions anywhere are more widely recognized as leaders in research, teaching, and public service.
Often cited as one of the most picturesque university settings in the country, the campus is strikingly cosmopolitan. Students attend from every state in the nation and more than 120 countries. The university extends welcome to people of all backgrounds and cultures, offering them a place to explore and express their creativity.
Growing with the times to meet changing needs in education and research has kept the university great. With an eye to the future, the university continues to change, guaranteeing a community and environment where true learning can take place.
TERMS OF EXCHANGE
- Undergraduate Students: Accepted
- Graduate Students: Accepted
- Computer Science Majors: NOT Accepted
Fall, Spring, Academic Year or Calendar Year
TOEFL scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students. Also acceptable are the IELTS & Michigan Tests.
Minimum TOEFL scores:
- Paper-based - 577
- Computer-based - 233
- Internet-based - 90
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics
- Geological Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics
Additional application materials?
All forms available or listed online.
- DS-2019 form
- UW-Madison non-degree student application
- Transcript release form
- Post-secondary transcripts
- Financial documents confirming total available funds for duration of study
When will students receive their acceptance package?
Admission will be confirmed within one month of receipt of application, and should receive the admissions documents 6-8 weeks after the application is received.
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
- Fall : Early September to approximately December 23
- Spring : Mid-January to mid-May
Course descriptions | Schedule of classes
Engineering course descriptions (by dept)
Workload per semester
Immigration regulations require you to be enrolled in a full-time program of study while participating in the UW-Madison exchange program. Depending on the number of credits assigned to the classes you choose, that means that you must register for at least three or four classes totaling: at least 8 (to 12) credits if you are graduate student at your home institution, or: at least 12 (to 18) credits if you are an undergraduate at your home institution.
One copy of the official transcripts will be sent to the students’ home institutions upon completion of the semester(s) at UW-Madison. Additional official copies can be ordered free of charge by students. Unofficial copies can be requested for free through MyUW.
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
Most exchange students live on campus (dormitories) or in apartments. Soon after admission, students will receive an email from the UW Housing office to apply for on-campus housing, and interested students are encouraged to apply. Most on-campus residence halls are typically inhabited by first and second year students. Be sure to review descriptions of individual residence halls to determine if there is one that would be a good match for you.
Housing in Madison during the fall semester is challenging. Students are strongly encouraged to arrange on-campus housing especially if they will be in Madison for the fall semester only.
When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?
Students can typically move into the on-campus residence halls 7-10 days before classes begin.
Please visit our website for information on obtaining a visa.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
Health insurance is required for international students studying at the University of Wisconsin. All international students attending the UW-Madison are required to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), a special health insurance program for international students.
When should I arrive?
Students must arrive in time to attend the required International Student Orientation, which takes place the week before classes begin. A complete schedule of the week's events will be available about a month before your arrival; however the date is set approximately one year in advance so you can plan your travel. International students cannot enter the United States any more than 30 days before the start of the semester.
Is airport reception available?
If you are flying to Madison, you will arrive at the Dane County Regional Airport, located about 7 miles from campus. Taxi service from the airport to campus is approximately $25 one-way. It is customary to tip. If there are no taxis waiting at the airport, you can call Union Cab (242-2000), Badger Cab (256-5566), Madison Taxi (255-TAXI) or others. We recommend simply writing down your address on a piece of paper and handing it to the cab driver at the airport. That way you can avoid any miscommunication! If you arranged for a family stay through Madison Friends of International Students (MFIS), they typically pick you up at the airport, although you should confirm this arrangement.
If you are flying into Chicago's O'Hare Airport, you can take the Van Galder bus to Madison. Van Galder buses depart daily, every 1-1½ hours, between 6:30 AM and 10:30 PM. The fare is approximately $30 one-way and you can buy your ticket from the bus driver or online. The bus journey from Chicago to Madison takes approximately three hours, as the Van Galder stops in several smaller towns before it arrives in Madison. Once in Madison, the bus will make two stops. You'll want to get off at the second Madison stop, which is on the UW's campus. After you arrive, you can either take a taxi (you will need to call to request a taxi) or walk to your place of accommodation.
Is there any bank on campus?
The University of Wisconsin Credit Union (uwcu.org) will allow you to set up an account with your passport (it does not require a Social Security Number) and has many ATMs and locations on and near campus.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
Food/meals | Information on dining options and meal plans.
Housing | Information on housing options and rates.
Local transportation | You will receive a bus pass free of charge. This pass gives you access to all city buses throughout the city.
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
International Engineering Studies and Programs
Located in Madison, the campus spreads out along Lake Mendota, encompassing wooded hills, friendly shores and lively city streets.
Madison —the state’s capital city with a population of 210,000—offers the perfect combination of natural beauty, stimulating cultural offerings, outdoor recreation, distinctive restaurants, unique shops and vibrant nightlife.
The university’s location in south central Wisconsin makes for convenient access to Milwaukee (80 miles), Chicago (150 miles) and Minneapolis (270 miles). Daily buses serve all three cities.
Madison is located in a temperate climate zone and has four distinct seasons—spring, summer, fall and winter. During the warmest months of June, July and August, high temperatures average 80-90+ degrees Fahrenheit (27+ Celsius). Winters are cold with moderate snowfall. In the middle of winter, high temperatures average 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 Celsius) though temperatures can fall below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 Celsius) Average annual snowfall is 35 inches (89 cm).