University of Wisconsin, Madison
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Engineering Exchange Info
- offers thousands of high-caliber courses to choose from each semester.
- can accept students at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels.
- has over 1000 student organizations and clubs that anyone can join!
- is in a diverse community that is surrounded by four lakes, experiences four seasons and offers something for everyone!
- is centrally located in the United States, 3 hours from Chicago, 5 hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul and 90 minutes from Milwaukee.
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
- Students should have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale. Borderline students may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Undergraduate level students must be in their third or fourth year of study during the exchange period.
English Proficiency Requirements
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 90
- IELTS: 6.5
- Duolingo English Test (DET): 115
Fall, Spring, Academic Year or Calendar Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: Early September to approximately December 23
- Spring: Mid-January to mid-May
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- 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
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
- Courses in professional schools (Business, Medicine, Pharmacy, Law, etc) are restricted or may not be taken at all.
- Computer Science courses are restricted and are also not in the College of Engineering and therefore can only be taken in addition to engineering courses.
Schedule of Classes
Students must take at least 50% technical engineering courses from within the College of Engineering.
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 a graduate student at your home institution, or: at least 12 (to 18) credits if you are an undergraduate at your home institution.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to UW-Madison will also need to submit the following forms (also listed online).
- Transcript release form
- TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo English Test (DET)
- Post-secondary transcripts
- Financial documents confirming total available funds for duration of study
- Copy of valid passport
- UW-Madison non-degree student application
- DS-2019 application
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
- Not Required (unless requested)
Admission will be confirmed within one month of receipt of application, and students should receive the admissions documents 6-8 weeks after the application is received.
On-campus housing through UW-Madison’s Division of University Housing might be an option for incoming exchange students, however it is in extremely high demand and cannot be guaranteed. Students should be prepared to live off-campus given the limited availability of University Housing accommodations.
More information regarding housing in Madison can be found here.
Estimated Cost of Living
Cost of Attendance
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 Academic Programs | firstname.lastname@example.org
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).