Center for International Education

TRUAX E1874 
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704 

Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

International Admissions
Email / (608) 243-4108

International Student Services
Email / (608) 243-4108

Study Abroad
Email / (608) 243-4108

CIE Main Office
Call: (608) 246-6201 
Fax: (608) 243-4445

Downtown D115
211 North Carroll Street
Madison WI 53703

Call: (608) 243-4108

Hours: Limited staffing on Wednesday and Friday, please call first.

International Student Admission

The international admissions process should only be used by applicants who want F-1 or M-1 visa support from Madison College. In addition to the standard Madison College admission criteria, applicants seeking support for an F-1 or M-1 student visa must also fulfill the I-20 issuance requirements. After completing the application and I-20 requirements, please follow instructions for obtaining your VISA and the required next steps for international students

Note: Many of these requirements may take some time to prepare, so please allow several weeks to complete them.


  1. Before Applying

    Before applying to Madison College you should first explore and select two or three programs or certificates of interest. Please be aware that not all of the educational programs will be available to international visa students. Wisconsin law classifies international students as "out-of-state students" or "nonresidents" of Wisconsin for tuition and enrollment purposes, and therefore in-state students have first priority for program wait lists. Please be aware of the following:

    • If a program is not listed during the application process, there is a wait list and you will not be able to apply for that program, including high demand or closed programs that have ongoing wait lists.
    • Please consider an alternative program or applying for the Liberal Arts Transfer program. The Liberal Arts Transfer program does not close, and the courses offered in this program are especially useful if you plan to continue studying for a Bachelor's degree at another college or university in the United States.

    Please Note: Creating and filling out an application and creating a student account to start your first semester process are two different processes. The application is the process required for admission into a program/certificate, while creating a student account is used to assign a student ID number at Madison College for your myMadisonCollege student center and for enrollment of classes. International students will also have an additional next step process that will need to be completed.

    Applying for a Certificate ONLY on an F1 Visa is currently offered by submitting a paper copy of the application form.

  2. Application, Fees & Deadlines

    When you are ready to apply, you must create an international application account. This will start the process to submit an application. You do not have to complete an application in one sitting. All application documentation must be received by the specified deadline before an admission decision can be made.

    Application fees are $50 for programs and $15.00 per certificate.

    Admission Deadlines: Fall 2016

    The Standard Consideration Deadline for Fall 2016 has passed.

    August 28, 2016 is the LAST day to submit an online application for Fall 2016. No applications received after this date will be considered. Supporting admission materials, such as transcripts, financial documents, etc., must be received by September 13, 2016.

    Late admission requests will be considered on a case by case basis with priority given to applicants who attended International Orientation on both August 22 & 23, 2016. 

    Late admission consideration is only available to individuals who are already in the U.S. in valid, F-1 visa status and who complete the additional steps specified in the Late Admission Request procedure (40KB PDF). If admission is not complete before the Fall 2016 semester begins on August 29, applicants must also submit the late admission checklist, which requires instructor signatures to confirm attendance in classes that have already begun.

    It is important for online international applications to be completed as quickly as possible, since Fall 2016 course enrollment and orientation events have already begun since April, which means that degree program and course options are becoming increasingly limited. The later a complete application is received, the fewer degree program and course options there will be remaining.

    Please note that it is too late for applicants who need to apply for the F-1 visa, since it can take over 3 months to be approved of a change of visa status in the U.S. or to obtain an F-1 interview appointment abroad at a U.S. Embassy. To ensure enough time for the visa application process, applicants who need to apply for the F-1 visa should consider applying for a later semester.

    The Fall 2016 semester begins on August 29, 2016.

    Once you have completed the application you must submit the I-20 Issuance Required Documents (see checklist items 4, 5 and 6).

    Mail documents to Madison College, Attn: International Admissions, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53714 or email to

    • Proof of English Proficiency
    • Financial Support Documentation - Proof of ability to support living and tuition expenses during enrolled time at Madison College
    • Verification of Identity
  3. Credential Evaluation Report & Transcripts

    A credential evaluation is different from a translation because it shows how the foreign educational system aligns with the U.S. educational system and converts grades into the U.S. equivalence.

    Required For International Admission

    Credential Evaluation and Transcripts (for applicants requesting F-1/M-1 student visa support)

    • A general Credential Evaluation with grade point average is required for all applicants, unless official transcripts are submitted that show:
      • A degree (high school or higher) earned in the U.S., or
      • Admission to a UW-Madison or other UW system college undergraduate or graduate degree (Not ESL). Please contact international admission for listing
      • A detailed course-by-course Credential Evaluation is only recommended when requesting credit for prior learning and will need to be sent to enrollment at MATC, through which courses from other institutions may be counted towards a Madison College program.
    • Transcripts showing high school/secondary school completion, or higher education.

    Recommended Services for Credential Evaluation
    Madison College will accept credentials evaluated by any National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES) member agency. See these additional NACES-affiliated credential evaluation options

    A credential evaluation recommended services listing (PDF, 33KB) has been provided in additional to the three listed below.

    One Earth International Credential Evaluations
    1360 Regent Street No. 122, Madison, WI 53715
    Phone: (608) 205-8189, Fax: (608) 255-4194

    Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE)
    101 W. Pleasant Street, Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI 53212
    Tel: (414) 289-3400, Fax: (414) 289-3411,

    Joseph Silny & Associates, Inc.*
    7101 SW 102 Avenue, Miami, FL 33173
    Tel: (305) 273-1616, Fax: (305) 273-1984

    *Provides both translation and credential evaluation services.

    For additional listings please send request to

  4. Proof of English Proficiency

    Courses are taught in English at Madison College, so applicants must have the following levels of English proficiency:

    If an applicant is currently outside of the United States, proof of English proficiency may be demonstrated by submitting an original score report for any of the following English language examinations (must have been taken within the last two years):

    • TOEFL score minimum:
      • Internet Based Test (IBT): 61
      • Paper Based Test (PBT): 500
      • Computer Based Test (CBT): 173
    • EIKEN: Grade 2A
    • TOEIC: 605
    • IELTS: Band 5

    If an applicant is currently in or near Madison, s/he may demonstrate English proficiency by taking the College English COMPASS exam offered by Madison College. If you have had ACT scores sent to Madison College, the ACT scores may be used in place of COMPASS scores. Admissible COMPASS/ACT scores will show placement into the class “Academic Reading/Writing 5 & 6” or higher. To register for it, please complete the following steps:

    The placement test has an initial $20 fee, and $5 fee for each section retaken.

    1. If you do not already have a Madison College identification (“ID”) number, you must first have a student account created by following the process to create/activate an account and only fill in the required fields. 
    2. Register for the Course Placement test. Please view the Course Placement Testing webpage. Click on the date and time of any Course Placement test offered in Madison to view time, location and other details about the test and to register.
    3. Bring your passport or other photo identification. Also contact to obtain a copy of the "Course Placement for English Clarification Letter" which is specific to international students to ensure you are given the appropriate examination.

    If an applicant does not currently have sufficient English proficiency for admission to Madison College, s/he may wish to consider taking an intensive English language training program at one of the following institutions with which Madison College has transfer agreements:

    An official recommendation from any of these English language institutions meets the Madison College English proficiency requirement. A conditional admission letter to attend Madison College following completion of English language study at these institutions is available upon request.

    Please note: The English Language Learner (ELL) classes offered by Madison College are not available to non-residents due to being funded by grants designed to serve resident immigrants. Additionally, these ELL classes are not structured for the purposes of intensive, full-time, college preparatory English language development.

  5. Evidence of Financial Support

    Estimated Expenses for International Students

    U.S. federal visa regulations regarding international students require applicants to demonstrate sufficient proof of financial support prior to the issuance of an I-20 form by Madison College. The I-20 is needed to apply for an F-1 or M-1 visa.

    The financial documentation must show the estimated cost of attending Madison College full time for one academic year as well as the cost of living here independently for 12 months.* By applying for the F-1 or M-1 visa, you are indicating that this amount of annual financial support will be available to you for the duration of your educational program at Madison College.

    To estimate the cost of of expenses or paying for college, check MATC's net price calculator. The following two criteria are required for International Students:

    1. Indicate No for financial aid, as this is U.S. tax dollar funded financial aid and international students do not qualify.
    2. Residency is always "Eligible for out-of-state tuition." If you are in the Liberal Arts Transfer program, your per credit rate is higher.

    Other Costs

    To learn more about estimated expenses for a twelve month period while attending Madison College, applicants must submit Evidence of Financial Support (PDF, 69KB).

    Acceptable Financial Support Verification includes

    • Account statement from personal bank account(s)
    • Account statement from sponsor’s bank account(s) and Affidavit of Financial Support letter indicating sponsor’s relationship to the applicant, the amount available to the applicant, and the duration of the sponsorship. Please submit and complete an Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF, 98KB)
    • A Local Host Statement of Commitment (PDF, 69KB) indicates the student will live with you and therefore living expenses and food will be covered by the host.
    • Grant, scholarship, and/or loan documentation. A Scholarship Guide is available, although scholarship opportunities for international students are limited.

    Please Note

    • An “academic year” consists of the Fall and Spring semesters only. If you plan to enroll for the Summer term in addition to the academic year, additional tuition and course supplies funding should be budgeted.
    • “Full-time” means 12 credits taken per semester, which is typically 3 to 5 classes. Each class may have 1 to 5 credits, depending on the number of hours a class meets each week. If you plan to take more than 12 credits each semester, additional funding should be budgeted.
    • To earn an Associate Degree in only two years it is typically necessary to take 16 to 18 credits each semester. It is common for students to spend more than two years here in order to complete an Associate Degree.
    • Taking only 12 credits during the first semester is recommended, especially if you are unfamiliar with attending college in the U.S.
  6. Verification of Identity

    The Verification of Identity should be a copy of the identity and expire page(s) of your passport. If you are already in the U.S., please include a copy of your current or most visa stamp and I-94 arrival/departure card (if applicable). If you are on the F-1 visa, please include a copy of your most recent I-20 (pages 1 and 3 only). If you have changed visa status in the U.S., please provide a copy of your approval notice.

  7. International Orientation

    All new international students must attend International Orientation in order to fulfill the visa requirement of reporting to the educational institution. International Orientation is typically held approximately two weeks before the first day of the semester, so please plan your arrival to Madison College accordingly. More information is provided on the International Orientation webpage.

  8. How to Get a Student Visa

    The first step in getting a student visa is to complete your admission to Madison College through the Center for International Education. Madison College has U.S. federal government permission to host F-1 and M-1 visa-holding students. F-1 and M-1 visa-holding students may also request documentation from Madison College to apply for F-2 and M-2 dependent visas for a spouse and/or children. These visas types are categorized as “non-immigrant student visas” by the U.S. government. Learn more about how to get a student visa.

If you wish to share the progress of your international admission application with a third party, you must complete and submit a Communication Permission Form (PDF, 122KB) to the Center for International Education before any information may be released.

If you have any questions, contact International Admissions at (608) 243-4108 or


eShipGlobal Mailing Services

To expedite the delivery of your I-20 document, please follow the directions below on how to use eShipGlobal, which is a service that allows you to select your preferred delivery service (DHL, FedEx, etc) and how quickly you wish to receive the package. Once you have arranged payment for the mail service through eShipGlobal, we will receive notification and will contact the selected courier for pick-up of your I-20, as soon as it is ready to be mailed. If you can do this now, it will help us to get the I-20 to you more quickly.

Learn how to Use eShipGlobal. (PDF, 67KB)