The international admissions process should only be used by applicants who want student visa (F-1, J-1, M-1) support from Madison College. The first step in getting a student visa is to be admitted. In order to be admitted, applicants must submit all required documents listed below. After completing this step, please follow instructions for obtaining your visa and the required next steps for international students.
Note: Many of these requirements take time to obtain, so please don't wait to make your requests for documents. There is a $50 application fee for programs and a $15 fee for each certificate. If a program is not listed on the application, there is a wait list and you will not be able to apply for that program.
Apply to a Program Apply to a Certificate
- Credential Evaluation
- English Proficiency
- Financial Support
It is important to be admitted as soon as possible for the following reasons, especially if you do not already have a valid F-1 student visa.
Program Availability: for the best choice of degree programs, apply by January 1 for Fall semester and by May 1 for Spring semester.
Attendance at Program Advising and Registration (A&R) Sessions: many programs offer information sessions which allow you to meet with faculty and academic advisors to help with course selection. Invitations are sent beginning in March for Fall semester and October for Spring semester.
Class Availability: during open (public) degree-credit enrollment, community members can begin to enroll in classes, even if they have not been admitted to a degree program. As a result, classes fill quickly, so admission after this time may result in limited course options.
Visa Timelines: be aware of the standard visa processing timelines which may only begin after being admitted and issued an I-20.
- Applying Abroad - visa interview appointments must often be scheduled 2-3 months in advance
- Changing Visa Status (in US) - visa applications may take 6-12 months to process
- Transferring F-1 Visa Status - transfer must be initiated within 30 days of the next semester start date at your prior school or within 60 days of graduating
July 15 (Fall semester begins August/September)
November 15 (Spring semester begins January)
April 15 (Summer semester begins June)
If you obtained your educational credential outside the U.S., you must submit:
If you earned a degree (high school or higher) from the U.S., you must submit:
- Official transcripts showing degree completion
Recommended Services for Credential Evaluation
Madison College will accept evaluations by any National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES) member agency, including:
One Earth International Credential Evaluations
Madison, Wisconsin Office
Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Office
Download a list of additional recommended credential evaluation services (PDF, 93 KB).
Submit one of the following official English Language test score reports, completed within the last two years.
Save money by taking the Madison College *Accuplacer test abroad or at a Madison College testing center.
- Accuplacer: (Minimum scores required)
- TOEFL: 58 (IBT)
- IELTS: Band 5
- GTEC: 1055
- TOEIC: 550
- PTE Academic: 43
- EIKEN: Grade 2A
*Accuplacer test can be used in place of any of the above English Language tests and is also required to enroll in most classes. To request to take the Accuplacer test remotely from abroad, email email@example.com.
The Madison College English Language Learner (ELL/ESL) classes are not available to non-residents. These classes are not structured for the purposes of intensive English language development.
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.
Your financial documentation must show your ability to pay the estimated cost of attending Madison College full time for one academic year as well as the cost of living for 12 months. This amount must be available to you for each year of study at Madison College.
Estimated Cost for 2019-2020
Technical Associate and Diploma Programs: $20,760
Tuition and Fees: $5,224=$218/credit
Liberal Arts Transfer Programs: $22,548
Tuition and Fees: $7,012=$292/credit
Breakdown of Expenses
Living expenses: $15,536 = $1,295/month
- Housing and Meals: $11,088
- Personal: $2,048
- Books and Supplies: $300
- Health Insurance: $2,100. - Note: a specific health insurance plan is required. Do NOT purchase alternative plan without reviewing the strict waiver request process
If a child or spouse will be accompanying you, please also add in the dependent expenses (PDF, 145KB)
Acceptable Financial Support Documents
- Account statement from your personal bank account(s) or a sponsor’s bank account(s). The statement must:
- Show the bank logo with contact information
- Be less than one year old
- Include your name - If your name is not listed, your sponsor must also submit the Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF, 73KB)
- Show the available balance
- A Local Host Statement of Commitment (PDF, 148KB) indicates you will live with a host who will be providing housing and meals.
- Grant, scholarship, and/or loan documentation.
Things to keep in mind when budgeting:
- An “academic year” consists of the Fall and Spring semesters only. If you plan to enroll for the Summer term, additional tuition and course supplies costs 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 costs should be budgeted.
Verification of Identity must include a copy of the identity and expiration page(s) of your passport.
- If you are already in the U.S., please include a copy of your most recent visa stamp and I-94 arrival record (if applicable)
- If you have changed visa status in the U.S., please provide a copy of your approval notice
- If you are on an F-1 visa, please include a copy of your most recent I-20
- If you are on a J-1 visa, please include a copy of your most recent DS-2019