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 often take 3-5 months for processing
- 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
The application and all supporting admission materials must be submitted by July 31.
Fall semesters begin in August/September.
The application and all supporting admission materials must be submitted by November 30.
Spring semesters begin in January.
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
If you have been admitted to UW-Madison or another UW college system undergraduate or graduate degree (not ESL), you must submit:
Recommended Services for Credential Evaluation
Madison College will accept evaluations by any National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES) member agency.
Download a list of recommended credential evaluation services (PDF, 36KB).
One Earth International Credential Evaluations
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 email@example.com.
If you are currently outside of the U.S., proof of English proficiency may be demonstrated by submitting an official score report for any of the following English language examinations taken within the last two years:
If you are currently inside the U.S., proof of English proficiency may be demonstrated with placement test scores (Accuplacer, COMPASS, ACT) from within the last two years. For visa support, placement into Academic Reading 5/6 and Academic Writing 5/6 classes or higher is required.
If you need to improve your English skills, we recommend taking an intensive English language program before coming to Madison College. We have an agreement with the following institutions to facilitate your visa transfer:
Please note: The English Language Learner (ESL) classes offered by Madison College are not available to non-residents due to being funded by grants designed to serve resident immigrants. Additionally, these ESL classes are not structured for the purposes of intensive, full-time, college preparatory 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 2018-2019
- Technical Degree: $19,776
- Liberal Arts: $21,432
Breakdown of Expenses
Tuition and Fees:
- Technical Degree Program: $211/credit = $5,064 -or-
- Liberal Arts Transfer Program: $280/credit = $6,720
Living expenses: $1,226/month = $14,712
- Housing/Room: $6,800
- Meals/Board: $1,908
- Personal: $2,084
- Books and Supplies: $1,820
- 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, 83KB) 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