International Students

Meet Wendy (China)

I transferred 63 credits to UW-Madison and saved more than $30,000. Besides the lower tuition, Madison College is a great place to get involved more quickly in local culture and gain American social and communication skills. It’s a smaller community, so you can get to know more people in a shorter time, which helps build self-confidence.

Meet Sam (Pakistan)

I’m from Pakistan, and Madison College has sparked my passion for journalism. A storyteller at heart, I plan to transfer to UW-Madison and finish my bachelor’s degree. As I take my liberal arts courses here, I’ve found opportunities to develop as a writer.

I dreamed of studying in the U.S. My family helped me choose Madison because education matters here. Madison College was the most affordable launchpad for me. Plus, I feel accepted for who I am and challenged beyond my comfort zone. Madison College has helped me gain confidence.

Sam, a Madison College student working in the library

More than 200 students from nearly 50 countries attend Madison College. Flexible admissions and friendly staff can help you start your educational path at Madison College.

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Valuable Resources for International Students

Why Madison College is the Smart Choice

  • Madison College offers affordable, quality education in an environment that respects and embraces diversity among students, faculty and staff.
  • Small class sizes, individual support from instructors, and strong employer relationships means international students at Madison College gain valuable experience quickly.
  • Academic Information Sessions are offered in-person and online, and provide details about admissionenrollmentfinancial aid and other important topics. Some topics may not be relevant to students applying through the international admission process.
  • If you plan to gain a bachelor's degree in the U.S., you can attend Madison College first and then and transfer to one of many 4-year colleges and universities.
  • You can get personalized help from the Center for International Education to obtain a student visa.
  • Madison is home to residents from all over the world, and its small size helps Madison College students make a quick and easy transition. 
  • Choose from available housing options close to the Madison and regional campuses - from small efficiencies to multi-bedroom apartments to whole houses.