University of Wisconsin-Madison

MADISON, USA

Brief information

Founded in 1848, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with 13 other universities, is part of the University of Wisconsin system, one of the largest public higher education systems in the United States. With its 42,000 students, it is also one of the largest and most renowned public universities in the USA. It is a member of the Association of American Universities, a network of leading research-oriented North American universities that has existed since 1900 and is referred to as the Public Ivy. It is also one of the top 25 American universities with the most international students.

According to AbbreviationFinder, UW-Madison is a successful research institution and offers its students world-class teaching. Particularly renowned fields of study include education, healthcare, engineering, law, medicine, public affairs and business. A large number of UW-Madison alumni are Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners.

UW-Madison is organized into more than 160 different departments and programs. Students referred to UW-Madison can take part in the Visiting International Student Program and choose the right combination of subjects from around 130 bachelor’s and 144 master ‘s programs.

The Wisconsin Union offers its students numerous opportunities to get involved in the colorful campus life and to take part in sporting and cultural activities. Students can get involved in more than 800 student organizations.

UW-Madison is located in the city of Madison near the Capitol on the south shore of Lake Mendota. The main campus covers an area of ​​almost 4 km² and gives the impression of a “city within a city” since everything you need for your studies and leisure time is there. With its own police force, the “UW-Madison Police”, the campus is particularly safe.

  • Website der University of Wisconsin-Madison

University facts

Year of foundation: 1848

Type of university: State university

Number of Students: Total 38440, Undergraduate 29,536, Postgraduate 8,904, International 4000

Accreditations:

  • Credited by HLC (Higher Learning Commission)

Academic year:

The regular academic year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is divided into two semesters.

Study programs

  • Academic Gap Year
  • semester abroad
  • Summer Sessions

The Visiting International Student Program (VISP) enables international students to study one or more semesters abroad at UW-Madison. Bachelor’s and master’s students can participate in all regular study programs.

Depending on availability, participants in the VISP program can specialize in an academic area (Thematic VISP Track) or combine subjects from different faculties (Traditional VISP Track). The VISP program offers an orientation session on site.

  • Semesterprogramm der University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fees

  • Fall 2022

Undergraduate Tuition (12 Credits)

15240,00 USD

Postgraduate Tuition (12 Credits)

15240,00 USD

Postgraduate Tuition (9 Credits)

11874,00 USD

Postgraduate Tuition (8 Credits)

10510,00 USD

The official tuition fees for the undergraduate VISP with the 12 visa-related credits are actually higher than stated here. However, all undergraduate students who attend the Undergraduate VISP with College Contact will automatically receive a US$5,000 tuition reduction. This reduction has already been reflected in the fees above.

The same applies to Master’s students who want to take at least 12 credits in the Graduate VISP.

Due to visa requirements, however, only 8 credits are required in the master’s program in order to gain full-time status. Students who choose this option will receive a US$3000 discount , which is also included in the 8-credit fees above.

The link below provides more information.

  • Tuition fees at Wisconsin-Madison University

Financing options

Anyone who goes to UW-Madison for a semester abroad can apply for foreign BAföG, among other things. Eligible students receive a subsidy towards tuition fees of up to EUR 4600, a flat-rate travel allowance and a subsidy towards health insurance and living expenses.

University-specific scholarships:

  • Instagram-Takeover-Stipendium der University of Wisconsin-Madison

Requirements

The Visiting International Student Program (VISP) at UW-Madison is aimed at bachelor’s and master’s students of all disciplines with good to very good academic achievements.

Bachelor students must have completed at least one semester at their home university. They must also have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or 4.0. A GPA of 3.0 corresponds to a 2.0 in the German grading system; a GPA of 4.0 corresponds to a 1.0.

Students who want to take part in the graduate courses must have completed a bachelor’s degree. You do not have to be enrolled in a master’s program at your home university.

A minimum score in a standardized language test such as the TOEFL or IELTS is mandatory for the program.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
DAAD language test C1 level in all areas C1 level in all areas
Duolingo 105 105
IELTS 6.5 6.5
TOEFL (internet-based) 80 80

The language certificate cannot be submitted later.

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Application Requirements

Degrees/Courses

Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Arts in African Languages and Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in Afro-American Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Botany
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chinese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classical Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in French
  • Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography
  • Bachelor of Arts in German
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Italian
  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
  • Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Cultures of Asia
  • Bachelor of Arts in Latin
  • Bachelor of Arts in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Polish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Russian
  • Bachelor of Arts in Scandinavian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Zoology
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Performance
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Astronomy – Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
  • Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Bachelor of Science in Community and Environmental Sociology
  • Bachelor of Science in Community and Nonprofit Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Dance
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Education Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Entomology
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Forest Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Genetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics
  • Bachelor of Science in History and History of Science, Medicine and Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Naval Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences – Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Personal Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Plant Pathology
  • Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Retailing and Consumer Behavior
  • Bachelor of Science in Soil Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics
  • Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Fashion Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Theatre and Drama
  • Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology
  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Special Education
  • Bacherlor of Business Administration in Business – Accounting
  • Bacherlor of Business Administration in Business – Actuarial Science
  • Bacherlor of Business Administration in Business – Finance, Investment, and Banking
  • Bacherlor of Business Administration in Business – Information Systems
  • Bacherlor of Business Administration in Business – International Business
  • Bacherlor of Business Administration in Business – Management and Human Resources
  • Bacherlor of Business Administration in Business – Marketing
  • Bacherlor of Business Administration in Business – Operations and Technology Management
  • Bacherlor of Business Administration in Business – Real Estate and Urban Land Economics
  • Bacherlor of Business Administration in Business – Risk Management and Insurance
  • Certificate in Asian American Studies
  • Certificate in Biology Core Curriculum Honors
  • Certificate in Biology in Engineering for Engineering Majors
  • Certificate in Business
  • Certificate in Business Management for Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Certificate in Celtic Studies
  • Certificate in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
  • Certificate in Chinese Professional Communications
  • Certificate in Classical Studies
  • Certificate in Computer Sciences
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice
  • Certificate in Dance
  • Certificate in Development Economics
  • Certificate in Digital Studies
  • Certificate in East Asian Studies
  • Certificate in East Central European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Certificate in Education and Educational Services
  • Certificate in Educational Policy Studies
  • Certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability
  • Certificate in Engineering Thermal Energy Systems
  • Certificate in Entrepreneurship
  • Certificate in European Studies
  • Certificate in Folklore
  • Certificate in French
  • Certificate in Global Cultures
  • Certificate in Global Health
  • Certificate in Health and the Humanities
  • Certificate in Integrated Liberal Studies
  • Certificate in Integrated Studies in Science, Engineering and Society
  • Certificate in International Engineering
  • Certificate in Introductory Studies in Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Certificate in Japanese Professional Communication
  • Certificate in LGBTQ+ Studies
  • Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering
  • Certificate in Material Culture Studies
  • Certificate in Mathematics
  • Certificate in Medieval Studies
  • Certificate in Middle East Studies
  • Certificate in Nuclear Engineering Materials
  • Certificate in Pilates
  • Certificate in Political Economy, Philosophy and Politics
  • Certificate in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
  • Certificate in South Asian Studies
  • Certificate in Southeast Asian Studies
  • Certificate in Spanish Studies for Business Students
  • Certificate in Studio Art
  • Certificate in Sustainability
  • Certificate in Sustainability
  • Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Certificate in Technical Communication
  • Certificate in Technical Japanese Studies for Undergraduates
  • Specialization in Health Care Management
  • Specialization in Supply Chain Management

Studies/Courses in English – Postgraduate

  • Master of Accounting in Business – Accounting
  • Master of Arts in African Languages and Literature
  • Master of Arts in Afro-American Studies
  • Master of Arts in Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology
  • Master of Arts in Art
  • Master of Arts in Art Education
  • Master of Arts in Art History
  • Master of Arts in Bussiness – Arts Administration
  • Master of Arts in Chinese
  • Master of Arts in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Master of Arts in Communication Arts
  • Master of Arts in Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies
  • Master of Arts in Educational Policy Studies
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in French
  • Master of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Master of Arts in German
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in History of Science, Medicine and Technology
  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies
  • Master of Arts in Italian
  • Master of Arts in Japanese
  • Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures of Asia
  • Master of Arts in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies
  • Master of Arts in Linguistics
  • Master of Arts in Music
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Master of Arts in Portuguese
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Scandinavian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Spanish
  • Master of Arts in Special Graduate Committee
  • Master of Business Administration in Business – Arts Administration
  • Master of Business Administration in Business – Finance, Investment, and Banking
  • Master of Business Administration in Business – General Management
  • Master of Business Administration in Business – Management and Human Resources
  • Master of Business Administration in Business – Marketing
  • Master of Business Administration in Business – Operations and Technology Management
  • Master of Business Administration in Business – Risk Management and Insurance
  • Master of Business Administration in Business – Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Business Administration in Business Business – Real Estate and Urban Land Economics
  • Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Fine Arts in Art
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in French Studies
  • Master of Fine Arts in Human Ecology
  • Master of Fine Arts in Theatre and Drama
  • Master of International Public Affairs in International Public Affairs
  • Master of Music in Music – Performance
  • Master of Music in Music – Education
  • Master of Public Affairs in Public Affairs
  • Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Master of Science in Agroecology
  • Master of Science in Agronomy
  • Master of Science in Animal Sciences
  • Master of Science in Anthropology
  • Master of Science in Astronomy
  • Master of Science in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Master of Science in Bacteriology
  • Master of Science in Biochemistry
  • Master of Science in Biological Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Data Science
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Biometry
  • Master of Science in Biophysics
  • Master of Science in Biotechnology
  • Master of Science in Botany
  • Master of Science in Business – Marketing
  • Master of Science in Business – Real Estate and Urban Land Economics
  • Master of Science in Business – Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Science in Business – Finance, Investment, and Banking
  • Master of Science in Business – General Management
  • Master of Science in Business – Management and Human Resources
  • Master of Science in Business – Operations and Technology Management
  • Master of Science in Business – Risk Management and Insurance
  • Master of Science in Cancer Biology
  • Master of Science in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Pathology
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Chemistry
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Science in Clinical Investigation
  • Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences
  • Master of Science in Computer Sciences
  • Master of Science in Counseling
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Science in Dairy Science
  • Master of Science in Economics
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology
  • Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics
  • Master of Science in Entomology
  • Master of Science in Environment and Resources
  • Master of Science in Environmental Chemistry and Technology
  • Master of Science in Environmental Conservation
  • Master of Science in Epidemiology
  • Master of Science in Food Science
  • Master of Science in Forestry
  • Master of Science in Freshwater and Marine Science
  • Master of Science in Genetics
  • Master of Science in Geography
  • Master of Science in Geological Engineering
  • Master of Science in Geoscience
  • Master of Science in Horticulture
  • Master of Science in Human Ecology
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology
  • Master of Science in Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Science in Life Sciences Communication
  • Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Materials Engineering
  • Master of Science in Materials Science
  • Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Medical Physics
  • Master of Science in Microbiology
  • Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Master of Science in Molecular and Environmental Toxicology
  • Master of Science in Neuroscience
  • Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Master of Science in Pharmacy
  • Master of Science in Physics
  • Master of Science in Physiology
  • Master of Science in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics
  • Master of Science in Plant Pathology
  • Master of Science in Population Health
  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Master of Science in Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy
  • Master of Science in Sociology
  • Master of Science in Soil Science
  • Master of Science in Special Education
  • Master of Science in Special Graduate Committee
  • Master of Science in Statistics
  • Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning
  • Master of Science in Water Resources Management
  • Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology
  • Master of Science in Zoology
  • Master of Social Work in Social Work

Campus

The University of Wisconsin-Madison sits on a promontory between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. Because the campus is in the city of Madison, downtown and the campus merge together. In 2011, the UW-Madison campus was named one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States by Travel+Leisure.

There are various museums on campus, such as the Geology Museum, the Zoological Museum and the Physics Museum. UW-Madison owns the 12th largest research library in the United States. The campus features several National Historic Landmark buildings. The Bascom Hill Historic District contains some of the oldest buildings on campus. Numerous parks and cafés invite you to relax. The university has its own hospital, restaurants, sports facilities and a botanical garden. In addition, the largest university in the “Dairyland of America” ​​has its own dairy.

  • Campusplan der University of Wisconsin-Madison

Housing

UW-Madison offers international students a limited number of dorm rooms and on-campus apartments. Many exchange students live in private housing near UW-Madison. The Madison Friends of International Students also offer short-stay accommodation to exchange students.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Apartments on campus
  • Private Apartments / Hotels

Madison

The university town of Madison is a suitable choice for both nature lovers and city dwellers to complete a semester abroad. With a population of 252,551, Madison is the second largest city in the state of Wisconsin. The capital of the “cheese state” is often chosen as “one of the best places to live in the US”. Larger cities like Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis are easily accessible by bus.

Madison has a lot to offer with a thriving arts and music scene, plenty of shopping, award-winning restaurants and sporting events. It is a very bike-friendly city and offers the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities all year round. In winter you can keep fit with skiing and snowboarding, while in summer you can go hiking, sailing or swimming.

The white granite building of the Renaissance-style Capitol dominates the skyline. At the end of State Street is an observation deck with sweeping views of the City of Lakes.

The population is very creative, close to nature and has a high standard of education. The climate is pleasant, on average there are 187 sunny days per year.

University of Wisconsin-Madison