Admissions Policies: International Students
International applicants seeking undergraduate admission to UWL should follow the instructions below.
Application and fee: Applicants must complete the UW System online application and pay the undergraduate application fee.
Academic records: Official copies of academic records from all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended are required, even if the program was not completed. Documents issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by literal English translations.
- Transfer students: Course descriptions from all university-level courses are required for a transfer credit evaluation. If detailed course descriptions are not provided, transfer credit will not be awarded. English language courses are not transferable to UW-La Crosse, as they are not offered at university-level in the United States.
Proof of English language proficiency: Applicants for undergraduate study who are not native speakers of English must meet one of the following for admission:
- Official TOEFL score of at least 73 iBT or 550 pBT - Institution Code: 1914.1
- Official IELTS score of at least 6.0.1
- Official PTE Academic score of at least 54.1
- Graduation from a U.S. high school or secondary school in a country where English is the official language of education immediately prior to enrollment at UWL.
- Applicant must have studied in the English-speaking country for a minimum of three consecutive years, not including terms that required English as a second language study.
- Completion of at least 2 years of academic study at an accredited/recognized institution of higher education in a country where the official language of education is English immediately prior to enrollment at UWL.
Undergraduate applicants who do not have the required English proficiency may be considered for conditional admission. Students who are conditionally admitted are required to enroll in the English as a Second Language Institute (ESL). Conditionally admitted students must complete the ESL program or submit sufficient TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores before they will be allowed to enroll in an academic program.
Scores cannot be more than two years old.
Proof of funding: A bank statement and affidavit or letter of support is required for students requesting an F-1 visa. Funding must be equal or greater than International Education & Engagement’s estimated costs for one year (two semesters) of undergraduate study. Students who are requesting F-2 visas for dependents (spouse and/or children) must submit additional proof of funding and passport copies for each dependent.
Passport copy: Submit a photocopy of the biographical data page in the applicant's passport. If the applicant is admitted to a program, this will ensure that immigration documents are issued accurately.
Application materials can be sent to:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street, 2342 Student Union
La Crosse, WI 54601
For more information on international student admissions, visit the Admissions Office.