Cost of Attendance

Students requesting F-1 or J-1 visas are required to submit proof of financial resources for visa documents to be prepared. The following estimates are based on:

  • Tuition and Segregated fees covering the minimum number of credits for full-time enrollment for your educational level (undergraduate, graduate, or dissertator).
  • Estimated living expenses ($1,743 per month x program duration). This amount includes mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), housing with utilities, food, books & supplies, and incidentals.

Estimated tuition for 2017-18 Academic Year: Please note that the charts below should be considered our best estimates for the 2017-18 tuition rates. These figures were calculated based on the 2016-17 rates plus an estimated tuition increase from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. For now, these estimates are subject to change without notice. The tuition rate for 2017-18 will be set by the UW System Board of Regents in July 2017 at which point this page will be updated.

 *VISP students pay international tuition, which is calculated on a per-credit basis. Tuition is capped between 12-18 credits during the fall and spring terms; 6-9 credits during the summer term. Graduate, dissertator level students, and all students in the 4-week summer term will see higher tuition costs if they enroll in more than the minimum enrollment requirement. These charts reflect the estimated tuition rate for 2017-18. Please see paragraph above for more information about our estimates for next year. For more information about tuition and fees, please visit the Registrar's Office tuition & fee page, select “Special” as the student rate, and refer to the 'International' column.

**In addition to the tuition and segregated fees, students will be charged a $100 International Student Services (ISS) fee each term of enrollment and a one-time official document fee of $65 to cover future official transcript requests and other documents. These fees are not factored into our estimated cost charts.

Summer Term

Our 8-week and 4-week summer sessions are the most popular, although there are other sessions also available. Sessions of varying lengths may have slightly different cost estimates based on length. Please check out our Summer page for more information and contact the VISP Coordinators for additional cost information.

Bringing Dependents

If you are bringing any dependents with you to Madison (spouse or children) you will need to show additional amounts of funding to cover their expected living expenses. They will also need to receive visa paperwork from UW-Madison in order to enter the U.S.

Funding Options

UW-Madison is unable to offer any scholarship support for our visiting international students. International students are not eligible for U.S. financial aid.

You may be able to secure outside scholarship support by looking at these potential funding resources or by applying for scholarships from your home country or institution.