Students and other members of the UW-Madison community meet during a weekly lunch event at the French House, a French-speaking residence hall and cultural center.

Students and other members of the UW-Madison community meet during a weekly lunch event filled with French food and French conversation at the French House

International Applicant Financial Information

The following information is valid through Fall 2014.

International applicants are required to have sufficient funds to cover expenses completely while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. You must certify that you have a minimum of $44,761 (U.S. dollars) per calendar year. This amount may be greater because of insurance costs (see Health Insurance rates below), and if you bring dependents.

The university’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is mandatory for international students and their dependents living in the U.S. Applicants planning to bring dependents must verify additional funds for each dependent (see Dependent Expenses below). Summer school tuition is in addition to the student expenses listed below.

Do not plan on working unless you have been granted a University of Wisconsin-Madison assistantship. U.S. law limits work opportunities for international students while they are in the U.S. 

International Student Expenses 2014 (Costs may increase by at least 10% annually)

  Age 25 and younger Age 26 and older
Tuition and segregated fees for academic year (Fall and Spring) $25,184 $25,184
Food and housing (12 months) $13,500 $13,500
Incidentals (clothing, transportation, personal items) $4,351 $4,351
Books and supplies $1,200 $1,200
Health Insurance – SHIP (mandatory 12 months) $1,344 $1,800
Total Student Expenses $45,579 $46,035

Dependent Expenses, in addition to Student Expenses above

  Age 25 and younger Age 26 and older
Spouse/Partner living expenses, not including insurance $5,750 $5,750
Each child’s living expenses, not including insurance or childcare $7,850 $7,850
Additional mandatory insurance for spouse/partner $2,988 $3,084
Additional mandatory insurance for one child $2,616 $2,700

Additional mandatory insurance for more than one child

(family coverage)

$5,544 $5,760