International Applicants

Applicant Admission Requirements

International applicants need to:

  1. Submit a graduate school application and pay the application fee
  2. Submit the additional admission materials for your specific graduate program
  3. Submit all the materials on the International Applicant Checklist

Your admission decision will be made after we receive all three sets of materials. Please submit materials as soon as possible.

Please be aware that there are some situations where International applicants may not be admitted:

    • When all or most of the courses are online
      • F-1 visa status limits the number of online credits a student may take during a given semester
    • When applying after a program’s admission deadline
      • Exceptions will be considered for applicants already in the United States who hold a current F-1, H-1B, or other statuses eligible to study
    • When applying to graduate programs that do not result in a masters or doctoral degree

Please contact if you have any questions.

International Applicant Checklist

Please provide the following materials as soon as possible. Contact if you have any questions.

1. Hire an accredited evaluator to produce a Credential Evaluation Report for each foreign transcript
    • Select an accredited evaluator on either the NACES or AICE websites
      • Applicants frequently use ECE, Inc. and WES, Josef Silny & Associates, but any accredited evaluator is acceptable
      • If you use International Education Evaluations, Inc. (IEE), use this specific website for UW Oshkosh and request the Course Report instead of the General Report
    • Request a report for each foreign undergraduate transcript. If you are applying for a doctoral program, also submit reports for each foreign post-graduate transcript.
    • We only accept reports sent directly from the evaluator to
2. Send official/attested undergraduate and post-undergraduate transcripts to
    • Transcripts must be in English. To find a certified translator who can translate from your native language, visit the American Translators Association website.
    • Include transcripts, mark sheets, degree diplomas and certificates
    • If your Credential Evaluation Report contains copies of these documents, you may skip this step
    • If you uploaded English translated documents as part of your online application, you may skip this step
3. Send evidence of English proficiency to
    • This requirement is waived if English is an official language in your country of citizenship
    • We accept any one of the following sources:
      • An official iBT TOEFL score (minimum 79).   The testing agency must send results to UW Oshkosh (#1916).
      • An official IELTS overall band score (minimum 6.5). The testing agency must send results to UW Oshkosh.
      • Successful completion of Kings’ Education Graduate Preparation Program (scroll down for UW Oshkosh information). Kings’ Education must email transcripts to
      • Completion of the WESLI program at the 700 level with a B average or better, and a WESLI recommendation for graduate studies. WESLI must email these items to
    • In some cases, one of the criteria below may also demonstrate English proficiency. Email, indicate which of the following list applies in your situation and ask for an English proficiency test waiver:
      • Attended a U.S. college or university continuously for more than one year
      • Completed a U.S. undergraduate or graduate degree
      • Received an undergraduate degree from a foreign institution where English is verified as the language of instruction for both degree and non-degree courses
4. Submit financial disclosure form and supporting documents to
5. Submit a Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Report form to
    • TB Screening Questionnaire is required to issue an I-20
    • If you have been in the U.S. for at least one year immediately before admission to UW Oshkosh, email, explain how long you have lived in the U.S., and ask for a TB Screening Report waiver.
6. Email a copy of your passport photograph to
    • Email the page(s) in your passport that contain your photograph and biographical information
7. Optional: Apply for a tuition reduction award
  • What is a tuition reduction award?
    • A tuition reduction award reduces International student tuition from non-resident to resident tuition rates
    • For example, if non-resident tuition is $9,000 per semester and resident tuition is $5,000, the student receives a $4,000 tuition reduction award so the student pays $5,000 instead of $9,000
    • Tuition reduction awards continue each semester as long as funding is available and the student remains eligible
    • Unfortunately, we are not able to offer tuition rates less than resident tuition
  • Who is eligible for a tuition reduction award?
    • Students may apply for the award if they meet all these requirements:
      • Holds an F-1 visa; or is a US citizen whose legal residence is outside the U.S.
      • Applies for admission to a UW-Oshkosh graduate degree-seeking program or graduate certificate program
      • Will be earning their first graduate degree or graduate certificate from any U.S. institution
      • Plans to enroll as a full-time student taking classes each fall and spring semester until graduation
      • Demonstrates financial need
      • Has a history of superior past academic achievement
    • Tuition reduction awards are made after students are admitted to a program
      • Only students admitted in full standing are eligible to receive the award
      • Students admitted on probation may apply for the award after their probationary period
    • Students receiving resident tuition through a Graduate Assistant job are not eligible for additional tuition reduction awards
    • Students receiving tuition reduction awards are eligible for awards each semesters if funds are available and they meet these requirements:
      • Maintain full standing as a student and are not on probation or suspension
      • Enroll in classes continuously (take classes every fall and spring semester)
      • Enroll as a full-time student (complete at least 9 graduate credits each fall and each spring semester)
      • Take at least 5 graduate credits if enrolled in a summer semester; enrolling in summer semester is optional
      • Demonstrate financial need
      • Earn at least a 3.000 graduate grade point average (GPA) each semester
    • Read the complete eligibility and policy guidelines here
  • How do I apply for a tuition reduction award?

If you have any questions, contact

Information about Form I-20 & F-1 Visa

If you are an international applicant interested in studying as an F-1 student, be aware that 100% online programs do not qualify you to obtain an F-1 visa. Find a list of our 100% online graduate programs here.

If you plan to live outside the U.S. while you study, we encourage you to apply to one of our 100% online graduate programs. These programs don’t require any visa processing, financial documents or health information.

UW Oshkosh’s Office of Graduate Studies ( is responsible for certifying and issuing form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status for a graduate applicant’s application for an F-1 student visa.

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