Admitted Student Checklist - Fall International

Follow these steps to guide you through our enrollment process. Be sure to keep track of your deadlines for enrollment confirmation, financial aid, and housing. Contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment with any questions.

1. Set up your Net ID to access My UW

My UW is a student portal that will present new options to admitted students, such as the ability to confirm your enrollment, review your financial aid package, and sign up for student orientation. Locate the 10-digit campus ID number from your admissions letter. Activate your NetID to access the portal. You can also update any changes to your mailing address, phone number, or email address to make sure you receive important email from other offices.

2. Confirm your enrollment

Log in to the My UW portal to accept your offer of admission in the Student Center. Freshmen need to accept by May 1, or within 5 days from the date of your admission, whichever is later. Transfer students need to accept by June 1, or within 5 days from the date of your admission, whichever is later. You will then pay the $100 deposit online. It is applied toward your tuition and fees and it is not refundable after the confirmation deadline.

3. Explore university housing

Refer to University Housing to learn more about the features of each Residence Hall and housing application deadlines.

4. Apply for your I-20

Read about obtaining your student visa to learn more about what to expect next to secure your visa, and check out our FAQs about the I-20 process. International Student Services also provides a Guide for International Students with more information. The Office of Admissions and Recruitment needs to receive the following documents in order to process your visa paperwork:

  • Submit the Financial Verification Form with an official bank letter showing sufficient funds on deposit for one year of study. Please note, funding in the form of stocks, bonds, securities, valuations, or beneficiary/insurance certificates are not acceptable. The funding must be in cash deposit form. If you need help completing it, refer to the financial verification form instructions.
  • Complete the Student Visa Information and Mailing Form and include a photocopy of the pages in your passport that show your identity and full legal name.

5. Sign up for placement tests

Both freshmen and transfer students will be notified via email of their required placement tests. All freshman students are required to take tests in mathematics and English (or English as a Second Language), regardless of previous coursework, AP, or IB credit. Your scores will be used by your academic advisor to accurately place you in a variety of courses. Transfer students may be asked to take placement tests, dependent upon the university credit being transferred in.

Please note that students who were required to submit a TOEFL with their application will be asked to take the English as a Second Language Assessment Test instead of the UW English Placement Test. Refer to your placement test email to confirm which test you have been asked to take.

For more information about testing, refer to the Testing and Evaluation Services website for incoming UW–Madison students. You must register for placement testing before selecting a SOAR date.

6. Sign up for international Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR)

Students admitted for the summer and fall will receive information in April regarding the SOAR sessions held in summer. Details about the dates and registration will be sent by email, and students need to confirm their enrollment before signing up. It is advantageous to have your final grades when attending SOAR. Please note that we offer a specific SOAR for students on an F-1 or J-1 Visa sponsored by UW–Madison only in late August.

7. Transfer students self-report final grades

Transfer applicants are expected to self-report their final grades when prompted by email. In order to self-report, applicants must report their grades exactly as they appear on an official transcript or grade report that was issued by their school. Learn more in this video on self-reporting final grades.

8. Send us your final transcript

Make sure to request a final official transcript and graduation certificate, if applicable, to be sent to our office as soon as they are available, after your final grades are posted. Electronic transcripts will be accepted if your school uses a secure electronic sending service.

9. Send your AP/CLEP/IB scores

If you have scores from the AP, CLEP, or IB exams, you might be eligible to receive course credit for your scores. Request that the College Board or International Baccalaureate program send official scores directly to our office, which will arrive electronically directly from the testing agency.

To earn Advanced Level (A-Level) examination credit, submit an official A-level Certificate to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Advanced standing credit cannot be granted from results slips or until the official results document is issued and submitted. An admissions counselor will be available at the SOAR program to advise students on potential advanced standing credit if official A-Level results are not yet available.

10. Obtain health insurance

UW–Madison requires that all international students on nonimmigrant visas have adequate medical insurance during all periods of enrollment. International students who do not have insurance that is pre-approved for a waiver by the university must purchase the UW–Madison Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). For more information about SHIP, including enrollment options, premium rates, and waiver requirements, visit the Student Health Insurance Plan website.

11. Join your class on Facebook

Meet other students starting classes and get helpful information and tips for your transition to our university. We will validate incoming requests each week so please be patient as we verify your status as an admitted student. Be sure your name on Facebook matches the name you used on your application. Note that there are other Facebook groups that are not monitored or affiliated with UW–Madison, so be sure to connect with the official UW–Madison page for your incoming class.

Request access to the group for your class:

Fall Freshman Students: "UW–Madison Official Class of 2023"

Fall Transfer Students: "UW–Madison 2019-2020 Transfer Class"

These groups are only for key university staff and incoming students, not current UW–Madison students. Before your semester begins, the Office of Admissions and Recruitment coordinates this group and reserves the right to implement policies and practices outlined in the University of Wisconsin–Madison social media policy. Contact us with any issues at