Section: ISSS

Incoming Exchange Students

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Incoming Exchange Students

Application Deadlines
Standards for Admission
Admission Process
Selecting Courses at UW-Platteville
Visa Information
Health Insurance Information

Application Deadlines

March 1: All application materials for admission for the fall semester (September start date) must be received at UW-Platteville.

October 1: All application materials for admission for the spring semester (January start date) must be received at UW-Platteville.

Please note: the UW-Platteville Academic Calendar [WU1] includes two 16-week academic semesters; Fall (approximately September 1 through December 20) and Spring (approximately January 15 through May 15).

Standards for Admission

All international exchange students must have:

  • Strong academic achievements, comparable to other UW-Platteville applicants, especially in the areas of mathematics, natural science (chemistry, biology or physics), social sciences, and the humanities.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Adequate financial resources for one semester.

Admission Process

A complete application includes the following:

  1. ELECTRONIC APPLICATION (click on appropriate application link above)
  2. ACADEMIC RECORDS: Academic records (transcripts) must be in the original language with a certified English translation and should include the dates of attendance, level of study, list of subjects, school leaving marks (grades) earned, rank in class (when possible), and the grading system used. Official records should include all exam or test results and certificates, diplomas or degrees earned. All of these requirements are mandatory and must be official documents. These must include an official seal and signature from your home university. Electronic or faxed copies are not accepted.
  3. EVIDENCE OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: To gain admission to UW-Platteville, all international applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide evidence of English proficiency. An official letter of proficiency from your home university is acceptable unless students are applying through the JIM, Hessen, or Brazilian Scientific Mobility programs. These applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores:
    • A minimum score of 61 (Internet based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Examination (TOEFL) OR
    • A minimum score of 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  4. FINANCIAL SUPPORT VERIFICATION: You must present documentation of your ability to meet all financial obligations for the duration of your study at UW-Platteville. A UW-Platteville Financial Support Verification Form and original bank statements on bank letterhead MUST be completed and returned to the UW-Platteville Education Abroad office. The amount of available funds must be verified in U.S. dollars.
  5. COPY OF APPLICANT'S PASSPORT INFORMATION PAGE
  6. ONE-TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION Students must submit one or two letter of recommendation (depending on program) from a professor, academic advisor, or supervisor.

Address for Mailing Hard Copy Application Materials:

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Education Abroad Office
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
U.S.A.

Financial Verification

As part of the visa process, all exchange students are required to certify that they have available the financial means for one semester of study at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Estimated Semester Expenses (2014-2015) for a single, unaccompanied Exchange Student:

Meal Expenses $1,591
Lodging expenses      $2,626
Mandatory Health Insurance $500
Orientation Fee   $440
Incidental Expenses $1,000
Total       $6,157

Note: Actual charges for lodging and meals are established annually, in July. Incidental expenses include academic supplies, clothing, travel, and entertainment. The above figures represent estimated expenses. Expenses noted are for on-campus housing, Bridgeway Tier residence hall, and a 19-meal per week plan through dining services. Health insurance is mandatory.

It is recommended that you bring at least $500 with you above your minimum budget for unexpected expenses.

You are required to certify that you will have available the funds (minimum amount listed above) for one semester of study at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Selecting Courses at UW-Platteville

Exchange students are required to submit a list of proposed courses you wish to enroll in at UW-Platteville during the application process. If the UW-Platteville courses you wish to take need approval by your home university or department, please work with your academic advisor before submitting your UW-Platteville exchange application.

Full time students enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. Courses are typically worth 3-5 credits. On average, U.S. students enroll in 12-15 credits per semester. We recommend that when submitting your proposed UW-Platteville courses, that you list 5-6 courses you wish to take.

Once you are admitted to UW-Platteville, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will work with you. UW-Platteville academic advisors will review your home university transcripts to ensure that you meet any prerequisites before enrolling in any UW-Platteville courses. Due to class popularity, prerequisites, or other factors, you may not be enrolled in all of the courses you wish.

To choose your courses, please visit the Office of the Registrar website for the undergraduate courses for the semester of interest and click on “Browse Classes”; select your desired term; and choose the courses you wish to study from there.

All exchange students are required to enroll in a 1-credit course called, Conversational American English for International Students.

Important Visa Information

The DS-2019 form (for issuance of visa) cannot be sent to you until you have been admitted to the University. When your application is complete, your application materials will be reviewed and you will be notified about your admission status.

Exchange students come to the United States on a student (J-1) visa. To secure a J-1 visa, students must present a DS-2019 form to their American Consulate. This form is sent to the student from the UW-Platteville International Student Advisor. During their entire stay in the United States, students will be held to the conditions of admission located on the DS-2019 form. Before receiving the J-1 visa, a student must satisfy the Consulate regarding financial ability and support while in the United States as well as provide evidence of the purchase of health insurance.

To obtain your J-1 visa, you will need to contact your specific U.S. Embassy or Consulate to establish the particular process to be followed. Information on U.S. Embassies and Consulates

Proof of health insurance coverage is required as part of your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. An international student medical insurance identification card will be attached to your DS-2019 Form. This form will be generated and sent to you as soon as all of your pre-decision materials in the online application have been received and you have been admitted by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Once you receive the DS-2019 form and insurance card, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to schedule an appointment.

Health Insurance

Documentation/proof that a student has purchased health insurance is required as a part of the visa interview at the Embassy/Consulate. The UW-Platteville mandates that all international exchanges students are enrolled in the University sponsored health insurance.

The UW-Platteville International Student and Scholar Services office will provide exchange students with a proof of insurance card to be presented to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate when applying for the student visa.

Students will be billed for the mandatory health insurance upon arrival at UW-Platteville.

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Application Forms - Incoming Exchange

Application Forms

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville! The International Programs office is pleased that you are interested in applying for a semester exchange at UW-Platteville. To begin the online application, please click on the institution where you are currently enrolled.

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