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Graduate Studies

International Students

A very warm welcome from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay! Thank you for considering the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for your graduate studies. If you are looking for a great education, beautiful campus, and a friendly environment - you are looking at the right university. Our University has a rich tradition of supporting international applicants and students. Our graduate programs attract students of diverse cultural backgrounds from around the globe. Explore our programs to find the best fit for you. You will find UW-Green Bay to be an excellent choice for graduate study!

Admissions Requirements

Application Fee ($56)

Each program application requires completion of an online application form and submission of a separate application fee. Applications can only be accepted once the payment has been received. To complete an online application, select this link, register as a new user, and follow the provided instructions.

 

Grades

A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 during the last two years of undergraduate school or a master's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required. All GPAs are based on a 4.00 scale.

Degree

International student applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and meet requirements of the program to which the application is directed. Applicants must provide a course-by-course Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) in order for an application to be considered. ECE or WES evaluations must be sent directly to UW-Green Bay's Office of Graduate Studies.

Letters of Evaluation

An additional requirement for your application is the Letters of Evaluation. Each master's program has their own Letter of Evaluation form (available below). Applicants must fill out the first two sections of the form, save, and send to each evaluator. Each evaluator must fill out the remaining sections and send directly to the Office of Graduate Studies email gradstu@uwgb.edu or mail to:

UW-Green Bay
Office of Graduate Studies
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311

Form Links

*Please note that Letters of Evaluation will not be accepted from the applicant. The forms must be sent to us directly from the evaluator.

English Proficiency

Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not provided in English, must submit an English proficiency test score. Your score will not be accepted if it is more than two years old. Full admission to the graduate school requires one of the following test scores:

  • 79 on the TOEFL iBT (internet-based)
  • 550 on the TOEFL pBT (paper-based)
  • 6.5 on the IELTS

For a complete list of acceptable alternatives to the TOEFL exam, such as the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency and the International English Language Testing System, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies. All scores should be sent directly to us from the testing service. The institution code for the TOEFL and IELTS is 1859.

International applicants are exempt from the English language test requirement if they have:

  • A bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom - not more than 5 years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment.

Transferring International Students

International students tranferring from another college or university within the United States must complete and submit the Transfer Clearance Form in order to obtain an I-20 from UW-Green Bay.

International students currently studying in the United States, who have applied and been accepted into a degree seeking academic graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UW-Green Bay), must complete the first section of the Transfer Clearance Form. The Designated School Official of the college or university they are presently attending must fill out the remaining sections and send directly to the Office of Graduate Studies, gradstu@uwgb.edu or

UW-Green Bay
Office of Graduate Studies
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for each program are determined by the faculty of that graduate program. Deadlines can be found in the graduate program listing, select a graduate program.

International Financial Information

International applicants are required to have adequate financial resources to cover expenses for the duration of their studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The approximate expenses for nine months are approximately as follows (in USD): Tuition $18,820.00; Housing $4,980.00; Meals $3,200.00; Books $800.00; Miscellaneous (travel, clothing, etc.) $3,300.00; Health and Accident Insurance $1,450.00; Total $32,550.00. Please note that these costs are an estimate and not guaranteed.

  • Financial Support Statement (PDF) (print this form and submit to address indicated).
  • KEDGE Financial Support Statement (PDF) (ONLY for M.S. Management KEDGE Students).
  • Bank Statement: Letter on official bank stationary verifying the amount of readily available funds to support the prospective student.

Health Insurance Plan

The Health Insurance Plan (Student Assurance Services, Inc.) is mandatory for international students and their dependents living in the U.S.

Phoenix Scholar Award

The Phoenix Scholar Awards provide a discounted tuition rate to qualified non-resident graduate students who meet the academic and residency criteria. This is not “financial aid” nor is it a “scholarship” in the traditional sense. Instead, it is a lower tuition rate offered to qualifying graduate students. Click here to learn more about these awards for out-of-state and international students.

Conditional Admissions

If a prospective graduate student does not meet the English language proficiency requirement for full admission to the graduate school, UW-Green Bay may provide conditional admission at the graduate level through several ESL programs. For conditional admission, a student must apply to UW-Green Bay and to one of the programs below (at the same time). The initial I-20 will be issued by the partner ESL program. If admissible to UW-Green Bay, a conditional admission letter will be issued by UW-Green Bay and will be included with the partner program's I-20 for the student to use during the visa interview. For graduate study, students are to use only one of the listed English language training programs:

  • UW-Green Bay IEP Program
  • Fox Valley Technical College ESL Institute
  • WESLI
  • Questions regarding Immigration and Naturalization procedures can be found Visa Information. Information on campus life can be addressed to the Office of International Education, Cofrin Library, 207

    After you apply

    You can check the status of your application on the Graduate Application Status page. After you apply for the program of your choice, you can expect the following to occur:

    • You will receive an e-mail from the Office of Graduate Studies acknowledging the receipt of your graduate application form. This email will contain an application number, campus ID number, and a link to the campus website that can be used to check the status of your application.
    • The Office of Graduate Studies will notify you of its admission decision either by email or postal mail. The decision will also be reflected on your Graduate Application Status Page.
    • If you are offered admission, you will be instructed to accept or decline the offer on your Graduate Application Status Page.
    • If you accept the offer of admission, "Next Steps" will appear on your Graduate Application Status page. Actions listed under next steps will need to be completed before you enroll in classes at UW- Green Bay.

    Note: Foreign applicants who indicate they will be requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 visa will be given additional instructions. However, the I-20 Form necessary to obtain a student visa will not be issued until the required financial documentation has been received.

    Arriving to Campus

    Twice a year the Office of International Education offers new international students transportation from either the Green Bay airport or the Greyhound station, these dates fall two days prior to international student orientation. Students must provide arrival information in advance by completely the pick-up request form. For more information please contact the Office of International Education, (920) 465-2190.

    International student orientation is required for new students. You must attend all orientation days in person. During international student orientation you will have a chance to get acquainted with the campus, learn about the student services available to you, take placement tests, meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, and much more. You will also make lots of new friends!

    Housing

    The Office of Residence Life allows graduate students to take advantage of the on-campus housing experience at UW-Green Bay. Currently, there are a variety of housing accommodations available for students. Please visit www.uwgb.edu/housing/. You will be given instructions to fill out your housing application. In order to register for housing, you will need the information from your acceptance letter, including your student ID and UWGB e-mail address.

    *Housing for graduate students with families:

    *Currently UW-Green Bay does not have on-campus family housing options. The options listed above are off-campus apartments unaffiliated with the University. The links above are for informational purposes only and do not represent a endorsement by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

    Visa Information

    Application for Immigration

    There are several steps to apply for a student visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you apply. Please consult the instructions available on the embassy or consulate website where you intend to apply.

    Citizenship and Visa Status

    International students must have a visa status that allows academic study at the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. This status includes temporary U.S. visas such as F-1 student visas, J-1 exchange visitor visas, H-1 temporary worker visas, F-2 dependent visas, or any other non-immigrant classifications.

    New U.S. government regulations (issued June 2015), permits dependents (F-2) of international students to engage in study at SEVP-certified schools in the U.S., as long as they are only enrolled part-time. Although dependents can only study part-time, that part-time study can result in the attainment of a degree. However, the dependent with F-2 status would not be eligible for any employment - including on-campus, CPT, or OPT. If a dependent with F-2 status wants to enroll at UW-Green Bay as a full-time graduate student, they must apply for and obtain approval to change their non-immigrant classification to F-1 or J-1. For more information on this rule, refer to the Department of Homeland Security website.

    FAQ

    Q: Am I an international applicant?

    You are an international applicant if you are NOT a U.S. citizen, immigrant or green card holder. International students must have a visa status that allows academic study at UW-Green Bay. International applicants include students who hold U.S. visas, such as: F-1, J-1 Exchange Visa, H-1, F-2 Dependent Visa, or any other non-immigrant classifications.

    Q: May I study at UW-Green Bay on my F-2 dependent visa?

    Before you submit an application, please confirm that the program you are interested in allows part-time study. New U.S. government regulations (issued June 2015), permits dependents (F-2) of international students to engage in study at SEVP-certified schools in the U.S., as long as they are only enrolled part-time. Although dependents can only study part-time, that part-time study can result in the attainment of a degree. However, the dependent with F-2 status would not be eligible for any employment - including on-campus, CPT, or OPT. If a dependent with F-2 status wants to enroll at UW-Green Bay as a full-time graduate student, they must apply for and obtain approval to change their non-immigrant classification to F-1 or J-1.

    Q: What is required when sending my international transcripts?

    Please have your international college or university send your transcripts directly to UW-Green Bay's Office of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also provide an Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) in order for an application to be considered. ECE or WES evaluations must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies. Copies must be sent directly from the credential evaluators to the University in a sealed envelope.

    Office of Graduate Studies
    University of Wisconsin- Green Bay
    2420 Nicolet Drive, CL 835
    Green Bay, Wisconsin 54311, USA

    Q: Do you require the GRE test?

    Not all graduate programs require submission of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. Please check departmental requirements carefully to determine what test scores may required. When requesting official GRE scores from ETS, use institution code 1859 for University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.

    Q: Is on-campus housing available?

    Yes! On-campus accommodation is available and you may apply for housing at the Office of Residence Life website. However, the University does not offer housing for married students or families. There are many off-campus accommodations available within two miles of the school.

    Q: Who should I contact if I have questions regarding my graduate application or visa application?

    Application questions: Office of Graduate Studies, gradstu@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2123
    Visa questions: Office of International Education, Kristin Aoki, aokik@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-5164