COVID-19: See our Phoenix Forward page

Admissions & Costs

International Program Admission Information

The admission requirements for students who are not residents of the United States vary from those outlined in the UW Colleges catalog for U.S. residents. International applicants are admitted on the basis of their academic preparation, their ability to effectively understand and use the English language and the determination by the international admissions office that their educational and career goals may be furthered by attendance at a UW Colleges campus.

To be admitted to the program international students must have:

  • Strong academic achievements comparable to other applicants, especially in the areas of mathematics, natural science (chemistry, biology, or physics), social sciences and the humanities.
  • Proficiency in English: 500 (paper-based) or 61 (internet-based) on Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),  an academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 5.5 or a minimum score of 4.0 on the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP).
  • Adequate financial resources to complete the academic program and provide for housing, food an basic personal expenses.

See the full list of admission requirements

Application Deadlines

Priority international application deadlines are June 1 (for fall semester) and November 1 (for spring semester). Applications received after these dates will be reviewed individually but may need to be deferred until a later semester.

Application Process 

Find out more information about the application process.


Learn more about the estimated tuition costs.

Important Dates

Event Date
International Student Arrival August 18 or 19
New International Student Orientation August 22-26
Move into Student Housing August 21
Classes Begin September 6
Thanksgiving Recess November 24 & 25
Last Day of Classes December 14
Study Day December 15
Final Exams December 16 & 19-22
Backup Exam Date December 23