International Applicants

International applicants should review the graduate application requirements for the Center for International Education (CIE):

Applicants must apply to both the Graduate School and to MALLT. International applicants will submit materials to both the Center for International Education (CIE) and MALLT. See the MALLT Program Application Checklist for more information about application requirements.

Applying to the Graduate School

To apply to the Graduate School you will need to do the following:

  1. Visit the Graduate School website to review the admission requirements and complete the Graduate School Degree Application.
  2. Pay the application fee(s): a $56 application fee is required of all applicants, and an additional $40 evaluation fee is required for applicants with college-level work from non-U.S. colleges.
  3. International applicants should send original or attested photocopies of original transcripts, marksheets, grade reports, diplomas, certificates, or other academic credentials reflecting coursework from each undergraduate and graduate school to the Center for International Education:
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Center for International Education
International Student and Scholar Services
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-0413

If you send materials by a courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL please use the street address of CIE:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Center for International Education
International Student and Scholar Services
Garland Hall 138
2441 E. Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211

Proof of English Proficiency

International applicants and non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English proficiency by presenting one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution, or a non-U.S. English-language institution approved by the UWM Center for International Education. You must have attended this institution for at least two years and achieved an average of B or better.OR
  • Official score reports for either the TOEFL exam (Internet-based format preferred) or the IELTS exam. Please note that the minimum required scores vary depending on your intended area of concentration:

The following minimum total scores are required for admission to the MALLT program with concentration in Classics, Comparative Literature, or Linguistics.

  • TOEFL (3 possible formats):
  • Internet-based (iBT): 92
  • Computer-based (CBT): 237
  • Paper-based: 580
    – OR –
  • IELTS: 7.0

The following minimum total scores are required for admission to the MALLT program with concentration in French, German, Translation or Spanish.

  • TOEFL (3 possible formats):
  • Internet-based (iBT): 83
  • Computer-based (CBT): 220
  • Paper-based: 557
    – OR –
  • IELTS: 6.5

*For applicants intending to concentrate in Classics, Comparative Literature, or Linguistics: You will take classes entirely taught in English; you will be assigned large amounts of reading and be required to write substantial papers and examinations in English.

If your score falls below the expected minimum, you may be considered for admission into MALLT. However, if admitted, you will be asked to take an English assessment test upon arrival at UWM. Depending on your score on the assessment test, you may be required to successfully complete recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Exam Registration

For more information about the TOEFL exam, or to register online, please go to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website at: Official TOEFL scores are sent electronically from ETS to UWM with institution code 1473.

For more information about the IELTS exam, or to register online, please go to the IELTS website at:

Applying to MALLT

MALLT does not require a separate program application. Applicants are required to submit the following materials directly to the MALLT Coordinator:

  1. Three letters of recommendation
    • Letters must be written on institutional letterhead, be signed and dated, and be sent directly to the program by the referee
    • All letters should be accompanied with a Letter of Recommendation Form (pdf, doc).
    • At least two of the letters should be from instructors acquainted with your academic work and potential.
    • Letters should address the following: the length and nature of your acquaintance with the applicant, their academic preparedness for graduate level work, and related research and/or work experience.
  2. Statement of purpose
    • This should be a well-developed statement of at least 500 words outlining your academic background and interests, reasons for graduate study in the MALLT program, intended concentration, and professional goals. This statement will serve as your writing sample.

These items should be sent by email to