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 July 29

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has provided additional guidance for fall 2020 for F1 students.  The information distinguishes between new and continuing students.  

The SEVP Announcement

  • Who does this announcement apply to?
    • All students that have or will have F1 status in the US.  So far there is no similar guidance for students that have or need a J1 visa.

  • Where can I find the announcement?
  • How do I know if I am a “continuing student or “initial student?
    • Continuing students are students that already have an active SEVIS record in the US.  Generally speaking, continuing students are students that were in the US in F1 status prior March 9, 2020.  This category includes students transferring to UWM from other US institutions to begin a new program.

    • Initial students are students that did not have an active SEVIS record prior to March 9, 2020.  Generally speaking, initial students are students that are entering the US on a new SEVIS number for the first time.
  • What does it say about new “initial” students?
    • New students can enter the US to study for fall 2020, if the institution they are attending is not entirely online.  It also addresses enrollment requirements, explained in questions below. 

Implications for New “Initial” Students

  • Can I come to UWM this fall?
    • Yes. UWM is planning to have a hybrid model for fall 2020.
  • How many in-person courses am I required to take?
    • You must have at least one course (3 credits or more) with an in-person component.
  • How many online courses am I allowed to take?
    • As many as you want, if you also have at least one course with an in-person component.  This is a significant change from previous requirements.  Pre-pandemic, F1 students were only allowed one online course toward full-time enrollment.
  • How many in-person courses are being offered?
    • A majority of UWM courses for fall 2020 will be online.  About 30% of all courses will have an in-person component.
  • How can I know which courses are online or in-person?
    • You can see the location (ON CAMPUS or ONLINE) in the course descriptions in PAWS.  Please work with your advisor to verify that your course schedule meets the SEVP requirement.
  • What if my program is only offered online?
    • We will work with you and your program to identify a course you can enroll in that has an in-person component.
  • How many credits do I have to register for in total?
    • You must register full-time.  This is a critical part of maintaining your F1 status in the US.  Undergraduate students must register for at least 12 credits.  Graduate students without assistantships must register in at least 8 credits.  And graduate students with assistantships must register for at least 6 credits.
  • Do I need an updated I-20 with special remarks?
    • No.  The initial proposed guidance mentioned new I-20s, but the latest guidance specifically says that you do not need those remarks on your I-20.  If you receive a request for a new I-20 with special remarks from someone at your local Embassy or Consulate, let us know.
  • Do I need a letter verifying that UWM will be hybrid for fall 2020?
    • It is possible that you may be asked to verify that UWM has a hybrid model when you apply for your visa, board a plane, or apply for entry at the US border.  If you would like a letter from UWM for this purpose, email us at isss@uwm.edu.  We can send it to you quickly.
  • Can I arrive at UWM late?
    • If you cannot be here by the first day of classes, September 2, you should plan to take the fall semester online from home or defer your admission.  Undergraduate students will not be issued any letters approving late arrival.  Graduate students may be issued late arrival letters with approval from their program.   

What to do Next

  • What are my options for this fall?
    • You have three choices: come in-person, do the fall term online from home, or defer your admission.
  • Where can I find more information about these choices?
    • Look at the FAQ below from June 17.  It provides detailed information about each option.
  • What do I do once I have made my choice?
    • Tell us!  Submit the form at the top of this page.  We will work with you to identify appropriate courses or adjust your admission status as necessary.
  • What if I have questions?

June 17

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee(UWM) has announced it will have a hybrid model for Fall 2020, to include a mix of in-person courses and online courses.Please read the official UWM announcement and the information below.  Email us any questions to isss@uwm.edu.  Once you have decided on the best option for you, let us know your decision by submitting the Fall 2020 Decision form at the top of this page. 

Now that we have some idea what classes will look like at UWM this fall, newly admitted international students have three choices: come in-person,take Fall 2020 classes online, or defer your admission.

Come in-person

  • Can students already in the US come to UWM as planned
    • Yes. 
  • Can students outside the US come to UWM in-person? 
    • Yes, but there are several issues that need to be resolved to make that happen, including obtaining a visa and getting a flight to the US.
  • When will I be able to apply for a student visa? 
    • US Embassies and Consulates remain closed for student appointments, with no indication of when they will open.  A few are offering emergency appointments, but they are taken on a case-by-case basis.  Continue to monitor the website of your closest US Embassy/Consulate for updates.
  • Can I get a flight to the US? 
    • There are several flight restrictions in place in many countries (including the US and home countries) that might make it challenging to get a flight to the US.  You will have to research whether travel to the US for the fall semester is feasible.  
  • Will all classes be offered in person?
    • No. Most classes will be mainly online. Some classes will be a mix of in-person and online, and a few classes will be totally in person.
  • What will in-person classes be like at UWM this fall?  
    • There will be several changes to our physical arrangements in order to ensure the safety of all students, staff and faculty.  You will be required to maintain distance from othersclassrooms will be limited in the number of students allowed in any physical space and classes will likely be a mix of in-person and online activity.  
  • Will it be a “normal” experience at UWM this fall?  
    • No.  Students will have a very rewarding academic experience, but it will be unlike anything we have experienced before.  Students, staff and faculty will be working together to figure out the new normal.
  • Should I arrange for housing at UWM this fall?
    • If you want to live on-campus this fall, you should submit a housing contract and deposit as soon as possible.  Housing is planning how to ensure health and safety of students, and they will prioritize placement of students with contracts on file.  If you submit a contract and deposit and then cannot come, your contract will be cancelled, and deposit returned.  https://uwm.edu/housing/
  • Can I arrive late?  
    • Students admitted into the Master’s in Information Technology Management program will have some options to start at the end of September.  Email Chris Pahl (pahlc@uwm.edu) for more information.  
    • All other programs will start at the regular beginning of the semester (currently scheduled for September 2nd).
  • What if I cannot make it to UWM by beginning of classes?  
    • You should either take classes online from home or defer.  If you start online from home, you will not be able to join us in-person mid-semester.  You would stay online for the entire fall semester, and then hopefully you can join us in-person for the spring semester (January). Be sure to contact your program directly to learn about online options: https://uwm.edu/graduateschool/graduate-representative-list/
  • How is the state of Wisconsin dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic? 
  • How is the city of Milwaukee dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic? 
  • How is UWM dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic? 
  • Who will support me? 
    • UWM is ready to help all students and make your experience at UWM a great one.  You will receive help from the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), all academic departments, the Graduate School, Dean of Students office, Health Services, Housing, etc.  

Take Fall 2020 courses online

  • What are the online classes?  
    • Online classes are regular UWM classes offered to any student eligible for registration.  They are the same courses taught on our campus but offered online. 
  • Who is teaching the online courses?  
    • Regular UWM professors and lecturers.  They are the same courses taught on our campus but taught online.
  • Will the credits count toward your degree?  
    • Yes.  They are the same courses taught on our campus but taught online.  You should work with your advisor to select courses that are required for your degree program, and they will count towards your degree as if you took them in-person.
  • Are online courses “transfer” courses? 
    • No.  They do not need to be transferred in because they are regular UWM courses that you need to complete your degree from UWM
  • Can I take online courses at another university and transfer them to UWM later?
    • For undergraduate students, quite possibly, yes.  Let us know your plans so we can help you determine transferability before you register or pay any tuition.
    • For graduate students, you will have to get permission from your program at UWM to transfer credits into your degree plan.  Transfer credits at the graduate level are not common and there is no guarantee they will be approved.
  • What will the online courses be like
    • Online courses are conducted differently by different professors. Some models are flexible, allowing you to participate as you can with clear deadlines posted for assignments, others are live streamed and interactive as if you were in a physical lecture hall.
  • Do I have to be online at specific times?
    • Most courses will be taught “asynchronously”, meaning you do not have to be online at a specific time.  When you talk to your advisor about which courses are best for you, be sure to ask this question.
  • Do I need to study online full time?
    • Most likely noMost students will be able to take as many courses as they want. Full-time is defined as 12+ credits for undergraduate students, and 8+ credits for graduate students.  To find out for sure, contact the program you have been admitted to: https://uwm.edu/graduateschool/graduate-representative-list/
  • What are the benefits of taking online courses?  
    • Online courses allow you to begin your degree program from home until it is possible for you to come in-person the following term.  They allow you to develop relationships with faculty and students in program as soon as possible.  They will shorten the amount of time you have to spend in the US after you arrive in-person.  They also offer the ability of studying from home, thereby reducing cost-of-living expenses.  
  • What will online courses cost?
    • UWM has designated a special rate of tuition for new international students who need to start their classes online from their home country.  Tuition is charged by the number of credits you register for regardless of credit total.
    • For UNDERGRADUATE (bachelor’s degree) students: The per credit hour rate will be $505.70. For example, 1 course (3 credits) will be $1,517.10 and a full-time 4 course load (12 credits) will be $6,068.40.  
    • For GRADUATE (master’s and PhD) students: The per credit hour rate will be $1,003.19. For example, 1 course (3 credits) will be $3,009.56 and a full-time course load of 8 credit hours will be $8,025.52.
    • Students admitted to graduate programs (master’s and PhD) in the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business are not eligible for the special tuition rate.  These students should refer to Business Master’s (master’s) and Graduate (PhD) non-resident tuition pricing schedule at: https://uwm.edu/onestop/finances/estimating-your-costs/tuition/
  • Will there be any additional fees?  
    • Students enrolled in the online international student per credit pricingwill not be assessed segregated fees, but there may be additional fees for library services, user fees and differential tuition charges.  Additionally, certain individual courses may have different rates, and specific course rates will supersede the above mentioned per credit hour rates.  All international students will be charged a $100 International Student Fee per semester.  Please refer the One Stop Enrollment and Financial Services website (https://uwm.edu/onestop/) and contact your academic advisor should you have any questions.  
  • How long will this special tuition rate last?  
    • This rate is available for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, for new online international students only.  If you come in-person, the regular non-resident rate will apply as normal.  Students who decide to complete the entire degree online will be assessed the regular non-resident tuition rate starting Summer 2021.
  • Will my scholarships/assistantships/funding pay for online courses? 
    • For those participating in the international student per credit pricing, unfortunately, no.  Because of the lower rate of tuition, any offered funding from UWM will not apply.   Students that have been offered financial assistance should contact their program to determine if you can still use it instead of the special tuition rate.
    • Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business graduate students, please consult with your advisor for scholarship opportunities and information.  
  • Can I keep my TA/RA position and work from my home country?
    • You should contact the program that offered your assistantship.  
  • Who do I contact to learn what online courses are available to me?  
    • Undergraduate (bachelor’s degree) should contact the advisor listed in their PAWS account.  
  • Will I get a tuition refund if I begin my classes online and my visa is later denied?
    • Unfortunately, no.  But UWM will provide you with additional documentation about your academic connection to UWM that may help your visa application.
  • What will online classes mean for my F1 status
    • Since you will not physically be in the US, you will not have any F1 status in the US.
  • Will my online classes contribute to my eligibility for OPT (Optional Practical Training) or CPT (Curricular Practical Training)?
    • Since you will not have F1 status in the US, online courses will not contribute toward your eligibility for OPT or CPT.  To qualify, you must have F1 status for one full academic year in the US.  UWM’s summer semester does not count towards this requirement.  For example, if you join UWM in-person for the spring semester (beginning in January), you will be eligible for OPT or CPT at the end of the fall semester in December.  

Defer your admission

  • What is the deadline to defer my admission? 
    • There is no specific deadline, but ideally it would be done by early September.  There is plenty of time for you to make your decision to defer.  If there is any possibility you might start classes online or come in-person, let’s wait to defer your admission.
  • How do I defer? 
    • Use the form at the top of this pageWe will work with your program to finalize your deferral, and let you know when it is done.
  • Can I defer to Spring 2021? Or Fall 2021? 
    • It depends on your program.  Most programs allow new students in spring, but a few may require you to defer to fall.  Let us know which you would prefer, and we will work with your program to see what is possible.
  • What about my I-20? 
    • If you already have an I-20, we will re-issue it with the new dates.  If not, we will remind you of what we need to issue the I-20.
  • Will scholarships/assistantships/funding offered from UWM be deferred with my admission? 
    • It depends on the funding.  When we work with your program to finalize the deferral, we will get this answer for you.  You can also ask your program directly.  Questions about funding should be directed to whomever offered it to you.

July 20

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has rescinded the guidance discussed in the July 8 update.  We are waiting for new guidance and will provide an update as soon as we know more.


July 8

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) just released a preview of a proposed temporary new rule governing study by F-1 international students during the Fall 2020 term. The proposed new rule is not final and there may be changes. The full preview of the proposed temporary rule for study in Fall 2020 can be accessed at: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/bcm2007-01.pdf.

UWM will advocate whenever possible for rules that will benefit F-1 students. We will also keep you informed with any updates and work with you individually so that you can make the best choices for your academic and personal situations.

Following is a list of the most frequently asked questionsregarding how we anticipate the new rule will impact newly admitted F-1 international students.

The SEVP announcement

  • Who does this announcement apply to?
    • All students that have or will have F1 status in the US.  So far there is no similar guidance for students that have or need a J1 visa.
  • Is this new announcement final?
    • No.  It still must be finalized by SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program).  We do not know for sure when it will be finalized but expect it in the coming weeks.
  • Where can I find the announcement?

For students that come in-person for the hybrid model

  • F1 students are typically only allowed to have one course (at least 3 credits) per semester online.  Has that changed?
    • For fall 2020, in-person F1 students will only be required to have one course (at least 3 credits) with an in-person component.  The rest of your courses can be entirely online.
  • How do I register for classes?
    • Undergraduate students (bachelors) will receive an email soon about how to register for online campus orientation.  The orientation will be an online coursetht you can do from home.  We anticipate the course will be available beginning July 20.  Once you have completed that course, you will be eligible to sign up for an online appointment with your academic advisor, who will help you select your courses and register.
    • Graduate students (masters and PhD) can register any time.  Contact your faculty advisor for advice on which courses are appropriate for your program.
  • How do I know which courses have an in-person component or are entirely online?
    • You should work with your advisor for registration.  Graduate students (masters and PhD) should work with your faculty advisor.  Undergraduate students (bachelors) should work with your academic advisor.
  • What kind of courses to do I need to register for?
    • You must register for courses that lead toward the completion of your degree.  Your advisor will help you with course selection.
  • Do I need an I-20 with special remarks?
    • Yes.  We will be re-issuing I-20s for students that already have one.  The new I-20 will have special remarks indicating that UWM is offering a hybrid model, and that you will have at least one (3 credits or more) course with an in-person component.
  • How will I get the new I-20?
    • UWM uses an online system called ISSS Connect to provide service to its international students.  Your new I-20 will delivered to you there with an electronic signature, and you will be able to log in and print it.  We will send you more details on how to log in and navigate ISSS Connect when the I-20s are ready.

UWM’s mode of instruction

  • Is UWM still planning to be a hybrid model for fall 2020?
    • Yes.  Many courses at UWM are planned to be in hybrid format, which means that they would have both a component of in-person and online instruction during the term. 
  • Is the decision to be hybrid a final decision?
    • UWM’s plan to use a hybrid model is based on the recommendations of city and state plans to re-open amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are committed to the hybrid model as long as it is deemed a safe option, as the health of our students, faculty and staff are very important.  
  • Could UWM change to a model of onlineonly instruction?
    • The COVID-19 infection rate in our area and plans to re-open are constantly changing and dynamic.  If the city or state recommendations change, it is possible that we would be required to go online-only for fall 2020.
  • When would the decision to change to online-only be made?
    • We are committed to the hybrid model. Unfortunately, given the dynamic and changing situation with COVID-19, any changes are  impossible to predict, as it would be dictated by our city and state requirements.
  • How will I learn if UWM changes to an online-only model?
    • We will immediately communicate it to you via email, web and social media (WeChat, WhatsApp and Facebook).

Impacts of an online-only model

  • What if the decision is made to change to online-only before I come to UWM?
    • You would not be allowed to enter the US.  You would be required to either start your courses online from home or defer your admission.
  • What if the decision is made to change to online-only afterI come to UWM?
    • You would be required to transfer to another school that still had in-person options, apply in the US to change your status, or leave the US immediately.  
  • If this decision is made mid-semester and I must leave the US, what happens to my classes?
    • All classes would continue online, so you could return home and complete your courses remotely.
  • If I must leave the US abruptly, what are the financial impacts?
    • Tuition and fees would not be refunded.  All classes would be offered online, so you can complete them from home.
    • Housing costs will be your responsibility to manage.  Whether you are living on-campus or off-campus, you should be aware of your contractual obligations.
    • Health insurance will not refundable as it is purchased by term and is non-refundable if you were present in the US for any of the effective dates.
  • If I must leave, is there a guarantee I will be able to return?
    • Current guidance tells us that if there are in-person courses available, international students will be able to come to campus.  We anticipate that students will be able to return as soon as UWM is able to open for regular classes, but it depends on future guidance from SEVP.  
    • When re-entry is possible, you will need a valid visa and I-20.
  • What happens for students with assistantships or scholarships?
    • You should contact whomever offered you the assistantship or scholarship to determine whether you can keep it after you transition home.
  • Will UWM help me with the sudden move (breaking a housing contact, selling furniture and personal items, etc.)?
    • We will connect you with Student Associations and other community groups that may provide some assistance, but ultimately, it will be your responsibility. 

Next steps

  • What should I do now?
    • As soon as you make your decision about fall (come in-person, start online, or defer), please let us know.  Submit the form at the top of this page.
  • What if I have already submitted the form and have now changed my mind?
  • What if I have additional questions?
    • Email us at isss@uwm.edu.  If we cannot help you, we will connect you with whomever can.

June 29

UWM hosted online sessions for newly admitted international students to learn more about Fall 2020 plans and ask questions.  Speakers included representatives of the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office and other key campus resources. The sessions were recorded and are available to view below. 

For those who were unable to attend the graduate student webinar on June 29th, here is the recording of the event: https://lubar.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/516ace3b84624f1fbee0896197d2df221d

For those who missed the undergraduate (bachelor’s) webinar on June 30th, please see the recording of the event: https://lubar.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/d1e56601be874fceaebe99cb2cf251001d

The presentation mentions a UWM website that includes virtual tours of campus, campus resources, sample lectures and a free UWM course on Milwaukee.


June 17

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee(UWM) has announced it will have a hybrid model for Fall 2020, to include a mix of in-person courses and online courses.Please read the official UWM announcement and the information below.  Email us any questions to isss@uwm.edu.  Once you have decided on the best option for you, let us know your decision by submitting the Fall 2020 Decision form at the top of this page. 


Now that we have some idea what classes will look like at UWM this fall, newly admitted international students have three choices: come in-person,take Fall 2020 classes online, or defer your admission.

Come in-person

  • Can students already in the US come to UWM as planned
    • Yes. 
  • Can students outside the US come to UWM in-person? 
    • Yes, but there are several issues that need to be resolved to make that happen, including obtaining a visa and getting a flight to the US.
  • When will I be able to apply for a student visa? 
    • US Embassies and Consulates remain closed for student appointments, with no indication of when they will open.  A few are offering emergency appointments, but they are taken on a case-by-case basis.  Continue to monitor the website of your closest US Embassy/Consulate for updates.
  • Can I get a flight to the US? 
    • There are several flight restrictions in place in many countries (including the US and home countries) that might make it challenging to get a flight to the US.  You will have to research whether travel to the US for the fall semester is feasible.  
  • Will all classes be offered in person?
    • No. Most classes will be mainly online. Some classes will be a mix of in-person and online, and a few classes will be totally in person.
  • What will in-person classes be like at UWM this fall?  
    • There will be several changes to our physical arrangements in order to ensure the safety of all students, staff and faculty.  You will be required to maintain distance from othersclassrooms will be limited in the number of students allowed in any physical space andclasses will likely be a mix of in-person and online activity.  
  • Will it be a “normal” experience at UWM this fall?  
    • No.  Students will have a very rewarding academic experience, but it will be unlike anything we have experienced before.  Students, staff and faculty will be working together to figure out the new normal.
  • Should I arrange for housing at UWM this fall?
    • If you want to live on-campus this fall, you should submit a housing contract and deposit as soon as possible.  Housing is planning how to ensure health and safety of students, and they will prioritize placement of students with contracts on file.  If you submit a contract and deposit and then cannot come, your contract will be cancelled, and deposit returned.  https://uwm.edu/housing/
  • Can I arrive late?  
    • Students admitted into the Master’s in Information Technology Management program will have some options to start at the end of September.  Email Chris Pahl (pahlc@uwm.edu) for more information.  
    • All other programs will start at the regular beginning of the semester (currently scheduled for September 2nd).
  • What if I cannot make it to UWM by beginning of classes?  
    • You should either take classes online from home or defer.  If you start online from home, you will not be able to join us in-person mid-semester.  You would stay online for the entire fall semester, and then hopefully you can join us in-person for the spring semester (January). Be sure to contact your program directly to learn about onlineoptions: https://uwm.edu/graduateschool/graduate-representative-list/
  • How is the state of Wisconsindealing with the COVID-19 pandemic? 
  • How is the city of Milwaukee dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic? 
  • How is UWM dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic? 
  • Who will support me? 
    • UWM is ready to help all students and make your experience at UWM a great one.  You will receive help from the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), all academic departments, the Graduate School, Dean of Students office, Health Services, Housing, etc.  

Take Fall 2020 courses online

  • What are the online classes?  
    • Online classes are regular UWM classes offered to any student eligible for registration.  They are the same courses taught on our campus but offered online. 
  • Who is teaching the online courses?  
    • Regular UWM professors and lecturers.  They are the same courses taught on our campus but taught online.
  • Will the credits count toward your degree?  
    • Yes.  They are the same courses taught on our campus but taught online.  You should work with your advisor to select courses that are required for your degree program, and they will count towards your degree as if you took them in-person.
  • Are online courses “transfer” courses? 
    • No.  They do not need to be transferred in because they are regular UWM courses that you need to complete your degree from UWM
  • Can I take online courses at another university and transfer them to UWM later?
    • For undergraduate students, quite possibly, yes.  Let us know your plans so we can help you determine transferability before you register or pay any tuition.
    • For graduate students, you will have to get permission from your program at UWM to transfer credits into your degree plan.  Transfer credits at the graduate level are not common and there is no guarantee they will be approved.
  • What will the online courses be like
    • Online courses are conducted differently by different professors. Some models are flexible, allowing you to participate as you can with clear deadlines posted for assignments, others are live streamed and interactive as if you were in a physical lecture hall.
  • Do I have to be online at specific times?
    • Most courses will be taught “asynchronously”, meaning you do not have to be online at a specific time.  When you talk to your advisor about which courses are best for you, be sure to ask this question.
  • Do I need to study online full time?
    • Most likely noMost students will be able to take as many courses as they want. Full-time is defined as 12+ credits for undergraduate students, and 8+ credits for graduate students.  To find out for sure, contact the program you have been admitted to: https://uwm.edu/graduateschool/graduate-representative-list/
  • What are the benefits of taking online courses?  
    • Online courses allow you to begin your degree program from home until it is possible for you to come in-person the following term.  They allow you to develop relationships with faculty and students in program as soon as possible.  They will shorten the amount of time you have to spend in the US after you arrive in-person.  They also offer the ability of studying from home, thereby reducing cost-of-living expenses.  
  • What will online courses cost?
    • UWM has designated a special rate of tuition for new international students who need to start their classes onlinefrom their home country.  Tuition is charged by the number of credits you register for regardless of credit total.
    • For UNDERGRADUATE (bachelor’s degree) students: The per credit hour rate will be $505.70. For example, 1 course (3 credits) will be $1,517.10 and a full-time 4 course load (12 credits) will be $6,068.40.  
    • For GRADUATE (master’s and PhD) students: The per credit hour rate will be $1,003.19. For example, 1 course (3 credits) will be $3,009.56 and a full-time course load of 8 credit hours will be $8,025.52.
    • Students admitted to graduate programs (master’s and PhD) in the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business are not eligible for the special tuition rate.  These students should refer to Business Master’s (master’s) and Graduate (PhD) non-resident tuition pricing schedule at: https://uwm.edu/onestop/finances/estimating-your-costs/tuition/
  • Will there be any additional fees?  
    • Students enrolled in the online international student per credit pricingwill not be assessed segregated fees, but there may be additional fees for library services, user fees and differential tuition charges.  Additionally, certain individual courses may have different rates, and specific course rates will supersede the above mentioned per credit hour rates.  All international students will be charged a $100 International Student Fee per semester.  Please refer the One Stop Enrollment and Financial Services website (https://uwm.edu/onestop/) and contact your academic advisor should you have any questions.  
  • How long will this special tuition rate last?  
    • This rate is available for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, for new online international students only.  If you come in-person, the regular non-resident rate will apply as normal.  Students who decide to complete the entire degree online will be assessed the regular non-resident tuition rate starting Summer 2021.
  • Will my scholarships/assistantships/funding pay for online courses? 
    • For those participating in the international student per credit pricing, unfortunately, no.  Because of the lower rate of tuition, any offered funding from UWM will not apply.   Students that have been offered financial assistance should contact their program to determine if you can still use it instead of the special tuition rate.
    • Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business graduate students, please consult with your advisor for scholarship opportunities and information.  
  • Can I keep my TA/RA position and work from my home country?
    • You should contact the program that offered your assistantship.  
  • Who do I contact to learn what online courses are available to me?  
    • Undergraduate (bachelor’s degree) should contact the advisor listed in their PAWS account.  
  • Will I get a tuition refund if I begin my classes online and my visa is later denied?
    • Unfortunately, no.  But UWM will provide you with additional documentation about your academic connection to UWM that may help your visa application.
  • What will online classes mean for my F1 status
    • Since you will not physically be in the US, you will not have any F1 status in the US.
  • Will my online classes contribute to my eligibility for OPT (Optional Practical Training) or CPT (Curricular Practical Training)?
    • Since you will not have F1 status in the US, online courses will not contribute toward your eligibility for OPT or CPT.  To qualify, you must have F1 status for one full academic year in the US.  UWM’s summer semester does not count towards this requirement.  For example, if you join UWM in-person for the spring semester (beginning in January), you will be eligible for OPT or CPT at the end of the fall semester in December.  

Defer your admission

  • What is the deadline to defer my admission? 
    • There is no specific deadline, but ideally it would be done by early September.  There is plenty of time for you to make your decision to defer.  If there is any possibility you might start classes online or come in-person, let’s wait to defer your admission.
  • How do I defer? 
    • Use the form at the top of this pageWe will work with your program to finalize your deferral, and let you know when it is done.
  • Can I defer to Spring 2021? Or Fall 2021? 
    • It depends on your program.  Most programs allow new students in spring, but a few may require you to defer to fall.  Let us know which you would prefer, and we will work with your program to see what is possible.
  • What about my I-20? 
    • If you already have an I-20, we will re-issue it with the new dates.  If not, we will remind you of what we need to issue the I-20.
  • Will scholarships/assistantships/funding offered from UWM be deferred with my admission? 
    • It depends on the funding.  When we work with your program to finalize the deferral, we will get this answer for you.  You can also ask your program directly.  Questions about funding should be directed to whomever offered it to you.

Current

Updates for Current Students

July 28

Dear students,

Many of you have been waiting for the new guidance regarding F1 visa status maintenance requirements for fall 2020. As you may have heard, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released on Friday July 24th the final temporary new rule governing study by F1 international students during the fall 2020 term.

The following is important fall 2020 information for students with an Active F-1 record who were enrolled spring 2020:

Students enrolling full-time in fall 2020:

  • In-person enrollment is not required
  • Presence in the U.S. is not required
  • Maintaining full-time enrollment is required

Students enrolling less than full-time in fall 2020 requiring Less Than Full-Time Authorization:

  • Less than full-time enrollment may be authorized for the following students:

o   Students graduating in fall 2020 or

o   Students with medical consent; students with medical concerns must make an appointment with an Immigration Coordinator

  • Authorization should be completed prior to September 2nd
  • Presence in the U.S. may not be required

Students enrolling less than full time in fall 2020 without less than full-time authorization:

  • Authorized Early Withdrawal should be completed prior to September 2nd

o   Complete this request on ISSS Connect (https://www.isssconnect.uwm.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Abroad.ViewLink&Parent_ID=0&Link_ID=C47FC701-E8DD-E1FD-DE11E58812B945D6 : ISSS Connect Request Forms)

  • Your SEVIS record will be terminated and your I-20 will be invalid

o   If you are currently in the U.S., you must leave the U.S. within 15 days of requesting the Authorized Early Withdrawal

o   If you plan to return to the U.S. for a future term, you will need a new I-20

We will be hosting a virtual Town Hall meeting for Active F-1 students on Friday, July 31st at 10am Central Standard Time. You can join the meeting at the following link; please note that you will need to log in with your UWM username and password to attend the event:  https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_OGM4MjJiMDItM2ZlYi00MDJiLWJkZmItMWZiYzQ1ZTkyNDI1%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%220bca7ac3-fcb6-4efd-89eb-6de97603cf21%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%227fef8b81-ad6a-4b5a-b3e3-bed645bd0908%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d.

You can submit questions to be answered at the Town Hall event to isss@uwm.edu prior to the start of the event; please use “Questions for 7/31 Town Hall” in your subject line.

We will continue to update the ISSS Updates for Current Students website with the most updated information.

 

 

Meet Priyal Shah, UWM’s Regional Manager for South Asia

Priyal Shah is UWM’s Regional Manager, covering a territory of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. More than 250 students from Priyal’s region were enrolled at UWM during the Fall 2019 semester.

Priyal has been in her role since September 2018, and is involved in a number of activities to support UWM’s efforts to become an even more globally diverse university.

She works with UWM’s international recruitment partners and is a resource for students during the application process. She can be reached on WhatsApp at: +91-7043555570, via email at priyal@uwm.edu, or by phone at: +91-7043555570.

Here’s a little more information to help you get to know Priyal:

How did you become interested in your job?

I’ve actually been involved in the education sector for six to seven years and marketing and sales have been my focus. My job has given me the opportunity to strategize and explore my skills. I love traveling and meeting people, and this job is all about that. 

What did you study at your university in India? What were your favorite classes?

I studied commerce at one of the top five commerce colleges in Ahmedabad. My favorite subjects were marketing, business management and statistics. 

What do you like best about UWM and the City of Milwaukee? 

I just love UWM, the UWM team and Milwaukee They are very skilled in marketing, planning and overall relationship building. 

The most attractive feature is Lake Michigan. I was in awe of the beauty of the lake. I also adore the architecture, the art galleries and the museums. 

What do you like the most about your job and working in higher education?

What I like most about my job is traveling, because it allows me to explore different cities and different countries. Trying new food and meeting new people is also a very nice thing. 

What are some common questions that you get from students you are meeting with? 

Students want to know about campus, location, ranking and job placement opportunities. They also want to know more about the programs, the requirements and how to apply to UWM. 

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a fun, happy-go-lucky person. I love humor, music and dance. I enjoy celebrating all the festivals. 

I’m a very family oriented person. I’m part of a big family and family functions are a big part of my life.

 I’m also a bit of a shopaholic, so shopping for me is a bit like meditation.

UWM to Host Online Sessions for Newly Admitted International Students

UWM will host online sessions for newly admitted international students to learn more about Fall 2020 plans and ask questions.  Speakers will include representatives of the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office and other key campus resources.  The sessions will be recorded and available to view later.   

June 29, 2020 

Newly admitted graduate (masters and PhD) international students 7:00-8:30 a.m. (CST). 

Click here to join the meeting: Graduate student webinar 


June 30, 2020 

Newly admitted undergraduate (bachelor’s) international students – 7:00-8:30 a.m. (CST). 

Click here to join the meeting: Undergraduate student webinar 

**IMPORTANT NOTE – You will need your UWM ePantherID and password to log into the meeting.  Make sure you have that information ready before the day of the session, in case you need help.   

If you haven’t already, go to epantherid.uwm.edu to activate your ePanther ID and establish your password. You need your campus ID number (991-xx-xxxx), which is available in your admission letter to UWM.  If you have problems, call the UWM Help Desk at +1-414-229-4040, or use the Help Form at paws.uwm.edu.  

If this is your first time joining a meeting via Teams, you can get instructions at the Microsoft Support site. 

Academics, Athletics Made UWM Perfect Choice for Benjamin Cadel

A perfect blend of academic excellence and athletic support made UW-Milwaukee Benjamin Cadel’s first choice when he was searching for a university in the United States.

Cadel came to Milwaukee from Paris, France in 2017 to join the men’s swimming and diving team, one of UWM’s 15 NCAA Division I athletic teams. He did not see UWM’s campus until he arrived for his first week of classes.

“Sometimes it felt like a movie because I was in such a good atmosphere and environment on the athletic side and with my classes,” he said. “It was beautiful because the weather was so good, the campus was super nice and I just wasn’t expecting it.”

His transition to the United States was made easier because Cadel was one of three international students who joined the swim team for the 2017-18 season. There are currently more than 1,200 total international students at UWM.

“At the beginning, the thing that helped a lot was my teammates,” Cadel said. “We spent a lot of time together because they were also coming in from Egypt. We discovered a lot of things together.”

Cadel said he was immediately impressed by the athletic infrastructure at UWM, from the pool to the athletic staff and coaches.

“If I had an injury or something, someone would take care of it and I had never had anything like this even though I was on one of the best teams in France,” he said. “I definitely felt this huge difference in the sports culture and so as an athlete it’s a relief because you know everything is in place to help you do your best and perform.”

Although Cadel’s coaches took his athletic performance seriously, there was an even greater emphasis placed on his academic success. Cadel graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Letters and Science.

“They pushed me to be the best student,” he said. “You have meetings every week to talk about your grades, how you’re doing in classes and whether they’re good options for you.

“They want you to be the best athlete, but they also want you to be the best student and that’s good because that was my priority.”

Cadel also credited UWM’s faculty for being patient with him and making him feel comfortable despite his limited English skills when he first started classes.

Although Cadel decided he wanted to study in the United States years before he ever set foot on UWM’s campus, he admits he was nervous when the time finally came to make the trip. But he now looks at his time at UWM as the best experience of his life.

He encourages other students who may be worried about studying at UWM to take the chance.

“I didn’t know if I would be friends with anyone, or if I would just be here for one year, go back (to France) and be done,” he said. “But after these three years I’m sure I have found friends for life.

“When I go back to France, whenever anyone from the team wants to visit, I will be happy to host them.”

Statement of Solidarity Against Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia

The Asian Faculty and Staff Association at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (AFSA), reaffirms our commitment to supporting and advocating for students, faculty, and staff of the Asian Diaspora as the coronavirus (COVID-19) global health pandemic impacts our community in unique ways.

Members of the Asian, Asian American, and Asian Pacific Islander community have experienced unique vulnerability as targets of racism and xenophobia as anxiety and fear over COVID-19 has spread over the past several months*. Locally, this vulnerability also comes at a time when social support and community comforts have been weakened, whether due to the loss of contact with peers to adhere with the important act of social distancing or closure of community fixtures such as local Asian restaurants and business. In the Milwaukee area, some have been forced to close due to racist attacks on their staff.

In the face of this vulnerability, AFSA resolutely stands in solidarity with UWM students, faculty, and staff against these acts. We support, and will advocate, for:
• A campus and local community that is free of anti-Asian violence and racism,
• Education and empowerment to rise above the rhetoric of anti-Asian sentiment that swirls around the local, national, and global conversations concerning the COVID-19 pandemic,
• An official statement of intolerance of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (including intolerance for derogatory references such as the “Wuhan” or “Chinese” virus, etc.),
• Resources to support students, faculty, and staff members of the Asian and Asian American community directly impacted by racism incited by COVID-19, and
• Equitable treatment of all marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus.

In addition to rising anti-Asian sentiment, UWM students may face challenges around travel, leading some to remain separated from their families and loved ones overseas or unable to return to the U.S. to complete work related to their degree programs. We reaffirm our support for students impacted by these unique challenges and support the excellent work of various campus partners who provide resources for students in navigating these challenges, including the Center for International Education.

We urge our students, colleagues, and community members at UWM to act with concern and compassion for those who have been directly and indirectly impacted by the COVID-19 virus. We stand in solidarity with those who are working to develop effective medical treatments and methods of curbing the rates of infection and with those working to support diverse communities.
To learn more about coronavirus-related racism and xenophobia, please see this resource compiled by Dr. Jason Oliver Chang. Resources for individuals experiencing acts of violence or harassment can be found at Asian Americans Advancing Justice; their website also contains information about intervening as a bystander. Reports of incidents at UWM can be made through the Equity/Diversity Services office.


* The national clearinghouse “Stop AAPI Hate” has collected 1700 incident reports over six weeks, Asian Pacific Planning & Policy Council.

Internship, Job Opportunities Led Khanh G Nguyen to Milwaukee

Khanh G Nguyen never stops scouting the city of Milwaukee for the perfect picture.

“I’m a photographer and Milwaukee is just beautiful,” Nguyen said. “I usually go out by myself with my camera to explore the city. It’s also really nice to have Lake Michigan nearby for a refreshing walk.” 

Nguyen is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a top-ranked American research university (Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education) that the World University Rankings named among the top three percent of universities worldwide.

He picked UW-Milwaukee after talking to his cousin, who lives in the city. Milwaukee has a regional population of about 1 million. 

“She told me Milwaukee is one of the best cities for business because everything is growing,” Nguyen said. “It’s not like Chicago where it’s difficult to get a job. 

“There’s a lot of opportunities to get a job here. It’s very easy to get an internship in the summer and to get a job after you graduate.” 

Nguyen, who is from northern Vietnam, was also attracted to UWM because of its size. He is one of about 1,300 international students at the university, which has a total student population of about 24,000. 

He is majoring in marketing, one of 94 undergraduate programs at UWM. The university also has 104 graduate programs. 

“There are more options for me to study at a big university,” Nguyen said. “Besides business, I can do any other classes I want to do. For example, my first year I chose guitar and my second year I chose a sports class.” 

Nguyen has also taken advantage of a number of networking events hosted by the Lubar School of Business, one of 15 schools and colleges at UWM. 

“In business it’s very important to go to networking events, so we have CEO’s from the city come in to talk to us,” he said. “It’s a good chance for you to go talk to them. I got my internship last year because I talked to a recruiter at a career fair. 

Nguyen plans to work for an agency or start-up business for the next few years to get experience before starting his own business. He said he will continue to receive support from his UWM instructors even after he has graduated.

“I took two entrepreneur classes at UWM and I’ve been in contact with both my professors from those classes,” Nguyen said. “They are advising me on how to start a business.”

City Life, Affordability Inspired Yiting Zheng to Choose UW-Milwaukee

When Yiting Zheng arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he was prepared to make several adjustments while living in the United States.

But one thing Zheng, who hails from Southeast China, was not prepared for, was how friendly the other students were.

“Here, people even talk to people who are just walking by or waiting in line,” he said. “That’s not a thing (people do) in China so when I first came here I felt it was odd.

“But after a semester, because strangers were talking to me, I felt it would be nice for me to start talking back. Now, I have really good conversations with people I had never known before.”

Zheng chose UW-Milwaukee because he was interested in studying at a large university in a big city. But the school also needed to fit within his budget.

UWM offered Zheng the perfect combination of size and affordability. UWM is located in an American Midwest city that has a regional population of 1 million. There are currently about 1,300 international students enrolled at the university.

“The city of Milwaukee is the biggest in Wisconsin, but it’s also affordable,” Zheng said. “For many other cities, like Chicago and New York, they are mega-huge cities, but the cost of living is so high that I could not afford it.

“Milwaukee has everything (those other cities have) but you also have a small town feeling. Everyone here is really friendly and everything is affordable.”

Zheng enrolled at UWM in 2016 and is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Science, Architectural Studies (BSAS) from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning in May.

The School of Architecture and Urban Planning, known locally as “SARUP” is one of 14 colleges at UWM, a top-ranked American research university (Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education) that the World University Rankings named among the top three percent of universities worldwide.

“I like this program because they are not just focused on the academic aspect of architecture, but they’re also trying to help us network for our future career,” Zheng said. “They have alumni come in and give us lectures all the time, and they invite other architects from around the country to visit. We have lots of opportunities to talk to architects from outside of Milwaukee and Wisconsin.”

Zheng has built strong relationships with students and faculty at SARUP, taking advantage of UWM’s study abroad program to travel to Paris with one of his professors for a semester. UW-Milwaukee students have the opportunity to live and study in another country for up to a year by choosing from more than 170 study abroad programs.

Zheng suggests that every architecture student should study abroad because it’s an opportunity to touch and feel historic buildings. But what he learned about culture applies to students in any program.

“I’m from China and the U.S. is a different kind of culture, but in Europe and France, it’s another kind of culture,” he said. “I used to think of Western culture and Eastern culture on these two sides, but when I studied abroad, I got to know that even though the U.S. and France are Western cultures, they are still different.”

After graduating, Zheng plans to work in the United States for a year or two before pursuing his master’s degree.

“Milwaukee has lots of job opportunities,” he said. “When you graduate, the biggest thing is to find a job and there are lots of companies and firms in Milwaukee and its surrounding areas.”

On May 6, a UW – Milwaukee student held up a sign bearing a red swastika – symbol of Nazi Germany – for several hours near a group of students celebrating Israeli Independence Day on the UWM campus.  The UWM Center for International Education rejects in the strongest possible terms the hateful and violent message conveyed by this sign.  No supposedly benign intent or technical legality can excuse conjuring the atrocities committed and hateful views espoused by those who created and have followed this symbol.  The Center for International Education and its staff strongly endorse this message from The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, and assert with a clear and resolute voice that hate has no home on the UWM campus.

International Student Recruitment in Vietnam in March 2019

world map showing pins in students home countries

Meet UWM in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

  • When? 
    • Saturday, March 9th, 2019 (2:30-6:00pm)
  • Where?
    • Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, District 1, HCMC, Vietnam

Da Nang

  • When? 
    • Sunday, March 10th, 2019 (9:00am-12:00pm)
  • Where?
    • Novotel Premier Han River, 36 Bach Dang Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang, Vietnam

Greetings! I am Andrea Joseph, International Admissions Coordinator, at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) International Student & Scholar Services Office, and I would like to invite you to meet with me at the AAE Student Recruitment Fairs in Vietnam, where I will be meeting with students that are interested in studying in the United States.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is a large, U.S. research university and holds the highest rating for a research institution from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.  The “highest research activity” rating was given to only 115 of the 4,665 universities evaluated this year. In Wisconsin, only UWM and UW-Madison received the rating, often referred to as R1.

UWM offers 93 undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree programs and 93 graduate (59 master’s and 34 doctoral) degree programs among its campus of 14 schools and colleges. More than 1,400 international students call UWM home!

You can learn more about UWM at our homepage at http://www.uwm.edu. If you have further interest in UWM, I hope to speak with you in Vietnam! However, if you aren’t able to meet with me then but you’d like to receive more information about our academic degree programs, please click on the “request more info” link above.

Warm regards,

Student Services Coordinator

Andrea Joseph (aherbert@uwm.edu)