UWM Global Scholars

The Global Scholars Program provides exceptional support to international students seeking to study abroad at UWM for one or two semesters as non-degree undergraduates.

Globalize Your Education

The Center for International Education (CIE) Annual Welcome Meeting.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has been at the forefront of globalization studies in the United States for more than a decade. In 2014 UWM was named a National Resource Center for Global Studies by the U.S. Department of Education. Global Studies involves faculty from UWM’s full array of disciplines, including Anthropology, the Arts, Biology, Business, English, Film Studies, Freshwater Sciences, History, Information Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and many other fields. Small classes with UWM’s dedicated and engaged faculty provide students with exceptional access to innovative scholarship on contemporary global issues.

Learning takes place both in and beyond the classroom. As a large research university, UWM offers many opportunities to connect with and learn from top international thought leaders. Global Scholars are welcome and encouraged to participate in lectures, colloquia and conferences with acclaimed international scholars.

Experience UWM and Milwaukee Together

Two students study together on the library third floor bridge.

Life here is intellectually and socially vibrant. As a Global Scholar, you can participate in student organizations and UWM sociocultural programs, attend local film festivals and concerts, and connect with professors and fellow students through a Living Learning Community. Living Learning Community students live together in university housing, and also work on a group service learning project in the Milwaukee area, linking the local to the global. The Conversation Partners program pairs international and American students to support English practice and learning about US culture.


Milwaukee is a city that is continually evolving with a multitude of new restaurants, arts and entertainment opportunities; it is located near the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan (one of the Great Lakes), and hosts a series of cultural festivals held throughout the year.

Navigate a Complex World and Transform Your Future

Fall Welcome 2013 event: Involvement Fair on Spaights Plaza.

How will globalization impact you? Global Studies core courses (Global 101, 201 and 202) analyze globalization from economic, environmental, political, sociological, and technological perspectives. You start by choosing one or two core courses, along with a Multicultural America course, and then also select from a curated list of courses that align with a Global Studies focus area:

  • Arts and Cultures
  • Communications & Management
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Global Politics & Security
  • Health

The UWM Global Scholars curriculum guide can help you begin your journey to UWM, and our professional advisors will assist you with selecting courses that meet your individual academic needs and address your future career plans. Students who need or desire additional English instruction may enroll in ESL courses. Those who have specific requirements for their studies at home may work with their advisor to identify and enroll in courses meeting their needs. UWM advisors will also work with the Scholars’ home institutions to facilitate the transfer of credit following studies at UWM.

Program Cost

Program Cost

The estimated program cost (based on Fall 2016 UWM non-resident tuition and fees) is $16,615 for one semester or $33,320 for two semesters. Actual charges may vary depending upon courses and meal plan selected, changes in UWM tuition, fees, insurance costs, and other charges.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Global Scholars Program, applicants must have:

  • a minimum grade point average at their home institution equivalent to 2.5/4.0
  • a minimum TOEFL (iBT) Score of 61, IELTS Score of 5.0*, or DAAD Language Certificate score of B2

* English Proficiency Requirements: The requirement for regular admission to UWM is: TOEFL (iBT) score of 68 or higher, or IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

Global Scholars with TOEFL (iBT) scores between 61-67 or IELTS scores between 5.0-5.4 will be required to enroll in a six-credit English as Second Language course and six credits of (typically two) other courses during their first semester. Global Scholars enrolling for two semesters can demonstrate their language proficiency and move to full time academic studies by completing the dual admit course with a grade of 80% or better or by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score that meets the score range for regular admission.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Global Scholars students should arrive on campus approximately two weeks before the beginning of classes and must attend orientation. Please see UWM’s Academic Calendar for information about UWM term start and end dates.

Please closely follow the application instructions and contact us if you have any questions (globalscholars@uwm.edu).

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Spring 2017:

  • Final Deadline – December 1, 2016

Fall 2017 or Academic Year 2017/2018:

  • Priority Deadline – May 1, 2017
  • Final Deadline – August 1, 2017