Sponsored students have unique needs related to immigration advising and complying with the requirements of their sponsors.

Orientation

International Student Orientation is required for all international students. This includes students who were previously enrolled in the English Language Academy and are now fully admitted students. Orientation dates and descriptions can be obtained from the Center for International Education’s office, Garland 138 or by emailing isss@uwm.edu.

Responsibility Contracts

All students on a Student Visa are required to sign a Responsibility Contract. In addition, sponsored students must sign a Sponsored Student Responsibility Contract. Questions regarding the Responsibility Contract can be directed to the Center for International Education’s office, Garland 138 or by emailing isss@uwm.edu.

Course Registration Changes

Certain sponsors require approval for course schedule changes, enrolling in online and hybrid courses, and degree major changes. Please see your sponsoring agency details below for further information.

Pre-Approval for credits taken at other institutions while a UWM student

If you are requesting permission to take a course at another institution and apply any credit earned toward your degree program at UWM, CLICK HERE to complete the request. Please note that a separate request must be submitted for each individual course you are interested in taking. Kindly allow up to two weeks for your letter to be written. You will hear from your academic advisor when it is complete.

Sponsor-specific Information

Expand each section below for information and resources/links for students by sponsor.

AMIDEAST Sponsored Students

AMIDEAST Student Registration Hold

A Service Indicator which restricts changes to enrollment is placed on the PAWS account of AMIDEAST sponsored students after initial enrollment. This is to comply with the terms and conditions of the AMIDEAST and UWM Memorandum of Understanding, which states:

“Students must have permission from their home school in Egypt to switch classes from their original course selection. Please inform AMIDEAST if such a request is contemplated.”

In order to ensure compliance with this condition, a Service Indicator (hold) will be placed on the PAWS account of each AMIDEAST sponsored student after the published add deadline (https://uwm.edu/onestop/dates-and-deadlines/interactive-adddrop-calendar/).

To seek approval for enrollment changes, a AMIDEAST Registration Change From must be submitted to Garland 138. The change form is available in Garland 138. The Registrar Office’s Registration Change Form (www.uwm.edu/regform) is also required if instructor/department or school/college approval is needed for change. If approved, the change will be processed by the Registrar’s Office.

Questions regarding this service indicator can be emailed to isss@uwm.edu or addressed in person at Garland 138.

Fulbright/IIE Sponsored Students

Fulbright/IIE sponsored students are required to work closely with their sponsor. Any questions regarding enrollment and degree major declaration and changes must be directed to the sponsor.

SABIC Sponsored Students
SABIC sponsored students are required to work closely with their sponsor. Any questions regarding enrollment and degree major declaration and changes must be directed to the sponsor.

Students who will be completing a SABIC internship in the United States must meet with a Center for International Education’s Immigration Advisor prior to the internship.

Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) Sponsored Students

SACM Scholarship Extension, Request to Change Major, and Online/Hybrid Course Permission Letters

SACM letters for Scholarship Extension, Request to Change Major, and Online/Hybrid Course Permission must be written by the student’s Academic Advisor.

Graduate Students must contact the program advisor directly to request a SACM letter and have them contact isss@uwm.edu with any questions.

Undergraduate Lubar School of Business majors must complete the following form to submit a letter request:  http://uwm.edu/business-undergrad-advising/sacm-letter-request/.

Undergraduate College of Engineering and Applied Sciences majors must complete a SACM letter request in person at the CEAS undergraduate advising office.

Undergraduate College of Health Sciences majors must complete a SACM Letter Request Form in person at the CHS office or email the academic advisor directly to request a form.

All other Undergraduate majors should contact their primary academic advisor directly to request a SACM letter and have the advisor contact isss@uwm.edu with any questions.

SACM Students enrolling in Online/Hybrid Courses

As outlined in each SACM Financial Guarantee, condition #7 states:

“Online/hybrid and other such courses are not allowed and will not be covered under this financial guarantee. Under certain circumstances, SACM may choose to pay for no more than 6 on-line/hybrid credit hours per degree, subject to SACM written preapproval. If needed, it is the student’s responsibility to seek prior approval; SACM will issue a separate financial guarantee letter to cover the online/hybrid tuition.”

Any SACM students needing to enroll in an online course must have their academic advisor complete the SACM Online/Hybrid Course Permission Letter and once received, submit the letter to their SACM portal for review.

Questions regarding online and hybrid course permissions should be directed to the student’s SACM advisor.

SACM Student Registration Hold

SACM sponsored students must comply with the terms and conditions of SACM’s Financial Guarantee. Condition #6 states:

“If already paid by SACM, tuition fees related to dropped courses within the time allowed should be refunded directly to SACM; otherwise, such fees should not be invoiced to SACM, but rather invoiced directly to the student. SACM should be notified in writing when a student drops or withdraws during a semester.”

In order to ensure compliance with this condition, a Service Indicator (hold) will be placed on the PAWS account of each SACM sponsored student after the published add deadline (https://uwm.edu/onestop/dates-and-deadlines/interactive-adddrop-calendar/).

To seek approval for enrollment changes, a SACM Registration Change Form must be submitted to Garland 138. The Registrar Office’s Registration Change Form (www.uwm.edu/regform) is also required if instructor/department or school/college approval is needed for the change. If approved, the Registrar’s Office will process the change.

Dropping a course after the published refund deadlines may result in additional charges and will be the student’s responsibility to pay.

Questions regarding this service indicator can be emailed to isss@uwm.edu or addressed in person at Garland 138.

SACM Student Change of Major

SACM students looking to change a major, add a second major, or add a minor must first request permission from SACM. The Financial Guarantee Condition #11 states:

“This financial guarantee provides funding coverage only to the degree and major specified above. Any changes in the student’s assigned major, degree or failure to enroll in consecutive academic terms related to the assigned major shall render this financial guarantee null and void.”

To request approval to change a major, add a second major, or add a minor, SACM students must request a Change of Major letter to be completed by their academic advisor and submit the letter to their SACM portal for review. If SACM approves the change or addition, a new Financial Guarantee will be created. This must be submitted to isss@uwm.edu immediately. Upon approval, the student must follow the process established by their School or College to make the official change or addition.

Questions regarding approved majors and the SACM requirement must be directed to the student’s SACM advisor. Questions about the Change of Major letter should be directed to the student’s academic advisor.

Sultanate of Oman Sponsored Students

Sultanate of Oman Student Registration Hold

A Service Indicator which restricts changes to enrollment is placed on the PAWS account of Sultanate of Oman sponsored students after initial enrollment. This is to comply with the terms and conditions of the Financial Guarantee condition #4, which states:

“The student is not permitted to take correspondence/online courses under any circumstances without a written approval from the Cultural Attache.”

In order to ensure compliance with this condition, a Service Indicator (hold) will be placed on the PAWS account of each Sultanate of Oman sponsored student after initial registration.

To seek approval for enrollment changes, a Sultanate of Oman Registration Change From must be submitted to Garland 138. The change form is available in Garland 138. If the request is to add an online or hybrid course, written approval from the Cultural Attache must also be submitted before the form is reviewed. The Registrar Office’s Registration Change Form (www.uwm.edu/regform) is also required if instructor/department or school/college approval is needed for change. If approved, the Registrar’s Office process the change.

Questions regarding this service indicator can be emailed to isss@uwm.edu or addressed in person at Garland 138.

Further questions?

If you are a sponsored student and have any questions that are not answered by information on this page, you may contact us at 414-229-4846 or isss@uwm.edu.

Sponsored student advising is available by appointment during our open advising hours. Regular advising hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm. Please call 414-229-4846 to make an appointment.