Admission for Academic Study: Undergraduates

If you are an international undergraduate student interested in applying to UWM for academic study, then you can be accepted for academic study in one of the following three ways:

  1. Conditional Admission: This admission status requires full-time study in our Intensive English Program before beginning academic courses. Learn more about conditional admission.
  2. Full Admission with Foundation: Foundation admission is for students who have been fully admitted to UWM but still need to complete required foundational coursework. Foundation students take academic courses for credit. 6-10 credits will be courses towards the student’s academic degree, and 6-10 of these credits will be courses in our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program. Learn more about foundation admission.
  3. Full Admission: This status means that you have been admitted with regular admission as a degree-seeking student, and you are not required to take courses in the English Language Academy. However, we greatly encourage students that have been admitted with regular admission to take courses in the EAP to fulfill their General Education Requirements and/or to continue improving their English language skills.

UWM English Proficiency Requirements for Undergraduates

The UWM institutional TOEFL code is 1473. Register for TOEFL at the ETS website, www.ets.org. Register for IELTS at www.ielts.org.

TOEFL Internet Based TOEFL Paper Based IELTS
Full 79-120 520-677 6.5-9.0
Full with Foundation 65-78 498-519 5.0-6.0
Conditional 0-64 310-497 0-4.5

Learn more about EAP courses for undergraduates

If you have been accepted for conditional admission, then you must apply separately to the English Language Academy’s Intensive English Program (IEP). You must complete the Intensive English Program before you can begin your academic courses for your degree.

Apply to the IEP

If you have been accepted for foundation admission, then you are required to take half of your credits in the English Language Academy’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. These courses count for credit towards your degree. You must complete the English Placement Test for Non-Native Speakers of English (EPT-NNSE). Below are some links to help you learn more about EAP undergraduate courses, taking the EPT-NNSE, and registering for EAP undergraduate courses.

If you have been accepted for full admission, then you are not required to take any courses in the English Language Academy. However, it is recommended that you take the EAP undergraduate courses to fulfill your general education requirements for English courses. EAP courses are built specifically for international students. The class sizes are smaller, and the teachers are trained to work with your multilingual background.

If you have any questions about EAP undergraduate courses, please contact the EAP Coordinator Brooke Haley at haleyb@uwm.edu.

If you have any questions about conditional, foundation, or full admission, please contact the Center for International Education (CIE) International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

Center for International Education (CIE) International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Garland 138

8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
Tel: 1+ (414) 229-4846 Fax: 1+ (414) 229-0521
Email: isss@uwm.edu
http://www.international.uwm.edu