There are 3 steps in the application process. The application deadline is one month before the Session Start Date. Prospective students needing an I-20 should apply two or more months in advance. When an application is complete, it takes 10-15 business days to process for an admission decision.
Apply online at apply.wisconsin.edu.
- If you are an F1 student, please make sure to include your home country address when completing this application.
- Please be advised, if you answer “Yes” or “Other” to the question “Are you a U.S. Citizen?”, the ELA office may not receive your application. Please complete the ELA registration form as soon as possible so we know you are interested in the Intensive English Program.
Complete the ELA New Student Registration Form
Pay the non-refundable application fee of $160, either in person or online.
(Do not mail cash or checks)
If you need an I-20 to obtain an F-1 visa, you must complete two additional steps.
Send a photocopy of your passport via fax or mail, or bring it into the ELA Office in Curtin Hall, Room 672
Confirmation of Registration
The ELA Programs Office will confirm your registration once the application form, necessary documents and initial payment are received. Students who request an I-20 will receive a welcome packet of information via e-mail and instructions on how to apply for an F-1 visa. The I-20 Form will be sent separately.