Application Steps

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.

1
Application
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.
2
Registration Form
Complete the ELA New Student Registration Form
3
Application Fee
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.

4
Passport Copy
Send a photocopy of your passport via fax or mail, or bring it into the ELA Office in Curtin Hall, Room 672
5
Additional Documentation

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.