Estimated Cost of Attendance

Note: See below for updates to 2015-16 estimated cost of attendance.

Students requesting F-1 or J-1 visas are required to submit proof of financial resources for visa documents to be prepared. The following estimates are calculated based on:

The charts below calculate the minimum amount required for students by academic level and by duration of studies. Please refer to the following figures when preparing your financial support documents.

Academic Year 2015-16**
Estimated Cost of Attendance Based on Minimum Full-time Enrollment

Fall or Spring
(4 Months)
Academic Year
(9 Months)
Undergraduate level: You will not have completed your undergraduate degree by the time you begin VISP. 12-18 Credits min.

Tuition $ 15,333
Living Exp. $ 6,972
12-18 Credits/term min.

Tuition $ 30,666
Living Exp. $ 15,687

Total Estimated Cost   

$ 22,305 $46,353
Graduate level:
You have completed your undergraduate degree and/or are currently enrolled in a graduate program.
8 Credits min.

Tuition $ 10,239*
Living Exp. $ 6,972
8 Credits/term min.

Tuition $20,478*
Living Exp. $ 15,687

Total Estimated Cost   

$ 17,211 $ 36,165
Dissertator level:
You have completed all PhD coursework requirements and are working on your dissertator OR you have completed your PhD.
Credits min.

Tuition $ 3,871*
Living Exp. $ 6,972
3 Credits/term min.

Tuition $ 7,742*
Living Exp. $ 15,687

Total Estimated Cost   

$ 10,843 $ 23,429

Summer 2016**
Estimated Cost of Attendance Based on Minimum Full-time Enrollment

4-Week Session
(1 Month)
8-Week Session
(2 Months)
Undergraduate level:
You will not have completed your undergraduate degree by the time you begin VISP.                    
3 Credits min.

Tuition $ 3,871*
Living Exp. $ 1,743
6 Credits min.

Tuition $ 7,692
Living Exp. $ 3,486

Total Estimated Cost    

$ 5,614 $11,178
Graduate level:
You have completed your undergraduate degree and/or are currently enrolled in a graduate program.
2 Credits min.

Tuition $ 2,598*
Living Exp. $ 1,743
4 Credits min.

Tuition $5,145*
Living Exp. $ 3,486

Total Estimated Cost    

$ 4,341 $ 8,631
Dissertator level:
You have completed all PhD coursework requirements and are working on your dissertation OR you have completed your PhD.
2 Credits min.

Tuition $ 2,598*
Living Exp. $ 1,743
3 Credits min.

Tuition $ 3,871*
Living Exp. $ 3,486

Total Estimated Cost    

$ 4,341 $ 7,357

*VISP students pay international tuition, which is calculated on a per-credit basis. Tuition is capped between 12-18 credits during the fall and spring terms; 6-9 credits during the summer term. Graduate, dissertator level students, and all students in the 4-week summer term will see higher tuition costs if they enroll in more than the minimum enrollment requirement.  For more information about tuition and fees, please visit the Registrar's Office tuition & fee page, select “Special” as the student rate, and refer to the 'International' column. 
**Effective fall 2015, all new students will be charged a $75 International Student Services (ISS) fee each term of enrollment and a one time official document fee of $65 to cover future official transcript requests and other documents. These fees are not factored into our estimated cost charts.

Summer Term

Our 8-week and 4-week summer sessions are the most popular, although there are other sessions also available. Sessions of varying lengths may have slightly different cost estimates based on length. Please check out our Summer at UW-Madison page for more information and contact the VISP coordinators for cost information.

Bringing Dependents

If you are bringing any dependents with you to Madison (spouse or children) you will need to show additional amounts of funding to cover their expected living expenses. They will also need to receive visa paperwork from UW-Madison in order to enter the U.S.

Funding Options

UW-Madison is unable to offer any scholarship support for our visiting international students. International students are not eligible for U.S. financial aid.

You may be able to secure outside scholarship support by looking at these potential funding resources or by applying for scholarships from your home country or institution.