Who Should Apply?
Prospective freshman students who are curious about the world around them, who are committed to increasing the depth and breadth of their understanding, who would like to benefit from a close-knit campus community experience and who meet at least ONE of the following criteria:
(1) Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale at the end of junior year
(2) Top 10% of graduating class OR
(3) A minimum ACT score of 30 OR a minimum SAT Composite score of 1750 (old SAT prior to March 1, 2016) or 1250 (new SAT after March 1, 2016).
Eligible applicants should also possess a minimum of 3 years of language study or demonstrated proficiency in at least one language beyond English.
Additional elements considered in the selection process:
- Demonstrated international interest: including participation in an overseas program, participation in a mock UN or other internationally based program, elective coursework with an international focus.
- Background and experience: examples include diversity of work experiences, education, disciplinary interests, accomplishments, social and academic activities, special challenges, etc.
- Language interest: commitment to learning one or more foreign languages.
- Leadership potential: examples include participation in student government, team captain or club organizer, organizer in a service learning project, or major role in neighborhood or family.
- Diversity: The program seeks diversity in experience and personal background and is committed to enhancing the learning experience through diversity in the group of participants.
The Wisconsin International Scholars Program selection committee is comprised of faculty and staff. This committee reviews the applications for admission to the WISc program.The committee reserves the right to evaluate and modify the selection criteria and admission process each year. Each candidate is evaluated on the basis of both the academic record and the non-academic portions of the application.
TO APPLY: All application materials, including a completed application form and essay, are to be completed and submitted through the Scholarships@UW website. You must have a valid UW-Madison NetID in order to apply.
PLEASE NOTE: WISc is an on-going honors enrichment program that admitted students commit to participating in throughout their undergraduate careers. It is not a one-time scholarship.