Application Process and Deadlines

The 2018-2019 application cycle has now closed. Information on the 2019-2020 application cycle will be posted in January 2019. Please review the 2018-2019 information for a general overview of the application process and requirements. 

Priority Deadline
Your complete application must be received by midnight on the stated priority deadline to be considered a priority application. Each program has its own priority deadline for each term listed on its program overview web page; the table below is a reference of what the priority deadline is typically for a given term. We anticipate that the priority deadlines will remain the same for 2019-2020. Students will be notified of their application status within one month of the priority deadline.

Term Abroad Priority Deadline* Final Deadline
 Summer 2018 February 1, 2018 varies by program
 Fall 2018 March 1, 2018 March 1, 2018
Spring 2019  March 1, 2018 varies by program

*Each program has its own priority deadline for each term listed on its program overview page; this table is a reference of what the priority deadline is typically for a given term.

Rolling Decisions
Students can still submit an application for programs that have not filled after the priority deadline and before the final deadline; these applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the final deadline or until the program fills. International Programs will regularly update the list of space available by program and publish it on this page. Students will be notified of their application status within one month of application submission. 

Final Deadline

The final deadline is the last date applications will still be considered for a specific program. Each program has its own final deadline for each term. Students who submit an application on the final deadline will be notified of their application status within one month. 

Note that a program may fill before the final deadline, so students are encouraged to submit an application by the priority deadline. If they miss the priority deadline, they should apply as soon as possible.

Application Materials

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online application
    • You will apply to a Wisconsin School of Business program for the term you would like to study abroad. Within the application, you can indicate your top four program choices. 
    • The best way to access the online application is through the Wisconsin School of Business Worldwide program page.
  • UW-Madison student record
    • Your student record is an unofficial copy of your transcript and can be obtained through the Student Center in MyUW. If nominated by International Programs, you may need to submit official transcripts for all institutions attended to the partner institution.
    • Instructions on how to request this document can be found on this Obtaining an Unofficial Transcript tip sheet.
  • Résumé
    • You will be asked to upload a résumé that includes current and past involvement, as a method to demonstrate your preparedness to connect and engage with your study abroad community.
  • Short-essay responses
    • The application includes two short-essay prompts. 

Eligibility Criteria

Ensure you understand the eligibility criteria. Please review individual programs pages for specific requirements:

  • Class standing: Business study abroad programs require sophomore (24 credits) or junior (54 credits) standing by the time you study abroad. Class standing is typically measured by college credit earned. AP or other credit earned in high school may not satisfy the college credit requirement.
  • GPA: Students should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Academic progress: Students must have completed at least 9 credits of business or economics and be making satisfactory academic progress towards their degree.
  • Language requirements: While most programs do not have a foreign language requirement, some may have a specific requirement.
  • Program-specific requirements: Review the Study Abroad Program pages for any program-specific requirements.

Application Review

A standard application consists of an application with demographic information, student record, résumé, and statements. Applications are reviewed for the academic preparedness, rationale, intellectual curiosity, personal maturity, and social flexibility necessary for a successful study abroad experience. View the Tips for a Compelling Study Abroad Application for additional guidance on preparing your application materials. 

The primary selection criteria is demonstrated interest and rationale for the top choice program, contribution and involvement, and academics. Other selection factors include:

  • Preference will be given to students admitted to the business school or Certificate in Business program.
  • Additional consideration is given for students with prior relevant language or area studies coursework as well as compelling responses to the essay prompts in the application.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum requirements may be considered case-by-case on a space-available basis.
  • Students who have already had a semester abroad experience will be given lower priority.
  • A small number of programs are unable to accommodate passport holders of certain countries. Students who will not travel on a U.S. passport should indicate this on their application.

Confirming Participation

Students will be notified to which program they are nominated within one month of application submission. Selected students will receive access to their online MyStudyAbroad account, which provides instructions on completing the confirmation process. Students will need to complete the following steps upon notification:

  • Within one month of notification:
    • Submit $500 confirmation fee
    • Submit confirmation form
    • Submit statement of responsibility
  • Timeline dependent on program:
    • Submit complete application to host institution. The host institution will finalize admission to the program.

Switching Programs after Selection

If a student has already been selected for a program and wishes to attend a different program where space is available during the same academic year, in most cases, the student may transfer the fee with no penalty. The student must make a written request to International Programs. International Programs will review the request and notify the student if the program change is possible within one month of the request.

If a space becomes available in a previously filled program, International Programs will consider applications for the newly available space. Any student who had indicated that program as a top choice program in their application (but was selected for a lesser preferred program) will be able to re-submit an application to be considered for a program change. Any student that had indicated this program as a top program choice and applied before the priority deadline may receive additional consideration in the application review. Students will be notified of their application status within one month of application submission.

When switching programs or terms, students should review the program fee policy outlined in the application and the confirmation materials.


For any questions about studying abroad or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.