Application Process and Deadlines

Your complete application must be received by midnight on the stated deadline to be considered. Each summer program has its own deadline listed on its program overview web page; the table below is a reference of what the typical deadline is for a given term. Summer 2020 applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Fall and spring semester students will be notified of their application status within one month of the deadline.

           Term Abroad            Application Opens         Deadline        
   Summer 2020  November 1 varies by program

Fall 2020  December 1 March 1, 2020
  Spring 2021   December 1 March 1, 2020*

*Priority Deadline

After the priority deadline, you will be able to apply for spring programs that did not reach capacity after the the first round.  International Programs will reopen the application in April for these programs and review applications on a rolling basis until the final deadline or until the program fills. Most exchange programs will fill during the first round.   

Selection for many of the Wisconsin School of Business’ is competitive due to limited spaces and the number of applicants in the pool. Competitive programs will typically fill up by the earliest deadline so you are encouraged to apply by this date.  

Last year, 76% of all semester program applicants received a space on their top choice program.


Study Abroad 
Drop-in Advising
3150 Grainger Hall

M & W: 9 am - 4 pm
T & Th: 9 am - 11 am and 2:30 pm - 4 pm
F: 9 am - 3 pm

Summer hours may vary. Please email to set up an appointment if your availability is limited.

How to Apply

  • You will apply directly to your top choice program for the term you would like to study abroad. Open your online application by clicking Apply Now on any program page. From the pull down menu, carefully select your top choice program. 
  • Within the application, you can rank up to three additional programs in case you are not selected for your top choice program(s).  Please do not list a program that you would not accept. 
  • You will be offered a space in your highest ranked program possible.  

Official Transcripts

  •  A free, official, encrypted PDF of your UW-Madison transcript and can be obtained through the Registrar's Office.
  • If you attended another college or university as an undergraduate and transferred to UW-Madison, you also need to submit official transcripts from that institution.  You do not need to submit a transcript for any courses taken while you were in high school.


  • 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 1-2 short-essay prompts. 

Eligibility Criteria

Ensure you understand the minimum eligibility criteria.  Review the Study Abroad Program pages for any program-specific requirements.  

  • Sophomore (24 credits) or junior (54 credits) standing* depending on the program 
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for exchange programs; Provider programs may have a lower minimum GPA
  • Preference given to admitted Business students for exchange programs
  • Preference given to admitted Business, Certificate in Business, or Certificate in Entrepreneurship students for provider or direct enroll programs
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing (no probation)
  • Language requirement: Only CIEE Seville Business & Society requires 4 semesters of Spanish

*Class standing is measured by college credit earned by the time you go abroad. AP or other credit earned in high school may not satisfy the college credit requirement.


If you not meet the minimum eligibility requirements, you must explain the academic rationale for applying to a business study abroad program.

Application Review

Applications are reviewed for the academic preparedness, rationale for the top choice program, and co-curricular involvement to support your program choices. 

Tips for a Compelling Study Abroad Application includes additional guidance on preparing your application materials. 

Other selection factors include:

  • For exchange programs, preference will be given to students admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business students due to the limited number of spaces.
  • 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 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

You will be notified for which program you are selected within one month of application submission. Once selected for a program, you will receive access to your MyStudyAbroad (MySA) account, which provides instructions on completing the confirmation tasks. You will need to complete the following steps upon notification:

  • Submit $300 deposit online in MySA or bring a check or money order to International Academic Programs on the third floor of the Red Gym
  • Submit confirmation form located in MySA
  • Submit statement of responsibility located in MySA 

In addition to completing the WSB application, you will need to submit an application to the host institution.  The host institution will finalize admission to the program.

Switching Programs after Selection

If you have been selected for a program and you want to apply to a different program during the same academic year, you can only do so if there is space remaining on the program.  You must make a written request to your study abroad advisor listed under 'Contacts' in your MyStudyAbroad. Your advisor will review the request and notify you if the program change is possible and outline the process within one month of your request.  In most cases, you may transfer the $300 deposit to the new program. 

If a space becomes available in a previously filled program, International Programs will contact students from the original pool of applicants to apply for this space. For example, a student who had indicated that program as a top choice program in their application (but was selected for a lesser preferred program) might be invited to apply for this space. 

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.