Your complete application must be received by midnight (11:59 PM) on the stated deadline to be considered. The table below is a reference of the typical term deadlines. Applicants will be notified of their application status within one month of the application deadline.

           Term Abroad            Application Opens       Application Deadline
   Summer 2021  November 6, 2020 February 1, 2021
Fall 2021  December 1, 2020 March 1, 2021
  *Spring 2022   by May 1, 2021 TBA*

*Spring 2022 Timeline:

The Spring 2022 application deadline is expected to be late summer/early fall 2021.

UW Study Abroad continues to closely monitor the dynamic circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on study abroad. Due to the dynamic and varied circumstances with COVID-19, we will continue to review each individual location. We will update this website and notify applicants of any changes to the application timeline and study abroad program status.


  • 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, for the correct academic term
  • Within the application, you are encouraged to list up to three additional programs in order of preference in case you are not selected for your top choice. Please do not list a program you would not accept.
  • You will be offered one space in one program only. Applicants who list only competitive programs risk receiving no placement.


Official Transcripts

  • You may request a free, official, encrypted PDF of your UW-Madison transcript from the Registrar's Office. Please allow up to three days for your request to be processed.
  • If you attended another college or university as an undergraduate and transferred to UW-Madison, you must also submit official transcripts from that institution. Please do not submit a transcript for high school courses.


  • You will be asked to upload a résumé that includes current and past involvement to demonstrate preparedness for, connection to, and engagement 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 high school credits may not satisfy the college credit requirement.
If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements, you must explain the academic rationale for applying to a business study abroad program.



Applications are reviewed for academic preparedness, rationale for the top-choice program, and co-curricular involvement in support of 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 is given to WSB 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.
  • 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 the application deadline. As a confirmed participant, you will apply later to the host institution or program provider for final admission.

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 newly desired 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.  

If a space becomes available in a previously filled program, International Programs will contact students from the original applicant pool to apply for this space. For example, a student who had indicated that program as a top-choice program in the application (but was selected for a less 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. In most cases, you may transfer the $300 deposit to the new program.