Application Process and Deadlines

The spring 2020 application for programs that still have spaces available will remain open for a limited time.  The spaces available document below will be updated periodically. 

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              Final Deadline
 Summer 2020  November 1 varies by program
varies by program
 Fall 2020  December 1 March 1, 2020 March 1, 2019
Spring 2021   December 1 March 1, 2020* varies by program

*Priority Deadline

Spring semester applications have a priority deadline.  The application for programs with remaining spaces will reopen after the first selection. Most exchange programs will fill during the first round.   

Spaces Available
Selection for many of the Wisconsin School of Business’ exchange and study abroad programs is competitive. Competitive programs will typically fill up by the priority deadline. The Study Abroad Spaces Available and Deadlines document lists the programs that are still accepting new applications for spring 2020. 

Even historically non-competitive programs have reached maximum capacity last year. Therefore, if you do not see a program listed below, that means that we are not accepting new applications for those programs. This document will be updated periodically.

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.

Questions?

Study Abroad 
Drop-in Advising
3150 Grainger Hall

M-Th 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
F 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Summer hours may vary. Please email international@wsb.wisc.edu to set up an appointment if your availability is limited.

Application Materials


Spring 2020 Applications

  • 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.

Student Record and Transcripts

  • Your student record is an unofficial copy of your transcript and can be obtained through the Student Center in MyUW. If you attended another college or university, you also need to submit official transcripts for all institutions attended.
  • Instructions on how to request your UW-Madison student record 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. 

Summer 2020-Spring 2021 Applications

  • You will apply to your top choice program for the term you would like to study abroad. Within the application, you can rank up to three programs in case you are not selected for your top choice program(s).  Please do not list a program that you would not accept.   
  • The best way to access the online application is to click Apply Now on any program page. From the pull down menu, carefully select your top choice program.

Student Record and Transcripts

  •  Your student record is an unofficial copy of your transcript and can be obtained through the Student Center in MyUW. If you attended another college or university, you also need to submitofficial transcripts for all institutions attended.
  • Instructions on how to request your UW-Madison student record 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 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.

  • 9 credits of business or economics  
  • Sophomore (24 credits) or junior (54 credits) standing* 
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for exchange programs; Direct enroll and provider programs may vary
  • Good academic standing
  • No current disciplinary action (probation)
  • Admitted Business students or Certificate in Business students for exchange programs
  • 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.

 

Students who do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements should explain the rationale for applying to a business study abroad program.

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:

  • For exchange programs, preference will be given to students admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business or Certificate in 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.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum requirements may be considered case-by-case on a space-available basis.

Confirming Participation

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

  • Submit $300 deposit to International Academic Programs in the Red Gym
  • Submit confirmation form located in MySA
  • Submit statement of responsibility located in MySA 

In addition to completing the WSB application, most students are required to submit an application to the 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, the student must make a written request to their study abroad advisor. International Programs will review the request and notify the student if the program change is possible and outline the process within one month of the request.  In most cases, the student may transfer the $300 deposit to the new program. 

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.

Questions?

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