UW-Richland International students will find a welcoming campus and community familiar with international students. Since the mid-1980s, UW-Richland's been a partner in several programs that that bring students--from Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, the former Soviet Republics, and elsewhere--to Richland Center to live and learn. Many of these students have made their homes with host families in the community. In recent years a growing number of independent international students choose UW-Richland. Local UW-Richland students have the opportunity to learn and travel internationally through special programs, too.
"There's nothing superior to the quality of education, serene and gracious community, small classes, enthusiastic faculty and extraordinary attention you receive as an international student at UW-Richland. UW-Richland is a great place to experience authentic American education and culture and still feel at home. Professors, staff, host families, fellow students, community members and other global citizens become lifetime friends and families. My experience at UW-Richland will confidently lead me on to a flourishing future. UW-Richland is truly 'the best start for the life you want!" --Exonam Junior Doe Gakpetor/Ghana
Presently, UW-Richland participates in these programs:
- Youth for Understanding - with several options for students from many countries
- IREX - for students from many regions, promoting lasting global change
- UW Colleges Student Abroad Program
"UW-Richland is a very great place for international students. It's small and personal. You can make a lot of American friends easily. You can talk to professors like your friends. And you can improve your English. The International Club offers a lot of fun activities and it's a great way to exchange and get to know about different cultures. " --Azusa Hashizume/Japan
International students, whether they come to UW-Richland through one of these programs or on their own, will find special programs and support through:
- the International Programs Office
- a special fall orientation for new international students
- International Club
- and more... such as mentors and friends.
International students may find UW-Richland attractive for many of the same reasons local students do, including:
- the peaceful, friendly community
- modern student housing within walking distance of classes
- small classes; dedicated faculty who specialize in teaching freshmen and sophomores
- academic advisors to help you build a foundation for success in academics and career
- the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts & Science degree and the Guaranteed Transfer Program to complete your UW bachelor's degree.
For more information contact:
International Programs Office
1200 Highway 14 West
Richland Center, WI 53581
608-647-6186, Option #3, fax 608-647-2275
Estimated Annual Budget
Estimated Expenses (2014-2015 academic year) Full-Time International Student (12-18 credits)
- Academic year tuition & fees*: $12,228
- On campus housing & meals: $6,100
- Mandatory health insurance: $1,427
- Academic year total: $19,755
*for part-time, 1-11 credits, $489 per creditfigures represent estimated expenses
The Richland County Campus Foundation administers the UW-Richland Scholarship Program which annually awards over $100,000 to qualified students. Typically about 125 awards are made to over 80 individuals, including international students. To be considered, a student must complete and submit the application by April 1 each year.
UW-Madison Academic Year Total $41,362
UW-Milwaukee Academic Year Total $31,302
At UW-Richland, you save thousands of dollars, and get a high-quality UW education.
Getting to know new students, a new college and a new town can be a challenge, especially if you're coming from overseas. Each fall, UW-Richland offers a special program introducing our new international students to our campus, our community and each other. For details, contact Kathy Neckar.
For Independent International Students
Independent international students are those not coming to UW-Richland through the sponsorship of an organization, such as YFU or IREX. Students from outside the U.S. who want to attend UW-Richland can get more information from advisor Kathy Neckar or from the UW System web site.
- Follow the steps in the UW Colleges International Students Application Checklist
- File an online International Student Application for Admission. Applications are available by request from the UW-Richland Office of Student Affairs.
- Submit the completed form with the $44 application fee.
- Generally you will need to have a minimum score of 500 on the paper-based, 173 on the computer-based or 61 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- If you have college/university course work in your home country and want to determine if those credits will transfer to UW-Richland, an official credit evaluation is needed. There is a fee for this service. Details are available from Student Affairs.
Do you need English language preparation?
Our ESL program partners are:
- Madison English as a Second Language School (MESLS): located in Madison, Wisconsin. Phone: 1-608-233-9962
- Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute (WESLI): located in Madison, Wisconsin. Phone: 1-608-257-4300
The I-Club, as students call it, is a student-run organization open to all students with an interest in cultures from around the globe. I-Club members plan and carry out activities of interest to the members and this club provides students with a place to meet new friends.
International Programs - Host/Mentor Families
If you're interested in more information about becoming a host or mentor family, contact Kathy Neckar. All UW-Richland students in the YFU program live with host families for their first year; after that they may opt to live on their own in the community. IREX students live in Campus View residence halls and may spend break times with a local mentor family. Independent international students may opt to live in Campus View residence halls, a local apartment or room; they may also make arrangements to have a local mentor family.
International Programs Office
This office provides advising and support for UW-Richland's international students. Kathy Neckar is the International Programs Coordinator, responsible for working with the YFU and IREX programs, coordinating host and mentor family placements and activities, organizing special activities for international students, and providing general support to students from around the world.