How to Apply

The Wisconsin International Scholars (WISc) program is an undergraduate high-impact program for highly-motivated students from any major or discipline interested in incorporating a global dimension into their undergraduate education. The goal of the WISc program is to build global competence and citizenship for undergraduates from a variety of disciplines and majors. We expect WIScholars to become leaders in their chosen fields and believe that a global perspective is an essential element of this leadership.

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Application Procedure 

We strongly encourage interested applicants to carefully read through the WISc Program Overview and FAQ pages before submitting an application.

  • TO APPLY: All application materials, including a completed application form and essay, are to be completed and submitted through the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub. You must have a valid UW-Madison NetID in order to apply.
  • PLEASE NOTE: WISc is an on-going enrichment program that admitted students commit to participating in throughout their undergraduate careers. It is not a one-time scholarship. Students may only apply for admission to the WISc Program before the start of their freshman year.

Selection Criteria 

  1. Prospective freshman students who are curious about the world around them, who are committed to increasing the depth and breadth of their understanding, and who would like to benefit from a close-knit campus community experience.
  2. Recommended Language preparation: Applicants should also possess a minimum of 3 years of language study or demonstrated proficiency in at least one language beyond English.
  3. Additional elements considered in the selection process:
  • Demonstrated international interest: this might include participation or leadership in an internationally focused club or activity, elective coursework with an international focus, or participation in a gap year or study abroad program.
  • Background and experience: examples include diversity of work and life experiences, education, disciplinary interests, accomplishments, social and academic activities, special challenges, etc.
  • Language interest: commitment to learning one or more world languages.
  • Leadership potential: examples include participation in student government, team captain or club organizer, organizer in a service learning project, or major role in neighborhood or family.

Application Portal: Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH)

Application Deadline: TBA


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