University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering


Future undergraduate students


International Students


Applicants who apply for engineering are considered for admission only to the College of Engineering (COE). For admission to the COE, applicants must meet two sets of expectations: UW-Madison transfer admission requirements and additional requirements set by the COE.



1) UW-Madison Minimum Transfer Requirements


Applicants must meet UW-Madison international transfer admission expectations. As indicated in the expectations, multiple factors are considered, including grade trends and patterns, activities/work/military or other experience, letters of recommendation, and the personal statement. Academic preparation, however, must have priority to help ensure a successful transition to studies on this campus. A strong match between the individual student and his or her program or discipline of interest is desired.


2) COE Minimum Transfer Requirements


Admission to engineering degree programs is competitive. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the minimum requirements below by the time of transfer.


  • Fulfillment of Communication Part A General Education Requirement. (This is a high-level English composition course equivalent to English 100.) International students must submit their most recent TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • Physics: either EMA 201 (statics) or Physics 201 (calculus-based physics with lab, mechanics and heat) or equivalent.
  • Chemistry: Either Chemistry 109 (accelerated chemistry with lab, equivalent to first- and second-semester general chemistry) or Chemistry 103-104 (two-semesters of general chemistry with lab) or equivalent.
  • Calculus: Math 221 and 222 (first- and second-semester calculus) or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 24 total credits completed.
  • Minimum 17 math/science credits including courses in #2, #3 and #4 above with a minimum 2.5 GPA, preferably higher.* Included in the calculation will be grades for any additional courses in high-level math, chemistry, statics, statistics, physics, and computer science (other than seminars and independent study courses). Grades for engineering courses, if taken, will be considered in the overall application review.
  • Admission depends upon departmental capacity. The cumulative GPA required for most programs is 3.0 minimum, which parallels UW-Madison transfer admission expectations.*
  • The GPA requirements can be higher as demand trends change. Because of limited capacity, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Engineering Physics regularly have higher GPA admission requirements.


*For engineering admission, international students from institutions abroad are expected to be in approximately the top 5 percent of their classes.

Note: Students who will not meet the aforementioned course requirements by the time of transfer should remain at their current campus to do so, or should apply instead for admission to UW-Madison College of Letters and Science (L&S) with major undecided. If admitted to L&S, they may consult with their L&S advisor and an engineering advisor, take courses to qualify for engineering admission, and when ready may apply to transfer to their program of interest.


TOEFL: A recent TOEFL score is required of all international students. For engineering admission, international students abroad should have a minimum of 7 on IELTS or a TOEFL score of 600, 250, or 100 on the IBT TOEFL. International student studying in the U.S. must have, along with suitable TOEFL score, course work in English composition which meets our Communication Part A requirement from an accredited U.S. college or university. Students may still be required to take the English as a Second Language exam and might need to take additional English course work here upon arrival to our campus.


TOEFL Waiver: Students may request a TOEFL waiver by submitting a separate appeal statement at the time of their application.


Financial Documentation: International students must be able to fully finance their study here since there will be little to no funds available for financial aid. Documentation of their source of funds must be presented in the amount of at least $43,000 USD on deposit (the amount is subject to change). The documentation must include the UW-Madison Financial Verification Form and an official letter or statement from the sponsor's bank that verifies the average amount on deposit.


Below are helpful websites to consult:


UW-Madison International Admission


Thank you for your interest in UW-Madison College of Engineering.