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Robert M. La Follette
School of Public Affairs
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Telephone:  608.262.3581
Fax: 608.265.3233

Last updated:
September 26, 2013


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Information for International Students

International students may find the following information useful when considering application to the La Follette School of Public Affairs. In addition to references, education transcripts, personal statement and the online application students must submit these standardized test scores.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All students, including international students, must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores before they can be considered for admission. Because it normally takes three to six weeks for the Educational Testing Service to process GRE scores, applicants should plan to take the GRE in October so that results are received in time to be considered in January for admission to graduate study beginning in the fall semester.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Applicants may take the TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS in their home country, in the United States or in Canada.

An admitted applicant must have above these minimum scores: TOEFL (paper-based) test score 580, TOEFL computer-based test score 237, TOEFL internet-based test score 92, IELTS score 7, or MELAB 82. If a student has the minimum or close to the minimum, the admitted applicant then must take the on-campus ESL exam and register for any recommended English-as-a-second-language course(s) in the first semester of graduate study.

Financial Documents

The Graduate School does not request financial documents from international applications until a recommendation for admission has been received. Students wishing to learn more about the cost of attending the University of Wisconsin - Madison should consult:

Summer School

International students are strongly advised to improve their language skills before beginning a La Follette School degree program. The University of Wisconsin - Madison offers two ESL courses during the eight-week summer session:

For more information about these courses, students should contact the ESL program directly:

English as a Second Language
5134 Helen C. White Hall
600 North Park Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706

Fax: 608.262.3709