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Wisconsin International Scholars Program

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Welcome to the Wisconsin International Scholars (WISc) page.  WISc is an undergraduate honors enrichment program for students interested in global affairs, cultures, and languages.  The goal of the WISc program is to build global competence and citizenship for undergraduates from a variety of disciplines and majors. 

Students making satisfactory progress in the program are eligible for two study abroad grants (a total of $3,000) to be applied toward one short term and one long term UW study abroad program.

Students complete required coursework in the first year plus four semesters of additional foreign language study; in addition, students and their faculty/staff mentors participate in monthly dinners in collaboration with the International Learning Community and in regular activities that introduce students to a wide variety of global topics and opportunities.

PLEASE NOTE: WISc is an on-going honors enrichment program that admitted students commit to participating in throughout their undergraduate careers.  It is *not* a one-time scholarship.

WHO SHOULD APPLY? 
Prospective freshman students who are curious about the world around them, who are committed to increasing the depth and breadth of their understanding, who would like to benefit from a close-knit campus community experience and who meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

(1) Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale at the end of junior year OR
(2) Top 10% of graduating class OR
(3) Minimum ACT score of 30, OR a minimum SAT Composite score of 1750 (old SAT prior to March 1,2016) or 1250 (new SAT after March 1, 2016)

Eligible applicants should also possess a minimum of 3 years of language study or demonstrated proficiency in at least one language beyond English. Additional elements considered in the selection process include demonstrated interest in global affairs, cultures, and languages as well as leadership potential and individual background and experiences.

The application deadline is February 1, 2017. 
Questions may be directed to wiscscholars@bascom.wisc.edu

Application Information

We strongly encourage interested applicants to carefully read through the program expectations and FAQ pages outlined on our website.

Applications should be submitted through Scholarships@UW which can be accessed either through the MY UW portal by clicking on the "Student Services" tab or by directly visiting: https://scholarships.wisc.edu Program Website  


Applications Opened Yearly

Wisconsin International Scholars Program

Early November - February 1

Scholarships for this Program

Scholarships Descriptions
The Wisconsin International Scholars (WISc) Program is an undergraduate honors enrichment program for students interested in global affairs, cultures, and languages.
The Wisconsin International Scholars (WISc) Program is an undergraduate honors enrichment program for students interested in global affairs, cultures, and languages.
Eligible applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria: <ol> <li>Cumulative HS GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale at the end of junior year OR</li> <li>Top 10% of graduating class OR</li> <li>Minimum ACT score of 30, or a minimum SAT Composite score of 1750 (SAT prior to March 2016) or 1250 (SAT after March 2016).</li> </ol> Students may only apply for admission to the WISc Program before the start of their freshman year. Language preparation: minimum of 3 years of language study or demonstrated proficiency in at least one language beyond English. Additional elements considered in the selection process include demonstrated interest in global affairs, cultures, and languages as well as leadership potential and individual background and experiences.
Scholarships marked with FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions in the list above require a completed Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for awarding decisions. To learn more about applying for financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.