CESSI encourages applications from international students, whether currently in the US or abroad. Students who are currently in the US on a student visa may be able to apply the same visa for their study at CESSI. Applicants from outside the US may need to obtain a short-term visa for their summer study.
For anyone who may need a visa, UW-Madison’s Visiting International Student Program (VISP) will assist in the application process. If you think you may need a visa to attend CESSI, we ask that you apply to the program as early as possible to ensure that there is enough time for processing any necessary paperwork on your behalf. Please contact the CESSI program coordinator if you believe you will need to apply for a visa to study at CESSI.
Please note that these visa requirements do not apply to US citizens who are currently attending a non-US institution and would like to study at CESSI.
Examples of typical visa situations:
- A non-US citizen (including Canadian citizens) is currently in a degree program at a US institution. This student has an F-1 visa for their study at their home institution in the US. Most likely, this same F-1 visa can be used to study at CESSI.
- A non-US citizen is currently enrolled in a degree program outside of the US. This student will need to obtain a visa for their summer study at CESSI. UW-Madison’s VISP will assist with the visa application process. Apply to CESSI as early as you can!
- A US citizen is enrolled in a degree program outside of the US. This student will not need to process any extra paperwork to study at CESSI.
International students who are not currently residing within the United States must factor in additional costs in order to attend CESSI. The following amounts are based on F-1 status:
Visa Application Fee: $160
SEVIS Fee: $200
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about these fees.
Special note about health insurance:
All international students and visa dependents are required to have UW-Madison approved health insurance coverage. You must enroll yourself and any visa dependents in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or file a qualifying waiver by the compliance deadline. Click the following link for more information: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/ship/international/
**Please note that SHIP premiums are in addition to CESSI tuition and program fees; these are not covered by the CESSI fee remission scholarship. These fees add up to approximately $350**