Admitted International Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to University of Wisconsin-Superior! We look forward to welcoming you to the UW-Superior community. We will be glad to answer any questions you have about enrolling as an international student at UW-Superior.

For more information about finalizing your enrolling and to learn more about the countless opportunities at UW-Superior, please refer to the information included in your admission packet. Keep in mind that after you receive your official offer of admission, there are still important steps to take to prepare to enroll at UW-Superior. See the checklist and click on the links below for details.

Confirm Your Plans to Enroll at UW-Superior

The offer of admission is an invitation to join the UW-Superior campus community.To best prepare for the incoming class, we need to know whether students have accepted our invitation. In order to reserve a place and be eligible to register for classes, admitted students must submit a $100 enrollment deposit. The deposit will be applied to your first semester's tuition bill.

For the fall semester, freshman and transfer international students should pay their enrollment deposit by May 1, or within 30 days of receiving their letter of acceptance, whichever is later. For the spring semester, students should pay their enrollment deposit by November 1 or within 30 days of receiving their letter of acceptance, whichever is later.

International students attending UW-Superior through an exchange program or students who intend to study for only one or two semesters are not required to submit an enrollment deposit.

Admitted students receive information about paying the enrollment deposit in their admission packet. The deposit can be paid on-line.

Apply for Campus Housing

UW-Superior provides convenient and affordable housing and meal options. Upon admission, all students are automatically sent an email with information about the residence halls and the room/roommate assignment process. Undergraduate students are required to live on campus for the entire academic year if they are under the age of 20 on the first day of the fall semester of the academic year.

UW-Superior uses a 100% on-line process by which students submit housing contracts, find roommates and select rooms. Admitted students are sent a message with instructions about the process shortly after they are admitted. Keep in mind the following:

  • Students who break a contract after July 1 are required to pay a $500 penalty.
  • The most conveniently located residence halls for undergraduate students are Curran, McNeil, and Ostrander. Ross and Hawkes Halls are four blocks from campus, recently under went $15 million in renovations and cost more than the other residence halls.
  • The residence halls are open during Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks. There is limited campus food service during these times.

Please direct questions related to living on campus to the Res Life Office,

Off-Campus Housing

Since UW-Superior offers convenient and affordable on-campus housing, it does not provide services related to locating and arranging off-campus housing. Students who will be age 20 or older on the first day of the fall semester of the academic year and who intend to live off campus should arrive in Superior several weeks before the start of their intended arrival date to locate suitable housing, purchase furnishings, and familiarize themselves with local transportation.

Schedule a Visa Interview

To apply for an F-1 visa, students should contact or visit the website of the nearest US embassy or consulate for detailed instructions. Requirements processing the visa will vary by location. Additional information can be found at Getting an F-1 Student Visa and Arriving at a US Port of Entry.

Canadian students are not required to apply for a visa, but they are required to obtain a FormI-20 from the university and pay the SEVIS fee.  

Students currently in F-1 status in the US are given guidance in their admission packet about how to transfer their SEVIS record to UW-Superior. For general information about transferring your SEVIS record (I-20) to UW-Superior, refer to F-1 Students Transferring to UW-Superior.

Begin the Course Registration Process

An academic advisor will contact all students who have paid their enrollment deposit in mid-June (for students starting UW-Superior in fall semester) or in November (students starting in spring semester) with information about registering for courses. Normally, the advisor will contact a student within three weeks of submission of the enrollment deposit.

Prepare for Your Arrival to UW-Superior

Information about the date(s) on which new international students are expected to arrive is included in their letter of acceptance.

Note the following:

  • The nearest airport is the Duluth (Minnesota) International Airport (Airport code: DLH). This is approximately ten miles (15 km) from UW-Superior.
  • The Office of Intercultural Student Success is pleased to provide free airport pick up service on designated arrival days at the Duluth airport for new international students (arrival days are indicated in a student’s acceptance letter). A representative welcomes new students and brings them to their assigned residence hall room. The student must submit the travel itinerary (airline, flight numbers, time of arrival) to Note that if students arrive on days other than the designated arrival days there is a $40 fee (similar to the cost of a taxi) for pick-up service.
  • Students should make every effort to arrive on the intended arrival date. Students who arrive late will miss important aspects of the international student orientation and/or placement tests.
  • Do not arrive early in order to shop, open a bank account or complete your class schedule. The Office of Intercultural Student Success provides assistance with these beginning on the official arrival dates. Students who arrive early will, in most cases, be allowed to move into the residence halls but will be charged $29/night. There is limited on-campus food service and staffing before the official arrival date.
  • Although not recommended, some students choose to end their flights in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Airport code: MSP; approximately 150 miles (240 km) south of Superior/Duluth) and take a shuttle bus to Duluth. The most convenient shuttle bus option is the Minneapolis-Duluth Groome Transportation Shuttle. Students who arrive to Duluth on the Groome Transportation Shuttle should arrange to be dropped off at the “Holiday Gas Station” stop (or “Holiday & 27th” on the schedule). This is 5 miles (8 km) from UW-Superior. A UW-Superior representative will be glad to welcome you there and bring you to campus.
  • For students who arrange for their own arrival to campus, please communicate with the Office of International Programs regarding your date and time of arrival to ensure that appropriate assistance will be available when you arrive. Maps and directions to UW-Superior.

Tell us when and how you will arrive to UWS

To help us prepare for your arrival to UWS, and arrange pick up service when needed, we request that all students complete the Tell Us Your Arrival Information section in the Terra Dotta Portal.

Plan to participate in new student orientation activities

Numerous activities are scheduled in the week before classes begin to help newly arrived students prepare for their first semester. Detailed information about these activities is sent to admitted students several weeks before the beginning of the semester. These are important and all new students are required to attend - not only will you learn vital information about academics, the campus, the community and immigration issues, there is also a great chance to get to know your fellow incoming classmates. Also understand that there is an automatic charge for orientation as indicated in your letter of admission.

Additional Information for Incoming International Students