Overseas U.S. Citizen Application Checklist

The application information below is for students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. lawful permanent residents living outside of the United States. 


Submit an online application.  No application fee is required.

Academic Transcripts and Documentation

Applicants must submit official original transcripts or certified true copies of academic records from all high schools (secondary schools), colleges or universities attended. Transcripts should show grades for all high school (secondary school) level coursework. Transcripts should demonstrate success in university preparatory coursework in English, mathematics, natural science, social studies and appropriate electives such as communicating arts, computer science, fine arts or foreign language. See Submitting Scanned Files of Academic Transcripts and Documentation with questions. 


SAT or ACT Score Report (Not Required)

Freshmen applicants whose native language is English are generally required to submit an SAT or ACT score. Only official test scores sent directly to UW-Superior from the College Board or ACT are acceptable. The UW-Superior institution code for the SAT is 1920, and for ACT, 4682. For more information about taking the SAT, go to College Board website, and for the ACT, go to ACT website. In some cases, this requirement will be waived for native English speaking students who are older than 20 years old, or for students with a record of achievement on GCSE and GCE exams.

Freshman applicants whose native language is not English are encouraged, but not required, to submit an SAT or ACT score. Submitting an SAT or ACT score may improve the prospects for financial aid or scholarships. 

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways. Depending on their test scores, students may be required to take a combination of English as a Second Language (ESL) and non-ESL courses during their first semester. See ESL at UW-Superior for additional information.

TOEFL Internet-Based Test 61

Additional Ways to Meet English Proficiency Requirement

Exam Name Minimum Score
TOEFL MyBest 61 (Minimum Test Date Score: 56)
ACT English 18
Pearson Test of English Academic 47
Duolingo English Test (DET) 100
TOEFL Paper-based Test 500
STEP Eiken (Japan only) Pre-1st Grade
iTEP Academic 4.0
Cambridge English: First (FCE) Pass
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Pass
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Pass
GTEC 1200

UW-Superior's Partner Language Program

English as a Second Language International (ESLI) - Successful completion of Advanced Level at an ESLI center with recommendation of the ESLI director. Learn more about ESLI.

Other Language Programs

  • Global Language Institute (GLI) - Score 500 on the GLI TOEFL and 3 on the Test of Written English (TWE)
  • Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute (WESLI) - Earn the WESLI Recommendation, score at least 76 on the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency and earn a rating of good or excellent on the 700-level academic reading and writing courses
  • ELS Language Centers - Successful completion of Level 110 at an ELS language center.
  • FLS International - Successful completion of FLS International Level 16
  • Advanced Level Kaplan International Colleges - Successful completion of the Advanced Level, Certificate of Achievement.

Alternative Qualifications

A grade of C or higher for an English composition course passed at an accredited US college or university. The course must count as transfer credit at UW-Superior.

International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 Higher Level passed with minimum grade 4.

A grade of C or higher on two GCE Advanced Level subjects or a grade of C or higher on GCSE English Language.

Graduation from a high school or post-secondary institution in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, or the United States for students who have studied in an all-English curriculum for at least four years. It may also be waived for students who have studied for at least four years in an all-English curriculum in any other country, but the university reserves the right to request English proficiency test results from any applicant.

For questions about the English language proficiency requirement or to apply for an exemption to the English proficiency requirement, please contact International Admissions.

Nonresident Tuition Waiver (NTW) Program

More than 90% of UW-Superior students from outside of Wisconsin are eligible for financial assistance/scholarships worth $5,300-$7,200 per year. Students who submit all required application items are automatically considered for an NTW. No application is required. For additional information about possible financial aid opportunities, see the Financial Aid Office.

Passport Copy

Submit a paper or scanned copy of the passport identification page. Scanned copies should be submitted to international@uwsuper.edu.


In order for applications to be processed, the required documents must be on file with the International Admissions office by the following dates:

Fall Semester (September - December): July 1

Spring Semester (January - May): November 15

Application materials should be sent to:

International Admissions
UW-Superior; Old Main 133
801 N. 28th St.
Superior, WI 54880-4500


If you need assistance, please e-mail International Admissions at international@uwsuper.edu.