International students must obtain an F-1 Visa in order to attend SIPI. International participants are encouraged to apply early to SIPI to allow enough time for visa processing. (Note: The entry process for Canadian citizens is different than for citizens of other countries.) For the F-1 visa you will need a document issued by UW-Madison called an “I-20.” UW-Madison can produce this document for you, but you will first need to show that you have adequate funds to cover the full cost of your tuition, as well as room, board and health insurance. International students will need to show financial support of at least $3800 for room, board and health insurance. Please contact SIPI for information regarding where to send your financial support documentation. UW-Madison will then be able to issue the I-20 for you. Once you receive our I-20 you will need to apply for the F-1 visa stamp at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. You will need to provide evidence of financial support as soon as possible, as it can take several months to complete all these steps. F-1 visa holders may enter the U.S. 30 days before the start of SIPI on June 17, 2019 and could stay as long as 60 days after the program ends August 9, 2019.
International Student Services (ISS) is a helpful resource for additional information for UW-Madison international students: https://iss.wisc.edu/.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has mandated that all international students and their dependents residing in this country be enrolled in the UW-Madison’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). The cost of SHIP insurance is included in the above-referenced estimated living expenses.
For more information on SHIP, visit: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/ship/.