International students are a vital part of the learning community at the Wisconsin School of Business. Cultural diversity enriches the MBA experience for all, as students and faculty have the opportunity to learn from each other and appreciate different perspectives. The inclusiveness of our community also builds cultural competence—an essential workplace skill that is highly valued by employers.

Students from locations around the world find a welcoming and supportive environment at the Wisconsin School of Business. We offer a variety of resources designed to assist international students with everything from initial orientation to career coaching. International students also find friendship and explore global perspectives through the Graduate International Business Association, an extremely active student organization.

International candidates who are considering the Wisconsin MBA Program are welcome to speak with a current international student, either in person or online. To arrange to speak with a current student, or to receive personalized assistance of any kind, contact the MBA Admissions Team.

The Cost Benefits of the Wisconsin MBA

Comparatively low tuition, combined with a moderate cost of living in Madison, make the Wisconsin MBA Program an exceptional value among highly respected MBA programs.

Approximately 80 percent of international students in the Wisconsin MBA Program receive financial assistance during their two years in the program. Merit awards may be in the form of fellowships, tuition awards, and scholarships. International students may also apply for teaching assistantships. More detailed information about program costs, financial assistance, and student work opportunities can be found here.

When comparing the cost of MBA programs, students should look at the full cost of the education, including total tuition, additional fees, room and board, and any expected travel expenses. If you would like assistance with this evaluation, please feel free to contact the MBA Admissions Team.

Be Part of Our Community from Day One

International students are supported in their transition to the Wisconsin School of Business from their first day in the program. A day-long orientation is held for incoming first-year international students immediately prior to The MBA Experience, our orientation program for all new Wisconsin MBA students. At international orientation, students are introduced to School staff, become familiar with American business culture, and meet other international students.

International Student Services at the University of Wisconsin–Madison also provides a variety of services to meet the needs of international students, including a mandatory orientation for all new international students.

Throughout their two years in the Wisconsin MBA Program, students have the opportunity to participate or take a leadership role in a wide range of student organizations, including the Graduate International Business Association. This lively student organization organizes case competitions, group dinners, sessions on global business issues, career workshops, and networking events.

Socializing and having fun with friends is also a big part of the Wisconsin MBA experience. With our international students as hosts, the entire community celebrates Chinese New Year and Diwali, the Indian Festival of Light, in Grainger Hall. Community-wide events such as these help us learn about each other and allow international students to share familiar traditions from their countries of origin.

Zelda Fitriasih

“As an international student, I have had a valuable opportunity to experience and adjust to a totally different custom, culture, and life. The challenges I overcame during my MBA experience have boosted my self-confidence and enhanced my positive outlook on my career. Being surrounded with intelligent people in a collaborative environment has given me in-depth knowledge about various industries I once knew very little about.”

—Zelda Fitriasih, MBA
Senior Human Resources, Bank Mandiri Ltd.

Support for Your Employment Goals

Comprehensive academic and career advising services are provided to international students. The staff of the MBA Career Management Center offers career coaching, as well as ongoing career management programming to help students define their career goals and develop job search skills. Career coaches help students connect with internships and full-time employment opportunities.

We recognize that international students face an added layer of complexity when negotiating interviews and offers of employment; our career coaches understand this and work closely with international students to negotiate Curricular Practice Training (CPT) and Optional Practice Training (OPT) regulations.

The Wisconsin MBA Program specializations in operations and technology management and supply chain management are STEM-designated programs. Students pursuing either of these specializations can apply for a 24-month STEM extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation, in addition to the standard 12 months of OPT, for a total of 36 months of employment in the United States to complement their academic experience. Our career coaches are well-versed in this option and will help guide you through the required documentation.

International students who graduate from the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program join a global network of 41,800 Business Badger alumni who share connections and business opportunities. The global reputation of the Wisconsin School of Business leads to promising career opportunities.

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