Application Process: Materials for International Applicants

Additional Materials for International Applicants (part 4 of 4)

Important Note:

If you are an international student, it is important to know that the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy does not guarantee residency or employment after graduation. In recent years, it has become increasingly challenging for international students to obtain employment or a residency within the United States. In order for international students to obtain employment within the U.S. after graduating from the Doctor of Pharmacy program, they MUST find an employer who is willing to sponsor them through a work visa. This issue is not unique to the University of Wisconsin-Madison or the State of Wisconsin.

International applicants must submit the additional materials as outlined below.

  1. TOEFL Exam – Recommended for all non-native English speakers. Required for some. See details below.
  2. Copy of Current I-20 – Required if applicable.
  3. Foreign Transcript Evaluation – Required if applicable.
  4. Financial Certification – Required.
  5. Copy of Current Passport – Required if applicable.
Special Note Concerning Prerequisite Coursework Taken at International Universities:

While many of our program prerequisites can be completed outside of the United States, two course requirements must be completed at an accredited college/university within the United States:

  1. Communication “A” (English Composition)
  2. Ethnic Studies (United States Diversity Studies)


The TOEFL exam is recommended for all international and permanent resident applicants whose native language is not English. It is required for international and permanent resident applicants whose native language is not English who have not completed at least 60 semester credits (within the past 24 months) as a full-time college student in the United States at the time of application. Even for those who have completed two years of study in the U.S., the TOEFL is still recommended.

  1. For information about the TOEFL
  2. An official report of the TOEFL score should be sent to PharmCAS.  The TOEFL institutional code for PharmCAS is 8246.
  3. TOEFL scores are valid within two years of the testing date so you must request that scores be sent to PharmCAS before two years have passed from your test date.
  4. To be considered for admission, international students or permanent residents whose native language is not English must earn scores of at least 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (IBT).
Visa Documentation

If you are an international student already studying in the U.S., you must mail a photocopy of your current I-20 ,VISA and Passport.

Foreign Transcript Evaluation

All foreign postsecondary coursework completed by applicants must be evaluated by the WES evaluation service. The course by course evaluation must be sent to PharmCAS to be included in the application. Note that while UW-Madison accepts International coursework, admissions preference is given to applicants who have completed at least 12 semester credits at an accredited U.S. college/university.

The University of Wisconsin and PharmCAS will only recognize the following:

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745

Financial Certification

Immigration Naturalization Services requires international students (students residing in the U.S. with a temporary or student visa) to submit documentation that shows they are capable of paying tuition at the University for one academic year. Please submit the PharmD Financial Verification Form and a copy of a bank statement showing the necessary funds. If accepted, you will receive information about additional documentation needed, but you must submit the PharmD Financial Verification Form and proof of funds at the time of application.

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