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Best of Both Worlds

Welcome to UWRF! We’re excited that you would consider calling us home for your college education. We’re an excellent place to live and learn. The city of River Falls, where our campus is located, is just 30 minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., so when you’re here, you truly have the best of both worlds – a small, inclusive campus and community plus easy access to all the amenities of a big city.

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Did you know you can explore campus from the comfort of your own home? Check out one of our online information sessions and explore where you’ll live, learn, eat and socialize while on campus. Learn more about UWRF here. 


As we mentioned, at UWRF you’re going to the best of both worlds – a small campus community with big city benefits. But that’s not all, we’re a member of the prestigious University of Wisconsin System and we are committed to providing all our students with an excellent education at an affordable price. That means personalized learning, state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, opportunities for undergraduate research and professional experiences like internships, plus loads of programming and events to make your time on campus and in Wisconsin the best it can be. You may even be eligible for dedicated scholarships available for international students!

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements vary based on what student category you are. Learn more below and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

These application requirements apply to students interested in studying at and earning a degree from UW-River Falls.

Academic records from your secondary school showing a graduation date. If you’re transferring from a university outside of the United States, official university transcripts will need to be evaluated by either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES).

These application requirements apply to students who attend one of our partner institutions and wish to study at UW-River Falls for a semester or year-long experience.

Certification of Finance Form (CFF) with supporting bank statement. Our admissions team will send you the appropriate CFF that aligns with your exchange program.

Apply Now

Ready to apply? (Don’t worry, we’ve made it simple!) 

1. Complete an online application at

2. Complete and provide appropriate accompanying materials per student type. See degree-seeking (F-1) and exchange (J-1) student information above.

3. Submit application materials to: 

Bryan Holzer
International Admissions Coordinator

Or mail to the Admissions Office at:

UW-River Falls Admissions
103 David Rodli Hall
410 S. 3rd St.
River Falls, WI 54022-5001


International students are encouraged to submit their application and all supporting materials by the following dates to ensure sufficient time to fulfill all university and visa requirements:

Fall semester:  July 15
Spring semester:  December 1

We may consider applications after the recommended deadline, but admission will depend on the pre-arrival and visa processing timeline.

English Language Transition Program

The English Language Transition (ELT) Program at UW-River Falls offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at four levels: beginner, low-intermediate, intermediate and advanced. We offer small class sizes with highly qualified experienced instructors. Full-time students are in classes 20-24 hours a week and complete additional homework, projects and assignments outside the classroom.

Admission to the ELT Program means you’re academically qualified for admission but haven’t yet met the English proficiency requirement. You must take ESL classes for a minimum of one semester until you meet our language proficiency requirement.

If you have a TOEFL of 70-77 or IELTS 5.5, you may be eligible to dual enroll in ESL and other university classes.

If you don’t submit a TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, Pearson, Michigan, Cambridge or EIKEN test scores with your application, you’ll be required to enter the ELT Program. You do not need to submit another test after you’ve accepted to UWRF and the ELT Program.

When you arrive in River Falls, you’ll take the ELT Program’s placement test to determine your appropriate program level. Program advisers will guide you on what ESL courses you need to take and will work with you to determine any other university classes you may be eligible to take.

If you wish to study English only, you do not need to submit a language test score. You should indicate that you want ESL classes in your personal statement on the UW System application. Upon arrival in River Falls, you’ll take the ELT Program’s placement test to determine your appropriate program level and advisers will work with you to register for classes.

As you progress to the high-intermediate or advanced levels of the ELT Program, you may choose to apply to earn a degree at UWRF. You will need to reapply as a degree-seeking student but won’t be required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS or other language proficiency test. While the ELT Program is a good path towards acceptance into a degree program at UWRF, it does not guarantee admission.

For more information about the ELT Program, visit or contact International Student Admissions.

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The International Student Services staff works closely with the university and River Falls community to support your needs.

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