International Students

Our unique location on the edge of Milwaukee provides international students with the best of both worlds. The small-campus atmosphere provides a charming residential experience, while allowing for quick access to Milwaukee’s cultural and recreational activities.

You'll feel at home at WLC and experience the warm welcome and personal care of our campus community. We welcome international student applications throughout the year and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.

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You'll Love it Here

Academic Excellence

Experience nationally ranked academic programs in a caring, Christian environment. You'll participate in small classes and receive one-on-one mentoring from professors who are dedicated to your success

Exciting Student Life

You will have countless opportunities for involvement and leadership in undergraduate research projects, NCAA Division III athletics, fine arts, clubs and organizations, and service to the community.

Small-Campus Atmosphere. Vibrant Metropolitan Community.

Located 90 minutes north of Chicago, WLC's campus is located in a safe, suburban setting in Milwaukee. Known for its old-world charm, the city is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and is the artistic, cultural, economic, and recreation center of Wisconsin.



International applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Students must submit all required information to WLC by June 1 for August enrollment and November 1 for January enrollment. It is to the candidate's advantage to apply early.

Steps to Apply:

  1. Complete the online International Student Application
  2. Submit secondary school(s) academic records (must be in English or with an official English translation from the school included)
  3. Provide a letter of recommendation from a school counselor or teacher
  4. Submit standardized test scores or notify us of your desire for test-optional admission:
    • SAT (use school code 1513): minimum composite score of 1000 (Math & Critical Reading) OR
    • ACT (use school code 4699): minimum composite score of 21 OR
    • Test-Optional Admission: You can choose whether or not to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of your application. Our comprehensive review of your application is very similar - with or without test scores. We evaluate your overall academic record, including your grades in standard academic courses, honors programs, Advanced Placement courses, and grade trends. We may also ask for and review letters of recommendation, co-curricular activities, community involvement, writing ability, and other achievements you share with us. We want to get to know the whole you, not just your test scores.
  5. For non-native English speakers - provide proof of English proficiency with official test scores:
    • TOEFL: minimum score of 79 OR
    • IELTS: minimum score of 6.5
    • PTE Academic: minimum score of 53
  6. Send appropriate official score reports to WLC using the following school codes:
    • TOEFL: 1513
    • IELTS: No code required; request that scores be sent to:
      • Wisconsin Lutheran College
        8800 W Bluemound Road
        Milwaukee, WI 53226
  7. Complete and submit the Certificate of Financial Responsibility that shows the student's ability to meet the educational and living expenses while a student at WLC.
  8. Submit a $35 international student application fee (payable to Wisconsin Lutheran College). The fee may be paid by international money order, cashier's check or through a wire transfer. All forms must be denominated in U.S. dollars.
  9. Once admission to WLC is granted through an official acceptance letter, students should submit an Enrollment Confirmation and Housing Deposit form along with a $300 USD deposit. Doing so will secure an individual place in campus housing and permission to pre-register for classes.