International Students

The majority of students attending SEASSI are from the United States, but applicants from outside the U.S. are welcome to attend SEASSI. In past summers, SEASSI has hosted students from Canada, Mexico, Peru, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, and numerous European countries. Please read what is required of international students before arriving at SEASSI.

Visa information

International students must obtain an F-1 Visa in order to attend SEASSI in person. International participants are encouraged to apply early to SEASSI 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 SEASSI 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 before UW-Madison is able to issue the I-20. Please contact Jinda Moore, the SEASSI Program Coordinator, for information regarding where to send your financial support documentation.

Once you receive the I-20 document, 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, ideally prior to March 1, as it can take several months to complete all these steps. F-1 visa holders may enter the United States up to 30 days before the start of SEASSI in June and could stay as long as 60 days after the program ends in August.

Health Insurance for International Students

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has mandated that all international students and their dependents 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.

Below are the SHIP Insurance Rates for Summer 2022 (Coverage Type; Rate for Students in Summer Courses Beginning after June 15, 2022).

International Student 25 and under (single):     $246
International Student 26 and above (single):     $368
International Student 25 and under (with spouse/partner):     $774
International Student 26 and above (with spouse/partner):     $$994
International Student 25 and under (with child):     $698
International Student 26 and above (with child):     $918
International Student 25 and under (with family):     $1232
International Student 26 and above (with family):      $1540

For further information about the Student Health Insurance Plan, please contact the SHIP Program, University Health Services: 608-265-5232.