Important Information for Foreign Students
We have accepted international students into our program in the past
and have had several international students complete the degree successfully.
Thus, we encourage international students to apply to our program. However, it
is important for any student applying to our program to realize that our ability
to award assistantships is limited: we typically have 4-6 openings each year.
Furthermore, the amount of our assistantships, currently $15,930 each year for a
maximum of three years, is not enough to cover the full cost of tuition, books
and living expenses. International students applying to our program must be able
to demonstrate that they have adequate financial resources to attend graduate
school at UW-Stevens Point. Foreign students with a graduate assistantship must
demonstrate that they have a minimum of $7,750 per year to cover additional
expenses. A foreign student without a graduate assistantship must demonstrate
that they have a minimum of $22,872 per year (including $1000 spending
Non-resident full-time tuition (9 credits per semester) in 2013 was $8,940 per semester, resident full-time tuition was $4,374 per semester. Thus, a foreign student with a graduate assistant and an out-of-state tuition waiver would save over $9,000 a year on tuition (compared to a student without the out-of-state waiver). Also, as part of our admission process each
student applying to the program, whether accepted or denied admission to our
graduate program in Communication, must submit a $60.00 application fee.
Please consider carefully your financial status, the limited space in
our program, and our limited ability to offer graduate assistantships, before
applying to our program.
It is equally important to understand that, especially at the graduate
level, we expect our students to have an excellent command of the English
language (both oral and written). For example, we expect that a student’s
writing will have no grammatical or syntactical mistakes. Thus, we pay close
attention to a person's writing skills, rely on references to address an
international student's ability to write and speak English well, and rely on a
minimal TOEFL score of 91 to help assure us that language will not be a barrier
to a person successfully completing our degree.
As important, we expect international students (and U.S. students)
to have coursework in the area of communication or a related field
(i.e. business, psychology, sociology) to help ensure a smooth
transition to our program and to also help ensure their successful completion of
the degree. Having a degree in English without coursework/expertise in
Communication or related areas is not sufficient background to be considered for
our M.A. in Communication. It is reasonable to say that a majority of
the international students that have not been accepted into our program have
been denied for two main reasons: problems with writing/speaking skills in
English and lack of adequate academic preparation in the field of
communication. All students applying to this program must be fully
prepared at the undergraduate level in an area related to Communication. A
degree in areas such as English, computer science, and
international/intercultural areas are not adequate preparation to be considered
for acceptance into our program. The study of Communication is a
specific study of human interaction in specific contexts based on theories and
research findings specific to the field of communication. A person wishing to
pursue a master’s degree must be familiar with those theories and research at an
undergraduate level before exploring those issues at a deeper level as a
graduate student. (Please note that we do not offer any graduate coursework in
journalism or advertising.)
The above statements are not meant to discourage international students
from applying to our program. UNOR, it is important for any student applying to
our program to realistically assess their qualifications for the study of
Communication at the graduate level. We have many requests for information about
our program each year from international students and have valued the foreign
students accepted into our program. However, it is often the case that students
accepted into the program cannot afford to attend the university once accepted.
We have greatly appreciated the international students who have been a part of
our program. We have learned from them and them from us. Because applying to
graduate programs is a time consuming and often expensive process, it is
important that you choose programs wisely.
For the application process, we require that you submit your TOEFL scores
(we require a score of 91 or higher). We also require that you submit GRE
scores, two letters of recommendation, university transcripts, a sample of your
writing, a critical response to an essay which we provide, and a purpose
statement. The complete application packet will outline additional information
concerning financial guidelines concerning international students. An
important note: all application materials must be submitted by March 1st for
full consideration for admission into the program for the fall semester. We only
accept students into our program during the fall semester.
If you have any questions relating to our program, please e-mail Sylvia Mikucki-Enyart email@example.com
or call 715-346-2267.