Frequently Asked Questions

Who is considered an international student at MSOE?
Persons who have a citizenship of another country other than the United States are considered international students at MSOE. If you are a permanent resident of the United States, then you would not be considered an international student.

Do international have to pay the whole year tuition in advance?
No. Students can choose to pay MSOE tuition quarterly.

Does MSOE offer scholarships?
Yes. Undergraduate international students accepted into MSOE are considered for an academic scholarship in an amount up to $12,000 (USD) per year of attendance at MSOE. To qualify for this scholarship you must be accepted to MSOE. For more information on International Scholarships please contact: Alex Shen

Are international students eligible to apply for presidential scholarship?
No, MSOE does not offer presidential scholarship to international students. But, MSOE offers all international students international scholarship.

Does MSOE offer any technical package to support international students?
Yes. MSOE requires all full-time, undergraduate students to participate in our technology program. We provide you with a laptop computer with many benefits like state-of-the-art software, compatibility, support, insurance and more. The laptop will be upgraded every two years and will be given to students when they graduate from school.

How many hours that International Students can work during the school year. What is the payment?
International students can work up to 10 hours a week during the academic year. The payment is various due to job descriptions. The minimum wage is $7.5/hour.

Do you have residence halls?
Yes! As a matter of fact, over 70% of our new freshmen live in one of our three residence halls! Not only is living in the residence halls a great way to meet people, but it also helps you stay in school. If you need help with a class, hundreds of students are around you who are taking or have taken the same class.

As an international student, what services will be provided to me once I arrive on campus?
Many services are available to you once you arrive on campus and also during your time at MSOE:

  • When you arrive in Milwaukee, your contact at MSOE during the admission process will pick you up from the airport and make sure that you arrive safely on campus.
  • Once you arrive on campus, an international orientation is provided that will allow you to become familiar with the American educational system, the MSOE campus and the city of Milwaukee.
  • Free group and individual help is available at the Learning Resource Center at MSOE in which you can receive free help with writing, math and science homework.

In addition, the International Student Association has a mission of helping new international students with any questions or concerns that a new international student may have once they arrive on campus.

Is it mandatory for international students to live on campus freshman year?
No. International students can choose either live on or off –campus. MSOE recommends international to stay on campus at the beginning in order to be familiar with living and study surroundings.

Do you offer health insurance for international students?
Yes, international students at MSOE are automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan while attending MSOE. This is to ensure the student has adequate health care coverage if they need any medical assistance while in the United States. International students that have existing health care coverage through a sponsor, or through their own insurance carrier, must provide a letter of health insurance coverage to be exempt from this fee. Please see this example letter than can be provided as Proof of Health Insurance.

Do you offer student tutoring?

Yes. MSOE offers free academic tutoring and help with English to undergraduate students through our Learning Resource Center.

How many students are enrolled at MSOE?
We have over 2,500 students enrolled in MSOE including our undergraduate and graduate programs on both a part-time and full-time basis. Nearly 7% of the population are considered international students. In fall 2012, there were 175 international students from many countries around the world.

How do most people get around campus and the city of Milwaukee?

Many students on campus do not have a car and get around by:

  • Walking gets you to almost everything you need, including many restaurants with food from all over the world, a shopping mall, movie theaters and places where a variety of sports can be played.
  • Campus shuttle transports students in and around the campus area during evening hours.

Milwaukee city bus system transports students to many places around the city.