Next Steps

Exchange (J-1)  Student Next Steps 

1. Set your Password

You need to create a password for your UW-Whitewater account before you can log into campus systems (e.g. Email, WINS, D2L, etc.).  To change your password visit, .  It will ask you for your Net-ID and password.  Your temporary password is your seven-digit ID number.  

2. Log into WINS and sign your Terms and Conditions

WINS is the UW-Whitewater online student portal which is used for registering for courses, viewing your student bill, etc.  Before you can be enrolled in your chosen courses, you will need to read and electronically 'sign' a Terms and Conditions Agreement in WINS.

  • Log into your WINS account and click 'WINS' at the top right of the page
  • Click 'Student Center' on the left side of the page
  • In the section called 'Finances' under 'My Account,' click on 'Terms and Conditions/Pymt Plan'
  • Click on the 'View/Accept' button for the term you will be attending UW-Whitewater
  • Follow the instructions to consent to the electronic signature
  • Follow the instructions to accept the Terms and Conditions
  • Click on 'I accept the Terms and Conditions' to complete the process

*Note: In the past, students have sometimes had problems using WINS if their computer language settings were set to a language other than English.  If you experience this problem, please contact the Center for Global Education (international@uww.edu) for instructions.

3. Complete the Housing Contract

All estimates given to you have been for a standard double room in Wells Hall.  A standard double room is the most common room type.  This means that you will be living with another student.  There are limited single rooms available, as it is not the norm in American Culture.  We encourage you to try a double room, as it is a great way to meet American students and fully experience American University Life.  If you have a dormitory preference or know someone of the same gender with whom you would like to room, please write this on your housing deposit form before sending. 

  • Housing Options | https://www.uww.edu/housing/residencehalls/hall-tours
  • Room Rates (varies by housing choice) | https://www.uww.edu/housing/assignments/roomrates

Application | http://www.uww.edu/housing/assignments/housingcontracts

  • Use your 7-digit student ID number in both the 'student number' and 'password' field to access the application.
  • If you are a student arriving the Fall semester access the Academic Year application.  If you are a student arriving the Spring semester access the Spring term application.
  • Input your information and at step 3 you will print a 'Deposit Payment Form', sign it and return it to international@uww.edu.  You do not need to pay the housing deposit, only your signature is needed.

4. Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

Regulation requires all prospective J-1 exchange students to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.  This is a separate fee from the visa processing fee.  Print the confirmation receipt to take to your visa interview.

  • Payment Link | https://www.fmjfee.com/
  • Tutorial about SEVIS I-901 fee payment | https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/assets/tutorials/i-901-fee-payment/story.html

5. Visa Interview: 

You need to apply for a J-1 Non-immigrant visa.  To do so, you will need to schedule an appointment at the nearest American Embassy.  If you do not know where this is you may search here: http://www.usembassy.gov/.  All embassies are unique.  This means that there may be different procedures for scheduling your appointment and different documents that they may ask you to bring to your appointment.  So, please read the instructions on the embassy webpage carefully.  Below is a general list of documents needed for appointment: 

  • DS-2019 (sent to your home university coordinator)
  • Acceptance letter to UW-Whitewater (sent to your home university coordinator)
  • One (1) 2inch x2inch photograph (passport style)
  • Financial Certification used in your application to the UW-Whitewater
  • SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt

6. Complete the Arrival Form

Our global ambassadors will welcome you at the airport, guide you to campus and help get you oriented.  Arrivals are set for August 29, 2016 and August 30, 2016 with pick-up from Chicago, O'Hare airport.  

New (F-1) Degree Seeking Students Next Steps

1. Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

Regulation requires all prospective J-1 exchange students to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.  This is a separate fee from the visa processing fee.  Print the confirmation receipt to take to your visa interview.

2. Visa Interview

You need to apply for a F-1 Non-immigrant visa.  To do so, you will need to schedule an appointment at the nearest American Embassy.  If you do not know where this is you may search here: http://www.usembassy.gov/.  All embassies are unique.  This means that there may be different procedures for scheduling your appointment and different documents that they may ask you to bring to your appointment.  So, please read the instructions on the embassy webpage carefully.  Below is a general list of documents needed for appointment: 

  • I-20 (sent to you via express mail)
  • Acceptance letter to UW-Whitewater (sent to you via express mail)
  • One (1) 2inch x2inch photograph (passport style)
  • Financial Certification used in your application to the UW-Whitewater
  • SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt

3. Complete the Housing Contract

All students under the age All estimates given to you have been for a standard double room in Wells Hall.  A standard double room is the most common room type.  This means that you will be living with another student.  There are limited single rooms available, as it is not the norm in American Culture.  We encourage you to try a double room, as it is a great way to meet American students and fully experience American University Life.  If you have a dormitory preference or know someone of the same gender with whom you would like to room, please write this on your housing deposit form before sending. 

  • Housing Options | https://www.uww.edu/housing/residencehalls/hall-tours
  • Room Rates (varies by housing choice) | https://www.uww.edu/housing/assignments/roomrates

Application | http://www.uww.edu/housing/assignments/housingcontracts

  • Use your 7-digit student ID number in both the 'student number' and 'password' field to access the application.
  • If you are a student arriving the Fall semester access the Academic Year application.  If you are a student arriving the Spring semester access the Spring term application.
  • Input your information and at step 3 you will print a 'Deposit Payment Form', sign it and return it to international@uww.edu.  You do not need to pay the housing deposit, only your signature is needed.

4. Complete the Arrival Form

Our global ambassadors will welcome you at the airport, guide you to campus and help get you oriented.  Arrivals are set for August 29, 2016 and August 30, 2016 with pick-up from Chicago, O'Hare airport.  

5. Complete the Scholarship Acceptance Form

Transfer (F-1) Degree Seeking Students Next Steps

Where to Find Us

Center for Global Education
Hyland Hall, Suite 1227
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
809 West Starin Road
Whitewater, WI 53190

Contact Us

Phone: 262-472-5759
Fax: 262-472-1491
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