Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

Applying for VISP 3+1+1

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Thank you for your interest in applying for the VISP 3+1+1 program: Mathematics track. 

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Math Background Requirements

Applicants to this Thematic Track must have completed at least two of the following classes:

  • Linear Algebra (Math 341 or equiv.)
  • Analysis I (Math 521 or equiv.)
  • Modern Algebra I (Math 541 or equiv.)
  • Elementary Topology (Math 551 or equiv.)

If you aren’t sure if you meet these requirements, please contact the Mathematics Department for assistance. Course descriptions can be found on the Mathematics course guide.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Non-native speakers of English and those who have not recently studied at a university where English was the language of instruction must provide language proficiency test scores showing scores at or equal to the following:

Traditional Test Options:
IELTS: Minimum of 6.5
TOEFL: Minimum of 80 (iBT) / 550 (PBT)
TOEIC: Minimum of 685

Online Test Options:
Duolingo English Test: Minimum 105
iTEP Academic: Minimum 3.8

GPA Requirements

Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum grade point average (GPA) equivalent at home university of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or an 80 on a 100 scale. View this international grade conversion guide and contact us if you have any questions.


Application Process

The application is a two-step process. First, you need to be admitted by the Math Department, then you will be recommended to the VISP office to complete your admission process. Please see detailed instructions on the application process and materials below: 

Step 1: Submit your application to your home university coordinator

Deadline: Marth 15, 2021

  • Personal Statement:

    Please introduce yourself in your personal statement, including why you are interested in this program, what would you like to learn from attending this program, which research area you are interested in, etc. If you have some special reason for low grades in certain math classes, this is a good place to explain.

  • Resume/CV: Please include your contact information, including your email address, and WeChat ID. List your GPA and all the Math courses you have taken, Math books you have read, or any Math projects you were involved in. 
  • Official or unofficial university transcripts 
  • English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS/iTEP/Duolingo).

You will be notified once you have been admitted to the Math department, and then you will receive an email with instructions to submit additional materials to the VISP office.

Step 2: Submit your application to VISP 

  • Official university transcripts. You don't need to submit your official transcript to the VISP office if you have already provided it to the Math department. 
  • Passport information page
  • Financial support documents 
  • English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS/iTEP/Duolingo). You don't need to submit the scores to the VISP office if you have already provided it to the Math department. 

Please email the Program Coordinator Xin Cui-Dowling at if you have any questions. 

A recording of An Overview of the 3+1+1 and MA program is available here

UW-Madison Department of Mathematics
Van Vleck Hall
480 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI  53706

(608) 263-3054

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