Cost and Fees

Tuition for NORD is set at $5,000.

Tuition charged to NORD students is based on standard UW-Madison summer tuition rates. NORD is committed to making our instruction as affordable as possible while keeping the highest quality of instruction and assures all admitted students that they will receive scholarships so that the maximum out-of-pocket tuition cost to a NORD student will not exceed the predetermined tuition amount.

The tuition amount includes the UW-Madison segregated fees but does not include the cost of textbooks, living expenses, or the new student transcript fee. The new student transcript fee will be charged by UW-Madison to any student who has never taken a course at UW-Madison. The fee is $130 and will be assessed only one time per student, with the benefit of unlimited transcript orders. If you have already taken a course at UW-Madison, you should not have to pay the fee.

All applications require a $25 fee to be paid upon submission of the online application.

*UW-Madison Undergraduate Resident Students and Undergraduate Minnesota Resident Students who are already enrolled in a degree-seeking program at UW-Madison at the time of their study at NORD pay the regular undergraduate tuition for 8 credits as posted on the UW Bursar’s Office Website . If one of these categories applies to you, please notify NORD as soon as possible so that NORD can ensure that you are charged the correct tuition amount.

Important things to remember:

  • Student bills will be accessible through your MyUW account (opens in a new tab, then click the ‘Financial’ tab). Payment is done through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Registrar Bursar’s Office. If you have questions regarding payment procedures, deadlines, and notifications, the office can be reached directly at tuition@em.wisc.edu. You may also contact Student Accounts and Cashiering at (608) 262-3611.
  • Segregated Fees grant access to the campus gyms, libraries, free student bus passes, university health center (not health insurance), and purchasing beverages at the student union.
  • UW-Madison Undergraduate Resident Students and Undergraduate Minnesota Resident Students are not eligible for the $1000 Fee Remission, as their posted tuition is already lower than the NORD program fee. Updated costs for 8 credits for these two categories of students can be found on the UW Registrar’s Office Website.
  • NORD is an 8-week session and all students must enroll for the full session. All students will be billed for the full 8-week session at the start of NORD and no refunds will be issued after the first Friday of classes. For more information, please visit the refund policy page.
  • NORD does not allow students to audit courses.
  • NORD does not accept Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Grants.
  • If someone will be sponsoring you to attend NORD (i.e. paying your tuition), please visit the 3rd-Party Payments page.
  • NORD tuition does not include external fees for room and board. Though these costs can vary widely, we encourage students to budget approximately $500-700 per month to support their language studies.

Please contact NORD if you have any further questions about program costs.

Other Funding Opportunities

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Title VI FLAS Fellowships

Additional funding opportunities exist! A limited number of Title VI FLAS Fellowships may be available to graduate students in conjunction with the Institute. Please visit the FLAS FAQ page for more information.

  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US
  • Applicants must be graduate or undergraduate students currently enrolled in degree programs
  • The FLAS Application requires basic personal information, academic information and records, and two references. See the sample summer application here.

Find out more about the upcoming FLAS info sessions in January here.

UW-Madison FLAS applications for Summer 2024 are due February 14, 2024.

WISLI Tuition Scholarship

A limited number of WISLI Tuition Scholarships are available to NORDsummer applicants of all backgrounds in conjunction with the Institute.

  • ALL applicants to a WISLI summer language institute are eligible to apply for a WISLI Tuition Scholarship, including domestic and international students, students in degree programs and other institutions of higher learning, as well as adult lifelong learners and non-degree-seeking students.
  • The WISLI Tuition Scholarship application requires basic personal information submitted via an application form, a one-page (approx. 500 words) statement of personal/academic/career goals concerning study at WISLI, and two references.

The WISLI Tuition Scholarship application deadline for Summer 2024 is February 21, 2024.

UW-Madison Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study

UW-Madison undergraduate students may apply for the UW-Madison Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study. This is a needs-based scholarship program awarded to high-achieving undergraduate students. The awards range from $500 to $1,000. Information and applications are available at

The UW-Madison Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study opens February 12 and closes April 7, 2024.

Additional Funding Opportunities

The following research guides have information on finding additional funding opportunities for:

Students hoping to gain funding for NORDsummer are encouraged to contact their home departments and campus financial aid offices to help identify other funding opportunities.

Third Party and Institutional Payments

If someone will be sponsoring you to attend NORDsummer (i.e. paying your tuition), please review the following procedures:

In order to create a third-party payment, the UW-Madison Bursar’s office needs a letter of authorization from the sponsoring organization. You will need to have your sponsor send the following information on department or university letterhead: