F-1 Applicants (Degree-Seeking)
Individuals wishing to obtain a certificate or degree from University of Alaska Anchorage should apply as F-1 Degree-Seeking students. Please select the appropriate Application Guide below to see step-by-step instructions for the admissions process. An official list of admissions requirements for international students may be found on page 54 of the University Catalog here.
*Students coming to UAA as part of a study abroad program from outside of the US (not exchange) should apply as F-1 students.
*Exchange students, research scholars, and visiting faculty should review the J-1 application information at the bottom of this page.
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Affidavit of Financial Support for Prospective Project Management F-1 Students: Project Management Affidavit of Support
*Graduate students are required to submit an official evaluation of transcripts from schools outside of the US. Please see the link above for information relating to recommended credential evaluation companies.
*Bank statement issued earlier than 6 months prior to starting date cannot be accepted. It would be best to be issued after March 1 for Fall, and June 1 for Spring.
Additional Resources for Applicants
- Already approved for another US nonimmigrant visa?
- Visitors currently in the US on nonimmigrant visas may have the option to change to an F-1 student visa. To determine eligibility, and discuss whether or not a change of status is the right choice for you, schedule an appointment with the International Student Advisor prior to applying.
- If you decide that a change of status is the right choice for you, follow the steps below to begin the process:
- Complete and e-file a Form I-539 online via the I-539 "Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status" website.
- Bring e-filing receipt, along with other required materials (noted on I-539 website), to ISS where you will be given an I-20 to include in your application packet (requires clear admission to a degree or certificate program).
- Mail complete packet to USCIS processing center via certified or express delivery.
- Petitions to change status should not be filed more than 5 months in advance of the date you plan to begin classes as an F-1 student. Consult the International Student Advisor regarding filing timelines.
- Consult International Student Advisor for further details.
- Check the status of your application (F-1 applicants only): Instructions
- Need assistance in your home country? Need help obtaining a foreign transcript? Please contact your local Education USA Advising Center.
J-1 Applicants (Exchange Students and Visitors)
- Submit a Non-Degree Seeking Application via UAOnline
- This is needed to obtain a University of Alaska ID number. The application is free.
- Application and following materials must be submitted to UAA by stated application deadlines regardless of intended role at University.
- Fall applications must be received by June 1
- Spring applications must be received by November 1
- Submit Official Test Scores
- English proficiency test scores that meet or exceed the minimum scores noted below are required before a DS-2019 will be issued. Official test scores should be sent directly to UAA by the testing institution in sealed, official envelopes.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 45 (iBT)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 5.0
- Complete the DS-2019 Request Form
- J-1 Affidavit of Support (exchange students only): Exchange Students Affidavit of Financial Support
- Two (2) affidavits must be completed by the sponsor. Both must be notarized. Submit one (1) with your application materials and retain the other for use during the visa interview process.
- Name of sponsor listed on affidavit must match name of account holder on bank letter or statement (see below)
- Original bank letter or account statement (exchange students only)
- Letter or statement must be dated within six (6) months of the beginning of the term for which you plan to begin activities at UAA.
- Letter or statement must show a minimum of amount of money states on the Affidavit of Financial Support.
- Required minimum funding includes estimated costs for living expenses, books, supplies, and miscellaneous personal expenses.
- Estimated tuition and fees are excluded as these items are typically paid to the student's home campus.
- Employment/Appointment Letter (visiting professors/researchers/scholars only)
- Must be on official letterhead and contain the following:
- Dates of employment (contract)
- Specific job duties
- Specific area of work (i.e. Geology or Languages)