Becoming an International Student at UAA

Ready to Join Us?

It Takes Time

Beyond the standard admission requirements, there are additional requirements that must be met in order to become an international student at UAA.  Several of these steps involve extra time to complete.  Please consider the extra time when choosing the start semester on the admission application.




What Does it Cost?

The cost of funding an education is often a concern.  Need based financial-aid is not available to international students. The below table shows the amount of US dollars that must be verified by official documents.  There are exceptions; those who qualify for sister city status and those who are enrolled in the College of Business and Public Policy, College of Engineering or Project Management have a different cost of attendance

Estimated Expenses Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition & Fees $22,860 $18,286
Housing & Meals $12,000 $12,000
Books $  1,608 $     900
Day to Day Expenses $   2,500 $  2,500
Health Insurance $   1,428 $  1,428
Total Expenses $40,396 $35,204


Application Deadline Dates

To ensure adequate processing time, international students must submit their completed application with the appropriate fee payment by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Semester - June 15th                       We must receive all required documentation by July 9th
  • Spring Semester - November 1st           We must receive all required documentation by November 20th

Start the application process well in advance of these deadlines in order to have time to:

  • Obtain the I-20
  • Interview at the embassy
  • Acquire the visa

 International students will not be admitted for the summer semester.

If You Cannot Attend the Semester You Applied For

A Postponement Form is required should you need to move your admission semester forward.  You may delay your admission up to one year from your original application term.  If you do not begin classes as stated on your original application and fail to return a Postponement Form, your application will be withdrawn.  After the postponement deadline (one year from original term on application) a new application will be required.


All international transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).*  WES specifies how to submit academic documents from each country.  The typical process is listed  below; however, be sure to check the WES website and follow their directions carefully as WES will not process documents not sent in the manner required.

  • Student creates account with WES
    • Choose ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation for all college/university transcripts
    • For high school transcripts choose an ICAP Document-by-Document evaluation
    •  Be sure to add UAA as a recipient when creating your WES account.
  • Student completes Academic Records Request Form (found on WES website under "Documents Required") and sends to educational institution(s)
  • Educational institution(s) sends the documents to WES
  • WES sends completed evaluation electronically to UAA (as long as you choose UAA as a recipient)

Once WES receives the documents and has verified their authenticity UAA should have the results in three to four weeks.

*If you have completed the equivalent of 24 or more U.S. college credits with a grade of C or better (as reported by WES) you do not need to have your high school transcript evaluated. 



All international students must show that they have obtained a certain level of English Proficiency.

Associate and Bachelor Degree Applicants:

Minimum TOEFL Score: 71 iBT
Minimum IELTS Score: 6.0 Overall Band

Master and Doctoral Degree Applicants:

Minimum TOEFL Score: 79 iBT

Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5 Overall Band

If you meet one of the following requirements you may submit an English Proficiency waiver form:

  • Are a Native English Language Speaker
  • Have attended a regionally accredited US college or university, and have
    • received a "C" or better in a course equivalent to UAA's Writing 111 course, or
    • obtained a Bachelor or Master Degree from a regionally accredited US college or university.

UAA does not offer conditional admission due to incomplete or low English Proficiency Test Scores.


To receive an I-20 you must have been admitted to UAA, and provided the Office of International Student Services (ISS) with adequate proof of funding.  The documentation that must be submitted includes a bank statement showing the amount specified on the cost to attend page,  along with a copy of the Affidavit of Financial Support, found on the Forms Page, signed by the owner of the bank statement.

You must show that you have the ability to fund yourself for a minimum of one year while attending UAA. This includes tuition and fees, lodging and meals, and everyday expenses including health insurance.

International Students are not eligible for Financial Aid, and must personally secure their own funding.


Once you have been admitted to UAA and you have provided proof of your financial support, an I-20 will be created for you.

You will be receive a copy of the information your I-20 was created was from and asked to verify it is correct, and you will be provided with instructions on receiving the document with the use of eShipGlobal.

ISS will send your acceptance packet to you which will include your I-20 and information on paying your SEVIS fee and arranging a visa interview.

Applying to UAA

In order to receive an I-20 you must be admitted to a degree program at UAA.  For more information regarding the programs available, please go to the Admissions' web page.  Once you choose your program your will use the "Apply Now" link of the admissions webpage to complete and submit your application.


International Student Services
University of Alaska Anchorage
3901 Old Seward Hwy, Room 106C
Anchorage,   AK   99503
United States
Tel: (907)786-1027



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