Becoming an International Student at UAA

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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


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
    • If high school is the highest level of education choose a ICAP Document-by-Document evaluation
    •  Be sure to add UAA as a recipient when creating your WES account.
  • Student completes Academic Records Request Form and sends to educational institution(s)
  • Institution(s) sends the documents to WES
  • UAA receives electronic evaluation

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



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:

  • Is a Native English Language Speaker
  • Has attended a regionally accredited US college or university, and has
    • received a "C" or better in a course equivalent to UAA's English 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 emailed information to verify that your document is correct, and you will be provided with instructions on receiving the document with the use of eShipGlobal.

ISS will send you your acceptance packet 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 and how to apply, please go to the Admissions' web page.

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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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