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.
|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|
Application Deadline Dates
To ensure adequate processing time, international students must submit their completed application* with the appropriate fee payment by the following deadlines:
- Spring Semester Start - November 1st
- Fall Semester Start - June 15th
*Required documents may be turned in after the deadline; however, receipt of these documents must occur in a timely manner in order for the admission process to proceed. An I-20 cannot be issued until a student is fully and clearly admitted.
If any of the required documents are delayed, thereby delaying admission, the student may have difficulty
- Obtaining the I-20
- interviewing at the embassy
- Acquiring the visa
in time to start their selected semester. This will result in the need to postpone their beginning semester to the next acceptable semester. International students will not be admitted for the summer semester.
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.
AS OF FALL 2017 UAA NO LONGER OFFERS ESL CLASSES
All international students must show that they have obtained a certain level of English Proficiency.
Associate and Bachelor Degree Applicants:
Master and Doctoral Degree Applicants:
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.
OBTAINING YOUR I-20
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.
GETTING YOUR I-20 AND VISA
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.
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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