International Student Services

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Tugrul Polat, Director
Sara Parrott, Senior International Student Adviser
Pattie German, International Admissions Coordinator
Education Building, Room 101 | (501) 683-7566 | fax (501) 683-7567

The mission of International Student Services (ISS) is to actively promote international and intercultural understanding and to cultivate a mutual commitment and support for international education throughout the campus community. ISS serves all incoming and currently enrolled international students and scholars at UALR. Our office provides assistance to prospect international undergraduate applicants, supports current international students and scholars in immigration advising, social, cultural, and academic issues during their stay. In addition, ISS always seeks to increase international ambiance on campus by identifying and implementing new opportunities between domestic and international students through workshops, collaboration with the International Club for social programs, trips and cultural excursions.

Admissions

Students seeking admission into UALR should consider the following:

  • Identify the program you are interested in and research their webpage, course catalog and course descriptions. Graduate students will want to be in touch with their Graduate Coordinator. Research and ask questions to ensure that it is the right program for your academic goals.
  • Decide when to begin your studies at UALR. Take note of the program deadlines. Some programs have strictly enforced deadlines, while others have rolling admission. Application for admission can be submitted up to twelve months in advance of the semester in which you wish to begin your studies at UALR. Any applications received after the deadlines will automatically be deferred to the next semester.
  • Summer Start Date: F and J students considering beginning a program in the summer must be sure there are enough on-campus classes to be enrolled full-time.
Requirements

To apply for admission to UALR, all the following documents must be submitted:

  1. Complete Application Form
    • Apply online at https://apply.ualr.edu.
    • Pay Application Fee of $40.00.
    • The application fee for undergraduate and graduate programs is $40 USD. Students can pay their application fee by major credit cards (e.g.,Visa, Mastercard, Discover) or US bank checks. Cash or non-US bank checks are not accepted. Application fees are non-refundable.
  2. Submit Academic Records
    • Submit transcripts of the applicant’s entire academic record in secondary school, college, or university. Originals or official copies with certified English translations are accepted. University records received at foreign institutions must be articulated with a course-by-course credential evaluation. Visit www.naces.org/members.htm for a list of nationally recognized accreditation services.
    • Undergraduate Students must submit any high school and post-secondary school transcripts, accompanied by translations and credential evaluations as needed. Minimum cumulative high school GPA: 2.5 out of 4.0. If transferring more than 12 credit hours at the undergraduate level, secondary school academic records are not required. Minimum cumulative university transfer credit GPA: 2.0 out of 4.0. Academic records should be sent to the Office of International Student Services.
  3. Submit Immigration Verification Form
    • To help us understand your current and future immigration status, submit the Immigration Verification Form along with required supporting documents. Through this form you will verify your legal name and date of birth, your current residence, your financial capability (for F-1 and J-1 visas), dependent information and method of shipping.
    • Download Immigration Verification Form.
    • Transfer Students with an active SEVIS record, must submit the Transfer In Request in addition to the Immigration Verification Form. The Transfer Request Form will be completed by the student and the International Advisor (DSO or ARO) of the previous institution.
    • H Visa holders must submit the H1/H4 approval notice, I-94 and travel visa stamp in your passport.
    • H4 visa holders will also include the spouse’s H1 visa approval notice, letter from H1 spouse employer and/or your spouse’s recent pay-stubs.
  4. Proof of Financial Support
    • Proof of financial support for the estimated cost of attendance are required for F-1 and J-1 students to receive the Form I-20 or DS-2019 (respectively). Dependent Forms I-20 or DS-2019 require additional funding ($4500 for spouse, $2500 per child). Learn more about acceptable forms of financial proof.
  5. Demonstrate Proof of English Proficiency
    • Proof of English proficiency can be demonstrated through TOEFL, IELTS, 2 years of U.S. coursework, completion of IELP (undergraduate only-See Admissions section for specific information.) or citizenship from an exempt country. Find the specific English requirements per educational level.
  6. Submit Immunization Records
    • Before registering for classes, all students are required to submit proof of vaccinations for 2 doses of MMR. Additionally, non-citizens must take a T-Spot test for Tuberculosis screening from within the United States. These tests and shots may be taken after arrival through Student Health Services. If you have received one or both of the MMR vaccines, you may submit documentation to suffice the requirement.

Sending Documents for Undergraduate Applicants (Scan documents to: intladmissions@ualr.edu)

    University of Arkansas at Little Rock
    International Student Services, EDU 101
    2801 South University Avenue
    Little Rock, AR 72204

Financial Guarantee

If you are joining UALR as an F-1 or J-1 student, you are only authorized for on-campus employment and must be able to finance your expenses apart from employment. Prior to issuance of I-20 or DS-2019, an applicant must provide documentation of financial resources for the tuition, fees, insurance and cost of living for at least one academic year at UALR. Find the current estimated cost of attendance.

The proof of financial guarantee must be issued within the past 6 months and include the signature of a bank official. Funds for the dependents accompanying you to the U.S. must also be included. Form I-20 or DS-2019 may only be issued when you show satisfactory financial arrangements for meeting the expenses of his/her entire program of study.

Proof of financial guarantee may be provided as any of the following or a combination of several sources dated within the past 6 months. Bank letters may be from either US or foreign banks and foreign currency may be provided. All documentation must be in English.

  • A personal bank reference letter from a bank official verifying that you possess all or a portion of the estimated cost of attendance
    • Note: A record of transactions is not required
  • A sponsor’s bank reference letter verifying that he/she possesses all or a portion of the amount above and a written statement or affidavit from your sponsor verifying his or her intent to sponsor your education at UALR
  • UALR Scholarship or Graduate Assistantship (GA) award letter
  • Financial Guarantee from your government

While the proof of financial guarantee is only required for the first year, the funds must also be available for the duration of a student’s study. A subsequent financial guarantee is required if a student requests an extension of his or her program of study or changes the program level.

In addition to the estimated cost of attendance required for the principle F-1 or J-1, if a student is bringing a spouse or children, the student must also include additional financial support for their dependents. The additional amount required is $4500 for a spouse and $2500 per child.


General Admission Deadlines

Please note that the admission deadlines are strictly enforced and change program to program. We encourage you to check with both your prospective program and the Graduate School for specific upcoming deadlines.

Academic Classification Fall Admission Spring Admission
Undergraduate July 1 November 1

English Requirements

English Proficiency Undergraduate Students
TOEFL* 525 Paper-based
197 Computer-based
71 Internet-based
IELTS 6

Coursework within the US Completed English Composition I and II at a regionally accredited post-secondary U.S. institution with a C grade or better
Attended a U.S. school for the past 6 years
Native English speakers Citizenship of an exempt country
IELP Completion Graduation from IELP

*Scores from the TEOFL must be from tests taken within the past 2 years.

Report to International Student Services

Students should report to International Student Services within 10 days of arrival. The office is located in the Education 101 building on campus. When you check in, bring your passport, I-20 or DS-2019 and I-94. Once you have registered for class and updated your U.S. address in BOSS, an international advisor will activate your immigration record in SEVIS.

Employment Information

U.S. immigration laws permit F/J international students who are enrolled full-time and in good academic standing in UALR undergraduate and graduate programs to work on campus up to 20 hours a week during the academic year and full-time during university breaks, including summer, winter, and spring break. However, prior employment authorization must be obtained from OIS.
Tuition and Fees (See the Tuition and Fees chart for non-resident costs.)