The following information can be found below:
- New Student Orientation
- Reporting to ISS
- Campus Map and Student ID
- Health Services
- Creating a BOSS Account
- Registering for Classes
- Confirming Registration and Paying Tuition
New Student Orientation
All new international students are required to attend the mandatory orientation. The spring and fall orientations are held right before and/or during the first week of classes.
Important information about academic and immigration policies, practical matters for housing, transportation, banking, and health insurance are covered during the orientation. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet and make friends with other new students from your country and from all over the world!
Graduate Students must also attend the orientation hosted by the Graduate School. International Student Services will also be present at this orientation to cover immigration basics and answer any questions. Graduate international students may choose to attend¬† the orientation hosted by the Graduate School and¬†the orientation hosted by International Student Services, or only the Graduate School Orientation.
New undergraduate students will have must to complete before the first day of class. International Student Services hosts an optional day one orientation for students who arrive early and would like to get started on their pre-semester checklist. Otherwise, students may just attend the one-day orientation and take care of their pre-semester responsibilities independently.
Reporting to International Student Services (ISS)
F-1 and J-1 students must report to ISS prior to school start date. After reporting to ISS, an international advisor will register your immigration record as ACTIVE in SEVIS. This will allow you to maintain your immigration status, apply for a drivers license, etc.
- Bring the following to ISS
- Form I-20 or DS-2019
- Printed I-94
- Customs and Border Patrol has recently moved to an electronic Arrival and Departure Cards (Form I-94). Visit https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html¬†to print your I-94. Input your name, passport information and date of entry.
- Passport, I-20/DS-2019 and I-94 for any dependents who have accompanied you to the United States.
- Any ¬†documents issued by immigration official upon your entry to the United States
- Update your local U.S. address in BOSS.
- Continue to keep your address up-to-date within 10 days of a move.
- Enroll full-time for classes
- Your reporting will not be complete until you have registered for a full course load for the upcoming semester.
All¬† students who successfully report to ISS will be registered as ACTIVE in SEVIS within 30 days of your program start date. You may request expedited registration if you plan to get your drivers license or if you have a job offer.
Campus Map and Student ID
Download a UARL Campus Map, Parking Map and Trolley Map.
The Campus Card is a versatile tool for the UALR student. It is used to open certain parking gates, check out books from the Ottenheimer Library, make use of meal plans and take part in the book voucher program if you.
After you have registered for classes, you may go to Reception Services to obtain your Campus Card. Reception Services is located between the Bookstore and Fitness Center on the bottom floor of the Donaghey Student Center. There is no fee for the first card but additional fees may apply for replacements. You need to bring at least one photo ID with you.
All international students must be screened for tuberculosis in the United States and present record of 2 doses of MMR. The screening for TB can be done at Student Health Services, located in the Donaghey Student Center room 102, or through a primary care provider. Additionally, record of 2 MMR vaccinations should be provided in English, prior to registering for classes. The UALR Student Center administers these vaccinations at the university for a fee.
Creating a BOSS Account
Once you are fully admitted, Office of Admissions will send you a letter, which provides you with an official Student ID number (T -number) and a six digit PIN. You can now login into BOSS through this credentials and check your registration status. As soon as you have an address in the U.S, update your mailing address in BOSS. F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations mandate students update their address within 10 days of a move. ISS is notified if your address in BOSS is changed and will update it with USCIS.
Registering for Classes
Registering for classes is the final step in preparing for your first semester at UALR. But before you can register, you must complete your placement tests (undergraduates) and advise for classes.
Compass Placement Tests
Undergraduate students who have not submitted an SAT or ACT score take the Compass Placement Tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. These tests will assess your proficiency in these categories to determine whether foundational classes are needed prior to your enrolling in the Core Curriculum for each subject. Tests will generally take about 2 hours to complete, but are not timed. You must schedule an appointment with Testing Services. The Compass Test must be complete before you are advised for classes.
Advising for Classes
Every student has to be advised before registering for classes! Undergraduate students will visit the Advising Center to visit with an Academic Advisor to help help put your degree in perspective. Transfer Undergraduate students who have been accepted to major field of study, will be advised by their department. Graduate Students will contact their Program Coordinator for advice on where to begin their program of study.
After you have been advised, login to BOSS and register for courses using your T-number and PIN. Be sure to check for prerequisite requirements. After you register, you must confirm your registration through BOSS.¬† Find the specific dates for registration confirmation, information on holds and other common questions at http://www.ualr.edu/registration/
Confirming Registration and Paying Tuition
Once you are successfully enrolled in your courses you must pay your tuition and fees. Your student account will vary depending on the number and type of credit hours you have each semester.
After you have registered for classes, you must confirm your registration by paying your tuition and fees. Confirmation is not required before your SEVIS record is activated. Of course, if you do not pay for your classes, you will be dropped from classes which will cause your immigration record to be terminated.
Tuition and student fee information is listed on UALR Bursar’s website. UALR International Students are ‚ÄúNon-Resident‚ÄĚ status.Visit the UALR cost estimator for a quick calculation. The international student fee and international student insurance fee are not included in this estimator, so add those to your estimated cost for a closer approximation.
Tuition refunds are based solely on the date of withdrawal, regardless of whether students attend any class(es). In the case of non-payment, the student will be declared delinquent subject to the penalties imposed by UALR for financial delinquency. Questions concerning tuition and fee payment and/or refunds should be directed to the Student Accounts Office in Administration North Room 204, 501.569.3450. For detailed information on the refund policy please visit Bursar‚Äôs Office website.
International students must also pay for¬†International Student Health Insurance¬†($635 per 6 months) and the International Student Fee ($150 per semester).