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International Student Requirements - 502.6

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: International Student Requirements
Policy Number: 502.6
Effective Date: April 30, 2010

Policy:

International students applying for admission to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock must apply online and submit complete credentials and detailed information before being considered for admission. This includes any student classified by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly INS) as A‐1, A‐2, F‐1, F‐2, H‐1, H‐2, H‐3, H‐4, J‐1, J‐2, K‐1, or K‐2. UALR is authorized under federal law to enroll non‐immigrant alien students. All required items must be received at UALR by June 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. However, applications will be considered on a case‐by‐case basis after this date if at least partial documentation has been received. International students transferring from other institutions within the United States must have all credentials on file at least one month before registration.

Requirements

International applicants must:

  1. Apply online on BOSS
  2. Submit a nonrefundable application fee.
  3. Official or certified copies of originals of the applicant’s entire academic record in secondary school, college, or university must be forwarded to the Office of International Services with an English translation of these documents. Any high school or transfer student must have a C average or greater to be considered for admission. International students are not admitted on academic probation.
  4. Demonstrate proof of English proficiency in one of these ways:
    • A score of at least 525 (paper‐based), 197 (computer‐based), or 71 (iBT) earned within the last two years on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)- UALR code is 6368.
    • Take the Michigan Test (formerly known as the Institutional English Language Test), administered on campus. Please contact the Intensive English Language Program for specific information at (501) 569-3467; the test must be taken before class registration.
    • Complete the UALR Intensive English Language Program through the final level. (see IELP Policies).
    • Complete English Composition I and II at a regionally accredited post secondary U.S. Institution with a C grade or better.
    • If the student has attended school in the U.S. for the last six years, he or she must meet all of the specified regular freshman requirements for admission to meet the English proficiency requirement.
    • An ACT score of at least 21 on both the English and Reading sections of the test.
  5. Submit a financial statement (F and J visas only). students must provide certified proof that they are financially capable of pursuing an education in this country. The estimated cost for books, fees, and living expenses will be approximately $19,000 in U.S. currency each year of study at UALR. Tuition and fees are due at the beginning of each semester.
  6. Complete the TB screening, unless exempt. Obtain an Arkansas Certificate of Immunization for Institutions of Higher Education (required of all applicants born after 1/1/1957). The certificate can be obtained at UALR’s Health Services on campus.
Additional Admission Requirements for International Transfer Students
  1. Students transferring from another institution within the United States must submit a Transfer and Visa Form completed by the applicant and by the foreign student advisor of the institution the applicant is currently attending. The form is included in the application packet. The student’s SEVIS file must also be transferred electronically by the previous institution to UALR.
  2. Transfer students must fulfill the English proficiency requirement stated in Requirement 4 of the previous section.
  3. Students transferring 12 or fewer credit hours will be required upon arrival on campus to take the Compass Test for academic placement purposes.
  4. Students transferring fewer than 12 hours must provide secondary school academic records in addition to their previous college or university transcript. Those transferring 12 hours or more need only submit a college transcript.
  5. Transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 from their previous college or university to be considered.
Requirements upon Arrival at UALR for International Students
  1. Assessment of new freshmen for academic placement. All first‐time entering freshman students who have not taken the ACT or SAT1 will be required (upon arrival on campus) to be further assessed for academic placement purposes by taking the Compass Test.
  2. Health and accident insurance. All international students are required to purchase health and accident insurance provided through UALR and maintain coverage year‐round. Students entering in the spring semester will be billed at a slightly higher rate, while students entering in at the beginning of the summer semester will be billed at a lesser rate.
  3. Complete the TB screening, unless exempt. Obtain an Arkansas Certificate of Immunization for Institutions of Higher Education (required of all applicants born after 1/1/1957). The certificate can be obtained at Health Services on the UALR campus.
  4. Newly admitted international students with an I-20 or DS-2019 must physically check in at the Office of International Students in Stabler Hall room 105 to provide copies of all current immigration documents.
  5. Attend the mandatory International Student Orientation.
Maintaining Student Status

To maintain your student status you need to:

  1. Have a valid I-20/DS-2019. I-20’s and DS-2019’s have expiration dates, which can be found in Item 5 on the I-20 and Item 3 on the DS-2019. If your I-20 or DS-2019 is going to expire before you finish your program, consult the Office of International Services at least 30 days before the expiration date to discuss your options.
  2. Be a full-time student. In order to maintain status, F-1 and J-1 students must be enrolled full-time for each fall and spring semester. Enrollment in summer sessions is not required, unless a student begins study a UALR in the summer.
    • Undergraduates - Full-time enrollment is a least 12 credit hours per semester. (Only 3 of these hours can be web-based online courses)
    • Graduates - Full-time enrollment is 9 credit hours per semester. (Only 3 of these hours can be web-based online courses)
On-line and Distance Learning Programs

Students in H1‐B and H‐4 visa status are exempt from the one course or three credit on‐line or distance education restriction but may experience difficulties if they convert to a F‐1 visa during the duration of an on‐line or distance education program.

Enrolling in an on‐line or distance education program, even with a residency requirement, does NOT authorize entry into the U.S. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain all documents required for entry into the U.S. prior to travel or, when required by the program, prior to admission to UALR.

Employment Information

U.S. immigration laws permit international students to work a maximum of 20 hours, on campus. Prior permission must be obtained from the Office of International Services.

Students Whose First Language is Not English

Any applicant for whom English is not the first language must furnish proof of English language proficiency and academic skill proficiency before starting classes at UALR. This includes refugees, immigrants, permanent residents, and citizens. English proficiency may be demonstrated in one of several ways by all students whose first language is not English, regardless of entry status:

  • A score of at least 525 (paper‐based), 197 (computer‐based), or 71 (iBT) earned within the last two years on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)- UALR code is 6368.
  • Take the Michigan Test (formerly known as the Institutional English Language Test), administered on campus. Please contact the Intensive English Language Program for specific information at (501) 569-3467; the test must be taken before class registration.
  • Complete the UALR Intensive English Language Program through the final level. (see IELP Policies).
  • Complete English Composition I and II at a regionally accredited post secondary U.S.
    Institution with a C grade or better.
  • If the student has attended school in the U.S. for the last six years, he or she must meet all of the specified regular freshman requirements for admission to meet the English proficiency requirement.
  • An ACT score of at least 21 on both the English and Reading sections of the test.


Source: Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10, 14-15
Revised: April 30, 2010
Approved By: Dr. Jerry Stevenson
Custodian: Office of International Services

Updated 3.7.2013