International Admission

When to Apply

International students are encouraged to apply a minimum of six months in advance in order to ensure timely processing.

Admission application deadlines:

  • February 1, 2016 – Fall 2016 Semester
  • July 3, 2016 – Spring 2017 Semester
  • October 30, 2016 – Summer 2017 Semester
  • February 1, 2017 – Fall 2017 Semester

How to Apply

  1. Choose a degree program and major

NOTE: F-1 students are not eligible for occupational endorsement or e-Learning programs.

  1. Apply online: uaonline.alaska.edu
  2. Pay non-refundable application fee:

$40 – Certificates, Associate degree
$50 – Bachelor degree
$60 – Master’s degree

  1. Submit Official Transcripts1:

High School transcripts:  All certificate or degree seeking students with fewer than 30 semester credit hours must submit official high school transcripts.

College transcripts: All certificate and degree seeking students who have an academic record from one or more postsecondary institutions must arrange for their official college or university transcripts to be sent directly to UAS in a sealed envelope from the original institution(s). Transcripts from all colleges or universities must be submitted, failure to disclose all postsecondary institutions where the student has an academic record will result in denied admission.

  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    PO Box 92970
    Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
    Tel: (414)289-3400
    Fax: (414)289-3411
  • World Education Services, Inc.
    PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    Tel: (212)966-6311
    Fax: (212)966-6395
  1. Submit Test Results for English Proficiency

All international students for whom English is not their first language must submit official scores for one of the following:

TOEFL – 550 paper test, or
TOEFL – 213 computer test, or
TOEFL – 80 internet based, or
IELTS – 6.5 out of 8

NOTE: International students who are already inside the U.S. and are applying for admission into a degree program will also have to meet specific requirements for English proficiency. TOEFL, IELTS, UAS Placement Tests, high school or college grades, or a combination of these may be considered.

  1. Complete and submit the International Student Education Experience Form
  2. Complete and submit the International Student Financial Statement Form

All international students must provide a detailed statement of documented sources of sufficient funds to:

  • Pay all expenses while attending UAS; and
  • The ability to pay for a return trip home in the event of an emergency.
  1. Proof of Required Health Insurance

All International students on F-1 visas must have health insurance or they will be automatically enrolled in the University insurance plan through United Healthcare. The premium will be added to their university billing. If International students have their own health insurance, they must submit a waiver of the University insurance and proof of adequate personal health insurance.

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Students who have attended foreign institutions will need to provide an official statement of educational equivalency in English. Below is information for credential evaluation services. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange and pay for the evaluation.

International Admission Requirements

Admission to Certificate and Associate Degrees

To qualify for admission to a certificate or associate degree program1, applicants must satisfy at least one of the following:

  1. Have graduated from an accredited high school or state certified home school program with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 (C), or
  2. Have completed at least 30 college semester credits with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 (C) and at least 18 years old.

Admission to Bachelor Degrees

To qualify for admission to a bachelor’s degree program1, applicants must satisfy at least one of the following:

  1. Graduation from high school with a GPA of at least 3.00 and completion of UAS Placement Test; or
  2. Graduation from high school with a GPA of at least a 2.50 and completion of UAS Placement Test; or
  3. Successful completion of the GED, and completion of UAS Placement Tests; or
  4. Completion of at least 30 college level semester credits with a GPA of at least 2.00 and a high school diploma; or
  5. Completion of at least 60 college-level semester credits with a GPA of at least 2.00

Admission to Master’s Degrees

To qualify for admission to a master’s degree program2, applicants must have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from a college or university with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (B).

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Certain programs have additional requirements. Please see program listing for specific requirements.

International Admission Status

International student applications are evaluated on an individual basis. Admission or denial will be based on the total evidence indicating the student’s potential for success in an academic program at UAS and financial capability.

Admit Clear

Applicants who submit all required paperwork for admissions and meet admissions requirements will be admitted in good standing.

Denied Admission

Students who do not meet the admission requirements will be denied admission for that semester. Students may petition a Denied Admission status by submitting a Petition form to the Registrar’s Office which will be reviewed by the UAS Petition Committee.

After Acceptance

The UAS Designated School Official (DSO) will send the international student I-20-A-B forms (required for entrance into the U.S.) after the student has been formally admitted.

NOTE: The I-20-A-B form is necessary to obtain an F-1 Student Visa. Students must take the UAS issued I-20-A-B form to their home country’s embassy or consulate. The home country’s embassy or consulate will then issue the student an F-1 Visa.

The University must certify to the Immigration and Naturalization Service that the prospective student has been accepted for full-time enrollment and has sufficient funds to meet estimated expenses for the full period of study.

Before Arriving

International students are required to complete UAS placement tests for mathematics and English. Tests are offered remotely or by e-Learning and will assess skills and proficiency as well as serve as a prerequisite for numerous general education requirements.

International students are strongly encouraged to contact the International Student Advisor several months prior to arrival to ensure a smooth transition, gain an understanding of UAS policy and procedures, and register for classes.

Estimated Expenses for International Students

Fall 2016–Spring 2017 (September through May)

  Undergraduate Graduate
Living Expenses$16,700$16,700
Tuition$20,340$15,930
Fees$ 2,210$ 1,688
Books & Supplies$ 1,400$ 780
Health Insurance$ 1,500$ 1,500
TOTAL:$42,150$36,598

As a Student

International degree-seeking students must maintain lawful F-1 visa status by successfully completing a full-time course of study each semester (unless otherwise authorized), obtain adequate insurance coverage, and follow the federal guidelines regarding on- and off-campus employment, travel, and more. A violation of status may result in termination of the international student’s SEVIS record.

Health Coverage

All international students are required to carry health insurance while attending UAS. The minimum coverage must include:

  • $50,000 Medical benefits per accident or illness
  • Deductible of $500 or less
  • Repatriation coverage of at least $7,500
  • Medical evacuation coverage of at least $10,000
  • Must be with a reputable health insurance provider

Insurance proof must be on file for each semester in attendance. If coverage information is not provided for the current semester, a registration hold will be placed on the student’s account.

UAS partners with United Healthcare to offer coverage for students. If a student does not choose to participate in the university’s coverage option, the student must submit insurance that complies with the outlined coverage. The coverage documentation must be in English. If the university finds the insurance not reputable or adequate, the university will request additional insurance and place a hold on the student account until provided. Insurance coverage information is due within the first two weeks after classes begin, each semester.