International FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions | University of Arizona International Admissions

FAQs

Costs and Scholarships
  • How do I apply for a scholarship or financial assistance?
    • When undergraduate students apply for admission to the main campus, they are automatically considered for scholarships during the admission process. You do not need to file a separate scholarship application. To learn more, please visit our Main Campus Costs & Scholarships page.
  • Are scholarships available for students in Global Direct Online?
    • Because Global Direct Online students can enroll in university courses for lower tuition rates, there are no merit scholarships available for Global Direct Online. Please visit our Global Direct Online Costs & Scholarships page for more information.
  • Will I be considered for a Main Campus scholarship if I transition from Global Direct Online to Main Campus?
    • Yes. Global Direct Online students are eligible for Main Campus scholarships. When you’re ready to transition to the Main Campus, your Global Student Success Team advisor will evaluate your eligibility for a Global Wildcat Award. To learn more, please visit our Main Campus Costs & Scholarships page.
  • When do I have to make tuition payments?
    • You will be responsible for tuition payments after you have registered for your classes. As a new student, you must make all payments before the first day of classes, otherwise a late fee will be added, or your classes will be dropped. For payment options and information, please visit the Bursar's Office. In order to view your balance or make a payment, you will need to be admitted, create a NetID and password, and log into UAccess.
    • The enrollment fee and any housing application fees (if applicable) are separate costs and must be paid prior to registering for classes.
  • Do you offer payment plans?
    • Yes, a tuition payment plan is available. Please visit the Bursar’s website for more information.
  • Are there additional costs or fees that I have to pay if I enroll in Global Direct Online courses?
    • Global Direct Online students must pay a library access fee and pay for books. Check with your Enrollment Counselor if you choose to affiliate with one of our University of Arizona World Microcampus Network partners, as additional fees or special tuition pricing apply in a few cases.
  • What is the cost for books?
    • For full-time enrollment on the Main Campus or in Global Direct Online, our estimate for books is $450 USD per semester for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Deferment and Changing Campuses
  • Can I change from Global Direct Online to the Main Campus whenever I want at the undergraduate level?
    • Students who are admitted to Global Direct Online as non-degree seeking will need to apply to a degree seeking program in order to transition to the Main Campus and will need to obtain a visa to study in the US.
    • Students who are admitted to Global Direct Online as degree-seeking students and want to switch to the Main Campus should do so within 1 to 4 semesters of Online study. Transitioning after one or two semesters is most common. An academic advisor will help you determine when it is best to transition to the Main Campus, as online course availability varies major to major.
    • Students who start in a Fully Online program and want to transition to the Main Campus should work with an academic advisor to ensure the courses they take fully online are applicable to the degree they intend to pursue at the Main Campus. Not every degree program that is offered in Global Direct Online is available on the Main Campus and vice versa. More majors are available on the Main Campus than in Global Direct Online, so be sure to talk with your academic advisor to explore your options.
  • Can I change campus locations whenever I want at the graduate level?
    • If your intention is to take only a few courses online through Global Direct Online before switching to a Main Campus graduate degree program, you should apply for admission as a non-degree seeking student and contact the program coordinator for your intended major for guidance about which courses to take. The program coordinator can also help you understand the next steps in applying for admission as a degree seeking student on the Main Campus.
    • Please note that some graduate programs are solely offered through Global Direct Online do not have in-person classes at the Main Campus.
Study Arizona
  • What is Study Arizona, and how does it work?
    • Study Arizona students enrolled in a Global Direct fully online bachelor’s degree programs to study for a semester at the Main Campus at the Global Direct Online tuition rate. If a student chooses to extend their stay beyond one semester, Main Campus tuition rates will apply.
    • Prior to participating, students must complete at least 60 credit hours in the fully online Global Direct program. Students are encouraged to participate in their second to last semester of the UA degree program.
    • Graduate students, non-degree seeking students, UArizona Academy, undergraduate certificate-only and undergraduate students planning to transition to Main Campus are not eligible for Study Arizona.
  • How do I participate in Study Arizona?
    • Arizona Global Student Success Team members will help eligible bachelor’s degree seeking students to enroll in Study Arizona.
World Microcampus Network Partners
  • If I affiliate with a World Microcampus Network partner university, do I have to take any of their courses? If so, do the credits transfer?
    • Through Global Direct Online, you take University of Arizona courses online. You can take these courses independently and do not need to choose a partner location. By choosing the partner university option, you gain access to partner facilities (such as the library, study areas, gym, or cafeteria), their on-campus events, and their housing (if applicable at that particular location). You do not automatically gain access to the courses of a partner university. A limited number of partner universities may offer select courses to Global students, but most universities will not teach courses for Global students during the academic year.
  • How do I affiliate with a World Microcampus Network partner?
    • You have the opportunity to indicate your partner preference on your undergraduate or graduate admission application. If you decide to affiliate with a partner after you apply, contact your Enrollment Counselor to initiate the partner affiliation process.
Admission Processes
  • What documents do I need to send with my application?
    • Please review our Requirements by Country for the specific requirements and credentials that you must submit based on where you have completed your secondary education. If you have attended a post-secondary institution, you must also send the official transcript (mark sheet) for the courses you have completed and the grades you earned.
  • I cannot send you the only original credentials that I possess. What should I do?
    • You can make photocopies of the original credentials and have them certified by the authorized official at the institution that issues them or the Ministry of Education. These copies must bear the original signature of the authorized official and the colored institutional seal. We do not accept certification of a notary public.
  • Do I need to take the TOEFL if I have been studying in the United States?
    • It depends. If you are applying for undergraduate admission and have completed 3 years of regular English classes with a "C" or better at an accredited American high school (domestic or abroad), you do not need to take the TOEFL.
    • If you have completed less than 3 years at an accredited American high school or were enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL)-level classes, you are still required to demonstrate English proficiency.
    • International Undergraduate Admissions may review the English proficiency requirement and make admission decisions based on the totality of the student’s application, including but not limited to high school academic performance, extracurricular activities, and/or other test scores.
    • If you are applying for graduate admission, proof of English proficiency is required for international applicants who hold citizenship from a country where English is not the official language.
  • Is the SAT or ACT score report required for admissions consideration?
    • The University of Arizona does not require students to submit SAT of ACT scores for admission. If you take the SAT and have the score report sent to our office (School Code: 4832), your scores may enhance your chance for admission.. Also, your English proficiency requirement will be waived if you achieve a SAT Verbal score of 580 or higher.
  • How can I pay the application fee?
    • You can pay this non-refundable application fee with a major credit card (VISA or MasterCard) via the online application. You can also pay by check or money order drawn on a U.S. banking affiliate, made payable to the University of Arizona.
  • What is undergraduate, non-degree seeking admission?
    • Undergraduate non-degree seeking admission is for students who want to take up to 12 units with no intention of enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of Arizona in the future.
  • How am I informed of my admission decision
    • You will be informed about your admission decision via email and paper admissions packet. The notification will be sent to the email address provided on your application on the day the admission decision is made. If you have a University of Arizona email account, notification will be sent to your Arizona email address.
  • How do I change or add a college or major?
    • You can change/add a college or major at any point in your undergraduate career at the University of Arizona. Please be aware that certain majors may require prerequisites.

      A change of major before registration of classes is done through the Office of Admissions. Please send a letter or email stating the major that you have initially applied for and the new major you are requesting. The letter/email must have the spelling of your full name (spell FAMILY NAME in capital letters), date of birth, and student ID number if you have been admitted. Please keep in mind that if you have been admitted and an I-20 has been issued, you must return the old I-20 before a new one can be issued. This may delay processing of your visa and your departure.

      Once you have registered for classes, to declare a major in a different college, you must first receive permission from the dean’s office of the college to which you wish to transfer. Change from one college to another is initiated by filing a change of college form with the new college.

      To change majors within your current college, consult with the academic advisor for the new major regarding program requirements and the procedure to declare the major. There may be restrictions on the time of the semester for declaring a major or changing colleges.

      Once you have changed your major, please contact International Student Services (ISS) to let them know of the changes so they can update your I-20.

  • How do I check the status of my application?
    • You can check the status of your undergraduate application by signing into Future Wildcat. You can log in to Future Wildcat with the email and password you used to complete your application. You can expect an admission decision 2-4 weeks from the date that all of your application materials are received by the University of Arizona. Applicants with U.S. secondary or U.S. college/university transcripts may experience longer processing times.
    • You can check the status of your graduate admission application at any time by logging into GradApp. Once your application is in GradApp, no further action will be taken by the Graduate College until your department of interest makes a decision about your application.
  • How is my sex, gender, and pronoun information used from the admissions application?
  • I completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Will I receive transfer credit for the exams taken?
    • Yes, students who complete IB exams may be eligible to obtain transferable credit for University of Arizona courses. For more details regarding transfer credits and IB scores, please visit our catalog.
  • I have been admitted to the Summer term, how do I register for undergraduate classes before attending Orientation?
    • If you have been admitted for the Summer term, you must contact International Students Services to register for Summer Orientation and to have the Orientation hold removed from your account in order to register for classes.
  • I have earned conditional admission, what should I do next?
    • With conditional admission, students must still provide the required proof of English proficiency to enroll in coursework at the University of Arizona. All conditionally admitted students have until the application deadline for the term of admission to submit proof of proficiency via test score. Students may also choose to attend the University of Arizona’s Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) to complete their English proficiency requirement. Students who choose this pathway earn three semesters (including the semester that conditional admissions was received for) to prove their proficiency while their academic admissions offer to UA remains valid. For more information about the programs offered through CESL and to apply, please visit: www.cesl.arizona.edu.
  • I have submitted proof of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS) score. How long does it take to update my status?
    • Once you have achieved an admissible TOEFL or IELTS score, you must request the scores to be submitted to the University of Arizona through the testing center. The testing center will send your scores directly to the university once the center has verified your scores. This process could take a minimum of 3 weeks to complete. The University of Arizona ONLY accepts official, verified scores that are sent by the testing center. To ensure accuracy in processing your scores, please make sure your name on the test matches the name on your submitted application. If you have any questions about the status of your English proficiency test results, please email: international@arizona.edu.
  • Is the SAT score required for admissions consideration?
    • No, the SAT is not required for admission to the University of Arizona.
Global Direct Online
  • Who teaches Global Direct Online courses?
    • University of Arizona faculty members teach all courses.
  • What are General Education requirements?
    • General Education courses are offered in the first and second year of study and are common across multiple degrees. The university-wide general education program provides foundational knowledge and skills in support of the undergraduate degree programs and as preparation for life in a global society. The General Education curriculum helps students attain the fundamental skills that all college-educated adults must have, whatever their specific areas of study. You will find out more information about general education courses during orientation.
  • Where can I see a list of courses?
    • You will be able to find a list of available courses in the UAccess Student platform. An Arizona Global Student Success team member or academic advisor will familiarize you with UAccess Student.
  • Where can I see the courses required for my degree?
    • You can find sample course plans under your selected major in the undergraduate course catalog. Keep in mind that these are sample plans, and your specific courses will vary based on course availability in your semester of enrollment. Graduate students can find additional academic information about their preferred program in the graduate catalog.
  • Who will help me with academic-related questions?
    • An academic advisor will support you with academic-related questions.
  • Will there be an orientation for new students to Global Direct Online?
    • Yes. There is an online orientation. You will receive an email after admission with the details.
  • When will I meet my academic advisor or Arizona Global Student Success team member?
    • You will meet your advisor during the orientation process.
  • When can I register for classes?
    • You will register for classes as soon as you complete orientation and meet with an Arizona Global Student Success team member or academic advisor.
  • What placement tests do I need to take?
    • This depends on your major. Please talk to your advisor or Arizona Global Student Success team member.
  • Will I receive a transcript from the University of Arizona?
    • Yes. Students are admitted to the University of Arizona and receive an official transcript reflecting the credits they earn.
  • Can I double major if I enroll in Global Direct Online programs?
    • No.
  • Are online degree programs comparable to on-campus degree programs?
    • At the University of Arizona, we view online learning as equivalent to in-person classes in terms of educational quality and student outcomes. That is why all transcripts and diplomas are the same and do not differentiate between online and in-person teaching modalities.
  • Due to time zone differences, will I have to be up in the middle of the night to participate in my online classes?
    • No. Global courses are offered in an asynchronous format, meaning they are not delivered to you in real-time. You can complete your online classes at a time convenient to you.
  • Will there be opportunities to interact with classmates and professors?
    • Yes. In your classes, faculty members will create opportunities for you to interact with them and your peers.
    • There are also networking and social opportunities available through our partners. Opportunities for interaction vary by World Microcampus Network partner location. Please explore your partner location here.
  • If I study online, will I have access to UA Libraries?
    • Yes. Almost everything you need to complete your coursework and research is available digitally and online through UA Libraries. Please see the UA Libraries webpage for online and distance students.
  • How do I access my textbooks?
    • It depends on the instructor and the course. Arizona Global Student Success team members will be in touch with this information after you enroll in courses.
  • What kind of writing support is available?
  • What is the ranking of University of Arizona for online programs?
  • Is the University of Arizona accredited?
    • Yes. The University of Arizona is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Do I have to get a student visa or I-20?
    • You do not need a visa or I-20 to enroll in online programs in your home country. Students who want to transition to the Main Campus or who want to study in Tucson for one semester under the Study Arizona program will need a visa to study in the US. When you tell your UA Global student success team member or academic advisor you wish to change locations, they will initiate the change of campus process for you. After that, International Student Services will contact you with information on how to obtain your visa.
  • Will “online” appear on my transcripts and diploma after graduation or taking courses through Global Direct Online?
    • No. Transcripts and diplomas look the same regardless of the location or modality.
  • If there is not a University of Arizona World Microcampus Network partner nearby or in my region, can I take the classes online without any affiliation with a partner?
    • Yes, you may study independently.
Orientation, Check-In, and Class Registration
  • What are my orientation and check-in requirements? 
    • You can find more information about your orientation and check-in requirements on the ISS New Students page
  • How and when can I register for classes?
    • New degree-seeking students will be able to register during the New Student Orientation (one day after the Global Orientation). New non-degree seeking students can register for classes once enrollment opens. Check the Registration Calendar on the Registrar’s website for the dates. Students with ISC holds blocking enrollment should email intl-new@email.arizona.edu for assistance.  
University of Arizona Immigration Documents or Immigration Documents
  • How do I request an immigration document to attend the University of Arizona? 
    • You can find more information about how to request an I-20 or DS-2019 on the International Student Services New Students pages
  • I’m currently studying in the U.S. on another school’s I-20. What do I need to do?
    • You may be eligible to receive a transfer I-20 for the University of Arizona. Submit an I-20 request in MyGlobal (under “Newly Admitted Students”) and enter your current school’s information to request a transfer of your SEVIS record. 
  • What if I plan to attend the university in a different visa category (not F-1 or J-1)?
    • ​​​​​​​Send an email to intl-new@email.arizona.edu with copies of your immigration documents showing your current status, such as an I-94 or I-797 Approval Notice, so we can review your eligibility to enroll. If you need to change to F-1 student status, please schedule an Admitted Student Appointment through the International Student Services Advising page
Transfer Credit
  • How do I transfer credits that I have completed at other post-secondary institutions to the University of Arizona?
    • The University of Arizona only allow transfer credits completed from international post-secondary institutions, which are recognized by the Ministry of Education as degree-granting institutions. American colleges and universities must be accredited by one of the Regional Accreditation Associations.
    • The following courses which may be completed at a recognized or accredited post-secondary institution are not transferred to The University of Arizona:

      • College remedial, vocational, and personal development courses
      • Courses completed with a grade of "D" or equivalent and below
      • English composition courses completed at institutions in non-English speaking countries
    • NOT all transfer credits may apply toward the requirements for your degree. Your academic advisor will make this determination after reviewing the course descriptions or syllabi.

  • If you have additional questions regarding admissions and enrollment, please contact the Office of Global Admissions at international@arizona.edu or via WhatsApp at +1 (520) 621-7524.
  • If you have additional questions related to academics and advising, please contact the Arizona Global Student Success team at globalcampus@arizona.edu.
  • If you have additional questions regarding International Orientation, travel to the US, or immigration, please visit the International Student Services website or contact the International Student Services team at intl-doc@email.arizona.edu.