Frequently Asked Questions

Costs and Scholarships
  • Is there a cost to apply for Global programs?
    • No. The application fee is waived for Fall 2020.
  • Is there an enrollment fee for Global programs?
    • No. The enrollment fee is waived for Fall 2020.
  • Will I be considered for a Main Campus scholarship if I transition from Global to Main Campus for the Spring 2021 semester?
    • Yes. When you declare your intention to transition to the Main Campus from Global for the Spring 2021 semester, your academic materials will be evaluated for a Global Wildcat Award. Please visit our website for more information regarding the criteria for the Global Wildcat Award.
  • Do you offer payment plans?
    • Yes, a tuition payment plan is available. Please visit the Bursar’s website for more information.
  • Do you offer scholarships?
    • Yes. You will automatically be considered for scholarships when you apply for admission.
    • Undergraduate students can save up to $9,000 USD per year with scholarships.
    • Graduate students can save up to $7,000 per year with scholarships.
  • Are there additional costs or fees that I have to pay if I enroll in Global courses?
    • In almost all cases, you will only pay for books. There may be some expenses related to participation with a partner university. Your enrollment counselor can advise you about such costs.
  • What is the cost for books?
    • For full-time enrollment, our estimate for books is $800 - $1,000 USD per year for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Why Choose Global?
  • What is the ranking of University of Arizona for online programs?
    • The University of Arizona is ranked number 11 out of 353 universities in the US for online bachelor’s degree programs, according to US News and World Report, 2020.
    • Our graduate online programs also rank highly, according to US News and World Report, 2020.
      • In information technology graduate programs, which include information systems, computer science, computer engineering, and software engineering, the University of Arizona is ranked number 3 in the US.
      • The nursing graduate program is number 31.
      • The engineering graduate program is number 38.
      • The education graduate program is number 48.
    • Learn more about our online rankings here.
  • 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?
    • No. Transcripts and diplomas look the same regardless of the location or modality.
  • If there is not a University of Arizona Global Location nearby or in my region, can I take the classes online without any affiliation with a partner?
    • Yes, absolutely. You may study independently.
Changing Campuses
  • Can I change campus locations whenever I want at the undergraduate level?
    • Students who are admitted to Global as non-degree seeking will need to apply to a degree seeking program to transition to the Main Campus and will need to obtain a visa to study in the US.
    • Students who study in their home country through the Customized Degree Path option should switch to the Main Campus after a semester or two of full-time study, depending on availability of online courses relevant to their academic degree plan. A UA Global student success team member or academic advisor will help you determine when it is best to transition to the Main Campus.
    • Students who start in a Fully Online program and want to transition to the Main Campus should work with a UA Global student success team member or 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 major available in the Fully Online program is available on the Main Campus. However, more majors are available on the Main Campus than in Global, so be sure to talk with your UA Global student success team member or 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 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 offered through Global are solely online and do not have in-person classes at the Main Campus.
Study Arizona
  • What is Study Arizona, and how does it work?
    • Study Arizona allows undergraduate students enrolled in a fully online  degree program to study for a semester at the Main Campus at the Global 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 Global. Students are encouraged to participate in their second to last semester.
    • Graduate students, non-degree seeking students, and undergraduate students in the Customized Degree Path option are not eligible for Study Arizona.
  • How do I participate in Study Arizona?
    • UA Global student success team members will help students enroll in Study Arizona.
Global Location Partners
  • If I affiliate with a partner university, do I have to take any of their courses? If so, do the credits transfer?
    • Through Global, 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. In the fall 2020 semester, a limited number of partner universities will offer select courses to Global students, but most universities will not teach courses for Global students during the Fall 2020 semester.
  • How do I affiliate with a partner?
    • You will indicate your partner preference on your 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 are the admission requirements for Global programs at the undergraduate level?
  • What are the admission requirements for Global programs at the graduate level?
  • How do I apply for admission to the Customized Degree Path option?
    • We have a specific application that you can find here. Please view our video for a step-by-step guide on how to apply.
  • Is there a Customized Degree Path program for graduate students?
    • We recommend you consider applying as non-degree seeking and working with your graduate program coordinator to determine whether the courses you take in your home country are applicable to Main Campus.
  • How do I apply for admission to the Fully Online option at the undergraduate level?
  • How do I apply for admission to the Fully Online option at the graduate level?
    • Apply through GradApp and choose the Global Experience / Global Direct Option. Please view our video for a step-by-step guide on how to apply.
  • If I have already been admitted to the Main Campus, will I need to re-apply for the Global option?
    • No. Simply fill out the deferment form in your Future Wildcat account to change from the Main Campus to Global Direct.
  • Can I transfer courses taken at a previous institution to programs through Global?
    • Standard transfer student procedures and requirements apply to students who would like to transfer their college coursework to Global programs. Visit the Office of Transfer Credit & Articulation website for more information. We cannot guarantee all coursework will transfer.
  • 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 the University of Arizona in the future.
  • Can I fulfill English proficiency requirements through Global ?
    • No. However, you have several options to prove English proficiency for admission to Global programs. Undergraduate applicants should visit this page to learn more. Graduate applicants should visit the Graduate College website.
Academics and Advising
  • Who teaches Global 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. A UA 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?
    • A member of the UA Global student success team and/or an academic advisor will support you with academic-related questions.
  • Will there be an orientation for new students to Global?
    • Yes. There is an online orientation. You will receive an email with the details.
  • When will I meet my academic advisor or UA 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 a UA 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 UA 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 programs?
    • No.
Online Learning
  • 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 partner location. Please select your partner location here to learn more.
  • 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 distant students.
  • How do I access my textbooks?
    • It depends on the instructor and the course. UA Global student success team members will be in touch with this information after you enroll in courses.
  • What kind of writing support is available?
Employment
  • Are there career resources available to Global students?
    • Yes. There are many resources available through the University of Arizona’s Student Engagement and Career Development program. Services include career exploration, job search tools, resume resources, and interviewing tips. You can also connect with employers through the Handshake tool.
  • Can I do an internship in my home country and earn credit toward my degree?
    • Internships abroad are not currently an option. Students can always arrange for their own internships and work with UA Global student success team members to see if they can earn credit for them.
  • Can I do an internship in the US and earn credit toward my degree?
    • The University of Arizona cannot issue visas to students only for the purpose of entering the US to complete an internship. Students who receive an I-20 to come to the Main Campus may become eligible for off-campus work authorization after completing two semesters on the Main Campus in F-1 status. For more information about employment authorization for F-1 students, go to https://global.arizona.edu/international-students/f-1-student-employment.

 

  • 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 Global Student Success team at globalcampus@arizona.edu.
     
  • If you have additional questions regarding Global 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.

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