As you prepare to come to UCA as an international student for the semester, please be familiar with all the material on this page.
Arrival Dates (with host family): May 30-May 31
Check-In Day (8:00 AM – 7:00 PM) : May 31
Mandatory International Student Orientation: June 1-2
Classes Begin: June 5
Apply for your Visa
Once you have received admission to UCA as an international student, you should apply for a student visa. The process cans seem complicated, so carefully read our Guide to Applying for a Non-Immigrant Visa.
As soon as your visa has been approved, you should book your flight ticket to arrive at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT). You must arrive either on May 30 or May 31. Campus housing is available starting May 31. If you arrive before May 31 you must request to stay with a host family or make arrangements to stay in a hotel.
UCA offers free transportation from LIT to UCA if students submit the Arrival Information Form.
Once your visa is approved and your flight is booked, apply for campus housing. UCA offers in-state tuition for international students who live on campus. Choose from a variety of campus halls and apartments. Housing applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more about Housing Options.
Apply for Summer Housing
GEP students will not apply for housing or pay a deposit.
Join us for New International Student Orientation June 1-2. During orientation you will meet other international students, connect to Team Global leaders, take placement tests, register for classes and learn about academics and UCA and adjusting to American culture.
We want international students to begin their UCA career understanding the expectations of academics at UCA and prepared to succeed in the new cultural environment. Students who complete all of orientation will:
- Connect with new and upperclassmen students
- Understand their immigration responsibilities
- Begin immunizations and understand health care
- Learn expectations of academics at UCA and resources for success
- Take placement tests and register for classes
- Learn how to respond to cultural differences
Check-In with International Engagement
Check in with International Engagement at 201 Donaghey Ave, McCastlain Hall from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm on May 31. If you are arriving after Check-In day, stop by 8:00am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday upon your arrival. During the check-in process you will:
- Meet UCA staff and volunteers
- Receive your orientation name tag and packet with important information and paperwork. Bring these items to all sessions during orientation.
- Make copies of your passport, visa, I-20/DS-2019 and I-94
The Office of International Engagement would like to welcome you to the University of Central Arkansas & tell you about a few of the services that are available for you. You will also meet Team Global members & receive an overview of the orientation week.
The orientation will feature guest speakers from UCA and the community speaking to new student on the most important aspects of adjustment to life at UCA. Sessions will include:
- F-1 and J-1 Immigration
- Academic Success Center
- Meet the UCA Police Department
- Getting Involved at UCA
- Adjusting to a New Culture
Connecting to the community is about much more than sessions and appointments. Evening activities during orientation will also new students to see what’s fun at UCA. From home-cooked meals with community members to soccer games and scavenger hunts, orientation can be fun!
Immunizations and Health Care
All international students must receive the following within 90 days of class:
- 2 doses of an MMR vaccine
- Receive the T-Spot test
- Obtain sufficient medical insurance (available through UCA)
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
The immunization against Measles, Mumps and Rubella takes place in 2 doses. The first dose will be given to you during orientation. The second dose must be received one month after the initial dose. If you have already received one or both of the MMR immunizations in the past, we need to see an English copy of your immunization records. Please bring an English copy of your immunization records with you to orientation. We do not recommend that you receive the MMR within 30 days before you orientation. This could cause some health concerns if you take two doses of MMR within 30 days of each other. Each dose of MMR costs $60. This cost will be reimbursed (paid back to you) by the insurance company if you receive insurance with Trawick International (see below for more details). However, you will need to pay in cash or credit at the time you receive the immunization. Learn more about the MMR vaccine at http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_mmr.asp.
If you have had the MMR any time in the past, please produce documentation from your doctor in English including the dates of your MMR. You may not have to receive the MMR at UCA if you have sufficient evidence of previous vaccination. MMR vaccinations received before your first birthday are not valid. For questions concerning your immunization record, contact the Student Health Clinic at email@example.com.
Getting the T-Spot Test
Also during orientation, you will go to the UCA Health Clinic to be tested for Tuberculosis (TB) through a method called the T-Spot. A positive test will not result in your dismissal from UCA, but you will need to receive further tests at an additional cost. In preparation for your T-Spot test, you should drink plenty of water and eat a good meal before your test. Results from the test come back in approximately one week. You will be notified if you have a positive result. If your result is positive it does not mean that you have TB, it simply requires further testing. You will then need to make an appointment for a $25 Chest X-Ray. The Student Health Clinic will schedule an appointment for you to speak with a doctor at the Faulkner County Health Department to receive the results of the Chest X-Ray. Receiving the T-Spot test at the Student Health Clinic is mandatory for your attendance at UCA. The Student Health Clinic will not accept TB test results taken outside the US. If you have received the T-Spot test in the US, you may submit the complete bloodwork analysis to the clinic and they will determine whether or not you need another test.
As an international student you are required to purchase sufficient health insurance. UCA offers a great insurance plan through Trawick International. Learn more about the policy and how to waive insurance coverage at uca.edu/international/insurance.
In order to comply with Arkansas law and remain in classes, you will need to receive 2 MMR vaccines ($120, refundable) and get the T-Spot ($50, refundable) within 90 days of your arrival. Failure to do so will result in dismissal. Of course we want you to stay healthy throughout the full course of your stay at UCA, so please, if you have questions or would like more information, please contact us!
Contact International Engagement