International Admission

WELCOME, INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS!

Welcome to the UCA Department of Music. International students are an important part of our program and our community.
We want to help you with your the application process. Please scroll down for application instructions, frequently asked questions,
program information, and important links, and let us know if we can help.

 

    

Available Programs

Bachelor’s of Music: (programs available in violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, voice, composition, and music education)

  • Typically a four year (eight semester) program
  • Intended for high school graduates
  • Requires proof of proficiency (TOEFL of 61 or other test equivalent) OR enrollment in UCA’s Intensive English Program

 

Graduate Certificate: (programs available in violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, voice, and conducting)

  • Typically a year long (two or three semester) program
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent
  • Requires proof of proficiency (TOEFL of 79 or other test equivalent) OR enrollment in UCA’s Intensive English Program

 

Master’s Degree: (programs available in violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, voice, theory, music education, and conducting)

  • Typically a two year long (four semester) program
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in any field and proof of significant musical training
  • Requires proof of proficiency (TOEFL of 79 or other test equivalent) OR enrollment in UCA’s Intensive English Program

 

How to Apply

Step 1: Submit the Music Department Application. [The music department accepts applications year-round. However, for priority scholarship consideration, we recommend you submit your UCA Music Department Application by February 15th for Fall (August) admission, or by September 15th for Spring (January) admission.

  • NOTE: Most programs require an audition. You may schedule a live audition OR submit a pre-recorded, unedited video link. (For detailed information please refer to our audition page). Audition evaluations can take up to one month. You will receive a letter concerning your audition results via e-mail.

Step 2: You will receive an e-mail in about 2-4 weeks (longer in the summer months) from the music department with your application results. Sign your commitment and/or scholarship letter and e-mail them to the music department by the date on the letter.

Step 3: Work with UCA International Engagement (IE) office to complete a UCA International Student Application. [ALL REQUIREMENTS of the international application process MUST BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 15th for Fall (August) admission, or by NOVEMBER 15th for Spring (January) admission.]

Choose a link below depending on your program:

Undergraduate International Application (Bachelor’s degree programs)

Graduate International Application (Master’s degree OR Graduate Certificate)

NOTE: You will need to include the following materials with your application (see UCA International Website for more information):

Proof of English Language Proficiency

  • If you do not have a qualifying test score (such as a TOEFL score) you must apply as an Intensive English Program (IEP)/Undergraduate student
  • If you come to UCA without a qualifying English test score, you will be given an English test when you arrive at UCA: if you pass all sections, you can skip the IEP; but if you don’t pass, you must enroll in the IEP. Click here for more information about the IEP.
  • IEP Students will pay more in tuition, need to show proof of more money in their Financial Support document, and will take longer to graduate. IEP Students are not allowed to register for most music classes until they complete the IEP. Because of these challenges, we suggest you do your best to study and acquire a passing test score BEFORE coming to UCA.

Proof of Financial Support (Please Note: Music scholarships can be used to help fulfill this requirement.)

  • NOTE: Music scholarships can be used to help fulfill this requirement. For example: If you must prove $20,000 and you have a scholarship for $5,000 you only need to show proof of $15,000. UCA Music will notify International Admissions about your scholarship automatically.

Academic Records

  • Undergraduate and IEP/Undergraduate applicants: High school transcript and diploma in English.
  • Transfer students: International Education Evaluation (IEE) needed. Please click here for more information.
  • Post-Baccalaureate, Graduate Certificate, and Master of Music applicants need to obtain the International Education Evaluation (IEE). Please click here for more information. East China Normal University graduates do not need to go through IEE.

Copy of the Biographical Page (name, photo, number, etc.) of your Passport.

International Application Fee (You can pay the International Admissions fee at the end of the process along with your DHL shipping fee.)

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I study at UCA without being fluent in English?

Yes! UCA has an excellent Intensive English Program (IEP). Students are tested when they arrive and only take the courses they need in order to meet the admission standards. Once they finish the IEP courses they are qualified for study at the bachelor’s or graduate certificate level. For more information on the Intensive English Program please click here.

How much does it cost to attend UCA and live in Conway as an international student?

For more information on attendance and potential living costs please view this pdf.

Are there scholarship and/or assistantships available for international students?

Yes, international students are eligible to compete for all UCA music scholarship and assistantship funding. The department enjoys endowments and private scholarship funds of approximately $1.5 million, annual university performance scholarships of over $700,000

Are there opportunities to earn money through music jobs, such as gigs and teaching?

Yes. Qualifying international students can work in their area of specialty. UCA has it’s own Community School of Music that employs current qualified students to teach private lessons to the community. There are also paid ensemble and gig opportunities throughout central Arkansas.

What about housing and food?

UCA students can choose to live in a dormitory, a university managed apartment. Many students also choose to rent their own housing, and there are countless options close to campus. UCA has a cafeteria and food court available on campus. There are also grocery stores nearby for those who choose to cook at home, several within two kilometers or less.

If I play a large instrument does UCA have instruments for me to use while I am there?

Yes, UCA has a number of university owned instruments available for student use. Please contact your professor for more information on availability and checkout procedure.

Do I have to audition in person?

No, the music department also accepts pre-recorded, unedited video links in place of an in-person audition.

What classes will I have to take?

Depending on the program, you will be taking lessons in your area, participating in ensembles, attending recitals, and studying music history and theory. For more information on required courses, please visit the academic maps website here. Click on the Academic Year tab to select the year you plan on attending.

Can I transfer credits from other schools?

Yes! UCA has a process for evaluating and awarding credits.

Important International Office Links

International Engagement
Pre-Arrival Checklist
Important Forms and Information