International Students

Center for Global Learning and Engagement (CGLE) is UCA’s unit that is dedicated to supporting prospective and current international students. CGLE handles all matters related to international students, including admissions, orientation, scholarships, and off-campus employment (CPT and OPT). Please click here to make an appointment with a CGLE staff member.

The UCA International Guidebook provides important information about living in the United States and, specifically, the state of Arkansas. This is a useful resource for both prospective and current international students.

Did you know that

  • UCA offers in-state tuition for international students who live on campus. Please visit here to find out more about the cost of attendance.
  • We offer four Bachelor’s programs (Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Cybersecurity, and Data Science) and a Master’s program (Computer Science).
  • Our faculty engage in cutting-edge research in a variety of fields, including image/video processing/analysis, virtual/augmented reality, data mining/machine learning, network security, scientific computing.
  • Thirty-seven countries have been represented in our department in recent years.

Frequently asked questions about international graduate admissions:

  1. Q: What is the application fee, and can it be waived?
    A: The application fee is $50. This fee is non-refundable and non-waivable.
  2. Q: What is the application deadline?
    A: While there is no specific application deadline, we recommend applying at least a month before the first day of classes. For details, please visit here.
  3. Q: Do you admit for the summer term?
    A: We do not admit for the summer term unless in exceptional circumstances.
  4. Q: What are the admission requirements?
    A: Applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores, transcripts and diplomas for previous degrees, and credential evaluation for all non-U.S. transcripts by an AACRAO-approved evaluation agency. Please visit here for general requirements and here for program-specific requirements.
  5. Q: What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required?
    A: The minimum required English proficiency score is 79 for TOEFL (iBT) and 6.5 for IELTS. For details and exceptions, please visit here.
  6. Q: What is the minimum GRE score required?
    A: We do not require the GRE.
  7. Q: Do you require an undergraduate degree in Computer Science?
    A: For direct admission to the MS program in Computer Science, the applicant must have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a closely related field. Otherwise, the applicant may be required to take leveling courses or proficiency exams. For details, please visit here.
  8. Q: How can I apply for admission?
    A: Please visit here.
  9. Q: What is the cost of attendance?
    A: UCA offers in-state tuition for international students who live on campus. Please visit here to find out more about the cost of attendance.
  10. Q: Are there any scholarships for which I can apply?
    A: Please visit here.
  11. Q: Are there any assistantships for which I can apply?
    A: We have two kinds of assistantships available: graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) and graduate research assistantships (GRA). GTA positions are typically reserved for current students. Incoming students are eligible to apply for GTA positions once they successfully complete a semester at UCA. For GRA positions, the applicant should contact the department faculty directly.
  12. Q: Are there any on-campus jobs for which I can apply?
    A: Please visit here.
  13. Q: Whom should I contact with additional questions?
    A: Please email internationaladmission@uca.edu.