Information for Exchange Students from Partner Schools

For a semester exchange placement, students must be nominated by their home university.

Application Deadlines:  Fall (August to December) – April 15,  Spring  (January to May) – October 15.

1. Application for International Admission.

If you would like to have a friend or family member submit or have information about your application, you must provide written permission on the application.

2. Copy of the biographical page of your passport.

As you will be required to have a passport to travel to the United States, and in order to ensure accuracy in issuance of your immigration documentation, a copy of this document is required.

3. Proof of Financial Support

U.S. Immigration Law requires that all J-1 students demonstrate sufficient funds available for their educational expenses prior to immigration document issuance (Form DS-2019). International students who reside on campus are eligible for the out-of-state tuition waiver.  You may find a detailed description of the estimated costs here: Cost of Attendance.

  • Exchange students must provide:
    1. Documentation of Financial Resources. Bank statement from within last six months that shows ending balance of $5,020 for one semester of study.
    2. Sponsorship Letter

4. Proof of English Language Proficiency

Submit one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  UCA’s TOEFL code is 6012.
    Undergraduate Students must present an official TOEFL score of  500 (paper-based exam) or 61 (iBT).      NOTE: Institutional TOEFL results from other universities will not be accepted.  Completion of an English as        a Second Language program at another university will not be accepted.
  • International English Language Testing System  (IELTS)  Required minimum score of 6.0
  • ACT score of 19 or above on the English portion of the exam. UCA’s ACT code is 0118.
  • SAT score of 26 on the Writing/Language and Reading portion (3-1-2016 or after); SAT score of 470 or above on the Writing and Critical Reading portion of the SAT exam (Pre-March 2016 version) .  UCA’s SAT code is 6012.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) score of 162 or higher
  • Pearson English Academic (PTE) score of 43 or higher
  • A score of 5, 6 or 7 on the English: Literature or Language & Literature exam administered by an International Baccalaureate school
  • Citizenship (passport copy) from an exempt country.

5. Letter of Reference

This letter must be issued from your current university’s International Office recommending you for an exchange semester at UCA. The letter must include the number of semesters you will study at UCA and a statement that you are proficient in academic English.

6. Letter of Course Approval

This letter must be issued from your current Academic Adviser.  We want you to take classes that ensure your academic progress towards a degree or program completion.

7. Academic Records

UCA requires copies of all transcripts from previous colleges and universities. You can submit a copy of your transcript via fax: 1 (501) 852- 2439 or email:

Note to All Applicants

Incomplete applications and supporting documents are not retained past the semester of application. If you wish to continue your application to a later semester, you must notify International Admissions prior to the start of that semester. If you do not inform us of your intent to continue your application to a later semester, you must to reapply and resubmit your application documents.

UCA does not tolerate forged documentation; applications submitted with such documentation will be denied.

All documents, other than official university transcripts, may be submitted via email to Hard-copy documents, checks, money orders and transcripts should be mailed to: University of Central Arkansas, International Admissions, McCastlain Hall, Suite 109, 201 S. Donaghey Dr., Conway, AR  72035..

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact