FAQs for International Students

Current International Students (enrolled prior to fall 2020)

QuestionAnswer
How does UCA’s plan for fall course instruction impact my immigration status?UCA has published a "Student Guide for Returning to Campus" found here.  See specifically pages 4-9 in the Student Guide.

Most UCA classes will follow a hybrid model with some in-person instruction and some virtual instruction online. Students may enroll in the hybrid and in-person courses that fit their academic needs.  Other classes have been moved to online instruction only.  International students on campus should work with their advisors and professors to confirm their fall 2020 schedules meet the immigration requirements described below in this FAQ. 
I am currently outside of the U.S. and cannot return to UCA in time for the Fall semester. Can I take all of my classes online?Students who are outside the U.S. and wish to take online classes in the Fall 2020 will be subject to the following guidelines: Normally to remain in active immigration status, undergraduate students must enroll in 12 credit hours and graduate students must enroll in 9 credit hours.  If your ability to take a full course of study is affected by COVID related limitations, you may request a waiver from International Engagement to this full course load requirement. 

Students who are not able to enroll in a minimum of 3 credit hours should request a leave of absence.
How can I determine which of my classes are online in the Fall 2020 semester? Students will need to contact their academic advisor or faculty member if they have questions about how their class will be offered. Be careful to remember that online synchronous classes (those with a specific meeting time on your schedule) may require you to attend the class at that time.
If I am currently in the U.S. and enrolled in classes, how many online hours can I take?  Normally to remain in active immigration status, undergraduate students must enroll a total of 12 credit hours with 9 hours being traditional/hybrid and graduate students must enroll in a total of 9 credit hours with 6 hours being traditional/hybrid credit hours. During the COVID pandemic, students who are unable to take the minimum number of traditional or hybrid credits due to the unavailability of appropriate classes in Fall 2020 may seek an exemption from the Office of International Engagement. A general principle to follow is that international students should enroll in the fewest number of online credits possible to make appropriate academic progress toward their degree. Any undergraduate student enrolled in fewer than 6 traditional/hybrid face-to-face credits, must receive written approval from the Office of International Engagement. Graduates students enrolled in only 3 traditional/hybrid face-to-face credits, must receive written approval from the Office of International Engagement. You may not enroll in 100% on-line credits.
Possible scenarios that can be approved:
A prerequisite for required course is only offered online
Scheduling conflicts
Upperclassmen with limited classes remaining

As always students in their final semester are not required to take a full course load but these classes cannot all be online.

Will I have to complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival to campus in August?The Arkansas Department of Health lifted the 14-day quarantine requirement effective June 15, 2020.  Returning students can move into campus housing on Friday 14 or Monday, August 17. See this link for more information.
What do I need to consider when dropping a class?If you are considering dropping a class, you must meet with the Office of International Engagement before dropping below full-time enrollment. For more information on dropping a class go here.

New International Students (entering students in fall 2020)

QuestionAnswer
I have been admitted for fall 2020. I do not know whether I will be able to arrive at UCA to begin the fall semester on August 20. What should I do?You have several options available to you: You may be able to begin your studies online and spend your first semester outside of the United States. Contact your academic advisor or graduate advisor to determine if this is an option for you. Request to defer your admission to another semester.  Contact your admissions counselor (Ellen Lewis elewis@uca.edu or Matt Smith msmith117@uca.edu) to have your immigration document updated.
Will I still be able to get a student visa?The global COVID-19 pandemic has delayed visa services at most US Embassies. The U.S. Department of State's visa page contains the most  recent announcements and updates on the reopening of US Embassies and Consulates. UCA International Engagement staff are closely monitoring the situation and will update this page if new information becomes available. You may also wish to check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest to you for any other updates.
Will I be able to travel to the U.S. to start my program this Fall if I get my visa?The current global situation is constantly changing, making it difficult to predict whether further restrictions will be put in place by the U.S. government for travelers from high risk countries, whether current travel bans will be lifted or if international travel to the U.S. will be restricted due to the situation within the U.S. You will need to continue to check the travel and visa restrictions that may be in place at the time you are planning to travel to the U.S. We recommend that you monitor the travel updates by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as well as resources from your own country’s governmental agencies.  UCA International Engagement continues to monitor the CDC, SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program), USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), and Department of State websites, and will update this website as we receive new information.
Will I have to complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival to campus in August?The Arkansas Department of Health lifted the 14-day quarantine requirement effective June 15, 2020.  New students should plan to arrive to campus on August 12, 2020 for mandatory orientation.
What will my classes be like at UCA this Fall?You may wish to check out the various models for course instruction UCA faculty will be using at https://uca.edu/cte/instructional-models/ .  You can find a handy summary of the possible instructional models at  https://uca.edu/cte/files/2020/07/Instructional-Models-v1.0.pdf .  Contact your academic advisor or individual faculty directly if you have any questions about the method of instruction that will be used in a given class.

For all other questions related to UCA’s operations in the fall, please see https://uca.edu/coronavirus/ and check your @cub.uca.edu email regularly.

For questions not contained in this FAQ page, you may email one of the International Engagement (IE) Staff listed at https://uca.edu/international/facultystaff/.