• International Student Procedures for Admission
    2016-2017 academic year


    Any mailed items should be sent to: University of West Alabama, Office of Admissions, Station 4 Livingston, AL 35470

    Questions concerning the procedures for admission may be sent to ip@uwa.edu.

    Required Admission Documents 

    1. A COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION:
      1. Undergraduate students (on campus or transfer) [application]
      2. Graduate students (on campus and online) [application]
       
    2. A NON-REFUNDABLE $40.00 APPLICATION FEE: The $40.00 non-refundable application fee should be either in the form of a check drawn on a US bank made payable to The University of West Alabama OR charged to a Discover, American Express, Visa, or MasterCard. 
    3. ENTRANCE EXAM SCORES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: UWA accepts either the American College Testing (ACT) Program or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for admission. Please specify UWA on each test application (ACT code #0024; SAT code #1737). If you did not have your test scores sent to UWA directly through the testing center, please send to us a copy of your final results. Note the minimum score for admission to UWA on the ACT is a composite of 19 or above. SAT is 900 or above in the critical reading and math sections. If it is deemed that an International Student is unable to take one of the above tests in his/her home country, the student will be required to take a placement test at UWA upon arrival to campus, provided that all other entrance requirements have been met.

      Students with fewer than 24 semester hours of awarded transfer credit, at least 12 hours of which meet basic curriculum requirements in their declared degree program, must take a placement test at UWA upon arrival to campus, if ACT or SAT scores are not available.

      Entrance exam scores are not needed for the School of Graduate Studies, but may be needed for specific graduate programs (e.g., Master of Science in Experimental Psychology requires the GRE).
    4. OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS: One unofficial transcript from the high school (if a freshman) and each university attended may be uploaded in PDF format and emailed to admitme@uwa.edu. We accept unofficial uploads only for application evaluation (We reserve the right to require originals at any point in the application process). If you are offered admission, one official transcript for the high school (if a freshman) and for each university attended must be submitted to the Office of Admissions upon your arrival to campus. You must be in good standing and eligible to return to the last institution attended. Course work may be transferred to UWA from international institutions. However, we require that you have your official transcripts evaluated by an outside evaluation service if the official transcript is not in English. The evaluation helps us understand your previous coursework so we can award proper credit upon your enrollment at UWA. This should be a course by course evaluation. The evaluation must come directly from an evaluation service affiliated with the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). For a listing of NACES member organizations and their contact information, please visit www.naces.org/members.htm. The School of Graduate Studies requires official transcripts prior to Graduate School admissions decisions.

    5. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY EVALUATION: A score report from TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing system), TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) (TOEIC is only available under prearranged agreements), or Cambridge English Scale Score is required for students from non-English Speaking countries. Students may find more information regarding the TOEFL at www.toefl.org, IELTS at www.ielts.org, TOEIC at www.ets.org/toeic, and Cambridge CAE at www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/advanced/.

      -Admission: An undergraduate student must earn a minimum TOEFL score (UWA code 1737) of at least 580 on the paper-based test (PBT) or Institutional Testing Program (ITP), 230 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 90 on the internet-based test (IBT). The minimum IELTS score (UWA code 001024) required is a 6.5 overall with no score less than a 6.0 on any section of the test module. A minimum of 770 on the TOEIC is required. A minimum score of 180 on the Cambridge English Scale is required.

      -Admission with ESL: International applicants are required to submit English Proficiency exam scores who received scores between 500-579 on the TOEFL PBT or ITP, 173-229 on the TOEFL CBT, 61-89 on the TOEFL ITB, IELTS scores of 5.0-6.0 with no section score less than a 5.0, TOEIC scores from 700-769, or a Cambridge English Scale score between 155 and 179 may be granted admission, but will be required to complete the UWA ESL placement test prior to enrolling in classes. Admitted international applicants will fulfill the written component of the mandatory Language/Literature/Speech curriculum by enrolling in ESL 102 and ESL 103 sequentially. These students may also be required to enroll in additional English as a Second Language (ESL) courses prior to enrollment in ESL 102.

      International applicants may be exempt from the English Proficiency Evaluation requirement if:

      (1) if the student has received a secondary (high) school diploma or associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, India, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, The Bahamas, the United States, and Wales
      (2) if the student enters UWA with verified proficiency from an English language institution that has an articulation agreement with UWA
      (3) if the student has received a diploma or certificate of completion from a Council of International Schools listed high school in which it is determined that English was the primary language of instruction; however, we may require that you sit for UWA’s ESL Placement Test or enroll in ESL 101.
      (4) if the student earns a score of 430 or higher on the verbal section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (Undergraduate only).
      (5) the student has completed college level Written English I and II at a US institution with a grade of “C” or better (Undergraduate only).
      (6) if an undergraduate student transfers from a partner university and the results of the UWA ESL placement test show that the student can handle the complexity of junior and senior-level courses in English while taking, simultaneously, ESL courses (Undergraduate only).
     

    Proficiency Evaluation Appeal Process 

    The following appeal process is set forth to allow departments/units to request admission consideration for international students who have met all admission requirements except the English Language Proficiency. Through the appeal process, an international student admit may be elevated to full admission with ESL 101 required. There is no appeal process to achieve full admission without the ESL course.

    (1) A department or unit may request a formal review of an English Language admission status for undergraduate student scores of 58 – 60 on the TOEFL-IBT, 490-499 on the TOEFL PBT/ITL, 168-172 on the TOEFL CBT, 5.0 overall with no score less than a 4.5 on any section of the test module on IELTS, 690-699 on the TOIEC, and a Cambridge English Scale score of 150-154 by submitting a written request to the Office of International Programs.
    (2) The department/unit requesting the appeal must submit a formal letter of appeal to the International Programs Director [ip@uwa.edu] clearly defining the reason(s) for requesting the appeal and a plan of academic support demonstrating the commitment of the department to the academic success of the student. Supporting documentation of English Proficiency must also be submitted with the appeals letter. Without this appeals letter, plan, and supporting documentation, an appeal will not be considered.
    (3) The complete appeal (letter, plan, and supporting documentation) must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the first day of first term of planned enrollment.
    (4) The UWA English Language Proficiency Review Committee will review the appeal. If the committee rejects the appeal, the department/unit will be notified and the admission process will effectively end for the student. If the appeal is pre-approved, the review committee will require the international student to complete the UWA ESL Placement Test in support of the appeal. The student will be contacted and arrangements will be made for the student to take the UWA English Placement test. This test will be administered in compliance with the testing protocol and an average of 75% on each section or higher is required for the committee to grant a successful appeal.

    If the appeal is successful, the admission status of the student will be changed to full admission with the appropriate ESL course required in the first term of enrollment.

    English Proficiency Exams and Scores for Admission and Appeal
    English Proficiency Exam Admission Admission with ESL Appeal
    TOEFL Paper Based Test 580 500-579 490-499
    TOEFL Institutional Testing Program* 580 500-579 490-499
    TOEFL Computer Based Test 230 173-229 168-172
    TOEFL Internet Based Test 90 61-89 58-60
    IELTS
    6.5
    (6.0 min on sub scores)
    5.0-6.0
    (5.0 min on sub scores)
    5.0
    (4.5 min on sub scores)
    TOEIC* 770 700-769 690-699
    Cambridge English Scale 180 155-179 150-154

    *Accepted by agreement only.
     
    International Programs Required Documents
    1.   COPY OF PASSPORT: We accept an uploaded PDF copy (email to admitme@uwa.edu or ip@uwa.edu). The Passport must be valid with an expiration date of no less than 6 months from the start date of the term.
    2. CONTACT INFORMATION: Email the following items to ip@uwa.edu: (be sure to include your full name in the email).
      • Current mailing address (including full zip code) (FEDEX accessible)
      • Home country mailing address (including full zip code) (FEDEX accessible)
      • Current telephone number
      • Home country telephone number
       
    3. STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT: This financial statement must be completed by your sponsor, indicating his/her willingness to finance your education. We accept an uploaded PDF copy (email to admitme@uwa.edu or ip@uwa.edu) for application evaluation. (We reserve the right to require originals at any point in the application process.) If you are offered admission, the original copy of the form will be required prior to initial enrollment. The estimated amount of $27,500 for the 2016-2017 school year quoted on the Statement of Financial Support is the total estimated cost a foreign student will incur during an academic year at the University of West Alabama. This amount includes expenses for tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, International Student Health insurance, and most other personal expenses. This amount will be entered on your I-20 form as the estimated cost of attending the University of West Alabama for one academic year (2 semesters). [Link to form]. 
    4. PROOF OF FINANCIAL MEANS: The student’s or sponsor’s bank must supply certification of deposit to UWA as proof that funds are readily available OR complete and return the Statement from Sponsor’s Bank/Financial [Link to form]. We accept an uploaded PDF copy (email to admitme@uwa.edu or ip@uwa.edu) for application evaluation. (We reserve the right to require originals at any point in the application process.) If you are offered admission, the original copy of the form will be required prior to initial enrollment. 
    5. PROOF OF INSURANCE: All international on-campus students who are non-US citizens are required to maintain continuous health insurance coverage during their enrollment at the University of West Alabama and are enrolled in a University approved insurance plan upon arrival on campus. http://www.uwa.edu/ipmedical.aspx
    6. UNIVERSITY HOUSING: Housing reservation forms will be mailed to the applicant when the application for admission is received. Links to information regarding on-campus and off-campus housing can be accessed at the following web address: www.uwa.edu/residence_life.aspx
    7. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TRANSFER-IN FORM: can be found here.
    8. DEPENDENT INFORMATION (If applicable): If your spouse and/or children are coming with you, we will need a copy of all dependent passports. Only a spouse or children may be claimed as dependents. We accept uploaded PDF copies (email to admitme@uwa.edu or ip@uwa.edu).
     
    • Graduate Student Admission Decisions. After the Graduate Student credentials are on file, the student’s application will be reviewed by the School of Graduate Studies and a decision made. An acceptance letter and an I-20 form cannot be released to a student until all of the above admission requirements are met. 
     
    Required Medical Documents
    1. MEDICAL FORM: including immunization for MMR and Meningitis plus a negative TB screen test http://www.uwa.edu/medical/ .
     
    Online International Undergraduate/Graduate Student Admissions. 
    1. A COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION:
      1. Undergraduate students [application]
      2. Graduate students [application]
       
    2. OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS: One unofficial transcript from the high school (if a freshman) and each university attended may be uploaded in PDF format and emailed to admitme@uwa.edu. We accept unofficial uploads only for application evaluation (We reserve the right to require originals at any point in the application process). If you are offered admission, one official transcript for the high school (if a freshman) and for each university attended must be submitted to the Office of Admissions upon your arrival to campus. You must be in good standing and eligible to return to the last institution attended. Course work may be transferred to UWA from international institutions. However, we require that you have your official transcripts evaluated by an outside evaluation service if the official transcript is not in English. The evaluation helps us understand your previous coursework so we can award proper credit upon your enrollment at UWA. This should be a course by course evaluation. The evaluation must come directly from an evaluation service affiliated with the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). For a listing of NACES member organizations and their contact information, please visit www.naces.org/members.htm. The School of Graduate Studies requires official transcripts prior to Graduate School admissions decisions.
    3. ENTRANCE EXAM SCORES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: UWA accepts either the American College Testing (ACT) Program or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for admission. Please specify UWA on each test application (ACT code #0024; SAT code #1737). If you did not have your test scores sent to UWA directly through the testing center, please send to us a copy of your final results. Note the minimum score for admission to UWA on the ACT is a composite of 19 or above. SAT is 900 or above in the critical reading and math sections. If it is deemed that an International Student is unable to take one of the above tests in his/her home country, the student will be required to take a placement test at UWA upon arrival to campus, provided that all other entrance requirements have been met. Students with fewer than 24 semester hours of awarded transfer credit, at least 12 hours of which meet basic curriculum requirements in their declared degree program, must take a placement test at UWA upon arrival to campus, if ACT or SAT scores are not available. 
      Entrance exam scores are not needed for the School of Graduate Studies, but may be needed for specific graduate programs (e.g., Master of Science in Experimental Psychology requires the GRE).
    4. PROFICIENCY EVALUATION:  A score report from TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing system), TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) (TOEIC is only available under prearranged agreements), or Cambridge English Scale Score is required for students from non-English Speaking countries. Students may find more information regarding the TOEFL at www.toefl.org, IELTS at www.ielts.org, TOEIC at www.ets.org/toeic, and Cambridge CAE at www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/advanced/.

      -Admission: An undergraduate student must earn a minimum TOEFL score (UWA code 1737) of at least 580 on the paper-based test (PBT) or Institutional Testing Program (ITP), 230 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 90 on the internet-based test (IBT). The minimum IELTS score (UWA code 001024) required is a 6.5 overall with no score less than a 6.0 on any section of the test module. A minimum of 770 on the TOEIC is required. A minimum score of 180 on the Cambridge English Scale is required.

      -Admission with ESL: International applicants are required to submit English Proficiency exam scores who received scores between 500-579 on the TOEFL PBT or ITP, 173-229 on the TOEFL CBT, 61-89 on the TOEFL ITB, IELTS scores of 5.0-6.0 with no section score less than a 5.0, TOEIC scores from 700-769, or a Cambridge English Scale score between 155 and 179 may be granted admission, but will be required to complete the UWA ESL placement test prior to enrolling in classes. Admitted international applicants will fulfill the written component of the mandatory Language/Literature/Speech curriculum by enrolling in ESL 102 and ESL 103 sequentially. These students may also be required to enroll in additional English as a Second Language (ESL) courses prior to enrollment in ESL 102.

      International applicants may be exempt from the English Proficiency Evaluation requirement if:

      (1) if the student has received a secondary (high) school diploma or associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, India, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, The Bahamas, the United States, and Wales.
      (2) if the student enters UWA with verified proficiency from an English language institution that has an articulation agreement with UWA
      (3) if the student has received a diploma or certificate of completion from a Council of International Schools listed high school in which it is determined that English was the primary language of instruction; however, we may require that you sit for UWA’s ESL Placement Test or enroll in ESL 101.
      (4) if the student earns a score of 430 or higher on the verbal section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (Undergraduate only).
      (5) the student has completed college level Written English I and II at a US institution with a grade of “C” or better (Undergraduate only).
      (6) if an undergraduate student transfers from a partner university and the results of the UWA ESL placement test show that the student can handle the complexity of junior and senior-level courses in English while taking, simultaneously, ESL courses (Undergraduate only). 
     
    The University of West Alabama encourages the admission of international students; therefore, full consideration is given to all applicants.