Oct 29, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Admissions



Office of Admissions | Donaldson Student Services Center, 2nd Floor | (501) 569-3127 | fax (501) 569-8956 | ualr.edu/admissions

How to Apply for Undergraduate Admission to UA Little Rock

  1. Visit apply.ualr.edu to complete an application for undergraduate admission and submit the $40 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Applicants with fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours should request that an official high school transcript or GED scores be sent to the Office of Admissions. Only official transcripts will be accepted and must be submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution or sent via electronic data interchange from the high school.
  3. Applicants with fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours may need to request official ACT or SAT scores from the testing agency (UA Little Rock ACT Code 0132; UA Little Rock SAT code 6368) if the official high school transcript does not include scores and the student did not indicate UA Little Rock as a score recipient at the time of testing. ACT, SAT, COMPASS or Accuplacer.  ACT, SAT, and COMPASS scores must be from tests taken within the last five years and Accuplacer within the last four years. Students have the option of taking the Accuplacer test available through UA Little Rock’s Office of Testing Services.
  4. Any applicant previously enrolled at another institution(s) must request that an official college transcript(s) be sent to the Office of Admissions. Only official transcripts will be accepted and must be submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution or sent via electronic data interchange from the previous institution. Students may submit an official “In Progress” transcript from the institution at which s/he is currently enrolled for admission purposes, but will still be required to submit a final, official transcript once all grades have been posted. Freshmen who completed high school concurrent credit at an institution other than UA Little Rock must submit an official college transcript.
  5. Students born after January 1, 1957, must submit proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations.

Admission Types

Freshmen

Students who have no college credit or earned college credit while in high school or during the summer immediately after high school graduation are classified as first-time entering freshmen. High school students can be admitted for a future term (after graduation) as early as completion of the eleventh grade. These students are expected to continue their academic success in high school and submit a final transcript after graduation. In order to be considered for admission, first-time entering freshman applicants are required to submit:

  • An application for admission and a non-refundable $40 application fee at apply.ualr.edu.
  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations. (required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957)
  • An official high school transcript or GED scores.
  • Official ACT, SAT, Accuplacer or COMPASS scores taken within the last five
  • Freshmen who completed high school concurrent credit at an institution other than UA Little Rock must submit an official college transcript from that institution.

Unconditional Admission

Admission of First-Time Entering Freshmen

Applicants who present a high school diploma with all the following academic qualifications will receive unconditional admission:

  • Completion of the high school Core Curriculum for college preparation as required by law. This requirement applies to students graduating from high school after May 1, 2002.
  • A cumulative high school grade-point average of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • ACT English, Math and Reading sub-scores of 15 or higher (minimum SAT sub­ scores of 26 Writing, 26 Reading, and 515 Math)

Students who receive a GED or are graduates of homeschooling are unconditionally admitted if they have ACT sub-scores in English, Math, and Reading of 15 or higher.

Students age 24 or older with a cumulative high school grade-point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and who have completed all appropriate placement exams will receive admission.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not meet requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for conditional admission. Students who present one of the following qualifications will be conditionally admitted:

  • An ACT composite score of 18 or higher, or
  • An ACT composite of at least 15 combined with a cumulative high school GPA of at least a 2.6 on a 4.0 scale, or
  • An ACT composite of at least 15 combined with 5 or fewer D’s and F’s in college preparatory courses on the final high school transcript.

Freshmen Transfers

Students with fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours earned after high school are classified as freshman transfers. Freshman transfers are required to submit both freshman and transfer credentials. These students will be admitted if they meet freshman admission standards.

Transfer Students

Students who have twelve or fewer acceptable transfer credits from another college or university must meet all of the admission requirements for entering freshmen. A previously enrolled student who has attended another institution since attending UA Little Rock must reapply for admission and submit the additional official transcript(s).

Students with more than twelve transferable college credit hours from a regionally-accredited institution who have earned at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, or who have earned an AA/AS/AAS degree from their immediate previously attended regionally-accredited institution will be admitted.

Transfer applicants with less than a cumulative 2.0 GPA may petition the Admissions and Transfer of Credit Committee for admission. The initial enrollment of students admitted on appeal may be limited by the Admissions Committee.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed application for admission and a non-refundable $40 application fee at apply.ualr.edu.
  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations. (required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957)
  • Official transcript(s) from each college previously enrolled submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope from issuing institution or sent via electronic data interchange from the previous institution to:

UA Little Rock Office of Admissions
2801 South University
Little Rock, AR 72204

Transfer credit will be evaluated only after a completed application for admission and final transcripts have been received.

Transcripts from institutions not accredited by the regional accrediting associations will be handled at the discretion of the University registrar. Students presenting such a transcript may be given provisional credit subject to the satisfactory completion of further work at UA Little Rock in subjects for which they are asking advanced standing credit. However, such transcripts may be refused altogether.

Only official transcripts will be accepted for evaluation. They must include complete records of the courses taken at all other institutions and be sent to UA Little Rock by the institution. The registrar may also request that a catalog or bulletin of the year covered by the transcript be presented.

Transfer students whose admission is denied may complete an admission appeal form and submit additional documentation for review to be reconsidered. For further details, contact the Office of Admissions.

Provisional Admission of Transfer Students

Transfer students who have not submitted all official academic credentials necessary for admission may be admitted provisionally provided that official in-progress transcripts support admissibility. In such cases, students must submit the missing credentials in order to register for subsequent terms. 

Transfer work will be evaluated upon receipt of all required official academic transcript(s). If an evaluation of the final academic transcript shows that the provisionally admitted student does not meet UA Little Rock’s minimum admission requirements, the student will be immediately placed on academic probation and required to earn a minimum 2.0 UA Little Rock grade point average in their first semester to continue enrollment.

Students who are granted provisional admission and do not submit the missing credentials by the end of the term will not be permitted to enroll in subsequent terms until the admission requirements have been satisfied. Students admitted provisionally may not be changed to non-degree seeking student status.

UA Little Rock cannot accurately evaluate transfer hours, advise, or release financial aid funding for which students may be eligible, or guarantee registration in degree appropriate courses until all final, official admission credentials have been received and processed.

To contact a Transfer Student Specialist and learn more, go to Transfer Student Services .

Dual Enrollment for High School Students

Current high school students who wish to attend classes on the UA Little Rock campus may be considered for admission as dual-enrolled high school students with the following qualifications:

  • Cumulative 2.5 high school grade point average, and
  • An ACT composite score of 19 or a 990 SAT (test date March 2016 or later) or SAT I score of at least 910 combined Critical Reading/Math (test date prior to March 2016) or comparable Accuplacer or COMPASS score.
  • Additional requirements or testing may be necessary.

Eligible high school students who wish to participate in dual enrollment must provide:

  • An application for admission and a non-refundable $40 application fee at apply.ualr.edu.
  • Proof of required immunizations;
  • A recommendation from high school principal or designee;
  • Written permission from parent/legal guardian;
  • A high school GPA of 2.5 or greater; and
  • An ACT composite score of 19 or the equivalent score on other student placements exams.

UA Little Rock is not responsible for guaranteeing high school diplomas under this arrangement; however, campus officials will cooperate with state or local school administrators concerning regulations for awarding a diploma to successful participants in this program. College credit earned as a dual-enrolled student may apply toward a degree at UA Little Rock.

Students are admitted into the dual enrollment program as non-degree seeking students and thus not eligible for financial aid.

Admission under these guidelines does not guarantee that a student may be enrolled in a particular course. University departments may restrict enrollment into specific courses.

Concurrent High School Students

UA Little Rock offers concurrent enrollment through a number of participating Arkansas high schools. High school concurrent students enroll in UA Little Rock courses offered on their high school campus. Prospective students for high school concurrent enrollment should contact the concurrent enrollment coordinator at their high school. Official academic credentials will be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the high school’s concurrent enrollment coordinator.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for high school concurrent enrollment:

  • Cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and
  • An ACT composite score of 19 or a 990 SAT (test date March 2016 or later) or SAT I score of at least 910 combined Critical Reading/Math (test date prior to March 2016) or comparable Accuplacer or COMPASS score.

Admission under these guidelines does not guarantee that a student may be eligible for a particular course. University departments may restrict enrollment into specific courses.

Non-degree Seeking Students

Non-degree seeking students will enroll in classes for personal enrichment or professional development and are not eligible for financial aid or veteran’ s benefits. Non-degree seeking student status is not a means to regular degree-seeking status. It does not represent admission nor implies admission to a program at a later date. Non-degree seeking students must submit the following for admission:

Non-degree seeking applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed application for admission and a non-refundable $40 application fee at apply.ualr.edu.
  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations. (required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957)

A student who wishes to move from non-degree seeking status to degree-seeking status must:

  • Submit a completed application for admission for a future term;
  • Submit a high school transcript if applying as First-time in College Admission or transcripts from all colleges attended if applying for Transfer Admission (See Freshman and Transfer Student sections for a list of required documents) and
  • Qualify for admission into a degree-seeking status by:
    • Satisfying the requirements for admission as a First -time in College Applicant, or:
    • Satisfying the requirements for Transfer Admission if the student completed coursework at another institution prior to applying as a degree-seeking student to UA Little Rock. or;
    • Demonstrating a record of successful course completion at UA Little Rock by:
      • Having completed with a grade of C or better a minimum of 12 hours of University Core or other hours directly applicable to a specific degree or certificate program; and
      • Having completed 12 hours of the last 15 hours attempted with minimum GPA of 2.0.

Post-Baccalaureate Students

Students who already have a bachelor’s degree and wish to take additional undergraduate courses may be admitted as post-baccalaureate students.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • An application for admission and a non-refundable $40 application fee at apply.ualr.edu.
  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations. (Required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957)
  • Official transcript from the institution that granted the bachelor’s degree with the date of degree conferred.

Reapplicants

Degree-seeking students who were previously enrolled, but have not registered at UA Little Rock for two years or longer must reapply for admission online at apply.ualr.edu and submit the non-refundable $40 application fee. Students who have attended other institutions in the interim must apply as a transfer student.

Visiting Students

Students enrolled in an institution of higher education to which they intend to return can be admitted as a visiting student. This status is limited to one semester. Further enrollment in this status is not permitted until the student has returned to his or her original institution, attended another institution before returning to UA Little Rock, or re-applied as a degree-seeking student at UA Little Rock. Applicants must submit the following:

  • An application for admission and a non-refundable $40 application fee at apply.ualr.edu.
  • Official transcript indicating that the student is in good standing from the institution in which they are currently enrolled.

International Students

International students must apply online and submit complete credentials before being considered for admission. The application and credential deadlines are as follows: Fall semester – July 15, Spring semester – November 15, and Summer semester – May 15.

International Freshman

Applicants must submit the following:

  • An application for admission to at ualr.edu.
  • Non-refundable $40 application
  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations. (required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957). This document must be in English, signed by a physician, and list the dates of the two MMR immunizations.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (see the following section)
  • Official high school transcript or official secondary school completion
  • Online Immigration Verification Form and demonstration of financial support at ualr.edu/international/ivinstructions. See International Student Services for more information.

International Transfer Students

Applicants must submit the following:

  • An application for admission at apply.ualr.edu.
  • Non-refundable $40 application
  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations. (required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957). This document must be in English, signed by a physician, and list the dates of the two MMR immunizations.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (see the following section)
  • Online Immigration Verification Form and demonstration of financial support at ualr.edu/international/ivinstructions. See International Student Services for more information. 
  • Official course-by-course transcript evaluation from all post-secondary institutions from IEE (or other NACES evaluation service approved by Director of Admissions)

International Post-baccalaureate Students

Applicants must submit the following:

  • An application for admission at apply.ualr.edu.
  • Non-refundable $40 application
  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations. (required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957). This document must be in English, signed by a physician, and list the dates of the two MMR immunizations.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (see the following section)
  • Online Immigration Verification Form and demonstration of financial support at ualr.edu/international/ivinstructions See International Student Services for more information. 
  • Official course-by-course transcript evaluation from the post-secondary institution in which you received your bachelor’s degree; this can be from IEE (or other NACES evaluation service approved by Director of Admissions)

Proof of English Language Proficiency for International Students

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit proof of English language and academic skill proficiency before admission to UA Little Rock can be granted. Students may satisfy the English language requirement in one of the following ways:

  • A score of at least 525 (paper-based) or 61 (iBT) earned within the last two years on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (UA Little Rock Code is 6368); or
  • A score of at least 6 on the IELTS earned within the last two years; or
  • Completion of Composition I and II at a regionally accredited post-secondary U.S. institution with a grade of C or better; or
  • Attendance at a U.S. school for the past six years; or
  • Successful completion of the UA Little Rock Intensive English Language Program through the final level. (Please call (501) 569-3467 for additional information.); or
  • An official ACT score of at least 19 on both the English and Reading sections of ACT earned within the last five years;
  • or official SAT score of at least 510 Critical Reading and 490 Writing (test taken prior to March 2016);
  • or official SAT score of at least 510 in the evidence-based reading/writing (test taken after March 2016);
  • or Citizenship of an exempt country: Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or the Commonwealth Caribbean.

Senior Citizens

Arkansas residents who are at least 60 years of age and have been admitted as a student at UA Little Rock are eligible for a tuition waiver by submitting proof of age to the Bursar’s Office. Students qualifying for the waiver will be permitted to register only on the last day of the regular and late registration periods each academic term. If a course section has no available slots and additional students are attempting to register, students receiving the waiver may be removed from that course section. Exceptions may be granted to students who agree to forgo the waiver of tuition.

Residency

Student residency status is governed by the UA Board of Trustees policy 520.8.

Students classified as nonresidents of Arkansas must pay non-resident tuition in addition to regular registration fees. Residents of contiguous states who are admitted unconditionally as degree-seeking may be eligible for a waiver of the out-of-state portion of their tuition charges (excludes Bowen School of Law).

Residency information regarding reclassification and appeals is available at ualr.edu/admissions/residency.  Please use this online form to view the documents needed to be considered for reclassification.  Deadlines are enforced each semester. Questions regarding residency should be directed to the Director of Admissions.

Veterans

Application fee waiver and special tuition rate

All military students, (i.e., active-duty, guard, reserve, and veterans who were separated under honorable conditions) are eligible to receive a waiver of the $40 admission fee and a special tuition rate which excludes most fees associated with enrollment (Technology Lab Fees and the Nursing Lab Fee will still be assessed).

During the completion of the undergraduate admission application, the military fee waiver form will become available to print. Complete the application until payment is requested, then close the application and submit this form to the Office of Admissions with a copy of one of the following documents:

  • Military ID
  • Military orders
  • DD Form 214

Once you apply, have any military transcripts (CCAF or JST) and/or transcripts from other institutions sent to this address:

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Office of Admissions
2801 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204

Residency Status and Fees for Veterans and Military Personnel and their Spouses and Dependents

Per UA Board Policy 520.7, members of the armed forces, honorably discharged veterans, spouses, and some dependents are eligible for the in-state rate for the purpose of tuition and fees applicable for all programs of study, including distance learning programs.

Office of International Student Services

Education Building, Room 101 | (501) 683-7566 | fax (501) 683-7567

The mission of the Office of International Student Services (OISS) is to actively promote international and intercultural understanding and to cultivate a mutual commitment and support for international education throughout the campus community. OISS serves all incoming and currently enrolled international students and scholars at UA Little Rock. Our office provides assistance to prospective international undergraduate applicants, supports current international students and scholars in immigration advising, social, cultural, and academic issues during their stay. In addition, ISS always seeks to increase international ambiance on campus by identifying and implementing new opportunities between domestic and international students through workshops, collaboration with the International Club for social programs, trips, and cultural excursions.

Admissions

Students seeking admission into UA Little Rock’s Graduate School should consider the following:

  • Graduate admissions for prospective graduate certificate, masters, and doctoral students are handled through the Graduate School. Identify the program you are interested in and research their webpage, course catalog, and course descriptions. Graduate students will want to be in touch with their Graduate Coordinator for degree-specific application information. and ask questions to their graduate program coordinator to ensure that it is the right degree program for their academic goals.
  • Decide when to begin your studies at UA Little Rock. Take note of the program deadlines. Some programs have strictly enforced deadlines, while others have rolling admission. Application for admission can be submitted up to twelve months in advance of the semester in which you wish to begin your studies at UA Little Rock. Any applications received after the deadlines will automatically be deferred to the next semester.
  • Summer Start Date: F and J students considering beginning a program in the summer must be sure there are enough on-campus classes to be enrolled full-time.

Requirements

To apply for admission to UA Little Rock, all the following documents must be submitted:

  1. Complete Application Form
    • Apply online at https://apply.ualr.edu.
    • Pay Application Fee of $40.00.
    • The application fee for undergraduate and graduate programs is $40 USD. Students can pay their application fee by major credit cards (e.g., Visa, Mastercard, Discover) or US bank checks. Cash or non-US bank checks are not accepted. Application fees are non-refundable.
  2. Submit Academic Records
    • Submit transcripts of the applicant’s entire academic record in secondary school, college, or university. Originals or official copies with certified English translations are accepted. University records received at foreign institutions must be articulated with a course-by-course credential evaluation. Visit www.naces.org/members.htm for a list of nationally recognized accreditation services.
    • Undergraduate Students must submit official high school and post-secondary school transcripts, accompanied by translations and credential evaluations as needed. See the Admission Types section for all required documents and admission standards. Academic records should be sent to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submit Immigration Verification Form
    • To help us understand your current and future immigration status, submit the Immigration Verification Form along with required supporting documents. This is an electronic form and through this form, you will verify your legal name and date of birth, your current residence, your financial capability (for F-1 and J-1 visas), dependent information and method of shipping.
    • Complete Immigration Verification Form at https://ualr.edu/international/ivform.
    • Transfer Students with an active SEVIS record must submit the Transfer-In Request in addition to the Immigration Verification Form. The Transfer Request Form will be completed by the student and the International Advisor (DSO or ARO) of the previous institution.
    • H Visa holders must submit the H1/H4 approval notice, I-94 and travel visa stamp in your passport.
    • H4 visa holders will also include the spouse’s H1 visa approval notice, a letter from H1 spouse employer and/or your spouse’s recent pay-stubs.
  4. Proof of Financial Support
    • Proof of financial support for the estimated cost of attendance is required for F-1 and J-1 students to receive the Form I-20 or DS-2019 (respectively). Dependent Forms I-20 or DS-2019 require additional funding ($4500 for a spouse; $2500 per child). Learn more about acceptable forms of financial proof.
  5. Demonstrate Proof of English Proficiency
    • Proof of English proficiency can be demonstrated through TOEFL, IELTS, 2 years of U.S. coursework, completion of IELP (undergraduate only-See Admissions section for specific information.) or citizenship from an exempt country. Find the specific English requirements per educational level.
  6. Submit Immunization Records
    • Before registering for classes, all students are required to submit proof of vaccinations for 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella). Additionally, non- citizens must take a T-Spot test for Tuberculosis screening from within the United States. These tests and shots may be taken after arrival through Student Health Services. If you have received one or both of the MMR vaccines, you may submit documentation to suffice the requirement.

Sending Documents for Undergraduate Applicants (Scan documents to admissions@ualr.edu)

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Office of Admissions
Student Services Center Room # 219
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 722204 USA

Financial Guarantee

If you are joining UA Little Rock as an F-1 or J-1 student, you are only authorized for on-campus employment and must be able to finance your expenses apart from employment. Prior to issuance of I-20 or DS-2019, an applicant must provide documentation of financial resources for the tuition, fees, insurance, and cost of living for at least one academic year at UA Little Rock. Find the current estimated cost of attendance.

The proof of financial guarantee must be issued within the past 6 months and include the signature of a bank official. Funds for the dependents accompanying you to the U.S. must also be included. Form I-20 or DS-2019 may only be issued when you show satisfactory financial arrangements for meeting the expenses of his/her entire program of study.

Proof of financial guarantee may be provided as any of the following or a combination of several sources dated within the past 6 months. Bank letters may be from either US or foreign banks and foreign currency may be provided. All documentation must be in English.

  • A personal bank reference letter from a bank official verifying that you possess all or a portion of the estimated cost of attendance
    • Note: A record of transactions is not required
  • A sponsor’s bank reference letter verifying that he/she possesses all or a portion of the amount above and a written statement or affidavit from your sponsor verifying his or her intent to sponsor your education at UA Little Rock
  • UA Little Rock Scholarship or Graduate Assistantship (GA) award letter
  • Financial Guarantee from your government

While the proof of financial guarantee is only required for the first year, the funds must also be available for the duration of a student’s study. A subsequent financial guarantee is required if a student requests an extension of his or her program of study or changes the program level.

In addition to the estimated cost of attendance required for the principal F-1 or J-1, if a student is bringing a spouse or children, the student must also include additional financial support for their dependents. The additional amount required is $4500 for a spouse and $2500 per child.

Report to the Office of International Student Services

Students should report to OISS within 10 days of arrival. The office is located in the Education Building Room #101. When you check-in, bring your passport, I-20 or DS-2019 and I-94. Once you have registered for classes and updated your U.S. address in BOSS, an international advisor will activate your immigration record in SEVIS. Failure to report OISS may result in loss of immigration status.

Employment Information

U.S. immigration laws permit F/J international students who are enrolled full-time and in good academic standing in UA Little Rock undergraduate and graduate programs to work on campus up to 20 hours a week during the academic year and full-time during university breaks, including summer, winter, and spring break. However, prior employment authorization must be obtained from OIS.

Tuition and Fees (See the Tuition and Fees chart for non-resident costs.)

Intensive English Language Program (IELP)

Stabler Hall, Room 301 | (501) 569-3468 | ualr.edu/ielp

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) offers non-English speakers a full-time program in English language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. IELP courses are listed in the Department of World Languages (LANG). After completing IELP, students with the necessary academic qualifications may be admitted to UA Little Rock without taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Conditional admission to UA Little Rock may be granted to IELP students with acceptable secondary school, college, or university grades.

IELP provides language training as well as cultural and academic orientation programs for the following students:

  • International undergraduate or graduate students applying for admission to a U.S. college or university who must first improve their language skills.
  • International undergraduate or graduate students who have been admitted to UA Little Rock but require further language preparation.
  • Community residents who want to improve their English language skills for personal or professional purposes.

IELP Objectives

  • To help students improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and enable them to successfully undertake work in regular university classes.
  • To enable students to participate actively in most conversational situations.
  • To introduce students to American culture in terms of a typical U.S. campus and community.
  • To foster international and intercultural awareness and understanding.

IELP Eligibility

Only students who are 17 years of age or older are eligible for admission to IELP. No prior knowledge of English is necessary. Foreign students must provide documentation to establish their ability to support themselves while in the U.S.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Credit and non-credit courses in ESL are offered during the fall, spring, and summer sessions. Intensive English classes focus on preparation for university study. Placement testing for the three-level intensive English program is held at the beginning of each semester. Students receive English instruction at the appropriate level of difficulty.

  • Placement: Upon arrival, students are placed at the appropriate level on the basis of diagnostic tests.
  • Levels: The IELP offers three levels of instruction: Foundations, Intermediate, and Pre-university/TOEFL.
  • Classes: Each student has at least 20 hours of instruction per week; every student works to acquire grammar, pronunciation, culture, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and study skills. TOEFL preparation is offered at the highest level.
  • Time-frame: There are three semesters of instruction each year; each term is approximately fifteen weeks in length. Students may progress from foundations to the pre-university/TOEFL level in one year. However, determination and diligence determine how quickly an individual advances to the next level.

Visa Requirements

Prospective students who are not in the U.S. must follow standard U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service procedures for entry into the U.S. A student planning to study in the U.S. must obtain an F-1 visa. UA Little Rock is authorized to issue a Certificate of Student Eligibility (I-20) to eligible students. Students with the F-1 visa must remain full-time students to maintain F-1 status.

IELP Application and Admission

The student should initiate the application process at least three months before planning to enter UA Little Rock. To apply:

  • Complete and submit UA Little Rock’s Immigration Verification Form and choose “IELP” as student type.
  • Submit supporting financial data (data must be verified by a bank stamp or the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate) and a copy of the student’s passport information page.
  • An I-20 will be sent to qualified applicants. Please allow one month for return.

IELP Tuition

Students should check the IELP website for up-to-date information on costs for tuition, medical insurance, and other fees.

Working While at IELP

IELP Students are not allowed to work while they are studying at IELP. Once an IELP student graduates from the program, he/she might be able to work on campus, but the student must obtain prior approval from the Office of International Services (Education Building, Room 101).