• Freshmen Student Procedures for Admission

    The following credentials must be provided to the University of West Alabama, International Programs, College Drive, Station 51, Livingston, AL  35470.

    1. A COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION The application form can be found on page 6 of the Freshman International Student Application Package [Link to Application].
    2. A SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT TO WHICH A RECENT PHOTO IS ATTACHED.  
    3. A NON-REFUNDABLE $35.00 APPLICATION FEE The $35.00 non-refundable application fee should be 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, MasterCard, or UnionPay account. You will indicate your payment choice on the bottom of the application form.
    4. SECONDARY (HIGH) SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS/ACADEMIC RECORDS Unofficial secondary (high) school records including transcripts, certificates, degrees, or diplomas in the original language and English may be uploaded in PDF format and emailed to ip@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, official documents in the original language and English for each secondary (high) school attended must be submitted to International Programs upon your arrival to campus. If you are applying during your last year of secondary (high) school, we accept an uploaded PDF official school transcript in the original language and English listing courses completed to date, but only for application evaluation. On the application for admission, you should state the name of any certificates that you expect to receive and when you expect to receive them. If you are offered admission, you must submit official copies of these documents to International Programs upon your arrival to campus.
    5. TESTING 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.
    6. PROFICIENCY EVALUATION A score report from TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing system) is required. A student must earn a minimum TOEFL score (UWA code 1737) of at least 500 on the paper-based test, 173 on the computer-based test, or 61 on the internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score (UWA code 001024) required is a 5.0 overall with no score less than a 5.0 on any section of the test module. This requirement will not be waived. Students may find more information regarding the TOEFL at www.toefl.org. Students may find more information regarding the IELTS at www.ielts.org

      International applicants may gain admission to The University of West Alabama by meeting the above minimum requirements. However, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes will be required for the first two semesters for those students who have any TOEFL (internet-based) sub-score lower than 22 or any IELTS band score lower than 6 in order to raise that student’s individual skills to a level necessary for an overall understanding of college English. This ESL requirement does not replace any required English courses.

      International applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement (1) if the student has received a secondary (high) school diploma or associate’s, 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 English proficiency test or (4) if the student earns a score of 430 or higher on the verbal section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
    7. 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 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 $22,000 USA 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). The form can be found on page 7 [Link to form].
    8. 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 Institution found on page 8 [Link to form]. We accept an uploaded PDF copy (email to 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.
    9. PROOF OF INSURANCE All 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.
    10. UNIVERSITY HOUSING Housing reservation forms will be mailed to the applicant when the application for admission is received, as all freshmen are required to live on campus one academic year. Links to information regarding on-campus housing can be accessed at the following web address: www.uwa.edu/residence_life.aspx  

    The University of West Alabama encourages the admission of international students; therefore, full consideration is given to all applicants.