• Transfer 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 3 of the Transfer 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 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, MasterCard, or UnionPay account. You will indicate your payment choice on the bottom of the application form.
    4. TESTING SCORES FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS Transfer 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.
    5. OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT One unofficial transcript from each university attended 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, one official transcript for each university attended must be submitted to International Programs 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. 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.
    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. Students may find more information regarding 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 the 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 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 has completed Written English I and II at a US institution with a grade of “C” or better, or (3) if the student transfers from a partner university and passes the UWA proficiency test.
    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 5 [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 6 [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. Links to information regarding on-campus and off-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.