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Founded in 1907, the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is a state institution located in the city of Conway, Arkansas. UCA’s most famous alumnus is former NBA star Scottie Pippen. With enrollment of nearly 12,000 and a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, UCA offers more than 100 undergraduate courses of study, more than 30 master’s degree programs and 5 doctoral programs. UCA is the highest ranked Arkansas public university among regional universities in the South. U.S. News and World Report 2011 Best Colleges ranks the University of Central Arkansas

Academics at UCA College of Business College of Education College of Fine Arts and Communication

u Faculty

in the category of “Top Public

College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

u Comprehensive

Schools” among regional

College of Liberal Arts

17th out of 69 public universities

universities in the South.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Honors College UCA’s innovative Honors College has received national recognition and was labeled “One of the most widely imitated programs in the country” by the Carnegie Foundation


to student ratio of 19:1

English Program


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undergraduate degrees & 42 graduate degrees offered u AACSB

accredited College of Business & new state-of-the-art business building u Opportunities

for international scholarships on a limited basis

INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM UCA Division of International Engagement The Division of International Engagement integrates all university international activity and initiatives and includes the following areas: • International Student and Scholar Services • Intensive English Program • Center for Education Abroad • Center for Asian Studies • Confucius Institute for Arkansas

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than 600 international students from more than 60 countries u Substantial

number of international faculty

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at UCA is a four-level academic program in English as a Second Language. It helps students acquire the skills needed to succeed in American colleges and universities. The majority of UCA IEP students transition seamlessly into our numerous undergraduate or graduate academic programs. In addition to an academic focus, this program offers cultural enhancement components such as the Conversation Partner program, various group trips and excursions as well as celebrations recognizing American and international cultural traditions.

IEP Courses u Writing

& Grammar

u Listening

& Speaking

u Reading

& Vocabulary

u Pronunciation u Conversation u TOEFL


UCA International Resources, Activities and News:

Contact an international admissions specialist: 3

Living on Campus Living-Learning Communities or Residential Colleges are clustered living communities on UCA’s campus that group students and live-in faculty with similar interests, allowing for a community-style living and learning experience.

HUGHES “Living Leadership” cultivates interests in the areas of education, business, law, politics, and public service.

STATE “Global Citizenship” is a community for liberal arts enthusiasts with studies such as English, geography, history, philosophy & religion, political science, sociology, and world languages, literatures & cultures.

SHORT/DENNEY “Living the Arts” encourages and supports those with diverse interests and talents in various areas of performing and fine arts.


Opportunities for Education Abroad We encourage international students to participate in UCA study abroad programs. We offer affordable academic

“Living Science, Technology, Engineering

coursework, internships and experiential

& Mathematics” welcomes students with

learning abroad. With over 20 partner

interests in sciences, technology, pre-

universities, students can earn UCA credit

engineering, or mathematics.

while spending a semester or year in Spain,


France, Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands

“Live Well. Lead Well,” is dedicated to students with a common interest in service projects and exploring and developing leadership skills.


and many other locations around the world. We also provide low-cost opportunities for students to take courses while traveling

u Residential

living & learning communities u Convenient

dining facilities, stores and coffee shops u Bookstore,

post office and ATM machines on campus u Easily

accessible recreation and fitness center u More

than 150 student organizations

with UCA faculty each summer in countries such as England, France, Italy, Costa Rica

Questions? Contact an international

and New Zealand. More information can

admissions specialist:

be found at


Application for international admission International application fee - $50 English Language Proficiency – TOEFL (PBT=500, CBT=173, IBT=61); IELTS 6.0

The cost of attendance is approximately $20,000 USD for one academic year of

Proof of financial support for one full year of academic study


Secondary school diploma and transcripts with a 2.0 GPA on US grading scale

Undergraduate students living on campus

University transfer students will submit university transcripts with a 2.0 GPA on US grading scale

Contact an international admissions specialist at or visit our admissions site at

GRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Application for international admission International application fee $50 English Language Proficiency – TOEFL (PBT=550, CBT=213, IBT=80); IELTS 6.5; or a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. university. Proof of financial support for one full year of academic study University diploma and transcripts with a 2.7 GPA on US scale GRE exam scores or GMAT exam scores (business only)

For admission consideration all required documentation must be received by the following deadlines: Fall Term (August - December) July 15 Spring Term (January - May) November 15 Summer Term (June - August) May 1

may qualify for an out-of-state tuition waiver scholarship. Graduate students may be eligible for assistantship scholarships through the Graduate School. The amounts awarded vary depending on department in which the student is employed. A separate application is required to apply for graduate assistantships at

*All costs and waivers are subject to UCA Board of Trustees approval and may change. These costs are estimates and not a guarantee of the total costs that you may be charged.


City of Conway With a population of more than 55,000, the city of Conway is a creative blend of modern and quaint. The city is home to three universities and a thriving business community. Several major international corporations can be found in the city of Conway. Such companies include Hewlett Packard, the world’s largest technology company that serves more than one billion customers in more than 170 countries. Also located in Conway and headquartered in Arkansas, Acxiom Corporation is one of the world’s largest data centers with operations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Conway is one of the fastest-growing cities in Arkansas, where residents can enjoy over 100 restaurants and new parks and many choices for outdoor recreational activities. More information about Conway, including opportunities for culture, recreation and shopping, visit



State of Arkansas Former US President Bill Clinton is from the state of Arkansas. In our capital city, visitors can tour the William J. Clinton



Presidential Library & Museum with the largest archival holdings within the


president library system. Wal-Mart, the


world’s largest retailer, is headquartered Louis, Memphis, New Orleans and Atlanta are within 500 miles of Arkansas and the Gulf Coast is just a day’s drive away.

Los Angeles


Oklahoma City

Nashville Little Rock


Dallas New Orleans


The weather in Arkansas has four distinct

Washington, D.C.

St. Louis Wichita

in Arkansas. Big cities such as Dallas, St.

New York City Philadelphia



seasons, ranging from warm, temperate summers to occasional snowfall in the winter season. Our clean, fresh and natural state, with mountains and plenty of rivers and lakes, provides a pure living environment.

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to capital city, Little Rock, and national airport

Known as “the Natural State,” Arkansas offers beautiful scenic views and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activity. For more about the state of Arkansas, visit


University of Central Arkansas INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT


Carol Adcock International House | 360 Farris Rd. | Conway, AR 72034 | 501.450.3445 | e-mail:

University of Central Arkansas International Engagement Booklet  

8 page booklet for UCA's Division of International Engagement