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  • GENERAL ADMISSIONS FAQ
    • Are official documents required?

    • What degree programs does A-State offer?
      • Arkansas State University offers more than 150 degrees and concentrations/emphases. You can view all available here. You will find the details of each program by clicking on the program listed on this page.

     

    • Where can I find a list of the required admission documents?
      • You can find a link to our document tool here. Once you choose the correct information on the drop-down menus, it will show you a list of the required documents.  

     

    • Do I have to submit a financial statement before admission?
      • Yes, since the financial statement is a required item by the U.S. Government to create immigration documents, A-State collects the financial statement during the admissions process. You will not be fully admitted to the university or issued any immigration documents until we receive a financial statement that meets the required guidelines.
      • Watch our video about Financial Statement Requirements here.

     

    • How long does it take until I receive an admission decision?
      • For ESL and Undergraduate applicants: You will receive an admission decision in 1 – 2 days after we receive all proper documents.
      • For Graduate applicants: Academic departments are responsible for admission decisions for their degree programs. Once we receive all proper documents and your application is processed, it is sent to the department for an admission decision. As each department is different, it is difficult to predict how long it will take for each department to evaluate an application and make a decision. For example, some departments make admission decisions in a committee or some departments must assign advisors before admission decisions are made. However, once the International Admissions office receives the department decision, we can process the decision usually between 24-48 hours.

     

    • Can I get my application fee waived?
      • The application fee cannot be waived and needs to be paid in order to complete your application.

     

    • How to send the test score: GRE/GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL?
      • A-State’s institutional code to receive electronic tests is 6011. You can enter this code when requesting your test score to be sent. You can also submit the scanned copies of your test score by uploading to the document uploader for admission purpose only. However, the official GRE/GMAT and TOEFL scores will need to be submitted after you are admitted.

     

    • What is the financial statement and how much does it need to show?
      • It is also called a bank letter. This should be submitted in English and issued by the bank or financial institution. The document must be less than one-year-old and show liquid assets (such as a checking or savings account) with an ending balance of at least $23,000 U.S. dollars. If multiple accounts are needed to total the $23,000, this is permitted but we must receive statements for all of the accounts. If you are being sponsored by someone, please also submit a sponsorship letter, also called an affidavit of support. There is no specific form; this is just a letter from your sponsor agreeing to pay your costs. If you are sponsored by your government, you can submit a financial guarantee in place of the financial statement.

     

    • Where do I find the sponsorship letter?
      • There is no specific form; this is just a letter from your sponsor agreeing to pay your costs. The letter should be formal and simply be a statement of your sponsor’s pledge to provide support. Include all relevant details, including date, student’s name, sponsor’s name, and financial amounts and sign the letter to make it legally binding. The letter should accompany a bank statement.

    Samples:

    General Letter of Financial Support for University Sample

     Dear Sir/Madam,

     

    I, (Name of the Sponsor), will be providing (Name of the student) with full financial support during his/her course of studies at Arkansas State University. I understand the cost of attending the (Name of the program) program at Arkansas State University is 23,000 per year. I have adequate funds to support (Name of the student) in his/her post-secondary education. I have enclosed relevant financial documents to verify my financial standing.

     

    Sincerely,

    (Name of the sponsor)

    (Date)

     

     

    Letter of Financial Support from Parents Sample

    To whom It May Concern,

     

    I, (Name(s) of the parent(s)) do provide this letter of financial support and accompanying bank statement, to confirm funding for my son/daughter, (Name of the student), during his/her study at Arkansas State University.

     

    I hereby confirm that I am able to provide sufficient funds to responsibly cover his/her expenses during the entire educational program, including any unexpected midterm costs and any emergency funding for personal upkeep that would otherwise hinder studying.

     

    Signed

    (Name of parent)

    Father/Mother

     

    • Do I need to submit the WES/ECE evaluation?
      • No, the International Programs does in-house evaluations, so you will not need to order and submit WES/ECE evaluation.

     

    • What is Graduate Assistantship and how can I apply? Can I apply before I am admitted to A-State?
      • Graduate assistantships are part-time jobs granted to graduate students to help provide supervised paid work experience while completing an academic degree program. These are positions that support various departments on campus. All GA positions are not the same. A-State has three different types of graduate assistantships: teaching, research, and administrative support. The responsibilities and duties of the GA position will be decided by the department.  
      • Some of the additional benefits include:
        •           Bi-monthly pay (stipend)
        •          In-state tuition rate for Master’s Degree candidates, provided they are
                   appointed on or before the 11th day of class
        •          Full tuition waiver for Doctoral candidates
      • A-State has over 200 available GA positions every year. But these positions are limited and competitive as there are not enough positions for every graduate student.  Many academic departments have GA positions available and will grant assistantships as they evaluate applications. Each academic department is different – some may have 1-2 GA positions, some may have 7-8 positions. However, graduate assistantships are granted at the sole discretion of the department and are not guaranteed with admission. The best thing to do is contact the department you are applying to and introduce yourself after you have applied. You can let them know why you applied to that department and that you are hoping to be considered for a graduate assistantship position.
    • Will all the credits from my previous school(s) be transferred to A-State and be posted on my A-State transcript?

    The classes transferred from your other university may transfer as “general credit.” In order to transfer them as specific courses, you need to send the syllabus from each class indicated on the PDF you will receive from our transfer specialist after you are admitted. You will need to send the syllabus in English. If the original syllabus is not in English, please send the original syllabus and a translation.

    If you have the syllabus for a specific course, you can send the file or take a picture of the syllabus and send it. If you don’t have the syllabus, you should contact the professor of the course and ask for it.

    Please note that sending the syllabus does not guarantee that the course will transfer as a specific course at Arkansas State University. When you send the syllabus, we will look closely at what the course covered and we will see if it corresponds with a course offered here.

    Acceptable courses will be added to your A-State record as equivalent A-State credit. For instance, if you took a calculus course at your previous university, we will review the syllabus to see if it is equivalent to a calculus course at AState. If it is, then you will receive transfer credit for calculus here. If it isn’t equivalent, then you will receive either “general transfer credit” or “math elective credit.”

    For any classes that only transfer as general credit or as elective credit, you might be able to use some of that credit towards graduation if your degree plan allows for it.

    Once you are admitted, please wait for the email requesting for your syllabus and contact our transfer specialist. The sooner you can complete this process, the better, but we do not need to finish the process before you arrive for classes.

  • ONLINE ADMISSIONS

    FAQ for Online:

    • Can I study online?
      • If you are outside of the US: You can study online. There is no restriction on international students studying online as long as there are living outside of the US.
      • If you are currently in the US: Your ability to study online depends on your visa type. Please see below for which visa types allow online study:

    Visa Types and Online Classes

    A1 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study
    A2 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    B1 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    B2 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    C1 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    C2 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    D1 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    D2 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    E1 Visa This visa type allows only part time online study.
    E2 Visa This visa type allows full time online study.
    F1 Visa This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    F2 Visa This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    F2 Visa This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    G1 Visa This visa type allows part time online study.
    G2 Visa This visa type allows full time online study.
    H1 Visa This visa type allows full time online study with employer permission.
    H4 Visa This visa type allows fully online program.
    I1 Visa This visa type allows part time online study.
    I2 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    J1 Visa (student category This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    J1 Visa (other category) This visa type allows full time online study with sponsor permission.
    J2 Visa This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    K1 Visa This visa type allows online study.
    K2 Visa This visa type allows online study.
    L1 Visa This visa type allows part time online study.
    L2 Visa This visa type allows full time online study.
    M1 Visa This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    M2 Visa This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    N1 Visa This visa type allows online study.
    N2 Visa This visa type allows online study.
    01 Visa This visa type allows part time online study.
    02/3 Visa This visa type allows online study
    P1 Visa This visa type allows part time online study
    P2 Visa This visa type allows part time online study.

     

     

    • Does Arkansas State University provide online students with an I-20?
      • No, studying at a U.S. university in a fully online program does not provide a student with an I-20. International online students must either be in their home country or (if they are in the US) already hold a visa which allows for online study.

     

     

    • What is the cost?
      • For all programs except the online MBA, the tuition for international students is 10% above the tuition advertised online. For the online MBA, the tuition for international students is the same as the tuition advertised online. Click on the program at https://degree.astate.edu/tuition.aspx to find out the tuition for the program.

     

    • What are the application requirements?
      • For all programs:
        • A completed online application. International students should start here.
        • The application fee
        • A signed Official Documents Signature Page*

    -      Transcripts and diplomas from post-secondary schools you have attended

    -      A copy of your passport (and visa, if you are currently in the US)

    -      Proof of English proficiency; requirements can be found at the link above

    *You can be admitted with non-official documents; however the Official Documents Signature Page will state that you agree to submit official documents from your high school or previous universities after admission.

    Some programs have additional requirements:

     Please check your program’s page for additional requirements.

     

    • Do I need to submit a WES Evaluation or other evaluation for my academic transcripts?
      • No, the International Programs does the in-house evaluation, so you will not need to order and submit WES/ECE evaluation.
  • Transfer Students FAQ

     I have a nursing degree. Can I receive transfer credits at A-State nursing program?

    You must be a licensed registered nurse in the State of Arkansas to receive transfer credit at A-State for nursing courses taken in another country. The link to Arkansas State Board of Nursing licensure by exam information for internationally educated nurses is:  http://www.arsbn.arkansas.gov/licensing/Pages/examination.aspx

      

    How do I know what courses will transfer as equivalent A-State courses?

    Start by checking the transfer course equivalency took here: http://asutep.astate.edu/. In the section titled “Search by Non A-State Course,” you can look up your previous university and the courses from that university which have been reviewed for credit in the past.

    If your university and course are not already in the transfer course equivalency tool, then you will send your syllabus for that course to the international transfer advisor.

    After admission, you will receive a PDF from our transfer specialist. This will tell you which courses have already been evaluated as equivalent to specific A-State courses, and which courses we will evaluate. Courses which we will evaluate will be marked with the note “send syllabus.”

    Once you are admitted, please watch for the email from our transfer specialist requesting your syllabus. The sooner you can complete this process, the better, but we do not need to finish the process before you arrive for classes.

     

    What courses will not transfer? 

    Under the following circumstances, courses will not transfer as equivalent to A-State courses:

    • Any course from your previous university that is graded as “pass” or “credit”
    • Any course from your previous university that is marked as “no credit” or its equivalent
    • Any course that you received a failing grade in at your previous university
    • English as a Second Language courses taken anywhere
    • Communications (rhetoric or public speaking) courses, English composition courses, US history courses taken outside of the US
    • In most cases, courses that are taken in your first four semesters at your previous university will not be marked equivalent to 3000 or 4000 level courses at Arkansas State University
    • Any course that is not equivalent to A-State curriculum of your program

     

    Where do I find the syllabus for a course?

    If you don’t have the syllabus, you should contact the professor of the course or department that the course was taught in. Some universities will also make the syllabus available online.

     

    What information should be on the syllabus?

    The syllabus should include at least a course description, the textbooks used, and the weekly topics. It might also include information such as learning objectives and assessment methods.

     

    What if I can’t obtain the syllabus?

    Unfortunately, we can only accept transfer equivalencies for courses if we have the syllabus for review.

     

    My syllabus isn’t in English. What should I do?

    If the original syllabus is not in English, please send the original syllabus and a translation. You can translate the syllabus yourself or have someone else translate it for you.

     

    What happens after I send you the syllabus?

    The transfer specialist will send the syllabus to the appropriate department at Arkansas State University. The department will decide if the course from your original university is equivalent to a course at Arkansas State University. If there is an equivalent course, the department and the transfer specialist will fill out the paperwork and the course will appear on your Arkansas State University transcript and degree evaluation as transferred.

    Please keep in mind that your acceptable transfer credit will not show up on your Arkansas State University transcript until you have submitted your official transcript from your previous university or universities.

     

    If I send the syllabus, will I get credit for a course?

    Sending a syllabus doesn’t mean that you will receive credit for a specific course. The academic departments at Arkansas State University make that decision, so they might decide not to accept a course. Departments reject course transfers for reasons related to the number of credit hours (the number of hours spent in class per week), the topics covered, the course’s level, and laboratory requirements.

    If the course under review is not accepted as equivalent to an A-State course, it will remain as “transfer credit” on your A-State transcript. In some cases, the department might give you elective credit for a course that does not closely match an A-State course.

    For example, let’s say you took a calculus course at your previous university. If the math department at Arkansas State University evaluates that course as being equivalent to MATH 2204 Calculus I, then you will receive credit for MATH 2204 Calculus I on your A-State transcript. However, the math department might decide that the course from your previous university does not cover the same topics as MATH 2204 Calculus I; in that case, the course will remain on your transcript listed as “GENL 1000 Transfer Credit.”

     

    I don’t want to transfer my courses because my grades are low. Is that possible?

    Every class you have taken and every grade that you have received at a previous university will be on your transcript at Arkansas State University, marked as transfer credit.

     

    When should I send my syllabi?

    You should send your syllabi as soon as possible. If we can finalize your transferred courses before you begin your first semester, you will be able to get registered as efficiently as possible. However, it is not required that you complete the process before you arrive.

     

    I have completed another semester since I applied. Can I transfer these courses as well?

    Yes, you can. You will need to work with the International Programs office. To help speed up the process, please include a PDF of your new transcript and PDFs of your syllabi for these new classes. Remember that you will need to turn in your official final transcript showing these additional classes before they are added to your A-State transcript.

     

     

    I already have a bachelor’s degree from a previous university. What is the process for me?

    We do not do a transfer equivalency process for students with previous a bachelor’s degree. For these students, transfer work isn’t entered into their A-State transcript, except for composition and/or US history courses taken at other US universities. The post-degree students are not required to take general education courses except Math, US History, Compositions, and other courses that may be required by the program.

     

     

     

  • For questions about the arrival and orientation process, click here.

     

    For post-arrival student concerns, please see that FAQ here.