International Applicants

Welcome! International students wishing to apply to our graduate programs have a few additional steps to complete their application and successfully enroll at the University of Arizona.

Am I considered an International Student?

You are considered an International Student if:

  • You are not a citizen of the United States of America, and
  • You are not a U.S. Permanent Resident, Refugee, Asylee, or Jay Treaty status holder.

International applicants must meet additional admissions requirements in the following areas:

  • Degree Requirements
  • English Proficiency
  • Financial Guarantee and Visa Requirements
  • Health Insurance

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall semester - February 15
  • Spring semester - September 1

Degree Requirements

Please review our International Graduate Admissions Requirements summary to discover the minimum degree required of students from each country.

Per immigration regulations, international students admitted to a graduate program must enroll in a total of 9 units, of which 6 of those units must be courses taught in-person and only 3 online units may be used toward full-time enrollment. 

English Proficiency 

Proof of English proficiency is required for any international applicant born in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our English Requirement list to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test.  These tests must be dated within 2 years of the enrollment term to be considered valid.

Acceptable English Proficiency tests are: 

GRE requirements differ among different program (e.g. M.A. program does not require GRE), please see program page for requirements.

Those exempt from submitting English proficiency scores are:

  • Applicants from countries where English is the official language.
  • Applicants who have completed a bachelor's or graduate degree at a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or an approved institution in an official English speaking country. Degree must not be older than 2 years from the term of enrollment.
  • Applicants who have completed 2 years of full-time academic study must have 48 upper division, graded undergraduate semester units or 30 graded, graduate semester units.

Conditional Admissions

Graduate departments may recommend a student for Conditional Admission if the prospective student meets all Graduate College requirements except the minimum English proficiency requirement. See International Conditional Admission for more information.

Financial Guarantee and Visa Requirements

Students requesting non-immigrant visas (I-20 or DS-2019) must certify that they possess adequate financial resources to support themselves while in residence at the University of Arizona and must submit the Financial Guarantee Form.

Helpful Financial Guarantee Information:

  • Financial guarantee documents must be dated within 6 months of the term of admission, must be in English, and should be addressed to The University of Arizona Graduate College.
  • Departmental funding can serve as proof towards completion of the financial guarantee.
  • It is acceptable to combine various types of funding such as student's personal funds, family funds, sponsor funding, and/or departmental funding to meet the total guarantee requirement.
  • Family members (spouse or children) that accompany students to the United States require proof of additional funding. 

Sponsor Information:

  • If a student is sponsored through an organization or government agency, the sponsor must provide the Graduate Admissions Office and the International Student Services office with the terms of support.
  • An official sponsorship letter must include specific information regarding the amount and duration of the financial award. 
  • Some sponsors require the University of Arizona to bill their organization for student tuition and fees. If so, details must be handled through an embassy or an agency located within the United States.
  • Prior to registration, an official letter regarding billing information must be sent to:
    International Student Services Office
    University of Arizona
    915 N. Tyndall Ave.
    Tucson, Arizona 85721-0441

Health Insurance

Students on non-immigrant visas are required by the University of Arizona to carry student accident and illness insurance coverage for each term of enrollment. The cost of insurance is included in the amount of the financial guarantee and is incorporated into your semester fees automatically upon registration.

Students covered by their government or sponsoring agency may be exempted from the University of Arizona's insurance plan when their government or sponsoring agency has submitted accident and sickness insurance plans deemed acceptable by the University of Arizona. Contact Campus Health for more information regarding an insurance exemption. 

Students hired as Graduate Assistants in teaching or research will have their individual health insurance coverage paid by the University of Arizona. Additional information about this benefit will be sent to admitted international students who receive teaching or research assistant positions.

Tuition and Fees

For an estimated cost of attending the University of Arizona, please visit the Graduate College's Estimated Cost of a UA Education. Resources include Residency Classifications and the Official University of Arizona Tuition Calculator (look for "SBS College: School of Information") Note: Master's students must pay program fees. Ph.D students (international or domestic) do not pay program fees.  

F-1 student OPT after graduation

Optional Practical Training provides an opportunity for F-1 students to gain work experience in the United States. Students graduated with the M.A. degree may have 12-months OPT training period. Students graduated from the MS degree (CIP Code:11.0401:information science/studies) may have an additional extension of 17 months (a total of 29 months). For details see the official OPT regulations.

Contact Us

For questions regarding School of Information degree programs or admissions, please email us or call our offices at (520) 621-3565. You can also direct questions to the Director of Graduate Studies, Catherine Brooks, or contact the UA International Student Services