Glossary of Terms

The information contained on this page is designed to help you get your admission process started. It covers various topics from Application Fee to Standardized test requirements.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00 U.S.) is required of every international applicant. Include an international money order or U.S. check made payable to the University of North Alabama or fill out the payment with credit card section in the application form. No wire transfers accepted or application fee waivers given.

Affidavit of Support

An original letter in English on official bank stationery must be submitted from a bank or other financial institution in which the sponsor of the student has savings deposits, certificates of deposit, money market certificates or other types of accounts containing readily available funds. This letter must provide a specific amount of funds; a letter without any amount is not acceptable. The minimum amount required in this letter must be equal to $18,000. Letters must be signed and dated within one year of the time the student plans to enroll. Financial sponsors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit the I-134 Immigration form which can be printed by clicking here.

Application Requirements

In compliance with accreditation standards, all admission documents such as high school, college diploma, and university degree sheet must be official:

  • UNA does not require the original diploma or degree sheet, but a copy of the original document must be notarized or attested.
  • The notary or attester must be provided by the school or university attended, or by a government official, or by a government-approved notary firm.
  • Copies of non-notarized documents, scanned or faxed documents will not be accepted.

Conditional Admission

An international student may be conditionally admitted when s/he meets all admission requirements with the exception of proficiency of English language or GMAT requirement. Such student will be required to enroll at UNA ESL program and successfully complete all Level 5 courses before being permitted to move into academic degree programs at UNA. Sometimes graduate students are conditionally admitted when their test scores are lower than required. There is a formula that is used for this admission. Students enrolled must maintain a certain GPA or will be dismissed from the graduate program.


Deferral means students cannot come to UNA for the semester for which they were first admitted, but they wish to defer their admission to the next semester. The policy for the deferring to another semester is as follows:

  • Student sends application for admittance to UNA (Application 1)
  • Deferral 1: Student does not get VISA or decides not to come that semester, but wishes to defer admittance to the next semester. Written correspondence from student or student's agent stating such must be sent to UNA. Email deferral requests are accepted.
  • Deferral 2: Student does not get VISA or decides not to come that semester, but wishes to defer admittance to the next semester. Written correspondence from student or student's agent stating such must be sent to UNA. Email deferral requests are accepted.

NOTE: Students who cannot come after their application has been deferred 2 times must now submit a new and complete application packet. UNA will not defer a student but 2 times after the initial application is processed.

Standardized Tests

Prospective international students are required to submit official test scores such as TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, MAT, etc. When taking these exams, students should enter UNA's code (1735) so that the official test scores will be automatically sent to UNA by the testing centers. In order to expedite the admission process, a student may be temporarily admitted with notarized (attested) copies of their TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, MAT, etc.

Graduate Admission

An evaluation by a university approved International Credentials Evaluator (WES, ECE) must be completed before a student can be admitted into a graduate program except the College of Business. Students should select a course by course evaluation from the credentials evaluator and request it be sent directly to the International Admissions Coordinator. The College of Business does not require such an evaluation, but does require student to take any pre-requisite courses needed to obtain an MBA degree.

Temporary Admission

An international student may be temporarily admitted when the (attested) official test score or attested copy of the official diploma/degree is received by UNA. Such student is allowed to register for classes for the first semester. However, the student will not be permitted to enroll for the second semester until UNA receives the official score sent directly from the testing center or the official diploma/degree. The student is responsible for ensuring that this is done before the end of the first semester. The student will bear all consequences for failure of submitting the official test score or diploma in a timely fashion. 
(Note: TOEFL and IELTS scores are kept only for two (2) years at the testing centers. UNA only accepts notarized copies of the official test scores that are less than eighteen (18) months old upon student's arrival at UNA. This gives students six (6) months to request the official documents after their arrival at UNA.)

Transfer Admission

UNA accepts transfer credits from any college or university recognized within country in which it is located. Students who have graduated high school and have attended a college or university cannot be admitted as a freshman; they must be admitted as a transfer student. Students wishing to transfer must send UNA a complete transcript for evaluation in order to receive transfer credits.

  • Transcript must be in English.
  • Transcript must list all courses taken.
  • Transcript must provide credit hours for each course taken.
  • Transcript must provide a grade for each course taken.