How To Apply To Arkansas Baptist College As An International Student

International Students Find a Home at Arkansas Baptist College

For students outside the US hoping to study at an HBCU, Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) in Little Rock, Arkansas is an excellent place to call home. At ABC, we strive to prioritize student needs with a small student body population that fosters a sense of community and allows professors to pay close attention to your progress. Preparing our students for employment in the global community is an essential part of our mission at ABC.

How International Students Become a Part of the Arkansas Baptist College Community

We think that international students like you will find the tightly-knit community at ABC a welcoming environment in which to study and learn about the world and yourself. Historically Black colleges have seen a drop in enrollment over time since the desegregation of historically White schools and the growth of the Black middle class. In recent years, HBCUs like ABC have reversed those trends in part by attracting students from other nations. African nations have always been a part of the HBCU family by extension, with students from the continent coming to America to study agriculture, business, and engineering. In order to be part of the growing body of international students at ABC, you will need to enter into the admissions process as the first step toward beginning a new chapter of life here.

Applying to an HBCU in Arkansas for International Students

International students must apply to enroll at ABC like any other student. However, there are a few differences in the admissions process that potential applicants should become familiar with:

  • An applicant who is a resident or citizen of another country must provide a transcript translated into English.
  • The applicant must show a level of proficiency in communicating in English through their score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants must have at least a 173 on the computer test or a 500 on the paper-based test. Of course, if you are coming from a country where English is the official language, the test scores are not necessary.
  • International students must show proof that they can meet the financial obligations they will incur as an ABC student even after being admitted. You may show bank statements, letters from a sponsor family, scholarship award notices or other information. Completing this documentation and turning it into the ABC admissions specialist allows the school to provide you with your student visa application.
  • You can find additional information on the application process for international students at the ABC website.

The Student Visa

After you demonstrate your financial ability, you will need to complete the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Students (Form I-20). As an ABC applicant, you’ll fill out the version for academic and language students (“F Students”). This form is your application for a student visa. Having this visa will allow you to apply for financial benefits for school and get a driver’s license or part-time work. It may be the most important document you will have during your time as a student.

Processing the student visa requires a payment of 200 USD. You can pay the fee for the Student and Visitor Exchange Program (SEVP) online.

Another important step to obtaining a student visa is the visa interview. You will conduct this interview at a United States embassy or US consulate office in your home country. You should have the necessary documentation with you during your interview—like your Form I-20, your valid passport and the receipt from paying the visa application fee, among other items requested.

We are here to help you through the admissions process

You can find the requirements for admission at Arkansas Baptist College on our admissions page. Get started with your application today, or contact us for more information. We are happy to answer your questions and assist you throughout the admissions process!

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