International Students

International application

Prince William Sound College is nestled 360 degrees by the Chugach Mountain Range, and we are a premier spot for outdoor adventure. Prince William Sound College is here to provide support services for prospective, incoming, and current F-1 international students.

Applying for Admissions

Admission for international students needs to complete and submit an application for the Associates of Arts or Associates or Applied Science in Outdoor Leadership. Note the application deadlines differ from those on the Admissions website.

International Students Admissions Deadline

  • Fall Semester: June 15th - We must receive all required documentation by July 15th
  • Spring Semester: October 15th - We must receive all required documentation by November 15th 
  • International students will not be admitted for the summer semester.

Start the application process well in advance to ensure time for the following:

  • Obtain I-20
  • Embassy Interview
  • Acquire Visa

Additional Documentation before the Application is complete

Transcript Evaluation

All international transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).*  WES specifies how to submit academic documents from each country.  The typical process is listed below; however, be sure to check the WES website and follow their directions carefully as WES will not process documents not sent in the manner required.

    • Student creates an account with WES
      • Choose ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation for all college/university transcripts
      • For high school transcripts choose a Document-by-Document evaluation
      •  Be sure to add the University of Alaska Anchorage as a recipient when creating your WES account.
    • Student completes Academic Records Request Form (found on WES website under "Documents Required") and sends to an educational institution(s)
    • Educational institution(s) sends the documents to WES
    • WES sends completed evaluation electronically to UAA (as long as you choose UAA as a recipient)

English Proficiency Requirements

All international students must show that they have obtained a certain level of English Proficiency.

Minimum TOEFL Score: 71 iBT

Minimum IELTS Score: 6.0 Overall Band

All test scores submitted must be official. Please ask the testing center to make the results available to the University of Alaska Anchorage – Prince William Sound College.

If you meet one of the following requirements you may submit an English Proficiency waiver form (see below).

  • Are a Native English Language Speaker
  • Have attended a regionally accredited US college or university, and have
    • received a "C" or better in a course equivalent to UAA's Writing 111 course, or
    • obtained a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US college or university.

Financial Documentation

  •  To receive an I-20 you must have been admitted to PWSC, and provided PWSC Admissions Office with

    Financial Support Declaration and Bank Statement in US Dollars (USD) of (Minimum $18,000). (Note: Bank letters are not accepted).

     You must show that you have the ability to fund yourself for a minimum of one year while attending PWSC. This includes tuition and fees, lodging and meals, and everyday expenses including health insurance. International Students are not eligible for Financial Aid and must personally secure their own funding.

    Once you have been admitted to PWSC and have provided proof of your financial support, an I-20 will be created for you.

    You will receive a copy of the information your I-20 was created from and asked to verify it is correct, and you will be provided with instructions on receiving the document with the use of eShipGlobal.

    We will send your acceptance packet to you which will include your I-20 and information on paying your SEVIS fee and arranging a visa interview.