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University of Arkansas

Program Overview 

Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Culture: Student-centric, all-American
Neighborhood: College town, suburban/rural
Housing: On-campus dormitory
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

The University of Arkansas (U of A) is a 27,000 student university with a philosophy of “students-first.” With a 140-year history, the university makes students a priority — this is evident from its commitment to low student-to-faculty-ratio in the classrooms to its support and nurturing of research opportunities.

The campus is located in the hilly area of northwest Arkansas. It overlooks the Ozark Mountains, so students often partake in many outdoor activities and opportunities in and around the region. Using the nearby hiking trails are also quite popular, with the students taking advantage of the area’s outdoor resources.

Fayetteville, Arkansas has often been ranked as one of the top college towns in the country. With its southern hospitality alongside its vibrant art scene, the town has an active population that helps to establish new and interesting events from frequently taking place. The town of 83,000 is less than 30 miles from Bentonville, the headquarters of Walmart. Walmart plays a significant role in the local community, from the support of the Walton College of Business to providing funding to local area arts and cultural experiences.

Student Profile

SAF Scholars seeking a supportive and personal study abroad experience in a large public university would be well-suited for the U of A. The right-fit student is one who is budget conscience as well as preferring personalized and attentive advising during their program.

Other Programs at University

There are no other University of Arkansas programs available at this time.

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (August – December)
Spring (January – May)
Academic Year (August – May)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

Concurrent scholars will take a mix of English and academic courses. Students will be able to progress the next semester and take all academic courses by receiving a grade of C or higher in their English courses.

Program Strengths

One of the significant strengths of the University of Arkansas is its attentive and personal faculty and staff. The university strives to keep a low student to faculty ratio, which facilitates the learning and mentoring process.

# of Credits (per term)


Course Registration Policies & Procedures

SAF Scholars will send a course preference form to university staff for registration prior to arrival.

Course/Departmental Restrictions

The following subjects are available on a limited basis:
  • Archaeology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Business, Insurance & Risk Management
  • Ecology
  • Film Arts/Studies
  • Genetics
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Medieval Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Women’s/Gender Studies
  • Zoology
Graduate Courses
Graduate courses are unavailable at U of A.

Housing Type

On-campus dormitory 


10 Meal Plan. SAF Scholars are guaranteed 10 on-campus meals per week of their choice. They may choose to upgrade their meal plan, at their own expense, to include more meals per week.

Type of Room

Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars have the opportunity to join in over 380 student organizations and clubs. Students are also able to enjoy the amenities that exist in a large university, such as the Distinguished Lecture Series, which has brought speakers from Jane Goodall to Anderson Cooper to campus.

Life on Campus

As the campus is situated in a rural area, students become accustomed to the scenic nature that exists on and off campus. SAF Scholars can walk around campus with ease and use the public transportation to easily get around the area. Even more, it’s free for the community, which provides an excellent chance for students and Fayetteville citizens to interact.
Last Updated: 1/9/19