International students play an increasingly vital part in the internationalization of the academic mission of the University of the Incarnate Word. They enrich the learning experience by allowing all of us -- students, faculty, staff and administrators -- to interact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Our international students, who represent more than 40 countries, comprise eight percent of the UIW student body. We are truly committed to international education:
Accreditation / Academics at University of the Incarnate Word
The University is accredited at the baccalaureate and master degree levels, and approval was given to offer doctoral degrees by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. Other accreditations:
University of the Incarnate Word offers 45 undergraduate majors, four minors, 24 graduate degree programs, and two Ph.D. programs (one in Education, and another in Pharmacology). The academic structure is categorized accordingly:
Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at UIW are taught by ELS Language Centers, a division of Berlitz International. ESL coursework consists of multiple levels; each level of intensive ESL is four weeks in length. Thirteen sessions of the four-week format classes begin at UIW each year. Classes include conversation, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary skills.
UIW is committed to rewarding the academic accomplishments of first-time freshmen and transfer students. Academic scholarships and grants are merit-based forms of financial aid. You must meet particular criteria to be eligible for an academic scholarship or grant at UIW. Your transcripts and ACT and / or SAT scores will be evaluated to determine eligibility. No additional scholarship application is needed. As these scholarships and grants are merit-based, financial need is not a criterion.
Parking fees, course registration fees, and / or administration fees may also apply.
Costs for accommodations generally range from $1,575 to $2,495 per semester.
Location is an important part of any educational experience. Incarnate Word is located in San Antonio, a dynamic Texas metropolis that is the eighth-largest city in the United States. San Antonio offers a rich mixture of cultural heritages derived from its Indigenous roots to the city's settlement in 1718 by groups from many countries throughout the world including Mexico, Spain, Germany, France and Ireland, to more recent arrivals from such locales as China, India, Puerto Rico and The Philippines.
San Antonio's proximity to Mexico -- about a two-hour drive from the border -- gives the city a distinctive Hispanic flavor as well as a strategic location for unique opportunities in cultural and business exchanges with our southern neighbor.
Austin, the capital of Texas, is just 70 miles north of UIW, while Corpus Christi, the gateway to the beaches of Padre Island, is approximately 140 miles to the southeast.