Health and Safety

Health and Safety for International Students and Scholars

Your health and safety are a priority of the University of Arkansas.  There are several resources on campus for you.

Pat Walker Health Center

The Pat Walker Health Center is your primary resource for medical and psychological care as well as wellness and health promotion.   The Pat Walker Health Center is conveniently located on the north side of campus across Garland Avenue from the International Students and Scholars office.

Your first contact with Pat Walker Health Center would be during orientation to get a Tuberculosis test and receive the required immunizations, if needed.

The health center offers: allergy shots, counseling, group therapy, illness/injury treatment, immunizations, international travel consultations, laboratory services, lifestyle improvement classes, men’s health, mental health crisis intervention, minor surgeries, nurse triage, nutrition consultations, orthopedics, psychiatry, RazorCARE (quick diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses, no appointment necessary), sexual assault and relationship violence support, substance abuse prevention, tuberculosis screenings, wellness coaching, women’s health and x-ray.

Student Medical Insurance

For your health and protection, all international students enrolled at the University of Arkansas are required to have year-round health and accident insurance throughout the duration of your studies. Insurance coverage must be maintained during the summer months as well, even if traveling out of the United States or returning to your home country.

Premiums for insurance coverage are assessed for the Fall and Spring semesters. Spring and Summer insurance coverage is combined and assessed during the Spring semester. Each international student’s account on UAConnect is automatically charged for health and accident insurance upon enrollment for the Fall or Spring semester. Please be aware that insurance premiums must be paid in full for the Fall and Spring semesters. Payment should be made at the start of each semester. Failure to pay insurance premiums may result in possible financial disaster for a student or the inability to enroll in future semesters. Refer to the insurance 101 page if you find any difficulties understanding insurance related jargons.

Forms for Academic Health Plans (AHP):

University Police Department

The University of Arkansas Police Department, in partnership with the University and Fayetteville community, is committed to protecting and serving the future of Arkansas and beyond by embracing the philosophy of community policing and by promoting a safe and secure environment through excellence, initiative, and integrity.

The University Police Department offers several services to the students and scholars who are at the University of Arkansas:

  • 24 hour campus patrol
  • Crime prevention programs
  • Women's self Defense
  • Motorist assists
  • Razorback Patrol Escort Service
  • Daily crime logs

University Recreation

University Recreation (UREC) engages and enhances the University of Arkansas community through diverse recreational, social and wellness opportunities. Such offerings are:

  • indoor fitness facilities
  • a 50 meter competition pool
  • an indoor track
  • an outdoor field complex
  • dance classes
  • outdoor trips and rental equipment
  • club and intramural sports teams that compete locally, regionally and nationally
  • deep tissue and sport massage therapy

Resources in the Fayetteville community

The Fayetteville community has many resources for your health and safety.  Below are just a few examples.

  • Washington Regional Medical Center
  • Urgent Care Clinics
  • Fayetteville City Police Department
  • Fayetteville Fire Department
  • Fayetteville Parks and Recreation
  • Razorback Greenway trail