The University of Alabama

Institution Location

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Accrediting Agency

Southern Association of Colleges and Universities

Regional Accreditation

Institution Type

  • Baccalaureate University/College (4 year)
  • Masters University/College
  • Doctoral University/College


Fall Deadline: February 01

Contact Info

Mary Grace Holliday, Capstone International Center, Coordinator
Phone: 1-205-348-5256
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Founded in 1831 as the state’s first public college, The University of Alabama is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service. We provide a creative, nurturing campus environment where our students can become the best individuals possible, learn from the best and brightest faculty, and make a positive difference in the community, the state and the world. You’ll like what you find here. Become part of The University of Alabama family.

Our beautiful, 1,200-acre campus has everything you need to be successful during your college years. Be energized through leading-edge research initiatives and state-of-the-art labs. Be inspired by professors who are experts in their fields of study. Be active in campus life through one of more than 500 student organizations. Be involved in a wide range of volunteer opportunities and internships. Connect with what’s important to you.

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Specialized Programs


Carnegie Classifications

  • Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity

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Research Programs

Does your institution have a Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) Program for students?

Overview of the research emphasis of our institution/faculty/students

At The University of Alabama, our research efforts make a hands-on difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our world-class faculty, staff and students are leading the way as our state explores new technologies, advances scientific discovery and harnesses the power of creative thought to fuel the economy of the future.

Research Mission
The Research mission of the University is to facilitate and promote the pursuit, discovery and dissemination of knowledge through research, creative scholarship and technology transfer that impact our students and our many constituencies within the State of Alabama, the nation and the world.

Research at UA is not limited to professors and graduate students. Undergraduate students engage in research that supplements their coursework and encourages further insight into the questions, problems and topics of their chosen field of study. What students learn through research helps them excel in academics and connect classroom learning to real-world application. The relationships students build with their faculty research mentors provide a far-reaching network of support, guidance and connections that lasts through college and beyond graduation.

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Internships/Cooperative Education (COOP)

Does your institution have an internship program?

Does your institution have a COOP program?

Does your institution support Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?

Education Abroad

Does your institution offer education abroad opportunities for all students?

  • Faculty led abroad
  • Short term abroad
  • Summer abroad
  • Semester abroad
  • Exchange abroad
  • Internships abroad
  • Work experience abroad
  • Service abroad
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English as a Second Language and Support Services

Does your institution offer academic admission to international students under the condition that applicants will meet the English Proficiency requirements prior to enrolling in their academic program?

If yes, do you require international students to take an English proficiency test before beginning their university program?

Students who apply for academic admission are expected to take all of their courses alongside native English speakers. This includes:
•Participating in class discussions
•Writing multiple-page essays
•Reading and understanding assigned textbook and course material
•Comprehending lectures

To show English proficiency, international applicants must submit an official qualifying English Proficiency test score:
◦TOEFL iBT score of 79 and above
◦TOEFL code 1830
◦TOEFL paper-based score of 550 and above
◦IELTS score of 6.0 or above
◦Pearson’s Test of English score of 54 or above

Exemptions are granted to applicants who:
•Graduate from a U.S. high school
•Have earned a “C” or better in a university-level composition course level 101 or higher (ESL courses do not qualify). This must be an in-person class, not online.
•Speak English as a native language. For the purposes of The University of Alabama, English may be considered your native language if you have been raised in an environment where English is the only official language of your locality, your schooling, and in your home.

Applicants who have not met these requirements, but have high SAT/ACT reading and/or writing scores can petition to waive the TOEFL requirement.

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Campus Life



Yea Alabama, Crimson Tide! If you enjoy watching or participating in championship sports, or revel in a unique gameday atmosphere, then you will feel right at home at The University of Alabama.

Intramural sports, club sports, sports for students with disabilities and two student recreation centers ranked among the best in the nation give every student an opportunity to participate in the pride and tradition that define Alabama athletics.

From football, to gymnastics, to basketball, to baseball to rowing, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, The University of Alabama has won more than two dozen national championships and countless more conference championships and individual achievements. The Crimson Tide is just as impressive in the classroom, leading the nation once again with a dozen Capital One Academic All-Americans.


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Does your institution have a service learning/community service outreach program?


Student Organization Information

International Student/Faculty Organizations


  • Single Sex Housing
  • Co-ed Housing
  • Single Occupancy
  • Double Occupancy
  • Suite Single Occupancy
  • Suite Double Occupancy
  • Housing for Disabled Students
  • Off Campus Housing

Institution Demographics

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 33,305
Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,100
International Student Enrollment for UG/Graduate/Professional: 1,171

Students from:

Within the state of Alabama 41%
From other US states 56%
From outside the US 3%

Ethnicity Representation

African American/Black 10.7%
American Indian 0.4%
Asian 1.3%
Hispanic/Latino 4.2%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.1%
White/Non-Hispanic 76.5%
Other 6.8%


Total Faculty 1884
Faculty:Student 1:21
Male:Female Ratio 1106:1405

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US Immigration Compliance Information

Does your institution issue I20 for F1 visa status and/or DS2019 for J1 visa status?

If yes, does your institution offer employment based immigration support services such as H1b, TN, LPR, etc. for employment?


Does your institution offer US Immigration advising?


US Immigration Support Services

Cost and Financial Aid

International Student Costs

Category $ Per Year $ Per Semester
Undergraduate tuition (per semester)* -- $14,450
Graduate tuition (per semester)* -- $13,475
Room and Board (per semester)* -- $4,450 (fall and spring)
Required Fees (per year) $2,200 --
Average Book Expense (per year) $1,200 --

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International Financial Aid

Does your institution offer financial aid (scholarships, institutional aid, etc.) for admitted international students?

Undergraduate International Student Scholarships

Undergraduate “International incoming first time freshmen who meet the December 15 scholarship priority deadline, have a qualifying score on the ACT or SAT (critical reading and math scores only) and have at least a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA will be eligible for the following merit-based scholarships” (see web page linked above)

UA Graduate Student Funding and Support

Scroll to bottom of the page linked above for Graduate Student “Financial support in the form of assistantships, fellowships and scholarships are available to qualified students. In most cases, assistantships and fellowships include a full-tuition scholarship, health insurance and a generous stipend.

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Stories Within the State Lines

“People will smile and say hi to strangers, which was really uncommon in my culture. I was thinking it is hard to make friends, but after coming here, I feel like I don’t have to make an effort. They introduce themselves and want to know me, and it came much easier than I thought.”

- Baheya from West Bank (Fulbright Student, Master’s of Library and Information Science)

“What I like the most about here is all the opportunities you can get academically. I just got involved doing undergrad research, which is something that would be unthinkable in most schools in Spain and probably many schools in America. The fact that Alabama has the necessary resources to offer students this opportunity to get experience before graduating, I think is really cool.”

- Pablo from Spain (Junior, B.S. in Chemical Engineering)

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