The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Institution Location

Birmingham, Alabama

Accrediting Agency

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, plus 36 independent accreditations for 149 degree programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry and Public Health.

Institution Type

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


Fall Deadline: July 28
Spring Deadline: December 1
Summer Deadline: April 1

Contact Info

International Admissions,
Phone: (205)934-4686
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) was established in 1969 as a comprehensive urban university with a nationally-recognized academic health center. UAB is the biggest research institution in the state of Alabama and the university is the largest employer in Alabama. If you are seeking “knowledge that will change your world,” then UAB is for you. This phrase runs through the core of the university’s culture, driving UAB’s mission to educate the diverse student population, seek new research, serve its local and global communities and grow economic development to improve life in Birmingham and Alabama.

You’ll be joining an international community here. Located in the heart of the largest city in the state, you’ll be near the best the southern US has to offer. The exciting journey of college life starts here, with state-of-the-art facilities, numerous learning resources, an active student body and big time college athletics. That’s just the start—UAB has countless opportunities for you.


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Specialized Programs

Carnegie Classifications

Among 51 public and private universities classified by The Carnegie Foundation for both “very high research activity” and “community engagement.”

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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

  • Tier 1 Research Institution
  • Research funding: Ranked No. 22 nationally in funding from the National Institutes of Health (10th among public universities) in FY 2014
  • Undergraduate research: Students have the opportunity to do real research in UAB labs as early as their freshman year. Their work is showcased in the student-published research journal Inquiro and during the annual Undergraduate Research Expo.
  • 100% undergraduate research placement for all majors
  • Total research expenditures at UAB exceeded $528M in 2016
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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)?

Top Business Engagement Corporations

Major Employers in Birmingham:
•Alabama Power Company
•American Cast Iron Pipe Co. Inc.
•AT&T Telecommunications, Inc.
•BBVA Compass Bank
•Birmingham Board of Education
•Children’s Hospital
•Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC
•Mercedes Benz Manufacturing/USA International
•Regions Bank
•University of Alabama at Birmingham
•US Government
UAB graduates have been hired by:
Apple, AT&T, BBVA Compass, Boeing, Deloitte, Eli Lily & Co., Google, Goldman Sachs & Co., Honda, IBM, Lab Corp, Microsoft, PwC, Visa, Wells Fargo & Co.
NASA, GE Aviation, ST Aerospace
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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
  • Professional abroad (clinical rotations, etc.)
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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?

Does your institution provide ESL Support Services?

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

Our Academic English program is designed to improve your English and prepare you for university studies.
For Undergraduate: Once you have achieved the required language level, you can progress to International Year One or enter your undergraduate degree program directly.
For Graduate: Once you have achieved the required language level, you can progress to a Graduate Pathway program or enter your graduate degree program directly.
English Language Placement:
All students take a placement test during Orientation that will place them in the most suitable AE level.
The Academic English program at INTO UAB prepares you for university study in the US. You’ll receive high-quality English language instruction and the academic skills to succeed at UAB.

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Campus Life

Diversity: UAB campus is a diverse, multicultural community of different backgrounds, beliefs and orientations where students can learn from one another in an inclusive and open environment.


The university is proud to have almost 400 student-athletes participating in the highest level of college sports, NCAA Division I, in Conference USA

  • American Football
  • Baseball/softball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Rifle
  • Golf
  • Bowling
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Student Organization Information

International Student/Faculty Organizations

On-Campus Highlight

UAB was ranked No. 1 in Alabama and No. 147 in the world by the Center for World University Rankings.

  • 15 Student CEOs at the UAB iLab at Innovation Depot
  • Facebook Suite-Center for Information Assurance & Joint Forensics Research
  • Green & Gold Fund
  • Innovation Depot
  • 180+ student groups
  • International Mentor Program
  • 17 Division 1 sports programs
  • HireABlazer: free online job search engine exclusively for UAB students
  • On-campus interviews with employers


  • Single Sex Housing
  • Single Occupancy
  • Double Occupancy
  • Off Campus Housing
Academic Facilities Available

The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers a variety of programs, services and facilities to provide you with an unrivaled study experience. Services like the Multicultural and Diversity Programs, the International Student and Scholar Services, the Student Advocacy group, the Student Health and Wellness Center, and the Student Counseling Center are all available to ensure you have the necessary tools to achieve success.
The university is continually investing:

  • Hill Student Center (December 2015).
  • The One-Stop Student Service Center for admissions, course registration, student accounting, parking, financial aid and student ID functions.
  • New UAB College of Arts & Sciences building coming in fall 2019
  • New Collat School of Business coming in Summer 2018
  • New UAB School of Nursing Building (2018)
  • UAB Libraries
  • The Learning Resource Center
  • UAB Innovation Lab (UAB iLab)
  • UAB MakerSpace
  • MPAD Center

Institution Demographics

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 12,267
Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,489
International Student Enrollment for UG/Graduate/Professional: 971

Students from:

Within the state of Alabama 76.9%
From other US states 18.5%
From outside the US 4.6%

Ethnicity Representation

African American/Black 21.2%
American Indian 0.3%
Asian 5.6%
Hispanic/Latino 3.2%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.1%
White/Non-Hispanic 59.9%
Other 9.6%


Total Faculty 21,245

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US Immigration Compliance Information

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

US Immigration Support Services

Cost and Financial Aid

International Student Costs

Category $ Per Year $ Per Semester
Undergraduate tuition (per semester)* -- $12,112
Graduate tuition (per semester)* -- $9,172
Room and Board (per semester)* -- $3,340-Housing. $1,850-Meal plans. $225-Campus Dining Fee
Required Fees (per year) $150-International Fees --
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?

  • UAB International Scholarship for First Year Students (Freshmen Only)
  • UAB International Baccalaureate Scholarship (Freshmen Only)
  • College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships
  • Collat School of Business Scholarships
  • American Association of University Women,
  • Rotary Foundation Scholarships,
  • The World Bank Scholarships and Fellowships Program,

Private Loans


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Stories Within the State Lines

" If you are coming to UAB, I would first congratulate you because you have made an awesome decision to come here. It's not a mistake You are going to have loads of fun, and you are going to learn lots of things as well."

- Gabriel, Nigeria. Mechanical Engineering

"After one year, I think my studies and my life here are great. My studies are going well and my professors are very accessible and encourage students to communicate with them. I also have my internship which is helping me to get lots of hands on experience in my field of Public Heath.

- Trinh, Vietnam

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