The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Institution Location

301 Sparkman Dr. SSB 218
Huntsville, Alabama

Accrediting Agency

The University of Alabama in Huntsville holds college or program accreditations from the following accreditation commissions:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Institution Type

Public, Higher Education Institution

Contact Info

Sabrina Williams, Director International Student Recruitment
Phone: 01-256-824-2744
Fax: 01-256-824-4515
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The University of Alabama in Huntsville is one of the nation’s premier research universities, offering a challenging hands-on curriculum that ensures our graduates are prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders. ( 360 Video tour )

map showing Huntsville's location in Alabama

UAH is a public Tier 1 national university located in Huntsville, AL, which Southern Living recently named one of the best college towns in the South. Its students hail from almost all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries. Included among this year’s record-setting enrollment of nearly 9,100 was an incoming freshman class with both the highest average ACT score (27.6) and GPA (3.81) in the school’s history. Once they graduate, these students typically go on to earn a higher average starting ($54,000) and mid-career ($98,500) salary than most of their peers across Alabama.

UAH offers nearly 90 degree programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate level, with colleges in EngineeringEducationHonorsNursingScienceBusinessArts, Humanities, & Social SciencesGraduate School; and Professional & Continuing Studies. Its robust academic presence is complemented by a vibrant campus life featuring more than 170 student-run organizations13 fraternities and sororities, and 18 NCAA sports – including the only Division I ice hockey team in the Southeast.

student and professor in a lab

The university’s 505-acre campus, which includes 16 high-tech research centers and labs responsible for close to $97 million in research expenditures, serves the anchor tenant for the second-largest research park in the nation. It also maintains strong partnerships with federal agencies and commercial organizations that include the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the Missile Defense Agency, the DIA Missile and Space Intelligence Center, and the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

Jan Davis

UAH is regularly ranked the best return on investment among all schools in Alabama, and has been named by the Brookings Institution as the best university in the state based on the economic outcomes of its graduates. Famous UAH alumni include astronaut Dr. Jan Davis, Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, HudsonAlpha co-founder Jim Hudson, and Smarter Every Day host Destin Sandlin.

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Specialized Programs

Colleges at The University of Alabama in Huntsville






Business Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Graduate School

Carnegie Classifications

High Research Activity

UAH has achieved status in the High Research Activity category by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, placing UAH among a select group of public universities in America.

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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

The Research or Creative Experience for Undergraduates (RCEU) Program

Program Description
The purpose of The University of Alabama in Huntsville RCEU program is:

  • To support research or creative work experiences for undergraduate students in all fields of study
  • To foster cooperation between students and researchers in a research or creative endeavor, and to expose the student to academic scholarly work via active participation in a research, creative, or scholarly project
  • To assist in furthering UAH’s research activities by helping to provide opportunities for new and ongoing areas of study and creative work

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Students undertake activities within a research or creative work project typically lasting for 10 to 12 weeks in the summer and under the direct supervision of a UAH full-time faculty member or researcher (including tenure-earning and tenured faculty, lecturers, and research staff with term faculty appointments). The work hours correspond to a full-time job (approx 32-40 hours per week) and will also include a stipend/allowance for living expenses. Housing will be available in University housing at the usual rates for summer occupancy.

To participate in the program, students must be enrolled as a UAH undergraduate student for either the summer or fall semester of 2017. While previous RCEU student participants can apply, preference will be given to new student applicants. Women and minority students will be encouraged to apply.  Proposing faculty and researchers are requested to encourage female and minority student applicants.

A non-exclusive list of possible activities includes laboratory experiments, musical compositions, field studies, clinical projects, engineering experiments and projects, theoretical work, human behavior studies, writing projects, and visual art projects.

The program is funded through the office of the President, the office of the Provost, and the office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at UAH, as well as through the College of Science, the College of Business, the College of Nursing, and the Alabama Space Grant Consortium and other sources as they become available. The Faculty Senate Finance and Resources Committee reviews RCEU proposals and makes individual awards. The committee strives to provide an equitable distribution of awards between colleges and departments.

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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

Companies who hire UAH students



Aerojet Rocketdyne

Booz Allen Hamilton

Crestwood Medical Center

Davidson Technologies, Inc.

DESE Research, Inc.

DIA/Missle and Space Intelligence Center

Huntsville Hospital

Lockheed Martin

Missile Defense Agency


Morgan Stanley


Northrup Grumman Corporation



The Boeing Company


U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC)

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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
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Featured programs:

Amman, Jordon

Athens, Greece

Bremen, Germany

Bejing, China

Berlin, Germany

Bucharest, Romania

Cortona, Italy

Dublin, Ireland

Dusseldorf, Germany

Hermanus, South Africa

London, United Kingdom

Perm, Russia

Rostock Germany

Saitama, Japan

Shanghai, China

Sydney, Australia





Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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?

UAH English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose native language is other than English must demonstrate the linguistic proficiency necessary to function in degree programs at UAH.

  1. Unconditional admission to degree programs.
    • In order to be considered for admission to degree programs with no additional English language training required, applicants must meet the following minimums on the TOEFL or IELTS.
      TOEFL (iBT): all sub-scores greater than or equal to 18 OR
      IELTS: all sub-scores greater than or equal to 6.0
    • Students with two or more sub-scores below these minimum qualifications must enroll in the UAH Intensive Language and Culture (ILC) Program before they can enroll in graduate course work.
      *Language proficiency is only one factor in admission decisions. To confirm the full admission requirements for specific degree programs, please contact the department directly.
  2. Admission to the ILC Program.
    • Applicants who do not currently meet the requirements for admission to a degree program at the university are encouraged to apply for admission to the UAH Intensive Language and Culture (ILC) Program. Successful completion of the UAH ILC meets the language proficiency standard for admission to degree programs at the university.
    • To be considered for admission to the UAH Intensive Language and Culture Program, applicants must have the following minimums on the TOEFL or IELTS.*
      TOEFL (iBT): Overall of at least 50 with no sub-score below 12 OR
      IELTS: Overall of at least 4.0 with no sub-score below 3.5

      *NOTE: If an applicant does not have a TOEFL or an IELTS score, he/she may request a pre-assessment and be considered for admission to the ILC. He/she will then be formally assessed upon arrival at UAH and will be placed in appropriate classes in the ILC program.

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Campus Life

UAH's robust academic presence is complemented by a vibrant campus life featuring more than 170 student-run organizations, 13 fraternities and sororities, located in the city of Huntsville.


Charger Athletics



Cross Country






Track and Field


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

Service Opportunities

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a community of “Volunteer Chargers” students, faculty, and staff members who give back to the campus and the Huntsville community on a weekly basis. Annually, the Office of Student Life hosts “Helping Hands for Huntsville” event during the fall Week of Welcome and “Can Creations” during Homecoming week.

The Office of Student Life provides UAH students numerous ways to serve the campus and the Huntsville community. These opportunities assist with the development of life skills and prepare students to become successful citizens of the world.

The Office of Student Life also organizes the Alternative Fall and Spring Break trips, providing interested students the opportunity to spend their breaks giving back to a community outside of Huntsville.

For information on upcoming volunteer opportunities or alternative break trips, please visit the UAH Student Events Calendar and read the weekly student Charger Newsletter. You can also see service opportunities on our Volunteer Chargers Service Board by visiting the Student Life portion of


Student Organization Information

International Student/Faculty Organizations

Institution Demographics

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 77%
Total Graduate Enrollment: 33%
International Student Enrollment for UG/Graduate/Professional: 521


Total Faculty 319
Faculty:Student 17:1

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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?

Service, Commitments, and Responsibilities

The International Student and Scholar Services is a committed advocate for The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s international community and provides a safe and confidential setting where individuals can receive assistance regarding their needs and concerns. Our primary responsibility is to assist F-1 students, UAH sponsored J students and scholars, and individuals sponsored by UAH for employment purposes with the processes required to be enrolled as a student or hired as an employee of UAH.

We recognize the importance of balancing responsibility to the institution; to international students, faculty, and scholars; and to the appropriate government agencies. To that end, we strive to be a liaison between UAH sponsored employees, researchers, and students and a highly complex government bureaucracy.

We ensure the university is SEVIS compliant and that F students and J students and scholars have appropriate information and guidance necessary to maintain their status in the U.S.

Our many services include:

  • Supporting international students and scholars with cultural, academic and social concerns to promote success at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.
  • Advocating for international students, faculty, and staff and supporting other campus offices to ensure that the needs of the international community are considered when implementing university policies.
  • Promoting an increased understanding of the immigration system and multiple immigration classifications of UAH students, scholars, and faculty among the campus community and providing relevant information, guidance, and resources as needed.
  • Overseeing the J Exchange Visitor Program, which facilitates the ability of visiting students and scholars to do research or study at UAH.
  • Preparing immigration paperwork for foreign national employees who require sponsorship to be eligible to work at UAH.
  • Ensuring that the university is compliant with the Department of Labor and USCIS when sponsoring employees to work for UAH.

US Immigration Support Services

Cost and Financial Aid

International Student Costs

Category $ Per Year $ Per Semester
Undergraduate tuition (per semester)* -- $10,278 (approximate cost per semester)
Graduate tuition (per semester)* -- $11,485 (approximate cost per semester)
Room and Board (per semester)* -- $3,355 (approximate; fall and spring)
Required Fees (per year) $1,850 (approximate cost per year) --
Average Book Expense (per year) $1,956 (approximate cost per year) --

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International Financial Aid

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

UAH Competitive Scholarships

Competitive Scholarships are made available to students through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. Student eligibility is based on a variety of criteria including academic interests and achievements, special talents, and demonstrated leadership. The UAH Scholarship Application is used to determine eligibility for all competitive scholarships. The priority deadline for submission of this application is December 15. With their competitive nature, undergraduate and graduate students are urged to apply soon after admission to the University.

Graduate Scholarship Fellowship

Graduate students with exceptional GRE/GMAT/MAT scores are automatically considered for a Graduate Student Fellowship Scholarship, providing up to 30% off of tuition. No scholarship application is required. Visit our scholarship website for more information.

Graduate Teaching/Research Assistantships

Graduate assistantships provide financial assistance to graduate students as they pursue a degree. There are two kinds of assistantships: Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA). GTAs share the faculty’s responsibility for teaching, whereas GRAs do research under the supervision of a faculty member. Graduate assistants must be registered for at least 9 semester hours of graduate credit courses in the Spring and Fall (6 hours in the Summer) in which they hold an appointment. In return, the university will pay for tuition and fees for up to 12 hours per semester.

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