Category: Education Abroad

Fifteen UA Students Win Gilman Awards for 2018-2019

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Winners are selected by the Institute of International Education through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. Recipients receive up to $5,000 to apply toward study abroad or internship program costs, giving them the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies. The Education Abroad office hosts regular workshops to inform students about the Gilman application process and assist students in choosing a country and program that is right for them. Visit the Education Abroad website for more information, or call 205-348-5256 to find out  more.
Congratulations to the following UA students who won a Gilman for study abroad:
Fall 2018
Michael Rowe, Japan
Fredericka Brinkley, Ghana
Jourdan Kiaupa, Australia
Spring 2019
Evan Morse, Spain
Summer 2019
James Patterson, France
Ashton Ward, Ireland
Genesis Drake, United Kingdom
Donedra Falls, Hungary
Crystal Stone, Ireland
Mary “Maggie” Owens, Austria
Kayla Meeks, Colombia
Alexis Carmichael, Belgium
Ellie Novotny, Dominican Republic
Kathryn “Katy” Crawford, Belize
Aleeyah Ponder, Czech Republic

Capstone International Center Staff Inducted Into NAFSA Academy

NAFSA Academy 2019-20
NAFSA Academy 2019-20

Education Abroad Advisors Raven McKenzie and Sarah Kidwell and International Student & Scholar Advisor Chris Larkin were inducted into the NAFSA Academy for 2019-20.

The current Academy class of 61 trainees and 11 coaches met in Atlanta, Georgia on the Georgia Tech campus, where they spent an energizing and intense four days broadening their knowledge of the international education field, participating in 5 knowledge community based workshops, convening evening roundtable discussions, and connecting with a community of International Education peers.

The Academy for International Education is a selective program, in which trainees are provided foundational training around nine international education professional proficiencies and the primary knowledge areas of international education. The foundational training is enhanced by a personalized learning plan the Academy trainee develops, which guides and measures the trainee’s learning throughout the Academy year, in addition to individualized coaching from a international education coach.


International Exchange Students Welcomed to UA

In early January the Education Abroad staff collected UA’s new international exchange students from the Birmingham, Alabama airport. The University of Alabama is excited to host seven new exchange students and eight returning exchange students this spring. These students come from institutions in Italy, Australia, Scotland, France, Japan, Wales, England and China! They spent their first day in Alabama driving to Tuscaloosa and checking into their on-campus housing, as well as making other necessary trips through their new college town to get them fully settled-in. The majority of exchange students stay in an internationally focused on-campus housing program, which offers a small co-ed atmosphere for international students and other UA students who are interested in interacting with students from other nations. For an authentic American experience they ate lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, an American sports bar and restaurant. The Education Abroad staff enjoys introducing the exchange students to sweet tea, fried pickles, and ranch every semester.

Exchange students enjoying the ice rink in downtown Tuscaloosa.

The exchange students are always welcomed to The University of Alabama with an international student orientation where they are taught the classic fight song and taught how and when to say Roll Tide so that they can be accustomed to using it every day.  The Capstone Men and Women spent an afternoon introducing the students to the beautiful campus and surrounding areas. The students really enjoyed getting to know campus and the staff even learned some interesting new fun facts as well. All together, we had a great day that concluded with a run to Target, because who doesn’t love Target?

Exchange students seeing Bryant Denny stadium for the first time!

The University of Alabama Education Abroad office also takes our exchange students on regular monthly expeditions and events. In the past, events such as trips to the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center, going to see a play in Birmingham, having dinner at local restaurants, and cooking a classic homemade Thanksgiving dinner have been educational and fun.

A campus tour led by a Capstone Woman.

Summer 2018 Faculty Led General App Open

Summer 2018 UA Faculty-Led General Application

This is the General Application for UA’s Summer 2018 Faculty-Led study abroad programs. Once your specific program is ready to accept applications, the UA Education Abroad office will move your application to the program that you have expressed interest in via the Questionnaire in this general application. If you are interested in more than one faculty-led program, we will move your application to your first choice of programs. You will then need to start a second application for your second choice of programs (if you so desire).

If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor, please contact the Education Abroad office at 205-348-5256 or or come by 135 B.B. Comer Hall and make an appointment.

15th annual Capstone International Photo Contest (Fall 2017)

Education Abroad is excited to announce our 15th annual Capstone International Photo Contest.

We know many of you captured some great shots while you studied abroad as a UA student. We want to see them!Photos will be classified into one of four categories:

  • Landscape – buildings and/or natural scenery of a city, site, or area
  • Local Color – highlights the people and culture of places visited
  • UA Spirit – UA students showing their school pride while abroad
  • Crimson Captured (International students only) – the UA campus or Tuscaloosa area as seen through the eyes of UA international students.


With your submission, please include your name, the category in which you are entering the photo, title of the photo, location the photo was taken, and the name of your study abroad program. Each contestant is allowed to submit no more than 4 photos total. Make sure all photos are high resolution. Winner in each category will receive scholarship prizes!

Photos must be high-resolution and be submitted via email to The deadline for entry is Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11 p.m. By submitting a photograph(s) you guarantee that you are the original and sole creator of the submitted photograph(s) and that you own all rights to the photograph(s). Furthermore, you grant Education Abroad and Capstone International the right to use the photograph(s).


Voting Process
Entries for each category will be voted on by the UA student body the week of November 6-10 on the second floor of the Ferguson Center AND through the UA Education Abroad Facebook page.


Winners will be announced during International Education Week the week of November 13-17. The 1st and 2nd place winners of each category will receive a scholarship prize that will be credited to the student’s account at UA. All finalists will receive an award certificate.


Rules and Requirements

  • You must be a current UA student to enter.
  • Photos must be submitted via email to
  • Maximum of four total entries per student.
  • No inappropriate, lewd, disrespectful, or offensive submissions.
  • Repeat submissions will not be considered.
  • Images should not be digitally enhanced.
  • Submissions must include your name, the category in which you are entering each photo, title of the photo, location the photo was taken, and the name of your program.


Check out last years winners on our Facebook: 2016 Photo Contest Winners!

Gilman Workshops

Come by our office (@135 BB Comer) to learn about the Gilman Scholarship. Workshops are held every Friday until October 1 at 2:00pm.

See you then!

~Education Abroad


Bama Bloggers Abroad

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Fall 2017 Study Abroad Fair

On Wednesday, September 13, UA’s Education Abroad office will host the Fall Study Abroad Fair on the Crimson Promenade next to B.B. Comer Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come explore the options you have to study abroad during your time at UA! Education Abroad staff, UA faculty and representatives from UA affiliate providers will be on hand to meet with students and find a program that works for you.

Contact Info: Chad Berry,, 2053485256


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