The English + Business Program is offered two times each year by The University of Alabama (UA) English Language Institute(ELI) in cooperation with the UA Culverhouse College of Commerce.
This four-week program is offered each January/February and June/July for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their English-language skills as well as learn about business concepts and practices in the United States.
Key features of the English + Business Program include the following:
- Provides training in English and business for non-native English speakers
- Takes place for 4 weeks in January/February and June/July
- Includes 45 hours of English instruction and 9 hours of business lectures
- Includes two visits to local corporations
Program of Study
Intensive English (45+ hours of instruction): Participants take English classes in Reading/Writing and Speaking/Listening at the appropriate levels of proficiency. In addition, participants take a Business English class in conjunction with business lectures and workshops.
Each student’s proficiency in English and appropriate ELI level of instruction will be determined by means of the ELI Placement Exam, which is administered at the beginning of the program. English instruction takes place during each weekday morning.
Business Lectures/Workshops (9 hours of instruction): The UA Culverhouse College of Commerce as well as other University of Alabama colleges and departments offer a minimum of 6 business-related lectures. Lectures typically focus on different areas of business study related to the following general topics:
- Risk Management
- Supply Chain
- Operations Management
- Business Commuication
- Trade between Alabama and the world
Lectures are scheduled in the afternoons two or three days per week. Each lecture is schedules for approximately 1.5 hours, including time for questions and answers.
Corporate Visits (2-3 visits): One of the corporate visits is typically to Mercedes-Benz US International, which is located in Tuscaloosa County. Other possible visits include Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in Montgomery, Regions Bank (a Fortune 500 Company), Flower Foods, Cadence Bank, or other local corporations in the following fields:
- agriculture/aquiculture (e.g., catfish farming)
- medical/health care
- steel milling
Cultural Activities: A welcome reception for the participants is held at the beginning of the program in order to allow the students to meet and socialize with the English teachers, the business lecturers, and other program staff members.
A closing ceremony, including a formal dinner, is held at a popular local restaurant. At the closing, each participant receives a group photo, a certificate of participation, and a UA T-shirt.
Housing: Program participants live in UA campus residence halls with roommates. Depending on space availability, participants room either with each other or with other UA-ELI students.
Meals: Participants may eat their meals in cafeterias located on the UA campus or in restaurants located within walking distance of the campus.
Access to Facilities and Events: Participants will have full access to all facilities, resources, and events (academic, cultural, and sporting) at UA.
The dates for the English + Business Program are as follows:
Program participants should plan to arrive at the Birmingham International Airport (BHM) in Birmingham, Alabama. ELI representatives will meet the students at the Birmingham airport at a selected time on arrival day and transport them to the UA campus in the city of Tuscaloosa, a one-hour drive from Birmingham. Group transportation back to the Birmingham airport will be provided on the departure day.
|Program Dates||Deadline to Apply||Arrival Dates||Departure Dates|
|January 4 – February 2, 2018
(19 class days)
|November 1, 2017||January 3, 2018||February 3, 2018|
|June 21 – July 20, 2018
(19 class days)
|May 1, 2018||June 20, 2018||July 21, 2018|
Program participants should plan to arrive at the Birmingham International Airport (BHM) in Birmingham, Alabama. ELI representatives will meet the students at the Birmingham airport at a selected time on arrival day and transport them to the UA campus in the city of Tuscaloosa, a one-hour drive from Birmingham.
Group transportation back to the Birmingham airport will be provided on the departure day.
The cost of the English + Business Program per person is $3125 person. The following items are included in this price:
- Tuition and fees for English and business instruction
- Corporate visits
- Required textbooks and materials
- Medical insurance
- Welcome reception and farewell dinner
- Airport transfers from and to Birmingham, Alabama (BHM) on designated arrival and departure dates
Participants will receive I-20 documents from The University of Alabama and will use these documents to obtain student (F-1) visas to the United States by applying through the local US embassy or consulate in their respective country.
Download a printable .pdf version of the English + Business Program Application.
For More Information
For more information, please contact the UA English Language Institute at email@example.com or 205-348-7413.