How to Apply for Pathway to UA

If you are accepted into Pathway to UA, you will take undergraduate academic courses and earn academic credits while you are completing your English-language requirements.

Please follow the steps below to apply for admission.

Step 1

Complete this interest form.

Step 2

Complete the online application for conditional admission and pay the application fee.

  • Create a new account
  • Create a new application
  • Fill out your information
  • Under Student Type, choose:
    • International New Freshman (Conditional Admission) if you have not taken university courses yet, OR
    • International New Transfer (Conditional Admission) if you have taken one or more university courses
  • You may save and continue later. Submit when everything is correct.

Step 3

After you submit your application, you will receive a campus wide identification (CWID) number by e-mail within 48 hours.

Use this CWID to create your MyBama login. You can use this site at any time during the application process to check your status and missing documents.

Step 4

Upload your documents.

To upload your documents, please log into MyBama. Go to the Admissions/ Scholarships tab. Under Undergraduate Admission, click the link “Supplemental Document Upload.” Upload the documents listed below.

  • Copy of your passport
  • Financial statement
  • I-20 request form
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Visa
  • PR card if you have one

Step 5

Choose the appropriate application below. Upload the requested transcripts and other academic documents.

Freshman Applicants

Unofficial transcript copies from every secondary school you have attended. This includes academic transcripts, mark sheets, grade reports, diplomas or certificates, national standardized examination results, or other academic course work.

Include an English translation for all documents not written in English. If you need assistance translating your documents into English, we recommend using the American Translators Association ( to find a certified translator.

Admission Requirements

The University of Alabama employs a competitive admission process that includes reviewing and evaluating each application on an individual basis for an applicant’s abilities as a student and a scholar.

The undergraduate international admissions office will review the applicants’ transcripts within the context of the school, curriculum and country. Successful candidates to the University of Alabama will have completed a college preparatory curriculum including:

Language – 4 units
Mathematics – 3 units, including algebra I, algebra II, and one unit of either geometry, trigonometry or calculus
Social Studies – 4 units
Natural Science – 3 units, including 2 units with a laboratory
Other academic courses – 5 units (courses recommended are in fine arts or computer literacy, with additional courses in mathematics, science and foreign language)

GPA will be calculated on ALL coursework, not just core subjects. The University of Alabama considers applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for admission.

University of Alabama will accept unofficial transcripts for admission purposes. These can be emailed or uploaded by the student. If a student applies with unofficial documents, we MUST receive the official documents directly from the school or testing authority by July 1 for Fall admission and November 1 for Spring admission. Any student who does not provide official copies will not be able to enroll for courses. If a student’s official documents are not available by that time, exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Students requesting an exception MUST email before the deadline to be considered.

For academic admission, students must meet the English proficiency requirement. For detailed policy requirements, please visit:

Students who meet the academic and financial qualifications, but do not meet the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score requirement may apply for conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students will begin their studies in the English Language Institute and then enter directly into their academic coursework once they have satisfied English proficiency. For more information about conditional admission, visit:

SAT/ ACT are NOT required for admission for students graduating from overseas schools, but will be required for applicants who would like to be considered for scholarship.

Students requiring F-1 and J-1 visas must also send documentation in order to secure an I-20 or DS-2010.

Transfer Applicants

Have all US universities that you have attended submit current official university transcripts either electronically or via post.

Transcripts from non-US schools MUST be evaluated by an external credential evaluation company. Please request a course-by-course evaluation with GPA calculation.  The University of Alabama will accept evaluations from any NACES member agency,

Admission Requirements
Admission requirements:

Any applicant with post-secondary study completed outside the United States is required to submit those credentials for a course-by-course evaluation with GPA calculation to an accredited evaluation agency.

The University of Alabama will accept evaluations from any NACES member agency,

To be admitted to UA as a transfer student, a student must have earned an overall GPA of “C” (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher on all university-level work attempted. GPA will be calculated on ALL coursework, not just core subjects.

If the student has completed less than 24 credit hours at the university level, then the student will need to apply as a transfer student with less than 24 hours. In this instance, we will also need to see copies of the student’s high school diploma and transcripts. Applicants with fewer than 24 earned credit hours of university-level coursework will also need to meet the freshman admission requirements.

Applicants who wish to receive transfer credit from an overseas post-secondary institution must provide course descriptions or syllabi for EACH subject considered for transfer. These descriptions should be in English and should include a list of required readings, the number of class hours required for each course, and the length of the academic term(s) when enrolled. Since the academic departments at the University of Alabama determine whether credits earned abroad will be accepted as equivalent to courses offered at The University of Alabama, credit is awarded on a subject-by-subject basis.

Please note that admissions decisions will be made by the international admissions team, but credit transfer decisions are made by the department. Questions regarding credit transfer should be addressed to your academic department.

In addition to meeting the admission requirements, international students requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa who are transferring from another U.S. institution should have their SEVIS record transferred to the University of Alabama. Contact Capstone International Services for questions about this process.

Students transferring from outside of the U.S. requiring F-1 and J-1 visas must also send documentation in order to secure an I-20 / DS-2010.

Step 6

Request that the ETS, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test company send your official test score (if you have one) to UA International Undergraduate Admissions. Personal e-mails are not accepted. Accepted English tests include TOEFL, TOEFL Essentials, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, and Pearson’s Test of English.