Semester Abroad at UA

Semester Abroad at UA

The University of Alabama and the English Language Institute

Are you enrolled in a university outside of the USA with an exchange agreement with UA?

Do you want to study abroad & earn academic credit?

Do you need to improve your English?

If you answered “yes” to these questions,
the Semester Abroad at UA is the program for you!

Program Benefits

  • Enroll for one semester or longer
  • Take English + academic courses and transfer credit to your home university
  • Begin learning academic credit in January or August, or begin first with intensive English in March, May, June or October.
    Please note that your university must have an exchange agreement (MOU) with the ELI to participate in the Semester Abroad Program.

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    Listen to students like you talk about studying at the ELI and UA.

    Chilean Student

    “Being a student at the ELI has been a completely amazing experience…most of all it’s the course, the program. “

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    Palestinian Student

    “International Coffee Hour gives me the chance to meet with many students, different cultures, from the United States and all over the world.”

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    Program Benefits

    If you still need to improve your English, you can study abroad for one semester or longer and transfer undergraduate academic credit from UA to your home university.

    Admission Requirements

    • Minimum English proficiency:
      • Official test score:
        • TOEFL iBT 72 or Essentials 8.0 or IELTS 5.5 or PTE 51 or DET 100j and
      • ELI Placement Exam:
        • Level 5 or 6 in UA-ELI Intensive English Program
    • Visa type:
      • J-1 visa

    Note: Students who do not meet the minimum English requirements for earning academic credit will study full-time intensive English.

    Credits Earned

    • If you have an iBT score of 70-78 (49-53 PTE) or who place into level 6
      • Earn 6 credit hours in 1 semester
    • If you  have an iBT score of 61-69 (5.5 IELTS or 44-48 PTE) or who place into level 5
      • Earn 3 credit hours in 1 semester
    • If you have an iBT score of 0-60 (0-5.5 IELTS or 10-42 PTE) or who place into levels 1-4
      • Study intensive English for 6-8 weeks or longer until ready for level 5

    Tuition Costs

    Tuition 2023 – 2024:

    • Semester: Spring (Jan-Apr) or Fall (Aug-Dec)
      • 3 academic credits + intensive English = $8,775
      • 6 academic credits + intensive English = $11,550
    • Intensive English (6-8 weeks) before semester
      • 2 months of intensive English prior to semester = $3,000

    Various combinations of intensive English + academic semesters are possible.


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