Semester Abroad at UA

What is
Semester Abroad at UA?

A one-semester (or longer) undergraduate study-abroad program for students who:

  • Are enrolled in a university outside of the USA
  • Want to study abroad and earn academic credit at a major public university in the USA
  • Are non-native speakers of English who have limited English proficiency
How to Apply

What are the benefits?

  • Enroll for one semester or longer.
    • Study period can be 4-10 months.
  • Take English + academic courses and transfer credit to your home university.
    • Number of credit hours earned depends on student’s level of English.
  • Begin earning credit in January or August, or begin first with intensive English in March, May, June, or October.

What are the tuition costs?

Tuition of August 2017 – July 2018:

  • Semester: Spring (Jan-Apr) or Fall (Aug-Dec)
    • 3 academic credits + English = $8,286
    • 14 academic credits + English = $14,544
  • Intensive English (6-8 weeks) before semester
    • 2 months English prior to semester = $2,598

Various combinations of intensive English + academic semesters are possible.

Semester Abroad at UA:

English+Academic Credit

The University of Alabama

Program Information

Students with limited English proficiency can study abroad for one semester (or longer) and transfer undergraduate academic credit from UA to their home university.

Semester Abroad at UA Information Sheet

Admission requirements for earning academic credit:

  • Minimum English proficiency:
    • Official Test Score (before arrival):
      • TOEFL iBT 61 or IELTS 5.5 or PTE 44
        OR
      • Placement Test (upon arrival):
        • Level 5 or 6 in UA-ELI Intensive English Program

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

Credits earned based on English level:

iBT IELTS PTE Placement Academic Credits Available
70-78 —- 49-53 Level 6 Earn 14 credit hours in 1 semester
61-69 5.5 44-48 Level 5 Earn 3 credit hours in 1 semester
iBT IELTS PTE Placement Academic Credits Available
0-60 0-5.0 10-42 Levels 1-4 Study English for 6-8 weeks or longer
until ready for Level 5