Facts & Figures

Education Abroad

The Education Abroad snapshot provides an overview of education abroad activity at The University of Alabama.  The numbers included in the 2015-2016 report are for the fall 2015 semester through the end of the summer 2016.

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2016-2017 Education Abroad Snapshot
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English Language Institute

Intensive English Program (IEP)

Enrolls an average of 100 students per session from 18 different countries in each of 6 sessions annually.

Top 5 countries of enrollment in 2016/17: Saudi Arabia, China, Turkey, Japan, Colombia

International Student Body Demographics by Region in 2016/17: Middle East 37%, Asia 33%, Latin America 15%, Europe 14%, Africa 1%

Serves as the Gateway to UA for international students who are non-native speakers of English, with approximately 25% of enrolled students intending to matriculate into UA degree programs.

International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP)

Provides training for and evaluation of non-native speakers of English who serve as UA graduate teaching assistants (GTAs).

Enrolls an average of 120 international graduate students annually at UA.

Ensures that GTAs are sufficiently proficient in English before they are placed in a classroom setting with teaching responsibilities.

Interesting Facts

  • The ELI employs 18 full-time faculty members and 6 full-time staff members.
  • ELI faculty members have 195 years of combined ESOL teaching experience, including in 21 different countries.
  • The ELI has over 6,500 alumni in roughly 95 countries around the world.
  • Dr. Bill Wallace, ELI Director, has been with the ELI since its establishment in 1982.
  • The ELI plays a major role in international-student recruitment at UA.
  • The ELI’s Intensive English Program is accredited by CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation).

International Student & Scholar Services

The International Student & Scholar Report provides an overview of international student enrollment and international scholar activity at the University of Alabama.  The numbers included in the 2017 report are for the fall 2017 semester for student data and for the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 for scholar data. This report includes all international students enrolled at The University of Alabama and all international scholars, faculty, and staff who work at UA. For reporting purposes, “international” is understood as a non-U.S. citizen, holding any visa status other than Legal Permanent Residency, Resident Alien, Asylee, or Refugee.

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As of fall 2017, ISSS served 1163 active, enrolled international students.

In addition to the 1163 active, enrolled international students served by ISSS, there are an additional 182 recent graduates who remain on The University of Alabama’s visa sponsorship while working on Optional Practical Training (OPT)Counting these two populations together, the total number of international students served by ISSS is 1345. The 1163 active, enrolled students match the reported figures from the census data provided by the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment.

The 1163 active, enrolled international students come from 82 countries and regions of the world and represent 3% of the 38,563* students enrolled at The University of Alabama for fall 2017. (*from http://oira.ua.edu/factbook/contents/Student-Enrollment/)

INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS, FACULTY, AND STAFF 2016-17 International scholar and faculty numbers at The University of Alabama for the 2016/17 year (the period between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017) totaled 308 non-immigrants, representing 45 countries and territories.