English Programs for New Students

ENGLISH CLASS REQUIREMENT FOR UNDERGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

To ensure that new international undergraduate students have the greatest chance of success at UA, the scores of students who meet admission minimum scores on IELTS, TOEFL, Duolingo or another accepted English proficiency test will be analyzed further. Those students not meeting the Duolingo cutoff score or those students with low sub-scores on the TOEFL iBT or IELTS will be required to enroll in one or two English language support courses in their first semester of study, depending on the score descriptions below.  These English language support courses are administered by the English Language Institute (ELI).

Who Is Required to Enroll in English Courses?

  • If your TOEFL iBT Writing sub-score is lower than 18 or IELTS writing score is lower than 6.0 or your overall Duolingo Score is lower than 61, you must enroll in the Undergraduate Academic Writing course (ELC 111) in addition to your other undergraduate courses. (Enrollment in the Academic Writing course will count toward your overall minimum full-time enrollment requirement and carries 3 hours of academic credit).
  • If your TOEFL iBT Speaking score is lower than 18 or IELTS speaking score is lower than 6.0 or your overall Duolingo Score is lower than 61, you must enroll in the Undergraduate Academic Speaking course (ELC 110) in addition to your other undergraduate courses. (Enrollment in the Undergraduate Academic Speaking course will count toward your overall minimum full-time enrollment requirement and carries 3 hours of academic credit).

Exemptions from the English Course Requirement

  • You are exempt from the Undergraduate Academic Writing (ELC 111) course requirement if:
    1. your Writing sub-score is 18 or higher on the TOEFL iBT, or
    2. your Writing sub-score is 6.0 or higher on the IELTS,
    3. your Duolingo overall score is 61 or higher, or
    4. you have completed ELI Reading/Writing 6.
  • You are exempt from the Undergraduate Academic Speaking (ELC 110) course requirement if:
    1. your Speaking sub-score is 18 or higher on the TOEFL iBT, or
    2. your Speaking sub score is 6.0 or higher on the IELTS, or
    3. your Duolingo overall score is 61 or higher, or
    4. you have completed ELI Speaking/Listening 6
  • You are exempt from both the Undergraduate Academic Writing (ELC 111) and Undergraduate Academic Speaking (ELC 110) course requirements if you have an ELI Proficiency Certificate or if you were admitted to UA with an English proficiency waiver.

Students who are required to enroll in either Undergraduate Academic Writing (ELC 111) or Undergraduate Academic Speaking (ELC 110)courses must complete this coursework in their first year of attendance and must complete all coursework before enrolling in EN 120/121.

Students will be notified during International Student Check-in and Orientation if they must enroll in either Undergraduate Academic Writing (ELC 111) or Undergraduate Academic Writing (ELC 111) and will be directed to the English Language Institute (ELI) for placement and registration on the day of International Student Check-in and Orientation.

INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANT PROGRAM (ITAP)

INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANT PROGRAM (ITAP) – For Graduate Teaching Assistants Only 
At  The University of Alabama, the International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) is administered by the English Language Institute (ELI), 101 B.B. Comer Hall.  The purpose of the ITAP program is to train, evaluate and screen international graduate teaching assistants whose native  language is not English. UA requires all non-native English speaking graduate students who accept classroom teaching or other instructional duties to successfully complete ITAP. Students need to be registered for ITAP by their departments.