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ELI Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to this session’s ELI Tuition Scholarship winners: Cristina from Spain and Nimian from Nicaragua!

Every session the ELI awards tuition scholarships to current full-time students. The students must attend 80% of their ELI classes and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all ELI classes. Students must also write a short essay explaining why they want the scholarship.

If you are a current ELI student and want to apply for a scholarship for next session, you can find the application on the ELI Forms page.

ELI Students Watch the National Championship

ELI students watched and cheered The University of Alabama’s American football team on to victory January 8, 2018. The football team won their 17th National Championship by beating The University of Georgia 26-23 in overtime. The exciting game was televised on the movie screen in the Ferguson Student Center. Some of the students had watched Alabama football games before coming to Tuscaloosa so that they could participate in this important part of the university’s culture. Roll Tide!

Summer 2018 Faculty Led General App Open

  • January 17th, 2018
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Summer 2018 UA Faculty-Led General Application

This is the General Application for UA’s Summer 2018 Faculty-Led study abroad programs. Once your specific program is ready to accept applications, the UA Education Abroad office will move your application to the program that you have expressed interest in via the Questionnaire in this general application. If you are interested in more than one faculty-led program, we will move your application to your first choice of programs. You will then need to start a second application for your second choice of programs (if you so desire).

If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor, please contact the Education Abroad office at 205-348-5256 or studyabroad@ua.edu or come by 135 B.B. Comer Hall and make an appointment.

15th annual Capstone International Photo Contest (Fall 2017)

Education Abroad is excited to announce our 15th annual Capstone International Photo Contest.

We know many of you captured some great shots while you studied abroad as a UA student. We want to see them!Photos will be classified into one of four categories:

  • Landscape – buildings and/or natural scenery of a city, site, or area
  • Local Color – highlights the people and culture of places visited
  • UA Spirit – UA students showing their school pride while abroad
  • Crimson Captured (International students only) – the UA campus or Tuscaloosa area as seen through the eyes of UA international students.

 

With your submission, please include your name, the category in which you are entering the photo, title of the photo, location the photo was taken, and the name of your study abroad program. Each contestant is allowed to submit no more than 4 photos total. Make sure all photos are high resolution. Winner in each category will receive scholarship prizes!

Photos must be high-resolution and be submitted via email to UAphotocontest@gmail.com. The deadline for entry is Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11 p.m. By submitting a photograph(s) you guarantee that you are the original and sole creator of the submitted photograph(s) and that you own all rights to the photograph(s). Furthermore, you grant Education Abroad and Capstone International the right to use the photograph(s).

 

Voting Process
Entries for each category will be voted on by the UA student body the week of November 6-10 on the second floor of the Ferguson Center AND through the UA Education Abroad Facebook page.

 

Prizes
Winners will be announced during International Education Week the week of November 13-17. The 1st and 2nd place winners of each category will receive a scholarship prize that will be credited to the student’s account at UA. All finalists will receive an award certificate.

 

Rules and Requirements

  • You must be a current UA student to enter.
  • Photos must be submitted via email to UAphotocontest@gmail.com
  • Maximum of four total entries per student.
  • No inappropriate, lewd, disrespectful, or offensive submissions.
  • Repeat submissions will not be considered.
  • Images should not be digitally enhanced.
  • Submissions must include your name, the category in which you are entering each photo, title of the photo, location the photo was taken, and the name of your program.

 

Check out last years winners on our Facebook: 2016 Photo Contest Winners!

Proyecta 100,000

For three consecutive years (2015, 2016, & 2017), The University of Alabama (UA) English Language Institute (ELI) has been selected to host Mexican learners to study English as a Second Language for four weeks in the fall as part of the “Training Program for Students – Proyecta 100,000.” Each year the Mexican students have been impressed by the beautiful university campus, the diversity of students at the ELI, and the professional English instructors. In the articles in Spanish linked below, three Proyecta students describe their positive learning experiences at The University of Alabama.

“The University of Alabama” by Ulises Escobar Roman

“Roll Tide” by Karla Janet Hernandez Ortiz

“Broaden Our Horizons” by Dr. Ana Maria Guerrero Orozco

Proyecta Students at the ELI Welcome Activity

 

Proyecta students with some ELI friends at the certificate ceremony

A Sweet Taste of Culture for International Students

International students experience American Christmas traditions – decorating cookies, making gingerbread houses, and singing carols – for the first time.

See the photos and the finished products at the UA News Center.

Students with UA’s English Language Institute gathered at B.B. Comer Hall to decorate Christmas cookies, make gingerbread houses, and sing Christmas carols for the first time.

 

Abdulmosen Shunib, a 21-year-old ELI student from Saudi Arabia, said the experience was neat. “This is my first time doing this. I like it.”

 

Sojin Thoi, a 23-year-old ELI student from South Korea, said she came to UA to study abroad. “I’ve never tried to make cookies and decorate them. It is so interesting. We celebrate Christmas in Korea, but we just share gifts.”

 

Bugra Bugdayci, a 24-year-old ELI student from Turkey, said being at UA has been an experience. “Making cookies is different. It is tradition. Cultural.” 

 

Cookies decorated with the Turkish flag. “I want to know who dares to eat cookie with the Turkish flag!?” said Muath Mumani, laughing and raising his finger in the air.

 

The finished product: international Christmas cookies.

 

Mio Ueoka, a 21-year-old ELI student from Japan, said this is her first time making Christmas cookies and her first Christmas. “I like it. Here at the University of Alabama it is interesting because I meet other students from all over the world.”

 

Completed gingerbread house.

 

Muath Mumani, a 39-year-old ELI student from Jordan, said he enrolled in UA’s ELI program to improve his English so he can better serve his clients at his law practice. 

 

Dogga Demir, a 28-year-old ELI student from Turkey, said the main holiday celebration in Turkey is New Year’s so Christmas is new to him. “It is a lot of eating, resting, singing, feasting. What is not to like?”

 

Pride in the creation of first-time gingerbread homes.

 

And, of course, Santa made an appearance.

University Place Elementary Students Learn about World Cultures

Tuscaloosa News

By Drew Taylor / Staff Writer

Wearing traditional Chinese garb and a panda hat, Jing Li stood Friday in the middle of a circle of intrigued students from University Place Elementary School.

As the students watched, Li began to spin, kick and softly move across the floor, performing different martial art forms, such as tai chi and changquan.

In the midst of her performance, Li stopped.

“You want to see more?” Li asked.

“Yeah,” the group shouted with excitement.

Li’s performance was one part of a showcase at the school Friday morning that included representatives from 16 different countries to commemorate International Education Week. The showcase, which was organized between the school and the English Language Institute at the University of Alabama, was called “World Friends Day” and included people explaining their cultures and what makes their country unique.

“We want all of our students to have some kind of experience with all cultures,” said Patsy McGahey, science, technology, engineering and mathematics director at University Place. “We want them to be global citizens.”

The forum was organized after Monica Hollie, a receptionist at ELI and a parent of two students at University Place, approached the school about holding an international forum there. ELI works with University of Alabama students who come from across the globe in improving their English skills. The group normally holds forums at different schools throughout the year to teach children about different cultures.

Hollie said that as much as the forum is for the children, it also helps out the ELI fellows.

“Their first language is not English, and they are here to improve their skills in that area,” Hollie said.

Zion Doughty, a third-grader at University Place, said he liked learning about different countries, such as Jordan.

“It seems really cool,” Doughty said.

McGahey said that University Place has many students who live at or below the poverty level, and they may not have had a chance to see the world or understand how other people live in the world.

“By exposing them to other countries, it broadens their experience to what they can do later in life,” she said.

Hollie said that more than just exposure to cultures, forums like the one on Friday help children relate to others in the world, in addition to making people from other cultures feel like they are understood in the process.

“Sometimes, it can be their first time to come to the U.S.,” Hollie said. “It makes it easier for them to know that a few Americans are eager to learn, not quick to criticize.”

ELI Grad Hopes to ‘Copy and Paste’ UA Experience for Son

By David Miller

College football games in the Southeastern Conference can start as late as 8:30 p.m. CST, and sometimes push through midnight.

It’s a minor inconvenience for University of Alabama football supporters, whether they’re in Bryant-Denny Stadium or watching the game remotely. Time constraints, travel, lodging and ticket expenses – it’s all worth it to see the Crimson Tide win – and win a lot – right?

In Saudi Arabia, eight hours ahead of Alabama and the Central time zone, Yahya Al-Bokhedaim and his son, Shahaeen, fight sleep each week to watch UA’s prime-time matchups. The CBS games offer a reprieve from the overnight viewings, but during late games, Shahaeen often leaves for school without knowing the final score.

Shahaeen, who recently enrolled in UA’s English Language Institute, will no longer wonder who won the game – or Alabama’s margin of victory. He’s taking the same path Yahya took in the early 1980s: learn both the English language and chemical engineering at UA.

“I want to follow that same step as my father,” Shahaeen said. “I can do that [at UA]. I want to follow his steps and be better than him.”

Yahya arrived at UA in 1983, just a year after the ELI was established. He was one of five Saudi students sponsored by oil company Saudi Aramco. Yahya has worked for Saudi Aramco since earning his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1988.

Yahya soaked in American culture and Southern hospitality during his five years on campus, a transition that was aided by a young, energetic ELI staff, he said.

“There were a lot of close friendships between the students and the faculty,” Yahya said. “Some of the faculty were pursuing their master’s or PhD, so that helped develop excellent relationships. They taught us the game of football, and once we learned, we all grew to love it. This was part of the socialization with some of the teachers.”

Yahya visited UA during homecoming week to help move Shahaeen to campus. It was Yahya’s first visit to campus since 1998 and only his second return to his alma mater since he’d graduated. Campus has grown, and there are “so many sidewalks and bike lanes,” but the same charm and “sweet home” he experienced in the 1980s existed the moment he stepped on campus, he said.

A familiar face greeted him when he visited the ELI.

“I was so happy to see the growth of the ELI – it’s become an excellent center,” Yahya said. “And it surprised me when I saw Mr. (Bill) Wallace, who is now the director. He used to be a teacher at ELI, but he remembered who I was. For them, it’s been 30 years, and they’ve had so many students come and go, so for him to have this memory of me shows how much he cares about people.

“And that’s why we’re here – we’re trying to copy and paste my experience for Shahaeen.”

Yahya and Shahaeen Al-Bokhedaim

Diwali Celebration at UA

Diwali is the Indian festival of light. The October event was cohosted by UA’s International Students Association, the UA South Asian Society and UA Honors College Assembly. Through this event, the UA community found a transformative and powerful way to experience a culture.   Click here to learn how to become involved with UA’s International and Multicultural student organizations and see more photos from the event here.

Diwali Celebration at UA