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.”

(English with Arabic and English subtitles)

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum English proficiency:
    • ELI Placement Exam:
      • Level 5 in UA-ELI Intensive English Program to earn 3 credit hours in 1 semester
      • Level 6 in UA-ELI Intensive English Program to earn 6 credit hours in 1 semester
  • 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.


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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