ELI Student Life


ELI Student Activities & Seminars

ELI Students in front of the Black Warrior River during the Welcome Activity

ELI Student Activities

Each session the ELI has trips and student activities. Go to the ELI Office, 101 B.B. Comer Hall, to learn more!

To see the current session’s activities, visit the Student Activities page.

ELI Students decorating cookies

ELI Seminars

The ELI offers free seminars during the session. Seminar topics include holidays, sporting events, English language skills, and cultural themes. Register for seminars in the ELI Office, 101 B.B. Comer Hall. To see the current session’s seminars, visit the Seminars page.

Meet students from the U.S.

UA students playing basketball at the Rec Center

Clubs, Activities, and Events

There are a variety of student clubs, activities and events at The University of Alabama (UA). Students can join student organizations, play on intramural sports teams, or join weekend trips with UA students. Below are links to specific clubs and activities.

International students studying

Culture and Language Exchange

The Culture and Language Exchange matches the ELI students with UA students who would like to meet an international friend. Some of these students are studying the ELI student’s native language. Once matched, these pairs or groups of students meet as often as they like for conversation practice in English and possibly in the ELI student’s native language. Complete the Culture and Language Exchange request form to request a language partner.

Students talking during International Coffee Hour

International Coffee Hour

International Coffee Hour is held on each Friday during fall and spring semesters, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 121 B.B. Comer Hall. Come and enjoy free coffee, tea, snacks, and conversation with our friends from around the world. Visit the International Coffee Hour webpage for more information. All international and American students, scholars, faculty and staff are welcome to join.

UA and ELI students talking together

Culturally Speaking

Through the Culturally Speaking class, ELI students meet regularly with University of Alabama (UA) students to converse in English in relaxed surroundings. Culturally Speaking provides a comfortable way for ELI students to form friendships with UA students and to practice their English. Students in Speaking/Listening 2 and above can register for this free class.