Admission to UA


International students at The University of Alabama join a community that is culturally, academically, and economically diverse. Our more than 38,000 students come from across the United States and 91 foreign countries, and international students represent more than 3 percent of our total student population.

Since its founding in 1831 as the first public university in the state, The University of Alabama has been committed to providing the best, most complete education possible for its students. Our commitment to that goal means that as times change, we sharpen our focus and methods to keep our graduates competitive in their fields. We offer excellent facilities for study and research, including laboratories, studios, multimedia classrooms, and online libraries. The University consistently ranks highly in U.S. News & World Report’s list of top public universities nationwide.

Across our beautiful 1200-acre campus, several buildings dating back to the founding of the University are still in use today—alongside other historic structures and recent construction housing state-of-the-art technology. The last 15 years represent one of the largest growth periods in the University’s history. Recent additions to the campus include science and engineering research facilities, computer centers, and premier music and performance buildings.

Tuscaloosa, an All-America City of 125,000, is home to The University of Alabama and offers opportunities for employment and affordable housing, all located only 50 miles from Birmingham.  Discover how Alabama is the place where your dreams can grow.


The UA English Language Institute, established in 1982, offers a year-round, 6-level Intensive English Program for students from around the world. The ELI also conducts customized programs upon request for groups that have specialized needs.

Professional standards of the highest quality are extremely important to the ELI, whose Intensive English Program is accredited by CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) and which is a member of UCIEP (University & College Intensive English Programs) and EnglishUSA.

ELI Website





International students who meet all academic admission requirements, but do not yet meet the English Proficiency Requirements for full admission, can be admitted to the Pathway to UA Program at The University of Alabama.

Students who enroll in Pathway to UA simultaneously take English courses and academic courses for credit and earn 12-18 credit hours during one or two semesters.

Students who successfully complete Pathway to UA automatically meet the English requirement for full admission; no additional test scores, such as TOEFL or IELTS, are needed.

Pathway Programs Webpage



The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is the flagship institution of higher learning for the state of Alabama. Founded in 1831, UA continues to grow in both enrollment and academic quality, fulfilling our vision to be the university of choice for the most promising students in Alabama and beyond. Our commitment to excellence, displayed through teaching, research and community service, is realized through the impact we have on our community, our region, our nation and internationally.

As part of that vision, we welcome applications from students around the world. Undergraduate International Admissions is here to help you with your application and admission to the University of Alabama.

Undergraduate International Admissions Page



The University of Alabama is a comprehensive research university enrolling nearly 5000 graduate students in over 120 master’s and doctoral programs. Here you will find high-quality programs combined with excellent faculty, top-notch facilities, and outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities.

You will discover that being a graduate student at The University of Alabama means joining a supportive and intellectually stimulating community of scholars and researchers. Our distinguished graduate faculty members, as well as visiting endowed professors and research fellows, provide graduate students with an impressive array of opportunities to learn and grow. UA is further enhanced by the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of our graduate students.

The University awards master’s and Ph.D. degrees in most traditional disciplines. Specialized professional and performance degrees include the D.M.A., Ed.D., Ed.S., M.B.A., M.F.A., M.P.A., M.S.N., M.S.W., and M.T.A.

Graduate School International Admissions Page



International students are welcome to apply for admission to the Law School Juris Doctorate (J.D.) program.  For more information about the program and admissions requirements, please visit the Law School website (

The School of Law offers a one-year program for foreign lawyers leading to the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree. The program is for persons who have completed a basic legal education and received a university degree in law in another country. Students may elect to take courses aimed at developing knowledge in specific areas of the law — such as international business law, environmental law, or comparative law — or may tailor a custom course of study to suit individual interests or professional needs.

The UA School of Law is one of the top 10 public law schools in the nation according to US News & World Report. To earn an LL.M. degree, a student must be in residence in The University of Alabama School of Law for two semesters and must be enrolled for at least 24 semester hours of work over the academic year. Courses and seminars will be arranged on an individual basis with the advice of a faculty “mentor” and the Director of International Programs, Dan Joyner. To earn the degree students must maintain a minimum 2.5 overall grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for all courses and seminars. Students must also, in the judgment of the law faculty, demonstrate satisfactory understanding of the subject matter and above-average ability as legal scholars. In the case of LL.M. students for whom English is a second language, the Dean may waive the grade point average requirement by allowing such students to take course work on a pass/fail basis and to write papers in lieu of examinations, in which case the degree may be earned if such students satisfactorily pass all course work.

For more information on the application process, please contact For more information on the LL.M. Program course of study, please contact the Director of International Programs, Dan Joyner at

Law School Admissions Page


LL.M. Degree Programs Page