University of Alabama

English Language Institute

The University of Alabama (UA), founded in 1831, is the flagship public university for the state of Alabama, which is located in the heart of the southeastern United States. The large, beautiful UA campus is located in the city of Tuscaloosa in west-central Alabama, and is part of the University of Alabama System.

University Of Alabama 

The University of Alabama (UA), founded in 1831, is the flagship public university for the state of Alabama, which is located in the heart of the southeastern United States. The large, beautiful UA campus is located in the city of Tuscaloosa in west-central Alabama, and is part of the University of Alabama System. UA enrolls more than 38,000 students, including approximately 1500 international students from 75+ countries around the world. Ranked one of the best public institutions in the USA, UA offers a wide variety of top-quality academic programs and over 200-degree programs. For non-native English speakers who meet the academic qualifications for admission but who do not meet the English-language requirement, UA offers the Pathway to UA and Conditional Admission for both undergraduate and graduate study. The UA English Language Institute (ELI) provides a six-level Intensive English Program for students who need or want to improve their skills in English.


The city of Tuscaloosa has approximately 100,000 residents and is within driving distance of major US cities such as Atlanta, Birmingham, and New Orleans and the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. It is a safe, friendly, and affordable city. Many multi-national corporations such as Airbus, Boeing, Google, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda-Toyota, and Mercedes-Benz are located in Alabama and contribute significantly to diversity and economic growth. Tuscaloosa's climate, which is relatively warm most of the year, has four distinct seasons--long summers and short winters, with beautiful weather in the fall and spring. Recreational activities such as water and outdoor sports are very popular in Alabama, and the warm climate in Tuscaloosa allows for outdoor activities and recreation during most of the year.


UA and the UA English Language Institute both offer lots of activities for students, including academic lectures, athletic competitions, sporting events, and musical and theatrical concerts and productions. Special cultural and social activities are scheduled for ELI students on a weekly basis, and participation is optional. ELI student activities include local events and out-of-town trips to nearby cities and attractions. ELI students have access to all facilities and events on the large UA campus, including more than 500 student organizations. Participation in various activities, events, and clubs is a great way to meet and make new friends from the US and around the world.

University & Tuscaloosa Life

  • On-campus housing
  • Large, beautiful campus
  • Outstanding campus facilities - gyms, swimming pools, sporting events, libraries, health center, dorms and dining halls
  • Many student organizations and activities
  • Warm, friendly "southern hospitality"
  • "College-town" environment
  • Mild climate
  • Reasonable cost of living

Intensive English Program


  • 20 to 24 hours of English classes weekly
  • Six different levels of instruction, beginning to advanced
  • Free US conversation partner program
  • Free tutoring
  • Free seminars
  • Free activities
  • Free conversation class with university students
  • Small classes
  • Professional teachers with graduate degrees
  • Conditional admission available
  • Certificates awarded at end of session


There are 6 sessions every year.

August - October (4 to 8 weeks)

October - December (4 to 8 weeks)

January - February (4 to 8 weeks)

March - April (4 to 8 weeks)

May - June (3 to 6 weeks)

June - July (3 weeks)

Pathway to UA


  • Want to earn a Bachelor's degree at UA
  • Meet the academic qualifications for undergraduate admission at UA
  • Are non-native speakers of English who need to improve their English
  • Want to take courses for academic credit while studying English


  • Enroll in one-semester or two-semester programs (or in "Pre-Pathway to UA") depending on the level of English
  • Receive full admission to the degree program by passing all course work with grades of C or higher
  • Earn 14-17 hours of academic credit while studying English
  • Begin in August, January or May

Semester Abroad at UA


  • Are enrolled in a university outside of the USA
  • Want to study abroad and earn academic credit at a major public university in the USA
  • Are non-native speakers of English who have limited English proficiency


  • Enroll for one semester or longer; study period can be 4-10 months.
  • Take English + academic courses and transfer credit to your home university; the number of credits earned depends on the student's level of proficiency.
  • Begin earning credit in January or August, or start first with intensive English in March, May, June or October.

Teacher Training Program


  • Improves the teaching skills for English language instructors through three key components: English language training, American culture, and pedagogical training
  • Designed for groups of 15-30 instructors
  • Available during the fall and spring semesters

Customized Group Programs


  • Can be designed for groups of 10 or more participants
  • Start and end dates can be chosen by the group
    • Short-term (2-6 weeks)
    • 3 to 5 hours daily
    • Specialized curricula
    • Flexible content and focus
    • Weekend trips and activities


  • Training workshops for English teachers
  • US Civil Rights Movement & Southern Culture Tour
  • English language & US culture for university students and/or professors

Contact us about designing a specialized program for your group!

The University of Alabama: Where Legends Are Made



$1,000—$5,000 Session

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Type of School

University/Intensive English Program

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    City, Small/College town
  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member, UCIEP Member, SACSCOC
  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory

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