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University of Alabama Birmingham - INTO USA

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Overview

Overview

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (INTO UAB) offers Pathway programs and opportunities for ambitious international students.

A partnership between INTO and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) helps international students' progress to degree-level study in the US. Programs available are International Year One, Undergraduate Transfer, Graduate Pathway and Academic English.

Through these programs, students gain academic credits while greatly developing their English language and academic skills. Other services provided by UAB include:

  • Academic advisors
  • Language tutors
  • Learning Resource Center
  • Personalized support
  • Visa and immigration help
  • Educational and cultural workshops, activities and events

The university is widely celebrated and has recently been named the No. 147 best global university and the No. 67 top public school by U.S. News & World Report in 2022. Additionally, 16 of its graduate programs rank in the top 25.

Founded in 1969, UAB is spread over 275 acres and is home to about 22,000 students. Many come from overseas, with 100+ countries represented. It's the largest research institution in Alabama, as well as the largest employer in the state.

Situated near downtown Birmingham, UAB's location offers students a wide range of activities to enjoy during their spare time. These include hiking trails in the Appalachian Mountains, an exciting city nightlife, water sports on the three main rivers, theatre shows, dining options and much more.

At UAB, students can be sure of an education that will set them up for a successful future. Programs are designed to help them push the limits and reach their goals, so they'll graduate ready to make an impact in the professional world.

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What's new

What's new

Excellence in research

UAB received a record USD 849 million in research grants and awards for the 2021 financial year. It was ranked No.7 in the world for research and education efforts around health and wellbeing in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2020.

More than 7,000 undergraduate students and over 7,600 graduate students are involved in research.

With UAB covering about one quarter of downtown Birmingham, it is safe to say that students will get to know their new home very well. UAB has 22,000 students, 23,000 employees and is the largest single employer in the state of Alabama. Its annual economic impact is larger than USD $7.15 billion.

A sustainable campus

UAB's new classroom and office space, University Hall, has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The new College of Arts and Sciences building is the first LEED-certified building on the campus.

The university is aiming to save as much energy, water and resources as possible, as well as generating minimal waste. UAB's strategic sustainability plan works to design, build and maintain buildings that are safe and healthy places for people that at the same time have a positive impact on the environment.

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Department structure

Department structure

A variety of Pathway programs, undergraduate and postgraduate programs are available for international students to help them qualify for degree-level study in the US.

Direct Entry Undergraduate

Students who meet the necessary entry requirements and English language proficiency levels can apply directly to UAB for entry onto undergraduate programs in a variety of subjects and disciplines.

International Year One

Students can earn degree credits while improving their academic and English skills. Additional support is given so students can graduate at the same time as UAB domestic students. Depending on their English language proficiency, students can take a tailored pathway program (up to three semesters) for entry onto their undergraduate program.

Undergraduate Transfer Program

Those who have already completed college or university courses and want to transfer to UAB can take the Undergraduate Transfer Program where they can transfer degree credits.

Direct Entry Graduate

Students looking to gain direct entry onto a postgraduate course at UAB will need to be able to satisfy the entry requirements and English language level needed.

Graduate Pathway Program

This program equips international students with the academic and language skills they need to study a graduate degree. They will also prepare for GMAT/GRE tests, if it is required by the program. There are one and two semester options, depending on the English language abilities of students.

Academic English Program

Students can develop their English language, academic and critical thinking skills so that they can be successful in US higher education.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for a pathway program, undergraduate course or postgraduate degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, students need to meet a small number of entry requirements.

Direct Entry Undergraduate

Academic requirements: high school diploma and a minimum GPA of 2.75 (additional requirements may be necessary depending on the course/program).

English language requirements: A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (overall with at least 5.5 on each section), a minimum TOEFL score of 77 or equivalent.

International Year One

Academic requirements: high school diploma and a minimum GPA of 2.0.

English language requirements: minimum IELTS score of 5.0, a minimum TOEFL score of 50 or equivalent.

Undergraduate Transfer Program

Academic requirements: minimum GPA of 2.0 and a minimum of 12 college or university transfer credits.

English language requirements: minimum IELTS score of 5.0-6.0, a minimum TOEFL score of 50-77 or equivalent.

Direct Entry Graduate

Academic requirements: undergraduate degree, minimum GPA of 3.0, GRE and GMAT scores if needed by a particular program, additional materials and references may be needed depending on the qualification applied for.

English language requirements: minimum IELTS score of 6.5, minimum TOEFL score of 80 or equivalent.

Graduate Pathway Program

Academic requirements: depending on the course, students need to have completed their first degree, diploma or equivalent, have equivalent to a GPA of 2.5, and meet any other specific program requirements.

English language requirements: minimum IELTS score of 5.5, a minimum TOEFL score of 65 or equivalent.

Academic English

Students need a high school diploma or equivalent.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

To support high-achieving international students, the University of Alabama at Birmingham offers a range of helpful scholarships to support tuition fees and living expenses. Students are encouraged to check the availability and eligibility requirements for each scholarship. Awards include:

Regional Scholarship

Up to USD $9,000 is available for eligible students on an International Year One, Undergraduate Transfer, Integrated Master's, or Graduate Pathway program.

Progression Scholarship

Up to USD $3,000 per year, renewable for up to three years, is available for eligible students who successfully complete an International Year One or Undergraduate Transfer Program and meet the progression requirements.

International Scholarship

Up to USD $7,500 per year, renewable for up to four years, is available for eligible students who directly enroll as a first-year degree-seeking student.

IB Scholarship

Up to USD $2,500 per year, renewable for up to four years, is available for eligible students who directly enroll as a first-year degree-seeking student.

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Facilities

Facilities

Campus

International students will be able to enjoy all that the University of Alabama at Birmingham's campus has to offer. It's home to many green spaces, over 4,400 trees, and has been named a Tree Campus USA university by the Arbor Day Foundation for five straight years. Located close to downtown Birmingham, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Buildings

UAB is always improving its infrastructure for the benefit of the community. New buildings include the Collat School of Business and School of Nursing, and the Genomic Medicine and Data Research building. All are well-equipped with top learning facilities and resources.

Opened in 2015, the impressive Hill Student Center is full of amenities including dining facilities, a stadium-style theater, a technology store, a bookstore and spaces for activities, gatherings and services.

Extracurricular

There's an abundance of exciting activities for students to get involved with outside of the classroom. The UAB Recreation Center was ranked No. 18 among the most amazing campus student recreation centers by Best College Reviews 2021. More than 340 student clubs and organizations are running, as well as 20 club sports and 18 Division I sports teams.

Dining

There are over 15 on-campus restaurants that offer students a plethora of dining options to cater to a wide range of preferences and requirements. There are all-you-can-eat and food-on-the-go options, which can be paid for using the university ONE card, so there's no need to worry about carrying cash on campus.

Health and wellbeing

UAB has recently refurbished the Student Health Services and Counseling and Wellness Center. The center is based spans 23,000 square feet and provides students with support related to health and wellbeing.

Accommodation

All UAB halls of residences are conveniently located on campus, so students can easily reach the buildings and facilities they need, as well as downtown Birmingham. Most International Year One students are required to live on campus.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Pathway programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are designed to help international students prepare for successful study at U.S. degree-level. There are 16 graduate programs ranked within the top 25 in America by U.S. News & World Report's 2022 best graduate schools.

The university is committed to ensuring that students graduate with more than just a degree. They are well-prepared to enter the professional world and equipped to face the challenges it brings, where they have the skills and experience that employers look for.

Career services

During their time at UAB, students can make the most of the career support available. Helpful staff and resources mean that students have opportunities to network with employers and gain invaluable industry experience. Services include:

  • Careers fairs
  • Planning tools
  • Job listing website
  • On-campus interviews
  • Personal advice
  • Internship and work experience opportunities

Student Reviews

''I learned a lot at UAB, and the constant guidance and motivation by the professors was something which built a sense of confidence in an international student like me. The highlight of my degree has been the internship project offered by UAB in the summer of 2020. I was able to determine the spread of COVID-19 according to the mobility of the community in the states of Georgia and Mississippi.'' Karan, India, Master's in Public Health, Clinical Research Assistant, UAB Medicine-Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship

''UAB is a great place for everyone. Apart from being a top medical school and hospital in the country, UAB has great energy. They not only provide you with the best education and resources, but also give you some memorable experiences that you can cherish later in your life. It just has a great vibe to it.'' Nabaa, Pakistan, International Year One in Science, COVID-19 Screener, Children's of Alabama Hospital

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