The University of Alabama at Birmingham


The University of Alabama at Birmingham is an internationally-renowned, public doctoral research university and academic health center. Students will live and learn in a metropolitan area of more than 1.1 million people that is a thriving center of medicine, banking, business, research and development.

  • Top 20 US universities for research funding (National Science Foundation 2016).
  • #14 Up-and-Coming National Universities (U.S. News & World Report 2016).
  • Top 300 Best Universities in the World (Academic Rankings of World Universities 2016).

Quick facts

Why This University


Direct Entry

If your student meets the academic and English language requirements for the degree program, they can apply directly to the university program.

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International Year One

International Year One allows students to begin earning credits toward their degree even if they don’t meet the academic and English requirements for direct entry.

  • International Year One in Business
  • International Year One in Computer Science
  • International Year One in Engineering
  • International Year One in General
  • International Year One in Pre-Nursing
  • International Year One in Public Health
  • International Year One in Science

Transfer Program

A customized program allowing students to transfer credits and apply them toward their degree.

  • Undergraduate Transfer Program

Direct Entry

If your student meets the academic and English language requirements for the degree program, they can apply directly to the university program.

View Direct Entry courses

Integrated Master’s Program

Students who meet the English language requirements for the graduate degree program and need additional academic and cultural support can apply directly to the university program and receive extra support customized for international students.

  • View Integrated Master’s Program courses

Graduate Pathway

Graduate Pathway program offering the academic foundation, essential language skills and GMAT/GRE test preparation to successfully move on to master’s degrees.

  • Graduate Pathway in Biotechnology
  • Graduate Pathway in Business Administration (MBA)
  • Graduate Pathway in Civil Engineering
  • Graduate Pathway in Computer Science
  • Graduate Pathway in Computer Science (Non-Background Program)
  • Graduate Pathway in Cyber Security
  • Graduate Pathway in Cyber Security (Non-Background Program)
  • Graduate Pathway in Data Science
  • Graduate Pathway in Educational Studies
  • Graduate Pathway in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Academic English

An intensive program offering students rapid progress in preparation for an academic degree.

  • Academic English

Top subjects

Key rankings

Student success

  • #168 Best Universities in the World (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-18).
  • #159 Top National Universities (U.S. News & World Report 2018).
  • $528M Total research expenditures .
  • The New York Times named Birmingham 1 of 52 Places to Go in 2017 (The New York Times 2017).
  • 1000+ Birmingham-area employers offer student internship opportunities .

Take a look at our student progression results in all programs for 2018-19:

Eligible: 98.8% of students who successfully completed the Pathway program and qualified for admission as degree-seeking students.
Enrolled: 95.8% of students who enrolled as degree-seeking students in their next term of degree study at their host university.

INTO North America Progression Record 2018-19, 31st of October 2019

Campus and location

1. The University of Alabama at Birmingham campus

You’ll be joining an international community at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Located in the heart of the largest city in the state, you’ll be near the best the southern US has to offer. The exciting journey of college life starts here, with state-of-the-art facilities, numerous learning resources, an active student body and big time college athletics. That’s just the start—UAB has countless opportunities for you.


For students applying for direct entry to university accommodation information can be found on the university website.

Student Residences at UAB

  • Conveniently located close to campus and classrooms
  • Choice of three types of rooms
  • Great value for money, with all bills included
  • 24/7 support with on-site accommodation assistants

University facilities

The university is continually investing. In 2015, UAB built the new Hill Student Center, an impressive facility which provides space for student activities, gatherings and services, as well as meeting and conference rooms. Students will find upgraded dining facilities, a stadium-style theater, a two-story bookstore and a technology store. There’s also the One-Stop Student Service Center for admissions, course registration, student accounting, parking, financial aid and student ID functions.

Admission Requirements & Deadline

Are you ready to become a Blazer? Submit these materials to apply to UAB:

  • a completed application;
  • a nonrefundable $40 application fee;
  • official proof of English proficiency (unless English is your first language);
  • official transcripts*. All documents must be sent in English.
  • If you are studying or living in the United States currently, you must send a copy of proof of your immigration status (passport, I-94, visa, and/or I-797 approval notice).

To get your answer early, submit your application early.

Incoming SemesterDeadlines for Priority Consideration*
Fall SemesterJune 1
Spring SemesterNovember 1
Summer SemesterMarch 15

If English is not your native language, then you will have to submit an English proficiency test score. Official test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency to UAB. The score you submit should not be more than two years old.

If English is your native language, you must submit the results from either the SAT or ACT test. Official test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency to UAB.

TestMinimum Score Requirements
TOEFL (UAB code: 1856)77
IELTS6.0 overall with at least a 5.5 on each section of the examination
DuoLingo70 (exam date prior to July 15, 2019)
120 (exam date July 15, 2019, or later)


Scholarships at INTO The University of Alabama at Birmingham: we support you

We support you. We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve the goal of studying at a world-class US university.

Do I qualify for a scholarship?

To be considered for a scholarship opportunity, you must submit required materials and meet eligibility requirements.

What types of scholarship are available?

This scholarship is available for the duration of the Pathway only.

Maximum value



  • Admission to program
  • Latest academic transcript
  • Evidence of English proficiency
  • 300-400 word personal statement may be required for some regions
  • Scholarship interview may be required for some regions
  • Amount subject to change – limited awards at maximum value

This merit-based scholarship, offered on a first-come, first-served basis, is available to students who enroll directly into a degree program without completing a Pathway program first.

Maximum value



  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • First-year, full-time, degree-seeking students only (no post-secondary work).
  • Completed high school or secondary school outside of the US.
  • Currently live outside of the United States.
  • Must be accepted prior to May 1 for the August intake (November 1 for the January intake).
  • Students with governmental scholarships or other external support are ineligible for this award

This merit-based scholarship is available to students who enroll directly into a degree program without completing a Pathway program first. Requires an application by March 1

Maximum value



  • Fully admitted to UAB as a first-year undergraduate student before March 1.
  • Submit scholarship application by March 1.
  • IB Diploma with a score of 24 or higher.
  • Eligible candidates will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship that will be automatically upgraded to $2,500 after final IB scores are received

For more information on eligibility, visit UAB’s scholarship page.

To find out more about scholarships available for degree study at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, visit the university’s scholarships webpage.

UAB Continuing Success Scholarship

Maximum value



  • Admitted to a degree-seeking program at UAB after successfully completing International Year One and meeting all progression requirements
  • Student must matriculate to UAB the academic term immediately following International Year One completion
  • Students completing the International Year One at the end of Spring semester must matriculate by the Fall semester
  • Cumulative GPA must be achieved and maintained throughout International Year One
  • Scholarship is split into $1,500 per semester for two semesters (Fall and Spring)

Tuition fees

International Costs

ProgramDetailsInternational Charge
Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Graduate School, Joint Health Sciences (JHS)Each semester hour of coursework$925
Health Professions, Nursing, Public HealthEach semester hour of coursework$1080


Tuition & Fees*$25,500$25,500
Books and Supplies**$1,200$1,200
Meal Plan***$4,430$450
Freshman Housing****$6,800N/A
Total Direct Cost$37,930$27,150
Total Indirect Cost*****$6,244$6,244


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