University of Alabama
English Language Institute

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $1,000—$5,000 Session

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Communication, Engineering

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member, UCIEP Member

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Social Media


The University of Alabama (UA), located in Tuscaloosa, is a large and beautiful campus in the western part of Alabama. The student population is approx. 39,000 from 82 different countries. Ranked one of the best public institutions in the USA, UA competes at the very highest level in sports and attracts many of the best and brightest students around the world. UA offers Conditional Admission for undergraduate study and Provisional Language Admission for graduate study to international students who meet the academic qualifications for admission but who do not yet have sufficient proficiency in English.


Tuscaloosa, a small city, with a population of 100,000 residents, is centrally located in the Southeastern United States and close to major cities and beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Many multi-national corporations such as Mercedes-Benz, Airbus, Boeing, Hyundai, International Paper, and Google (next year) are located in Alabama and help with the diversity and economic growth. Recreational activities such as water and outdoor sports (including golf and American football) are very popular in Alabama. The weather is relatively warm throughout the year.


ELI Activities include international dinners, shopping in the surrounding area, and trips to local venues, mountains, and cities including Atlanta, New Orleans, Panama City Beach, and Nashville. Students can participate in cultural, recreation, sports, and fitness clubs. There are more than 500 student organizations, which are a great way to meet and make new friends from all over the world.

Course of Study for Intensive English Program

  • 20 to 24 hours weekly
  • Six different levels of instruction, beginning to advanced
  • US conversation partners
  • Small classes
  • Faculty hold graduate degrees in TESOL
  • Conditional admission available
  • University credit courses available concurrently with English
  • Access to university facilities and events
  • iBT/Institutional TOEFL and IELTS

Campus & Tuscaloosa Life

  • University dormitory housing
  • Outstanding university facilities
  • Weekend activities/field trips
  • Friendly "southern hospitality"
  • College town environment
  • Mild climate
  • Large, beautiful campus
  • Reasonable cost of living


Fall 1 August 20 – October 11
Fall 2 October 16 – December 13
Spring 1 January 3 – February 26
Spring 2 February 28 – April 29
Summer 1 May 6 – June 17
Summer 2 June 20 – August 1
Fall 1 August 19 - October 10
Fall 2 October 15 - December 12

Costs Per Session

Costs to attend the ELI are comparable to or in many cases lower than those of other intensive English programs in the U.S. All costs are listed in US dollars.


Fall/Spring full session

(8 weeks)

Summer full session

(6 weeks)

Tuition $2,052 $2,052
University Student Fee $516 $384
Medical Insurance $350 $265
On-Campus Housing $1,438 $1,050
Meals (estimate) $872 $872
Books (estimate) $170 $170
TOTAL $5,398 $4,793

Half-sessions are available at the beginning of each full session. Please go to our website for an estimated cost of the Fall/Spring or Summer half sessions.

Pathway to UA

An undergraduate conditional admission program for students who:

  • 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 level of English
  • Receive full admission to 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

Tuition Costs

August 2018 - July 2019

1 semester (14 credits) = $14,615

2 semesters (17 credits) = $22,547

($7,932 1st semester + $14,615 2nd semester)

Semester Abroad at UA

A one-semester (or longer) undergraduate study-abroad program for students who:

  • 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 - number of credits earned depends on student's level of proficiency
  • Begin earning credit in January or August, or begin first with intensive English in March, May, June or October

Tuition Costs

Tuition for August 2018 - July 2019:

Semester: Spring (Jan-April) or Fall (August-December)

  • 3 academic credits + English = $7,932
  • 14 academic credits + English = $14,615

Intensive English ( 6-8 weeks) before semester

  • 2 months English prior to semester = $2,568

English + Business Program 

  • Program offered jointly with the UA Culverhouse College of Business

  • Designed for students or business professionals who want to improve their English language skills and learn about business concepts/practices in the USA
    (High intermediate proficiency in English recommended)

Program Dates                                        Deadline to Apply

January 3 - February 1, 2019 (19 class days)           November 1, 2018

August 19 - Sept 13, 2019 (17 class days)                June 14, 2019


  • $3,175

Includes tuition, fees, insurance, housing, meals, textbooks, airport transfer, various program activities.

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 

Sample customized group programs include:

  • Training workshops for English teachers
  • U.S. Civil Rights Movement & Southern Culture Tour
  • English training for university students and/or professors

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

Let the English Language Institute design a specialized program for your group! Contact the ELI for more information.

The University of Alabama: Where Legends Are Made

University of Alabama
English Language Institute

101 BB Comer Hall
Box 870250
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0250
P: 205.348.7413
CEA EnglishUSA Member UCIEP Member
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English Language Institute