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

    City, Small/College town

  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member, UCIEP Member

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Social Media


The University of Alabama (UA), founded in 1831, is the flagship public university for the state of Alabama, which is located in heart of the southeastern United States. The large, beautiful UA campus is located in the city of Tuscaloosa in west-central Alabama. 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. 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
  • Warm, friendly "southern hospitality"
  • "College-town" environment
  • Mild climate
  • Reasonable cost of living

Intensive English Program


  • 20 to 24 hours weekly
  • Six different levels of instruction, beginning to advanced
  • US conversation partners
  • Small classes
  • Professional teachers
  • Conditional admission available
  • TOEFL, IELTS, GRE workshops
  • Certificates awarded at end of session


Fall 1, 2019 August 19 - October 10
Fall 2, 2019 October 15 - December 12
Spring 1, 2020 January 6 - February 27
Spring 2, 2020 March 2 - April 29
Summer 1, 2020 May 4 - June 15
Summer 2, 2020 June 18 - July 30
Fall 1, 2020 August 17 - October 8
Fall 2, 2020 October 13 - December 10



Cost are valid through July 2020 and may increase slightly in August each year. Costs to attend are, in many cases, lower than costs at other intensive English programs in the US. All costs are listed in USD.

  Fall & Spring full sessions
(8 weeks)
Summer full sessions
(6 weeks)
Tuition $2,052 $2,052
University Student Fee $516 $384
Medical Insurance $365 $275
On-Campus Housing $1,475 $1475
Meals (estimate) $903 $903
Books (estimate) $170 $170
TOTAL $5,481 $5,259

Half-sessions (3-4 weeks) are available at the beginning of each full session. Please visit our website for an estimated cost of the Fall/Spring or Summer half sessions.

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


Cost are valid through July 2020 and may increase slightly in August each year. Costs to attend are, in many cases, lower than costs at other intensive English programs in the US. All costs are listed in USD.

1 semester (12-15 credits) = $15,125

2 semesters (15-18 credits) = $22,967 ($7,842 1st semester + $15,125 2nd semester)

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.


Cost are valid through July 2020 and may increase slightly in August each year. Costs to attend are, in many cases, lower than costs at other intensive English programs in the US. All costs are listed in USD.

Spring semester, 2020 (January-April)


Fall semester, 2020 (August-December)

  • 3 academic credits + 15 hours/week English = $7,842
  • 6 academic credits + 10 hours/week English = $10,548

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


January 6 - January 31, 2020(17 class days) November 22, 2019*

August 17 - September 11, 2020(17 class days)July 10, 2020*

* Early applications are encouraged in order for students to have sufficient time to arrange for visas, flights, etc.




  • Tuition and fees
  • Corporate visits
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Textbooks and materials
  • Medical insurance
  • Airport transfers to/from Birmingham, Alabama (BHM) on designated dates

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


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