All prospective international students are welcome at The University of Alabama. Please visit our application page to submit your application and learn more about our requirements.
Each international applicant must hold the equivalent of a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be eligible for graduate admission. While individual departments may have more stringent requirements, bachelor degrees from Bologna Accord certified institutions are considered to meet this criterion. We do also consider Indian three-year degrees to be equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree.
The fall semester begins in August and is considered the beginning of the academic year. International students are strongly advised to plan to begin their studies then. Many of our departments and programs will consider applications for the spring semester, which starts in January, but fewer openings for new students are available at that time.
Students who are offered admission to The University of Alabama Graduate School will receive housing and health insurance information, a letter of admission, and an immigration document (usually Form I-20 or DS-2019). We will also provide information about our Graduate Orientation and Welcome (GROW).
Upon arrival in Tuscaloosa, students should report International Student and Scholar Services. This office is also the best place to ask any questions concerning immigration.
We ask that international applicants who are using a recruitment agency to help them with their application visit our agent information page. This page lists the agents that we work with and provides additional information about the standards of practice to which we hold these partners.
A student, whether an international or a permanent resident, whose first language is not English, must submit an official score report from one of the following proficiency examinations. An exception is made if the applicant fulfills the following criteria: 1) has been in residence in the United States at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, and 2) has been enrolled in coursework for two consecutive years immediately prior to enrolling at The University of Alabama or has earned a degree from that college or university within three years of enrolling at The University of Alabama. Information on registering for the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE is available online or at U.S. embassies, consulates, Institute of International Education offices, AMIDEAST offices, and other organizations concerned with international education.
The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores must be less than two years old at the time of the student’s intended enrollment at The University of Alabama.
An international graduate applicant to The University of Alabama may be considered for Conditional Language Admission if he or she does not meet the minimum TOEFL score requirement of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 on the iBT, 6.5 on the IELTS or 59 on the PTE and/or does not have an admission test score (e.g. GRE/GMAT/MAT). Please click here to check if your prospective program offers Conditional Language Admission.
A conditionally admitted international student must complete the English Language Institutes’s (ELI) Intensive English Program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the advanced levels (levels 4, 5, and 6) or earn a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 on the iBT, or 6.5 on the IELTS before he or she will be allowed to enroll in graduate courses, hold teaching assistantships, or hold internally funded research assistantships. Students who have Conditional Language Admission are eligible to hold only externally funded research assistantships. In special circumstances an applicant may also enroll in graduate classes while enrolled in the ELI. Please see the Graduate Catalog for more information.
During the application process please upload copies of your transcripts (with English translations if necessary) to the application portal. Once admitted, international applicants must submit one certified copy in the native language along with certified English translations of all transcripts, diplomas, and certificates of degree. Transcript and diploma copies submitted after admission must be certified by the issuing institution. Notary copies are NOT acceptable.
The University of Alabama maintains (through the English Language Institute) the International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP), a program that all graduate assistants with any teaching or instructional activities who are non-native speakers of English must successfully complete before they are allowed to teach. Students are recommended for ITAP by their departments. For information about these please contact the English Language Institute
Applicants applying from outside the U.S. are encouraged to have complete applications, with all supporting documents, at least 180 days before the beginning of the semester for which application is made. Some departments have earlier deadlines; applicants should contact the departments in which they are interested to obtain information about department deadlines and other requirements.
Graduate admission documents are normally sent through regular mail. This can take 7-10 days for domestic mail and 4-6 weeks for international mail.
Students who can easily get to Tuscaloosa at the time of admission may pick up their graduate admission documents (I-20/DS-2019) from Capstone International Services in 105 B.B. Comer Hall. Capstone International Services normally will contact the student when their documents are ready to be picked up. Capstone International Services will allow friends or family members to pick up documents for you only if you provide specific instructions and tell us the name and CWID of the friend or family who will pick up the document. Student ID is required when picking up a document from Capstone International Services.