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International Admission Requirements

To apply, applicants must submit ALL documents before their application is considered complete and ready for review:

  • An online application
  • $40 non-refundable application fee (please pay by credit card during the application process)
  • A copy of your passport photo page
  • Complete, translated, evaluated transcripts for ALL schools attended
    • The University of Alabama requires that all international curriculum transcripts must be evaluated by an evaluation agency.  Please provide a course-by-course evaluation with GPA calculation.  For a list of approved agencies, please visit naces.org.
  • Proof of English Proficiency to be admitted into academic courses OR you can apply to be admitted conditionally

For detailed admission requirements, please see below: 

Incoming Freshmen graduating from schools outside the USA

The University of Alabama employs a competitive admission process that includes reviewing and evaluating each application on an individual basis for an applicant’s abilities as a student and a scholar.

For students who attend high school outside of the USA, the college preparatory requirements for academic admission are:

  • 4 units of language
  • 4 units of social sciences
  • 3 units of mathematics
  • 3 units of natural / physical sciences
  • 5 additional academic courses (we recommend courses in fine arts, computer literacy, additional mathematics sciences or languages)

GPA will be calculated on ALL of your coursework, not just core subjects.  The University of Alabama considers applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in a 4.0 scale for admission. 

The University of Alabama requires that all international curriculum transcripts must be evaluated by an evaluation agency.  Please provide a course-by-course evaluation with GPA calculation.  For a list of approved agencies, please visit naces.org.

If your high school is accredited in the USA and follows a US American or IB curriculum, you do not have to submit transcript evaluations.  Additionally, evaluations are not necessary on IGSCE scores that are sent directly from the testing agency.

SAT / ACT are NOT required for admission for students graduating from overseas schools, but will be required for applicants who would like to be considered for scholarship.

Once admitted, students requiring F-1 and J-1 visas must also send documentation in order to secure an I-20 / DS-2010.

Incoming International Freshmen graduating from a U.S. high school

International freshmen graduating from U.S. high schools must meet the same admissions criteria as domestic applicants.  Please review the admission requirements here.

In addition to meeting the admission requirements, international students graduating from U.S. schools seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa must submit their I-20 / DS-2019 request form and proof of finances as part of the application process.  For more information, please read the Securing an I-20 / DS-2019 page.

International Transfer Students

To be admitted to UA as a transfer student, you must have earned an overall GPA of “C” (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher on all university-level work attempted.  GPA will be calculated on ALL of your coursework, not just core subjects.

Please note that technical, remedial, vocational, and ESL classes are not accepted.

Applicants with fewer than 24 earned credit hours of university-level coursework will also need to meet the freshman admission requirements as listed above.

In addition to meeting the admission requirements, international students requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa who are transferring from another U.S. institution should have their SEVIS record transferred to the University of Alabama. Contact Capstone International Services for questions about this process. 

Once admitted, students transferring from outside of the USA students requiring F-1 and J-1 visas must also send documentation in order to secure an I-20 / DS-2010.

The University of Alabama reserves the right to refuse admission or re-enrollment or to place conditions on admission or re-enrollment of applicants and former students who it determines represent a safety risk to University students, employees, and University property. Applicants have the right to appeal any such decision to the Undergraduate Admissions Advisory Committee within 7 business days of the date the notice was received.

Withholding information or giving false information may make you ineligible for admission to, or continuation at, the University. Therefore, by submitting this information, you certify that it is true, correct, and complete. Also, by submitting this application, you give permission for the University to obtain additional information from others pertinent to your record prior to attending the University.



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