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 and other US immigration status documents you currently hold (such as Permanent Resident Card or a non-student visa). Once you have applied, documents can be submitted directly to: https://bnrsupport.ua.edu/internationaladmissions/public/home
- 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.
Permanent residents and other visa holders can upload their immigration documents for review directly at: https://bnrsupport.ua.edu/internationaladmissions/public/home
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.
International transient students are international students who are currently studying at another US university, and would like to take classes at University of Alabama as a visitor. Admission as a transient (visiting) student may be granted for any term. Transient status may be granted for only one term. Students must apply online and adhere to all international application deadlines. As part of the application, all international students must submit a copy of their passport and any current visa.
Approval may be given on the basis of an official statement of good standing from the current institution’s office of the registrar, OR an official copy of a transcript showing good standing progression of academic courses. International students must also have a letter of transfer credit approval from the current institution’s immigration advisor.
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.