English Language Proficiency Policy

Students who apply for academic admission are expected to take all of their courses alongside native English speakers. This includes:

  • Participating in class discussions
  • Writing multiple-page essays
  • Reading and understanding assigned textbook and course material
  • Comprehending lectures

To show English proficiency, international applicants must submit an official qualifying English Proficiency test score:

Exemptions are granted to applicants who:

  • Graduate from a U.S. high school
  • Have earned a ā€œCā€ or better in a university-level composition course level 101 or higher (ESL courses do not qualify). This must be an in-person class, not online.
  • Speak English as a native language. For the purposes of The University of Alabama, English may be considered your native language if you have been raised in an environment where English is the only official language of your locality, your schooling, and in your home. Countries given automatic exemption are:
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • New Zealand
  • Solomon Islands
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom

Applicants who have not met these requirements, but have high SAT/ACT reading and/or writing scores can petition to waive the TOEFL requirement.

Back to International Undergraduate Admissions Home