University of Alabama at Birmingham English Language Institute

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University of Alabama at Birmingham English Language Institute

At INTO UAB, international students join a supportive community committed to helping them integrate with ease into American university life while preparing for degree studies. Unique programs help improve academic and English language skills, and helpful faculty and staff ensure students adjust to life in the US. Students studying in the INTO UAB Center have all the benefits of campus life at an American university. Living and learning in the heart of UAB’s campus, international students develop friendships with American and international students and have access to all of the academic, social and cultural resources and activities at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Pathway Programs

INTO UAB offers academic Pathway programs designed to prepare students to progress with confidence to UAB undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Academic English Program

The Academic English program at INTO UAB prepares international students for university study in the US. This academically rigorous program provides international students with high-quality English language instruction and the academic skills to succeed at UAB through development of:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary and pronunciation skills
  • Correct grammar usage
  • Academic study skills

Program Highlights

  • Intensive English instruction to prepare for university study
  • Academic advising and support throughout the program
  • Small class sizes
  • Highly trained and experienced instructors

Program Courses

Level 1-2

  • Integrated Skills
  • Vocabulary Building
  • Writing
  • Reading

Level 3-5

  • Grammar in Use
  • Academic Listening and Speaking
  • Academic Reading
  • Academic Writing

Program Outcomes

After finishing this intensive program, successful students will be able to:

  • Interact comfortably in the US classroom with professors and fellow students
  • Understand US values in an academic setting
  • Present their spoken and written ideas accurately and effectively in English
  • Write research papers with proper use of citations and references
  • Use the internet and UAB libraries databases to conduct academic research
  • Read, understand and critically evaluate academic texts
  • Understand and use vocabulary common to academic disciplines
  • Take useful and accurate notes in academic lectures and presentations
  • Develop and deliver oral presentations

Understand the Pathway Program

INTO UAB’s Undergraduate Pathway program combines intensive language study, academic skills development and academic coursework in a program designed to move students successfully through the first year of their four-year degree program of study in the US.

The Undergraduate Pathway program is for students who:

  • Want to study for an undergraduate degree in the US
  • Desire additional academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed during the first year at a US university
  • May need to improve English language skills
  • May have a lower GPA than required for direct admission to degree program
  • Meet any or all of the above criteria

In addition to intensive English instruction, Pathway students take core academic courses including math, science, writing and other courses required of all students, domestic and international. All Undergraduate Pathway courses are UAB credit-bearing courses. Undergraduate Pathway programs are available in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Some programs will require taking courses in the summer in order to complete the degree in four years. Programs such as engineering may require a fifth year to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Program Benefits

Pathway students receive the highest level of support during their transition abroad, making the program an ideal choice for international students who are driven to achieve high academic goals. Other benefits include:

  • Guaranteed progression to a UAB degree program (upon successful completion of a Pathway program)
  • Full integration with domestic and international students on the UAB campus
  • Access to all UAB cultural events, athletic events and activities including UAB’s state-of-the-art recreation center
  • Classrooms and accommodations in the heart of UAB’s compact and accessible campus with shopping, dining and other services located nearby
  • Individual supplemental tutoring
  • Highly trained and experienced university instructors
  • Academic advising throughout the program

Prepare for Success

At the end of the first year, Pathway students should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in written and spoken English
  • Interact fully with professors and fellow students in a US classroom setting
  • Understand research, reference and citation standards for American academic papers
  • Use on-campus technology including computer hardware and software
  • Read, comprehend and critically evaluate academic texts and problems
  • Take useful and accurate notes in academic lectures

Undergraduate Pathway Programs

  • Business
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Engineering
  • General Studies
  • Public Health
  • Science

Graduate Pathway

The innovative Graduate Pathway Programs offered at INTO UAB are designed to develop international students’ academic knowledge and strengthen their language ability and study skills, enabling them to progress successfully to a UAB graduate degree program.

There are two Pathway options for students with the equivalent of a four-year undergraduate bachelor’s degree:

Standard Pathway (two semesters)

  • Students with an equivalent four-year bachelor’s degree and
  • TOEFL iBT 65+, IELTS 5.5 PTEA 44 or completion of Academic English Level 4.

Accelerated Pathway (one semester)

  • Students with an equivalent four-year bachelor’s degree and
  • TOEFL iBT 80+, IELTS 6.5, PTEA 53

Decide if the Program is Right for You

The Graduate Pathway program is for students who:

  • Want to study for a graduate degree in the US
  • Desire additional academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed during the first year at a US university
  • May need to improve English language skills
  • May have a lower GPA than required for direct admission to degree program
  • Meet any or all of the above criteria

Graduate Pathway Programs at UAB:

  • Master of Science in Biotechnology
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Computer and Information Science
  • Master of Engineering in Design and Commercialization
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Materials Engineering
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Public Health
  • Master of Science in Computer Forensics and Security Management–one track for undergrad degrees in the field/one track for undergrad degrees out of the field
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Arts in Special Education
  • Master of Arts in TESOL
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics
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