University of Alabama at Birmingham International Students
Welcome to UAB! We are glad you are here and excited about your contributions to academic and extracurricular life here in Birmingham. You are joining a diverse and ever-growing population of international students on campus representing over 80 countries.
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is located in the beautiful new international center on the second floor of the Mervyn H. Sterne Library on the corner of 9th Avenue and 13th Street South. We are open from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.
We offer a broad array of programs and support services designed to help alleviate many of the stressors of being an international student. Our staff is the best source of advice and information on topics such as maintaining student immigration status, online course enrollment, minimum hours requirements, on- and off-campus work authorization, internships, post-completion and STEM extension optional practical training (OPT) work authorization, applying for a Social Security card, obtaining an Alabama driver license, paying US income taxes on scholarships and graduate student assistantships, and many more. The Forms and Information Sheets found here contain the answers to many common questions.
If you need assistance regarding immigration issues or other areas of concern, please email or book an appointment with one of our knowledgeable immigration advisors. General questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office also provides notary service.
ISSS is here to help you handle the bureaucracy so that you can focus on what you came to the US to achieve. By seeking timely advice and paying attention to our weekly e-newsletter, the Globetrotter, you can stay informed of programs and information that will help you succeed academically and personally at UAB. We look forward to assisting you during OPT workshops and tax advising sessions and relaxing with you at our Friday Coffee Hours!
Our mission at International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is to provide quality services, programs, and activities that enhance cultural awareness, enrich international educational and research opportunities, and encourage global perspectives for students, faculty, and staff.
ISSS advises international students and assists visiting international faculty and scholars in matters of immigration, federal and state taxation, and orientation to the UAB and Birmingham communities. ISSS also serves as a collaborative resource center that facilitates, promotes, and strengthens international understanding on campus and throughout the Birmingham community.
ISSS is located in the beautiful new international center on the second floor of Mervyn H. Sterne Library on the corner of 9th Avenue and 13th Street South.
International Students Application
To apply to UAB, you must submit:
- a completed UAB application and the $30 application fee (nonrefundable)
- proof of English proficiency (unless English is your first language)
- official transcripts sent directly, by your school, to UAB via Naviance eDocs, Docufied by Parchment, postal mail or express courier. All documents must be sent in English.
- If currently studying or living in the U.S., please send a copy of proof of your immigration status (passport, I-94, visa, and/or I-797 approval notice).
If you live in the U.S. and attend high school in the U.S.:
Mail all documents and credentials to:
UAB Enrollment Operations
1720 2nd Ave S
Birmingham AL 35294-4600
If you live outside the U.S. and attend high school outside the U.S.:
Email copies of all supporting documents (unofficial transcripts and English proficiency or test scores) to: email@example.com
To get your answer early, submit your application early.
Deadlines for priority consideration:
If you are applying for… have everything in by… Fall Semester June 1 Spring Semester November 1 Summer Semester March 15
If English is not your native language, you will have to show proof of English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS test score. Official test scores are required and should be sent directly from the testing agency to UAB. The score you submit should not be more than two years old. Minimum score requirements are:
- a TOEFL score of 77; (UAB’s code number is 1856)
- an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with at least a 5.5 on each section of the examination (no code is required).
If English is your native language you will have to submit the results from either the SAT or ACT test. Official test scores are required and should be sent directly from the testing agency to UAB. The score you submit should not be more than two years old. Minimum score requirements are:
- SAT a score of 1020 (EBR + M) (UAB’s code number is 1856)
- ACT a score of 20 (UAB’s code number is 0056)
International students who have completed at least 24 semester hours of transferable credit at a U.S. college or university do not have to submit proof of English proficiency.