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UA Faculty-Led Programs

Faculty-led programs are led by UA faculty, professors, and instructors from specific departments at UA. All courses taken abroad are UA courses with credit coming from the hosting department. Students will travel as a group, taking classes with UA faculty either on host university campuses or while traveling to various sites.

Priority is given to students with an overall grade point average of 2.2 or above. Students below the 2.2 GPA may petition for admission with the Education Abroad director and the program director.

Students pay a program fee that includes tuition, housing abroad, in-country travel, international insurance, and other on-site expenses.  Generally, this fee DOES NOT include airfare.  Program fess will be charged to the student’s UA account and will be paid directly through Student Receivables.

Quick Facts: UA Faculty-Led Programs
  • Usually in the Summer (typically 2-5 weeks)
  • Program fee includes UA tuition at in-state rate for all participants
  • 2.2 GPA requirement
  • Study, internship, and service learning options
  • Open to Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students
*Faculty-Led programs vary from year to year. A complete listing of all summer programs will usually be available mid-fall.

UA Semester Exchange Programs

The exchange program works with specific universities around the world with which UA has a special, reciprocal relationship. UA students are directly enrolled in the host university, with students from that university attending UA.

A student must hold a 3.0 GPA at the time of application. Language requirements vary by program. Students must be enrolled at UA for at least one semester before participation.

UA tuition and fees will be charged to the student’s UA account and will be paid directly through Student Receivables or through myBama. Housing and living expenses will be paid directly to the host university for most programs.

All course work completed on the exchange program will be applied to the student’s UA transcript as institutional credit receiving a grade of pass/fail.

Quick Facts: Exchange Programs
  • Semester and Year-long
  • Pay UA tuition
  • 3.0 GPA requirement; placements are competitive
  • Study options
  • 28 partner universities in 15 countries
  • Sophomore standing at the time of departure

Exchange Institutions
Australia  Italy
Queensland University of Technology Polytecnico di Torino
Austria Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore-Milan
Klagenfurt University Università degli Studi G. D'Annunzio Chieti Pescara
Belgium Japan
HEC-University of Liege Chiba University
Denmark  Hiroshima University
Aarhus University Kansai Gaidai University
England  Meiji University
University of Birmingham Ritsumeikan University
University of Hull Netherlands
University of Leicester Hanze University Groningen
France  Scotland
Bordeaux Management School University of Glasgow
University Francois-Rabelais-Tours South Korea
University of Poitiers  Ajou University
Germany  Pusan National University
Fachhochschule Augsburg, University of Applied Sciences  Yonsei University
Freie University - Berlin  Taiwan
University of Mannheim  Feng Chia University
  Aberystwyth University                                 

UA Affiliate and Direct Enroll Programs

UA affiliate and direct enroll programs allow students to enroll in a partner university or program through a third-party provider. GPA requirements vary by program. Students are billed by the program provider or the host institution and pay fees directly to host, but they will not pay UA tuition or fees.  A $125 course/administration fee from Education Abroad will be charged to the student’s UA account as will an international insurance fee.

UA students are enrolled in a CIP placeholder course and credit will be awarded upon receipt of their program transcript.  Programs awarding credit through a US institution of higher education will be reflected on the UA transcript as whatever grade is shown on the transcript (whether a letter grade or pass/fail).  Programs awarding credit through accredited international institutions will be reflected on the UA transcript as UA pass/fail credit.

Quick Facts: Affiliate and Direct Enroll Programs
  • Summer, Semester, Year-long
  • Pay program fee directly to provider (not UA tuition)
  • GPA requirement varies by program
  • Study, research, internship, and service learning options
  • 16 affiliate providers with programs to multiple locations in many countries
  • 6 direct enroll universities

Affiliate Program Providers
AIFS - American Institute for Foreign Study CISabroad - Center for International Studies Abroad
API - Academic Programs International IFSA-Butler -  Institute for Study Abroad Butler University
Arcadia - Arcadia University School of Global Studies ISA - International Studies Abroad
ASA - Academic Studies Abroad LdM - Lorenzo de' Medici Institute
CAPA - CAPA International Education SAI - Study Abroad Italy
CEA - CEA Study Abroad S@S - Semester at Sea
CIEE - Council on International Education Exchange USAC - University Studies Abroad Consortium
CIMBA - Consortium Institute of Management and Business Analysis  

Direct Enroll Universities
Australia       Ireland
University of Sydney University College Dublin
China    University of Limerick
Xiamen University Wales
Ocean University Swansea University
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