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Outgoing Exchange Students

The University of Alabama has partnerships with 28 universities in 14 countries worldwide. Through these partnerships, we send and receive students internationally for one or two semesters giving them the opportunity to experience immersion into a different culture.

Placement into an exchange program is competitive. Participants must be nominated by the UA Education Abroad Office and are advised to begin preparing six months to one year in advance of participation.

5-Steps to UA Exchange
The University of Alabama nominates students each semester/year to attend UA’s international exchange partner universities through the exchange program. The Education Abroad Office manages these programs and offers assistance to all outgoing exchange students.

There is a 5 Step process for students wanting to represent UA overseas on exchange. Each step is detailed below. Questions can be directed to the current Exchange Coordinator, Holly Henning (
  • Step One: Application
  • Step Two: Nominations
  • Step Three: Admissions and Housing Applications
  • Step Four: Visas
  • Step Five: UA Study Abroad Pre-Departure

Step One: Application
Using the UA Study Abroad website, students will navigate through “Program Search” to find the brochure page of their chosen exchange program. Selecting the “Apply Now” button will begin the application and show the active application cycles for which Education Abroad is accepting applications.

The brochure page of each exchange program will also contain information specific to that exchange, including links to pertinent information at that university. Because the placement on exchange is competitive, it is highly recommended that applicants have a back-up program in mind.

Step Two: Nominations
After the application deadline, nominations are made to the partner universities. The partner university decides how many students they will accept each semester from UA. Based on exchange balances and qualifications, not all applicants are nominated and not all nominations are necessarily accepted. Applicants are notified as soon as a decision has been made about their nomination. Assistance is provided to those needing to change their application if their nomination is not accepted.

Step Three: Admissions and Housing Applications
After nominations have been accepted by the partner university, the applicant will receive instructions on how to begin the Admission Application. The Admission Application needs to be completed and all supporting documents submitted before the scheduled deadlines. If anything needs to be mailed to the exchange partner university, the Exchange Coordinator at UA will express mail it to the host university overseas.

Housing Applications vary, as do housing options, and should be completed in a timely manner so as to secure housing. These options can range from traditional student dorms, to off-campus apartments, to living with a host family. It is important to read the host university website information regarding housing. The Exchange Coordinator can be contacted with any questions.

Step Four: Visas
After your Admissions Application is processed, you will receive an acceptance letter. Most countries require U.S. citizens staying in country for a period longer than 90 days to apply for a student visa. A visa is an endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country. Visa regulations, application process, cost, and processing time can vary greatly depending on which country will be issuing the visa. It is important that you know what is needed for your visa application to be complete. To learn more about visas, refer to information provided by the Consulate General or Embassy of your intended host country.

Step Five: UA Study Abroad Pre-Departure
One of the last steps on campus before going on an exchange program is to attend the UA Study Abroad Pre-Departure Session. All exchange program participants must attend a UA Study Abroad Pre-Departure Session prior to departure.
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