Academic English

The academically-rigorous program provides high-quality English language instruction and the skills to succeed at UAB through development of:

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

Accredited by CEA

Program highlights include:

  • Intensive English to prepare for university study
  • Academic advising throughout the program
  • Small classes of 12-15 students
  • Highly-trained and experienced instructors

What will I study? 

  • 5 levels of instruction from high beginner to advanced
  • Each full-time semester includes 20 credit-based hours of instruction
  • Conversation partner program and other activities for extra practice offered each week

Academic English

How do I qualify?

Entry Requirement High school diploma
English Language Requirement None; students will be assessed and placed upon arrival
Age Requirement Minimum age 17


Academic English

When can I start?

Start date  Price
Spring: January 3, 2018
Summer: May 2, 2018
Fall: August 21, 2018

Program duration

  • Fall and Spring semesters are each 15 weeks in length; Summer is 14 weeks; October start is 8 weeks
  • 3 terms per year
  • Minimum enrollment of one semester 

Academic English

Does this program lead to further study?

Academic English students may progress to a Pathway program or direct admission to a UAB degree program after achieving the language level required and meeting all other requirements.

Progression requirements

  • To Undergraduate 3-Semester Pathway: Completion of Academic English Level 3
  • To Undergraduate 2-Semester Pathway: Completion of Academic English Level 4
  • To Graduate 2-Semester Pathway: Completion of Academic English Level 4
  • To Direct Graduate Admission: Completion of Academic English Level 5, although individual program entry requirements may vary

How will the Academic English program prepare me for success?

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  spoken and written ideas accurately and effectively in English
  • Write research papers with proper use of citations and references
  • Use the internet and UAB library 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


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