INTO UAB frequently asked questions (FAQ)
If you’ve received an offer letter to be in a Pathway program, it is because you did not meet the competitive academic and/or English requirements to be admitted directly to The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). It was determined that you have a great potential to be successful at UAB but could benefit from the extra support that INTO UAB provides. Upon successful completion of a Pathway program, you gain full admission into one of UAB’s undergraduate or graduate programs to complete your studies.
INTO is a university partnership program that provides students with the opportunity to study in the UK, US and Australia.
INTO UAB has helped thousands of students succeed in higher education for over seven years. We offer exceptional support services before, during and after your studies with us, so you can concentrate on your success. We pride ourselves on our diverse environment and provide different programs to suit your needs. We also prepare international students to adapt to the educational, social and cultural norms of the United States while pursuing a degree at UAB.
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International Year One (Pathway program) allows you to earn credits toward your undergraduate degree even if you do not meet the academic and/or English requirements for direct admission. International Year One is designed to help you successfully complete your first year and graduate in the same amount of time as fellow freshmen. With 56+ bachelor’s degrees, flexible study plans and start dates throughout the year, we’ll help you find the program that’s right for you.
Our Graduate Pathway program will give you the academic foundation and essential language skills to successfully move on to your master’s degree. You’ll receive the highest level of support throughout your program, including personalized academic advising.
Integrated Master’s Program (IMP) provides comprehensive academic support and services in the first term of select graduate programs. IMP students are full degree-seeking students who are issued a degree-seeking I-20. We take any concerns out of the application process and academic journey by providing pre-arrival outreach, airport pickup, dedicated orientation, academic and cultural advising, counseling, out-of-class activities, as well as use of all UAB and INTO UAB on-campus resources, classrooms and facilities.
IMP is available for many of our most popular graduate degrees, with a curriculum focused on both major coursework and building skills for success in graduate work. Three core classes build credit toward your degree, with a fourth class focused on graduate learning in the US, including research documentation techniques, presentation skills and how to navigate the US higher education system.
The courses completed during the Pathway will count towards your degree at UAB, so you will be able to graduate at the same time as fellow undergraduate or graduate peers. No time is lost! You will have access to a wide range of complementary services, including academic advising and tutoring, visa and immigration support, international orientation, pre-arrival support and airport pickup, cultural and professional workshops, and student events and activities.
The Pathway program is set up to allow students an opportunity to complete their degree in the same amount of time as a direct entry student. Some undergraduate and graduate programs do have additional pre-requisite course requirements students will need to take, and this could add additional time to your specific study plan.
Yes, if you have not yet submitted or have updated SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores, we can accept them until the application deadline for your program.
Recruitment staff: Please contact Vince Milam (assistant director, recruitment) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jenny Nguyen (marketing and recruitment manager) at email@example.com
For admissions questions, you can reach out to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your full name and application ID or student ID number so that an admissions counselor will know how to best assist you.
The offer letter you received will outline exact instructions on how to confirm your place in the program. The spots in the program are limited, so make sure to complete the following steps: 1. Review the offer letter you received. 2. Complete and sign the declaration and acceptance forms, and return to email@example.com quoting your Application ID number. This can be found in your offer letter (example: IN:E1234567Q). 3. Pay your deposit (instructions are in your offer letter). 4. If you are applying for an F-1 student visa, submit your passport, bank statement and Affidavit of Support.
The INTO UAB program charges a program fee, not tuition. The Pathway programs are not open to US Citizens or Permanent Residents, only to international students. International students do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA).
Your confirmation letter outlines important details such as:
- Your start date and study plan - Statement of fees and balance - INTO UAB welcome guide
For students who require a visa:
- Visa support letter - Visa interview tips - INTO PASS service to help you with your student visa process
You can pay in full through the INTO pay online link. This link can be found on the last page of your offer letter in the Financial Questions and Answers (Q&A) section. Additional fees might apply for credit cards (Visa or Mastercard) or international money exchange. You can also pay through a bank wire transfer.
For questions, email the INTO UAB Central Student Finance Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your BLAZER ID is like a username for your UAB account. The Blazer ID gives you access to important online services at UAB. Your Blazer ID will become your UAB email address. Visit our website for Blazer ID instructions.