The mission of the UAB Office of Education Abroad (UABEA) is to administer, establish, and send UAB students on high-quality education abroad opportunities to prepare them for success in the globalized world.
The Office of Education Abroad is a member of the Forum for Education Abroad (Forum), Institute of International Education, and Association of International Educators (NAFSA). The Office of Education Abroad is in the process of updating our operations to meet or exceed the Forum's Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, 6th Edition. The Office of Education Abroad supports high-quality programs and requires students to obtain special permission to participate in non-supported programs.
UAB Education Abroad administers, establishes, and sends UAB students on high-quality education abroad opportunities to prepare them for success in the globalized world.
Pursuant to our mission, UABEA engages in the activities described below.
- Study Abroad: Take courses for which academic credit is received and transferred to UAB on our supported study abroad programs. This includes academic credit for student exchanges, UAB affiliate programs, and faculty-led programs that feature traditional classes, research, service learning, internships, volunteerism, shadowing, clinical rotation, and observations.
- Student Organizations Abroad: Travel abroad as part of a UAB student organization; including Outreach Abroad, Outdoor Pursuits, artistic performances, athletic activities, or other student organization travel. Our office can help students register travel with the university, obtain the necessary education abroad insurance, and prepare for travel.
- Student Conference Travel Abroad: Present at or attend a conference that takes place abroad as a UAB representative. Our office can help students register travel with the university, obtain the necessary education abroad insurance, and prepare for travel.
- Passport Office: Apply for a passport conveniently on campus. As an official U.S. Department of State Passport Acceptance Facility, we are happy to accept passport applications for students, employees, and members of the community. Our passport service is open to the public.
To be eligible to apply for our programs, one must:
- be an enrolled UAB student;
- be 19 years of age or older (or have parental permission); and
- be in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing with UAB.
Some programs have additional eligibility requirements, such as GPA minima, listed on the individual program webpages.
Students may petition to the Director of Education Abroad for a possible exception to the eligibility criteria.
All grades earned while abroad will be posted to the student's UAB transcript and included in GPA calculations. Letter grades are used rather than pass/fail marks. In all cases, students must participate fully in all course activities and meet all stated course requirements. Auditing of any course abroad is not permitted. The process of grade posting varies depending on the program type:
Students earn direct UAB course credit. Courses taken on student exchanges will begin with IN ("International" indicating that the course took place at an international UAB exchange location) and a two-letter subject code such as ME (Mechanical Engineering), GN (German), SP (Spanish), etc. to indicate the subject that was studied. Additionally, each of the courses are numbered. All courses are variable in the number of credit hours students can receive based upon their enrollment at the host university. INxx courses are repeatable. INxx courses include:
|INAB||Study Abroad Arabic|
|INAH||Study Abroad Art History|
|INAN||Study Abroad Anthropology|
|INAR||Study Abroad Art Studio|
|INAT||Study Abroad Astronomy|
|INBE||Study Abroad Biomedical Engineering|
|INBU||Study Abroad Business|
|INBY||Study Abroad Biology|
|INCH||Study Abroad Chinese|
|INCM||Study Abroad Communication Studies|
|INCS||Study Abroad Computer & Information Science|
|INCY||Study Abroad Chemistry|
|INDC||Study Abroad Digital Community|
|INEC||Study Abroad Economics|
|INED||Study Abroad Education|
|INEE||Study Abroad Electrical Engineering|
|INEH||Study Abroad English|
|INES||Study Abroad Earth Science|
|INEV||Study Abroad Environmental Science|
|INFN||Study Abroad Finance|
|INFR||Study Abroad French|
|INGN||Study Abroad German|
|INHY||Study Abroad History|
|INIS||Study Abroad International Studies|
|INIT||Study Abroad Italian|
|INJP||Study Abroad Japanese|
|INJS||Study Abroad Justice Sciences|
|INMA||Study Abroad Mathematics|
|INME||Study Abroad Mechanical Engineering|
|INMG||Study Abroad Management|
|INMK||Study Abroad Marketing|
|INMU||Study Abroad Music|
|INPC||Study Abroad Physics|
|INPE||Study Abroad Physical Education|
|INPH||Study Abroad Philosophy|
|INPS||Study Abroad Political Science|
|INPY||Study Abroad Psychology|
|INSC||Study Abroad Sociology|
|INSP||Study Abroad Spanish|
|INTH||Study Abroad Theatre|
|INTL||Study Abroad Special Topics|
For all other programs, visit UAB Education Abroad's website for details.
Courses taken on UAB Exchanges, USAC programs, ISA programs, CISAbroad programs, U.S. - UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes, U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program, Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai, UAB Faculty-Led Programs, and UAB Internship/Practicum Courses Abroad will satisfy the UAB residency requirement. Students need to contact UABEA to ensure their Graduation Planning System records are noted accordingly.
Changes of Grades
Requests for grade changes to UABEA must be accompanied by official documentation sent directly from the host university.