Education Abroad

Office of Education Abroad

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Mission

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.

Education Abroad

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.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for our programs, one must: 

  1. be an enrolled UAB student;
  2. be 19 years of age or older (or have parental permission); and
  3. 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.

Grade Posting

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:

UAB Exchanges

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:

Subject Description
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.

Residency

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.