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Conditional Admission

International students who meet all academic admission requirements, but who do not meet the stated English Proficiency Requirements, can be admitted to The University of Alabama on the condition that they will meet English Proficiency before beginning academic coursework through either completing the requirements of the English Language Institute or the Pathway to UA program.

These students are not required to submit proof of English as part of the application. Instead, these students will begin coursework in the English Language Institute (ELI).

Students will remain studying in the ELI until they meet the required English Proficiency.  The length of study in the ELI depends on a student’s level at entry and his/her commitment and capacity for learning while in the program. In total, the ELI is a six-session program, which can be completed in a year.

There are six intake sessions for conditional admission:

If you want to begin at the ELI

ELI StartApply for conditional admission by
Fall session 1 (August start)May 1
Fall session 2 (October start)August 1
Spring session 1 (January start)October 1
Spring session 2 (March start)December 1
Summer session 1 (June start)March 1
Summer session 2 (July start)April 1

After you meet the requirement, you will automatically begin studying in your degree program when the next UA semester begins.

Pathway Admission

Pathway to UA enables international students to improve their English while earning up to 18 undergraduate university credit hours. 

Please note: Academic sessions only begin in Fall 1 and Spring 1. Therefore, if you are admitted as a conditional student, the first time you can begin academic coursework after meeting the requirements of the English Proficiency is in Fall 1 or Spring 1.

If applicants apply as a conditional student, but later choose to submit proof of English Proficiency, no unofficial test scores will be accepted upon arrival on campus. International Admissions must receive official test scores by the following deadlines:

TermAcademic CalendarTest Submission Deadline
Fall semesterAugust – DecemberAugust 1
Spring semesterJanuary – MayDecember 1