The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Trailblazing academics. Unlimited opportunity.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham attracts students and faculty from 100+ countries. It is consistently ranked as one of the most diverse college campuses in the US by U.S. News & World Report.

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham, or UAB, is for dreamers and doers, artists and scientists, idealists and realists. UAB is the No. 71 top public school in the US and the No. 155 best global university, according to U.S. News & World Report 2021. It is also the No. 1 best large employer in the US, according to Forbes 2021.

Located in Birmingham, Alabama, UAB offers students from around the world an international community on campus and access to a diverse metropolitan area of 1.2 million people. Birmingham is a center of medicine, banking and business. Students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, big-time college athletics and countless other opportunities for personal and professional growth.

UAB’s reach stretches across classes, cultures and continents into inner-city classrooms, rural clinics and the far corners of the globe. The university welcomes more than 1,000 international students to campus annually, representing more than 100 nationalities.

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The INTO UAB Center

INTO The University of Alabama at Birmingham, or INTO UAB, offers a support system to international students including a Learning Resource Center and support services.

  • English and degree-focused tutoring, in addition to Language Exchange and Language Partners programs.
  • A team of academic advisors to support students during their transition to a degree program, in addition to academic, language, cultural and visa/immigration support.
  • 99% of INTO UAB Pathway students were eligible to progress to degree programs in 2019-2020, 93% of whom enrolled.
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Programs

INTO offers students the option to apply for direct admission into UAB degree programs, or to apply for INTO UAB Pathway programs, where we prepare them to pursue a UAB degree.

Top-ranked programs and schools at UAB include the No. 1 master’s program in healthcare management, No. 17 master’s program in public health, No. 133 best computer science school and No. 138 best engineering school in the US, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Graduate School Rankings.

INTO UAB Programs:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees: Students who meet academic and English requirements for their desired undergraduate and graduate degree programs can apply directly to the university program.
  • International Year One (IYO): Students can earn credits toward their degree even if they don’t meet academic and English requirements for their chosen undergraduate degree program.
  • Undergraduate Transfer Program: A customized program allowing students to transfer credits and apply them toward their degree.
  • Integrated Master’s Program: Students who meet the English language requirements for a graduate degree program and need additional academic and cultural support can apply directly to the university program and receive customized support.
  • Graduate Pathway: Students can earn credits toward their degree even if they don’t meet academic and English requirements for their chosen graduate degree program. The program helps build the academic foundation and essential English language skills that students need to successfully progress to their chosen master’s degree.
  • Academic English: An intensive program offering students rapid progress in preparation for an academic degree.

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Career outcomes

  • UAB offers career services staff and resources that enable students to connect with employers and gain professional experience through career fairs, a job site (Handshake), career planning, on-campus interviews and personalized advising.
  • Employers of UAB graduates include Apple, Ford, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Google, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Intel, Honda and Visa.
  • The Facebook cybersecurity suite at UAB helps students learn how to track down spammers and understand hacking threats to graduate with a proven resume and cybercrime portfolio.
  • The Green and Gold Fund allows students to perform investment portfolio management with $600,000+ in assets. Members have access to training and certification in the state-of-the-art Bloomberg terminal lab.
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Contact the center

INTO The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mervyn H. Sterne Library, Floor 2
917 13th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294
USA

T: +1 205 934 4686
E: INTOadmissions@uab.edu

Center leadership

David Hofmann

David Hofmann

Executive Director, INTO The University of Alabama at Birmingham
David Hofmann

David Hofmann

Executive Director, INTO The University of Alabama at Birmingham

David Hofmann joined INTO UAB as Executive Director August 2016 prior to the program's first cohort of students. Since then, INTO UAB has brought almost 700 students to UAB.

In this role, David overseas INTO UAB center operations; international marketing, recruitment and enrollment for all center programs and direct entry; student experience; providing quality Academic English programs; and collaborations with the university.

David has over 20 years of experience in Higher Education, most recently spending 12 years with The Art Institute system of schools. Within this organization he served as Director of Housing, Dean of Student Affairs, Regional Vice President-Student Affairs, and Campus Director of The Art Institute of St. Louis. Prior to that he worked for Boston University and Texas Christian University. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Master's degree from Texas Christian University.

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