Student Activities

DSC 0188Each semester, the Intensive English Program offers a variety of out-of-class activities for students to practice their English and experience the culture and history of Birmingham, Alabama, and the southeastern United States. 

The most popular weekly activity that IEP students can join is Language Partners. Each Wednesday, IEP students meet with American UAB students for a time of conversation and friendship. Individual students are assigned to each other and meet in pairs for the duration of a semester. Language Partners is a free program to all full-time IEP students, and it is a fun way to become more comfortable in speaking English. Plus, you make new friends! 

Each semester, the IEP also arranges at least two field trips to area destinations or culturally-related on-campus activities, depending on student interest. Previous activities offered have included the following:
  • A visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • Lunch at a traditional Southern-American style restaurant
  • A tour of historical Birmingham, including Sloss Furnaces, an old steel mill
  • An IMAX movie at the McWane Science Center
  • A World Cup party at a local restaurant
  • A springtime picnic at Oak Mountain State Park
  • Pumpkin-carving party at Halloween
  • Preparing and riding in a float for the UAB Homecoming Parade
Students help plan the destinations, and the activities are fun for all!

To see what activities are planned for the current semester, check out our News for Current IEP Students page.

Community Partners is a program in which interested IEP students are introduced to a local American family for friendship and cultural exchange. Community Partners is a free program to IEP students, and it provides a unique outlet to learn more about American culture and family life. Plus, it provides yet another opportunity to practice your English! 

Common Hour is a required Monday afternoon activity for all new full-time IEP students. During Common Hour, students always have expanded practice with oral communication skills. However, Common Hour also provides students occasional opportunities to practice English off-campus and to experience the culture of Birmingham.

Past Common Hour activities have included an afternoon at a local elementary school, interaction and crafts at an area home for elderly people, and a tour of quirky local stores in the Southside area of Birmingham. 

To see pictures of IEP students involved in various out-of-class activities, view our Student Activities Photo Gallery.  (being updated! Check back soon!)

For more information on Intensive English Program activities, please contact our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information on the other services offered by the Intensive English Program, please see IEP Student Services.