All students of the Intensive English Program have access to a variety of services offered by the IEP, as well as the Student Activities offered by the IEP. Students also have access to all services available to UAB students. Below is a listing of the main services available through the IEP specifically or UAB itself:


Academic advising is available on an ongoing basis to students who request it; it is also ongoing for students who are on academic probation or on attendance probation. A formal mid-semester and end-of-semester advising session is held for each student. Academic advising is provided by the IEP Manager and by a teacher assigned for each student. Advising on individual course progress is also provided by teachers for each course.

Immigration advising is provided by the UAB International Recruitment and Student Services office. All Designated School Officials for the campus are housed there, and the IEP has an immigration advisor (who is also a DSO) especially designated to help IEP students. This advisor is available for appointments with any IEP student. 


IEP students participate in a 3-day orientation upon arrival to the program. The orientation seeks to introduce them to the UAB campus, the city, and U.S. culture in general.

New students are also all enrolled in a required Language Enrichment Activity class called “Common Hour” that meets weekly. During Common Hour, students always have expanded practice with listening or speaking skills, and it does this through orientation activities that are designed to continue to help them with adjustment to life in the US. Speakers come in to the class on some weeks, students pay visits to on-campus facilities during other weeks, and at least a few times each semester students go off campus for a visit to an elementary school, assisted living facility, or other agency. Through Common Hour, the IEP has an organized venue through which it can continue to provide orientation support. 

Student Health Service

Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Service program when they arrive (as a part of their tuition and fees). This provides an on-campus office for routine and acute doctor’s visits, immunization requirements, and general health needs.

All students are required to have health insurance while studying at UAB. Unless students have proof of comparable coverage, IEP students purchase the Student Insurance Plan, provided by Viva Health Insurance. 


Counseling is available to IEP students for general life needs (questions about setting up bank accounts, driver’s licenses, or other issues) both through the IEP Manager or through the UAB International Recruitment and Student Services office.

For other counseling needs that are above and beyond what the IEP Manager is able to provide, students are referred to the UAB Counseling and Wellness Center, which has licensed professional counselors on staff to aid students, free of charge, with any of a variety of mental health or lifestyle concerns. 

UAB Campus Facilities and Activities

IEP students have full privileges to the recently-renovated Mervyn H. Sterne Library, located adjacent to the School of Education Building, where the ELI is housed. Students can take advantage of the excellent research resources or simply read in beautiful and technologically-savvy study areas.

Computer labs are located throughout the campus for any full-time student to use. Full-time IEP students also have computer use and printing privileges in the School of Education’s computer lab, on both the black and white and color printers.

For information on grades, student accounts, or campus student activities, IEP students can check BlazerNet, which is UAB's internal World-within-the-web system.

All IEP students have full access to the Campus Recreation Center, a new and impressive facility that features everything from a swimming pool and athletic equipment to sports courts and a climbing wall. The Rec Center also organizes campus-wide intramural sports; students can sign up to play soccer, basketball, or any of a number of other sports. The Outdoor Pursuits office, located in the Rec Center, offers outdoor activities and trips at a radically-reduced cost, including cheap equipment rental.

IEP students also have access to all UAB student life activities, which include activities at the UAB International House, campus-wide movies, frequent events, and activities. There are also over 150 official student organizations available for student participation, as well as weekly volunteer activities for any interested students.

IEP Students have full (free) access to all UAB sporting events, including football, basketball, soccer, baseball, and many other sports.

IEP Students are kept updated on weekly UAB campus activities through the IEP Weekly Update, published every Monday and distributed during Common Hour. 

For more information on Intensive English Program services, please contact our office at

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UAB English Language Institute
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1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1250