|Prospective International students are asked to first contact UAB's Office of International Student and Scholar Services for a determination of eligibility for the academic program listed below.
* See details on the items listed in the table below.
If you are seeking a fellowship or visiting scholar experience, exemptions to the above steps may apply. Please feel free to contact the UAB School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs, 205-975-7529 if you need additional assistance.
NOTE: The University of Alabama at Birmingham admissions process has additional information for International Students at https://www.uab.edu/students/admissions/apply
Planning to come on an F1 or J1 Student Visa?
Federal regulations require individuals planning to enter the US in F-1 or J-1 status to enroll as full-time students with certain minimum in-class requirements. Undergraduate students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to be considered full-time enrolled; at least 9 of those credit hours must be in face-to-face, in-person classroom instruction each semester. Students in graduate programs must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to be considered full-time enrolled; at least 6 of those credit hours must be in face-to-face, in-person classroom instruction each semester. Because of these federal in-person classroom instruction requirements, international applicants are ineligible for student visas to attend the RN-Mobility, MSN, DNP, and PhD programs at the School of Nursing, since they are offered largely through distance (online) learning. For more information on online course restrictions for international students, please visit this page.
For Pre-Licensure Graduate Program (AMNP) - requires a degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited educational institution in the United States.
For Graduate Programs (MSN) - requires a bachelor’s degree in nursing that is equivalent to a regionally accredited educational institution in the United States.
For Graduate Programs (DNP or PhD) - a master’s degree in nursing that is equivalent to a regionally accredited educational institution in the United States.
Foreign Transcripts Evaluated
1. Reports must be sent from the evaluators directly to the School of Nursing. Additionally, international students must provide (as part of their student application) a detailed course by course evaluation of all international transcripts prior to consideration for admission. The School of Nursing does not evaluate international transcripts; therefore, an outside firm approved by UAB must evaluate the transcripts. The cost of transcript evaluation is the responsibility of the applicant. Listed below are the two companies that can evaluate your transcript(s).
A) Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
Phone Number: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411
B) World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087 USA
Phone Number: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6100
2. The course work must be articulated into the university. This step requires syllabi and course outlines for each course in order to determine the course equivalency. These documents must be submitted in English.
1. Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL
Score of 500 or higher on the written examination
2. International English Language Testing System, IELTS
Score of 5.5 overall bandwidth with no less than 5.0 on any module
*All scores must be sent directly to UAB from the testing agency
Achieve a standardized test score of at least a minimum combined score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative sections, and a minimum writing score of 4.0 on the GRE. Test scores submitted to UAB from the GRE must not be more than two years old.
U.S. RN License
Submit a notarized copy of your nursing license.
* Foreign students accepted for admission to the School of Nursing are required to be licensed to practice nursing in the State of Alabama.
* Graduates of foreign nursing schools seeking a non-immigrant occupational preference visa (H-1) are required to pass the Commission on Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Examination.
* PhD Students are not required to have a U.S. License but must meet eligibility for license
Foreign students accepted for admission to the School of Nursing are required to be licensed to practice nursing in the State of Alabama. Graduates of foreign nursing schools seeking a non-immigrant occupational preference visa (H-1) are required to pass the Commission on Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Examination. Examination applications and guidebooks for applicants are available from:
3600 Market Street- Suite 400
Applications and guidebooks are also available from U.S. Embassies and National Nurses' Association in foreign countries. A foreign student, who has passed the CGFNS Qualifying Examination, should contact the Alabama Board of Nursing to obtain information on the examination for licensure in the State of Alabama. You may contact the Alabama Board of Nursing at:
They will send you the appropriate information.