Before embarking on your grand adventure to another part of the globe, you'll need to nail down the specifics of your Study Away program.
There are several types of study away programs available to students:
- International Reciprocal Exchanges
- Faculty-Led Short-Term Programs
- 3rd Party International Programs
- National Student Exchange (NSE)
- The Washington Center (TWC)
- Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education (BACHE)
International Reciprocal Exchanges are programs for which UAB has an established affiliation agreement with a foreign university. Upon consultation with the UAB Office for Study Away Director and approval by their academic advisor, chair of the department in which an equivalent course would be offered and the chair of the department responsible for the student's major.
Faculty-Led Short-Term Programs are UAB classes that are developed and taught by UAB faculty members and have some portion of the class (a minimum average of at least two weeks) that takes place in a foreign setting as defined under "What is Study Away." These classes will appear in the UAB course schedule book with a section and delivery method code of SA (Study Away). Such faculty-led classes are generally taught during the summer term.
3rd Party International Programs offer a large selection of study away programming to suit the particular needs of most students. Once these study away courses have been approved by the UAB Office for Study Away Director and by the studentâ€™s academic advisor, chair of the department in which an equivalent course would be offered and the chair of the department responsible for the studentâ€™s major; and upon successful completion of said program and receipt of the official transcript from the foreign institution, course grades and credits will be treated as Transfer Credit.
National Student Exchange (NSE) is a consortium of 190 member colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. UAB was accepted as a member in July, 2007. Once these study away courses have been approved by the UAB Office for Study Away Director and by the studentâ€™s academic advisor, chair of the department in which an equivalent course would be offered and the chair of the department responsible for the studentâ€™s major; and upon successful completion of said program and receipt of the official transcript from the host institution, course grades and credits will be treated as UAB Credit.
The Washington Center (TWC) provides diverse, highly motivated interns to thousands of organizations in government, business and the non-profit sector. They contribute significantly to their placements and often prove to be of longer-term interest as prospective employees. More broadly, The Washington Center maintains a vital role in service to society as a whole, developing the workforce of the future and encouraging all of its participants to be informed, public-spirited and civically engaged. For this reason, The Washington Center has support from a growing array of states, federal agencies, corporations, foundations, and private donors. Once these study away courses have been approved by the UAB Office for Study Away Director and by the studentâ€™s academic advisor, chair of the department in which an equivalent course would be offered and the chair of the department responsible for the student's major; and upon successful completion of said program and receipt of the official transcript from the host institution, course grades and credits will be treated as Transfer Credit.
The Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education (BACHE) is a partnership among the five, four-year colleges and universities in the greater Birmingham area. Created by the presidents in 1996 to advance academic excellence through collaborative activities and shared resources, BACHE enhances educational opportunities for students and provides services and support to faculty, staff and the community.
To Begin: Create an Online Account
Even before you are ready to study abroad, it is beneficial to create an online Study Abroad profile so you can communicate with Study Abroad advisors, get invited to information sessions and presentations, and make the Study Abroad office aware of your interest.
- Click on Create Account, fill in the relevant fields and choose a secure Password for your account.
- Fill in all the profile sections listed (Academic Info., Program Preferences, Current Address, etc.).
- Once you fill in your entire profile, you will be able to:
- ask questions about study abroad program details
- apply for a program
Next: Find a Study Abroad Program
You can find study abroad programs through the interactive world map or search by categories:
Programs by Major
- To search for a program which will offer courses in a particular major, use the Advanced Search page.
- From the "Major" pull-down menu â€” choose a major that is relevant to the courses you would like to take while abroad. If you want to take course in more than one academic field (for example: Psychology and History) be sure to look at listings for both Psychology and History and find a program that will have courses in both areas.
- The "Subjects" pull-down menu can only be utilized if you already choose a major and then the major has various areas listed.
Programs by Country
- To search for a program by country, use the clickable world map which breaks out regions and countries and lists study abroad programs.
- By selecting a world region, the map zooms in and shows the different countries in that region where there are available study abroad programs.
- You can select a country either from the list on the left or by clicking on it on the map.
- Selecting a country will take you to that country's description page, where you can find information about the country and the available study abroad programs on the bottom of the page.
- Clicking on a specific program will take you to a program's description page where you can learn more about the study abroad program.
Apply to a Study Away Program
If you would like to apply to a Study Abroad program, you need to be logged in to your account. You can then apply as follows:
Go to the interactive world map or the advanced search to find the specific program in which you are interested.
Click the "Apply" link next to the program name. This will link you to the application process for that specific program. We have provided a series of screen shots to help guide you through this new process.
NOTE: Simply clicking the "Apply" button from this website does not complete the application process. It is your responsibility to make sure you have filled out all required and relevant application and enrollment materials necessary for the program you wish to attend. You will receive email notifications along the way to guide you further.
Click through each slide to see a demonstration of how to apply for a program.
This is your listing of application status. Look under the "Online Forms" column. There will be two numbers indicating "0 out of X." This indicates how many forms are related to that specific application, and how many of those forms you have filled out. Thus, you need to click on this (0 / X) link and then you will see a list of the forms you need to fill out. Click on the form name and fill in the form(s) completely.
Once you have completed the necessary form(s) for that specific program, your forms will be reviewed and you will be notified as to the next steps in the process.
Program Provider or Host Institution
After you are notified by the study abroad office that you have been "Approved" to study abroad, you will then need to click on the link to the specific program and follow the application instructions for the specific program provider or host institution.
There are various ways that students find the finances to pay for a Study Away program. It is important to understand the options there are available to you. Do not assume that Study Away is too expensive for you!
Average Cost to Attend UAB for 1 semester
Average Cost to Study Abroad for 1 Semester
Full-time, In-state Student
Full-time, Out-of-State Student
Students commonly use the following sources for Study Away:
- personal savings
- federal financial aid
- part-time job
- friends and family
In order to see a clearer financial picture, the Office for Study Away recommends that you make a budget of what it costs for you to live and study here at UAB and then do a cost comparison of your prospective Study Away program. Many students are amazed that the cost of studying abroad is reasonably comparable to staying here at UAB to live and study.
Did you know that your Financial Aid can travel with you? As long as you are carrying the minimum number of hours to qualify for Federal Financial Aid, you will be able to utilize your Financial Aid funds to pay for a study abroad experience.
If you will not be enrolled at UAB for your study away experience, in order to utilize your financial aid funds you must complete a consortium agreement before UAB Financial Aid can disburse your scholarships and/or loans.
Your PACT, GI Bill, and Vocational Rehabilitation funds may be eligible for use toward your study abroad program. Contact UAB Student Accounting for more information on these programs.
Contact the UAB Financial Aid Office
Office for Study Away Scholarships Application Deadlines
- For students studying away for the academic year, scholarship applications are due August 1
- For students studying away during the fall semester, scholarship applications are due August 1
- For students studying away during the spring semester, scholarship applications are due November 1
- For students studying away during the summer semesters, scholarship applications are due March 1
Study Away Scholarships Application Form
The Washington Center (TWC) Alabama State Scholarship Application Form (for students participating in TWC internship program only)
Other UAB Scholarships that can fund Study Away
Please visit each website below for deadlines, eligibility, application instructions and contact information if you have questions.
Note: You can also take with you most UAB Scholarships, PACT, Federal Grants or Loans during that term you plan to go abroad. See Financial Aid for details.
If you are part of an UAB Honors Program make sure to ask your honors advisor if they are aware of any additional scholarship opportunities for which you may be eligible.
UAB College of Arts and Sciences
- Art and Art History Department
- Biology Department
- Communication Studies Department
- Computer Science Department
- English Department
- Foreign Language and Literatures Department
- Government Department
- History and Anthropology Departments
- Justice Science Department
- Math Department
- Music Department
- Physics Department
- Sociology and Social Work Departments
- Theatre Department
UAB School of Business
UAB School of Education
UAB School of Engineering
UAB School of Nursing
UAB School of Public Health - Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program
UAB Student Government Travel Grant
UAB Student Life Scholarships
Alliance for LGBT Equality at UAB Scholarship
UAB Alumni Society Scholarships
National Scholarships that can fund Study Away
Please Note: This is not designed to be an exhaustive list. All deadlines, eligibility requirements, application materials and submission instructions are maintained by the organization sponsoring the program. If you have questions related to these scholarships, please contact the organization directly.
- Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD)
- Asia and Pacific Islander American Scholarship
- Benjamin Gilman Scholarship (Pell Grant recipients)
- Fulbright Scholarship
- Foundation for Global Scholars
- Fund for Education Abroad
- Fund for International Service Learning
- Davis-Putter Scholarship
- GLIMPSE Study Abroad Magazine Correspondents Scholarship
- Golden Key
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- NAACP Scholarships
- National Italian American Foundation
- National Society of Collegiate Scholars
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Point Foundation (LGBT Students)
- The Bill Raskob Foundation
- Sarah's Wish
- U.S. Department of State
- United Negro College Fund
- Blakemore Foundation
- Boren Scholarships (Critical languages)
- Critical Language Scholarships (Summer Study)
- Global Studies Foundation
- American University in Dubai Clinton Scholarship
- Bridging Scholarships (Japan)
- Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship
- DAAD Scholarships (Germany)
- Foundation for Asia-Pacific Education
- Japanese Gov't (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship
- LIVFund Scholarship (Latin America)
- US-Ireland Alliance
Additional Scholarship Search Sites
Other Places to Research Scholarships
- National Chapters of Honor Societies or Fraternities/Sororities
- Church or other religious organizations
- Organizations related to your heritage
- Parent's Company or their Organizational Affiliations
- Government website for the country you will be going to
If you are participating in a 3rd party program, check their website to see the scholarships they offer.