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We credential with the Global Seal of Biliteracy.

The Department of World Languages and Literatures is proud to offer the Global Seal of Biliteracy program for its students, as well as for people across UAB and the broader Birmingham community. 

The seal shows our commitment to fostering a globally competent and multilingual learning environment. We began offering it to students in 2020. Recently the program expanded to anyone in the UAB/Birmingham community.

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This credential celebrates the achievements of students and professionals who show proficiency in English and another language. It opens doors to academic, professional, and personal opportunities in our interconnected world.

Here are some reasons why the Global Seal matters at UAB:

  • Elevates Potential: It acknowledges the dedication and linguistic skills of our people in our community. It gives them a valuable credential, distinguishing them in a competitive job market and enhancing their academic pursuits.
  • Enhances Global Engagement: Biliteracy fosters intercultural understanding and communication. It prepares our graduates to thrive in a diverse and interconnected world. By recognizing and supporting biliteracy, UAB strengthens its commitment to global engagement and attracts a diverse student body.
  • Strengthens Employer Partnerships: Leading employers worldwide recognize the Global Seal. The program increases the marketability of our graduates and strengthens UAB's partnerships with multinational companies seeking multilingual talent.

Program Highlights

Rigorous Assessment: Recipients show their proficiency through a variety of assessments, including standardized tests, writing samples, and oral interviews.

Flexible Pathways: There are many pathways to earn the Seal, including diverse linguistic backgrounds and proficiency levels.

Faculty Support: Dedicated faculty advisors guide you and provide personalized support.


Please reach out to Krista Chambless, PhD, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have additional questions or want to learn more about the Global Seal.

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