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University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

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About This Campus

Tuscaloosa, with 90,468 residents, lies in the very heartland of the South. It rests on the banks of the Black Warrior River, with Birmingham 55 miles northeast, Atlanta 204 miles to the east, and New Orleans 293 miles to the southwest. Many recreational activities are available in the Tuscaloosa area, offering students a first-hand look at the South today and insights into the South of yesteryear. The State's first institution of higher learning, the University of Alabama opened its doors to students in 1831. The campus is one of the most beautiful in the South, centered upon a vast quadrangle with giant oaks and elms and with a mix of buildings reflecting the 150-year history of the institution. A major comprehensive, residential institution, the University has developed into a major teaching, research, and service facility, containing 17 schools and colleges.

Location Information

The University of Alabama is located in the heart of beautiful Tuscaloosa, AL. Our spacious and charming campus is located on the bank of the Black Warrior River, near bustling downtown Tuscaloosa.

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Very Good
Home Payment

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Fast Facts

Location | Tuscaloosa
Population | 95,334
Enrollment | 43,703
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/22-12/14
Spring | 01/09-05/03

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 1%
Black | 12%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 4%
Two or more | 3%
White | 77%
Other | 1%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Nursing, Athletic Training, Education, Social Work, Dance, and Management Information Systems.

NSE students entering the College of Commerce and Business Administration should prepare a course alternative list. Music majors are required to audition.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Theater Arts/Drama
  • Communications
  • Public Relations

Unique Academic Programs

  • Broadcasting

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace Engineering... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 07/14/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $5790.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 16 ($440 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 16 ($385 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001051

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission Fee $40 Year Host & Home Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $50 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $300 Year Host & Home Optional
Parking Fee $345 Year Host & Home Optional
Orientation Fee $120 Year Host & Home Optional

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/14/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 30% living on campus
  • Suite: $4450
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $Depends on where student selects.
  • Proximity to campus: Varies
Meal Plans Notes About Meal Plans
All Access: $1,901, unlimited meals Bama Silver: $1,232, 125 meals Bama Bronze: $938, 90 meals Essential Plan: $723, 55 meals and 25 retail combos Bama 55: $576, 55 meals VIP Membership: $172, 25 retail combos


Figures per Semester are current as of 07/14/22

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,200 per year.


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