Partner Profile: University of Alabama

Aberystwyth University students have the opportunity to study on a direct exchange at the University of Alabama located in Tuscaloosa, USA.

‌Type of link: Institutional

Motto: Our students. Our future.

Mascot: Big Al

Established: 1820

Number of students:

  • 32,000 Undergraduate
  • 5,000 Postgraduate


The University is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is the state’s largest public university.  UA has a prestigious reputation and is consistently ranked in the top 50 universities in the USA. As Tuscaloosa is in the South, the climate is very mild even in winter with average temperatures for December staying above freezing. The town itself is full of history and has lots of bars and restaurants to while away the days in. The University of Alabama is also nationally recognised for its sporting achievements and their football team ranks 10th in the country.


All courses are offered in English. Students from any academic department are eligible to apply at the discretion of their Department’s Exchange Co-Ordinator. Students are advised to discuss the suitability of UG for their degree with their Departmental Exchanges Co-Ordinator. There are a number of courses available that are similar to the following departments in Aberystwyth. These include:


A range of accommodation options are available for exchange students. As with most American universities, the majority of the accommodation requires students to have at least one roommate although there are apartment and suite options available, too. The rates vary depending on the type of accommodation and room set-up.

Visa Information and Other Costs

All international and exchange students must apply for a J-1 visa as well as an I-901 SEVIS to study in the US. Both of these documents have fees attached which are liable to change year on year. 

ALL students attending UGA MUST have health insurance and be able to prove that they have purchased it. Unless the student arranges an alternative, health insurance is provided automatically by UGA and billed to the student. Without the appropriate health insurance, students will not be eligible for a visa.

There are various other costs to consider before applying to UA, details of which can be found in this table.

Getting There

The closest international airport to University of Alabama is Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport (Alabama) which is around 60 miles (an hour and a half) from the UA campus. The flight time from London airports is around 14 hours. There are several options for transfers between the airport and the UA campus, students are responsible for arranging their own transport.

The first semester begins in August and ends in December. International students are expected to arrive a few days in advance of term dates. The second semester begins in January and ends in May.

How to Apply

All students wishing to go on an exchange to University of Alabama must apply through Aberystwyth University as they must first be nominated by the international office and students usually go in the second semester of their second year unless they have special permission from their department.