University of North Alabama


Welcome to the University of North Alabama, where educational excellence thrives in the rich cultural heritage of the Shoals region of Alabama. UNA is an extraordinary place. As the oldest public university in the state, we have a fascinating history and a great story to tell.

If you are a prospective student, we encourage you to let academic criteria guide your choice of a college or university. Does the institution offer the degree program you need? Will the institution nurture you as you pursue your program of study? Will the faculty support you and challenge you to excel? Will the university do its best to keep the cost of education affordable so you can complete your journey and move on to a rewarding career?

At UNA, we answer these questions each day with an emphatic YES! Our faculty and staff are talented professionals who are committed to helping students succeed. The environment is safe and supportive, and the campus is stunningly beautiful. The serenity of our grounds is complemented by the adjacent historic district and vibrant downtown area of Florence --Alabama’s Renaissance City. It is an ideal setting in which to live and study.

With its wonderful people, beautiful campus, and regional charm, UNA is the perfect fit for you, too. We invite you to check out our website, or, better yet, stop by for a visit. You’ll be glad you did.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Campus Full time 16 weeks September 2017 USA Florence

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the University of North Alabama (UNA) provides high quality and comprehensive instruction in English for non-English speakers to pursue academic and professional studies in a challenging, caring, and supportive environment. [+]

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the University of North Alabama (UNA) provides high quality and comprehensive instruction in English for non-English speakers to pursue academic and professional studies in a challenging, caring, and supportive environment. We are committed to making your English language learning experience the most effective, efficient, and enjoyable. ESL Curriculum: The curriculum consists of intensive English classes, Capstone courses, the academic bridge class, and TOEFL/GRE/GMAT preparation classes. The curriculum consists of five skill areas, i.e. Speaking, Reading/Vocabulary, Listening, Grammar, and Writing. Students will also have the opportunity to learn American Culture through Cinema, Literature, Debate, and Writing in additional classes as well as engage in service learning projects. Level of Proficiency: *UNA ESL does not offer classes at the beginner level. New students are expected to have basic knowledge of English even when beginning the program in level 1 classes. UNA ESL Program Class Schedule: The program schedule of the UNA intensive English operates in an 8-week sessions and there are 6 sessions during the spring and fall semesters and 4-week sessions in the summer.. Class Schedule: Monday-Friday 9:00-9:50 am Speaking 10:00-10:50 am Grammar 11:00-11:50 am Reading 1:00-1:50 pm Listening 2:00-2:50 pm Writing 3:00-3:50 pm Self Study Computer Lab Program Admission Cycle: Spring: beginning of January  Mid-Spring: beginning of March  Summer: beginning of June, July Fall: beginning of August  Mid Fall: beginning of October Language Partner Program The after-class program is designed to:  Help ESL students improve their English conversational skills by practicing with native speakers;  Give each participant an opportunity to share their culture and learn from each other;  Better engage international students in campus life Co-Enrollment in ESL and Academic Classes ESL program level 4/level 5 students have the opportunity to co-enroll in ESL and academic courses before they complete the ESL Program. Policy: Students who are at ESL level 4/5 and have passed one or more of their ESL classes will be given permission to take one or more academic classes while completing the remaining ESL classes. The 3 credit hour Bridge Class is the required academic preparatory class for all international students whose native language is not English. Unique Cultural Programing and Services: Cultural Fieldtrips American Holiday Home Visit Program Weekend Homestay Program First Friday Cultural Night Institutional TOEFL Conditional Academic Admission Capstone Curriculum ( offered in mid fall/mid spring) Admission Requirements Official Application (signed and dated) $100 application fee Official high school document and notarized English translation: Diploma Transcript Official Affidavit of Support stating student has at least $18,000 US dollars Copy of valid passport information page Friends of International Students Program The Friends of International Students (FIS) program matches international students, scholars and their accompanying family members with people in the community who are interested in meeting and helping them during their studies. FIS promotes global awareness, understanding, friendship and intercultural learning between the students and members of the community through people to people interactions, exchanging ideas, and expressing mutual admiration and appreciation. Tuition and Fees Tuition Fees (Fall/Spring—16weeks) $6,200 Fees (Health Services, Student Activity, $1,359 Athletic, Int’l Student Fee, Insurance, Semester Total $7,559 Academic Year Total $ 15,118 ESL Scholarships Available ($500/Term) Five Skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, & Grammar Five Levels: Beginner, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, & Advanced Five Start Dates: January, March, June, August, & October 25 Hours/Week: 9:00AM to 2:50PM, Monday through Friday Conditional Admissions: Undergraduate & Post Graduate Total Estimates: $6,000 Per 8-Week Term (tuition & fees, room and board, and health insurance.) Pre-MBA & Pre-Professional Studies IELTS and GRE Preparation On-Campus Housing and Dining Easy Connecting Flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas... Free Airport Pickup Learn English in Action at UNA! [-]


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University of North Alabama

Address Harrison Plaza 1
Florence 35632, United States
Phone +1 256-765-4100