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Help Selecting a Program

Having a hard time selecting a program? Don't worry, that's what we are here for! Make an appointment with an Office of Education Abroad Peer Counselor by clicking here. The Peer Counselors have all studied abroad and know exactly what you are going through. They are here to help and are happy to do so! A Peer Counselor can help you think through preliminary questions. Some helpful questions to think about are below.

  • Do you want to be in a big city or a small city; on the coast or in the mountains; in a location that is off the beaten path or a popular tourist destination?
  • How long do you want to be abroad? Do you want to be abroad for a full semester, a full academic year, or a couple of weeks or months in the summer?
  • What type of housing do you want to live in? Do you want to live in a residence hall, an apartment, or a homestay?
  • What type of classes do you want or need to take while abroad? Do you need to take major requirements, core classes, minor requirements, electives or a combination of all?
  • Do you want to take language courses or only courses taught in English? If only courses taught in English, do you want to be in a country where English is the official language, or are you comfortable being in a country where English is not the official language?
  • What is your budget?
  • How will you be paying for your study abroad program? 

Help Choosing Classes to Take Abroad

Make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss what courses you have remaining in your degree program and which courses would be good candidates to take while abroad. With your academic advisor, plan out how study abroad will fit into your progress toward your UAB degree. It is important to find out what classes have a residency requirement and are required to be taken at UAB. 

After finding out what what you have left to take in your UAB degree, be sure to make an appointment with the Office of Education Abroad Advisor to begin the course articulation process and begin looking into the courses available in your program. You’ll also discuss details of your particular program, and get answers to any additional questions you may have at this meeting.

How to Make an Appointment

The best way to make an appointment with us is through our online application system. It is easy to see our availability, and it helps us keep track of our appointments.

To make an appointment, please go to our contact page here. Click on the name of the person you would like to make an appointment with, then click "Request an appointment." Enter a subject and brief message then “Click to Request An Appointment.” Select a time that works for you from the pop-up box. Then click send.

If you have questions about how to get started and need help understanding how everything works or help selecting a program, it is best to meet with a peer counselor. The peer counselors are Abby, Kelly, Daniel, Meredith Remy and Chloe.

If you have questions about selecting courses on your program or questions about academics, it is best to meet with the Office of Education Abroad Advisor.

Don’t hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any questions or concerns at any point. We look forward to meeting with you soon to help you plan your study abroad!