About Us

Vision
To transform and grow the UNA community through global learning, services, and engagement.
 
Mission
OIA serves as the catalyst for fulfilling UNA’s international education mission through specialized services and premier programs by enhancing academic excellence, enriching cultural experience, and energizing economic growth. OIA consists of international recruitment and admissions, international student and scholar success, education abroad and international exchange, academic English, and global partnership development.

The Office of International Affairs is sub-divided into four operational units that provide specialized services to meet the needs of UNA students.

The International Admissions department evaluates all admission materials and determines admissibility for all prospective English as a Second Language (ESL) and undergraduate students. This department also assists students transition from ESL to academic programs. It is important to remember that ALL documents submitted to the admissions department become property of the University of North Alabama and that copies will not be made available after they have been submitted.

To contact International Admissions, send an email to international@una.edu

Student Services assists international students adjust to life in US by arranging seminars and events through out the academic year. Services also provides free airport transportation at the beginning and end of each semester, organizes international orientation, and provides information on extra curricular activities throughout the year. Services department provides personal and social adjustment support to students throughout their academic studies at UNA. In addition, Nonimmigrant Services is responsible for all SEVIS reporting and can assist you with questions and concerns related to your legal status in the U.S., immigration issues and Form I-20s and DS-2019s. International students transferring into and out of UNA are assisted by Nonimmigrant Services. Additionally, this department handles all Practical Training (CPT & OPT) and work authorizations.

To contact International Student Service, send an email to oiaservices@una.edu

Education Abroad offers UNA students, faculty, staff, and community members numerous opportunities to engage in hands-on learning around the world. Participants can participate in short-term summer, semester, or full academic year programs. Students will earn credits toward their degree program while keeping their same graduation date! Thanks to multiple sources of financial aid and scholarships, participating in Education Abroad through UNA has never been more affordable. 

To contact Education Abroad, send an email to globaleasa@una.edu.

The Academic English Program (AEP) is available to students who need to improve English proficiency before beginning academic study at UNA. AEP is offered in five skills and at five levels. Placement tests are given at the time of first enrollment. Motivated students can move quickly through this intensive program while studying in an English-immersion environment and participating in university campus life.

To contact the Academic English Program, send an email to international@una.edu