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Welcome to the Parents’ page for International Education. Below you will find helpful links and useful information for international students and study abroad participants alike. Be sure to explore our sites designated to each International Education department and, as always, we encourage you to contact us anytime.
Quick Facts About USA
  • Nearly 592,000 residents in the metropolitan area, covering 2,828 square miles.
  • Founded in 1702, Mobile is one of the oldest cities in the United States.
  • At least 32 international companies operate in Mobile with Airbus announcing its arrival in 2012.
  • Mobile was named an All-American City by the National Civic League.
  • As one of the Gulf Coast's cultural centers, Mobile has several art museums, a symphony orchestra, a professional opera, a professional ballet company, and a large concentration of historic architecture.
  • Mobile is known for having the oldest organized carnival celebrations in the United States, dating to the 18th century of its early colonial period.
General Information about the University of South Alabama and the Mobile area
Follow this link for a complete list of Programs offered at USA.

If you are a student traveling for Study Abroad, you must have comprehensive health insurance. This link will take you to the Office of International Education’s 24/7 Contact page which provides you with important information and contacts.
If you are an international student go here for required health insurance information.

The University of South Alabama strives to provide the knowledge, skills and tools for students to gain independence, and study abroad as an integral part of this personal and academic growth process. With this in mind, our office staff provides students support in the form of advice from coordinators with regional expertise; pre-departure orientation that all students are expected to attend; and referral to outside units such as the travel clinic, financial aid office, etc.  
Parents and families can play a key role in helping a student consider program options, prepare to and then participate in study abroad. Study abroad offers students a broader perspective on their studies and on themselves, preparing them for new opportunities and experiences. Returnees from programs tell us: “This was the best experience of my life,” “I have learned a lot about myself and have grown as a person,” and “You learn more by living there than you ever could in a classroom.”  
Please visit our Parents and other Study Abroad pages for more information.  

Financial Aid Office  
As you explore this link, you will discover the various types of student financial assistance available, the application procedures, eligibility requirements and the application deadlines.  
Ways to help pay for Study Abroad  
Financial aid, scholarships, grants, VA benefits, PACT program, ROTC, “Fill the Gap” program, etc. are applicable to program costs except in limited instances. Please visit the Study Abroad site and schedule an appointment with the Study Abroad Coordinator for more information and guidance.  
International Student Estimated Annual Cost (based on nine months)  
  Tuition and Fees................... $14,084.00 (Undergraduate).................... $13,916 (Graduate)
  Living Expenses.................... $8,540.00  
  Books...................................... $1,000  
  Medical Insurance................ $1,352.00  
  TOTAL...................................* $24,976.00................................................... $24,808 (Graduate)
*Estimated Annual cost of attendance at USA for 2012-2013. All amounts listed in US Dollars. These amounts are subject to change without notice. For current tuition information go to http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions/expenses.pdf and calculate expenses using the out-of-state resident figures.
*An advance tuition and living expenses deposit may be required of a student before an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued. This decision is based upon exchange regulations and fee receipt history of specific countries.  
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Date last changed: October 31, 2012
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