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Tuition for a full time student is $1,620 per 7/8-week term, which includes 20 hours of instruction per week. There is also a computer lab fee of $15 and a testing fee of $30. English Language Center students holding a student visa must be full-time students. Part-time students, i.e., those not requiring a student visa, are charged based on courses taken.

Textbooks and other course-related materials may be purchased at the University Bookstore. Each student can expect to spend $100 to $200 per term for books and supplies.

Health Insurance and Inoculations

Because of the high cost of health care in the United States, all students must have a University-approved health and accident insurance policy. This may be purchased through the University at a cost of $147 per month. Students beginning in the Spring I term will pay $730. Students arriving in Spring II will pay $441 for insurance. Insurance for the summer term costs $441. Students arriving in Fall I will pay $739 and students arriving in Fall II will pay $441. A student infirmary is located on campus to provide health care for any illness, injury or health problem. In addition, students must pay a fee of $30 for use of the Student Health Clinic. Proof of your insurance must be provided at registration or you will be charged for the University insurance policy.

New students are required to take a TB (tuberculosis) test at a cost of $10, which most insurance companies will cover. They must also pay $100 for two MMR inoculations (mumps, measles and rubella).

All international students and all students living in the residency halls are required to provide proof of immunization for bacterial meningitis. The vaccine is available at the Student Health Center at a cost of $155, which most insurance companies will cover. If students wish to be exempted, they must bring official proof from a doctor from their own country showing dates, number and the types of injections. In some cases a chest X-ray is required . Click here to download the Tuberculosis Screening & Immunization Form.

Housing and Food Services

Housing is available in university dormitories at a cost of approximately $800 to $1,100 per 7/8-week ELC (English Language Center) term, depending on the dormitory and the number of roommates a student would like to have. Students entering in Fall I or Spring I pay in advance for two ELC terms (one university semester), $1,610 (minimum) to $2,400 (maximum). If a student decides to leave the University, i.e. stop studying here, after one ELC term, the rest of the money for the semester will be refunded to him or her. Students entering in Fall II or Spring II pay half the amount for the semester, approximately $800 to $1,100. Students entering in Fall I or Fall II must sign a dormitory contract for both the fall semester and the spring semester. The dormitory rate for the summer term is much more expensive: approximately $1,610 for two months (minimum). For this reason, many students choose to stay in private apartments during the summer.

Food service plans are available from the University's cafeteria, starting at a minimum of $725 per semester (seven meals a week). ELC students who live in a dormitory are required to sign up for a food service plan. There are no cooking facilities in most dorm rooms, but the dormitory apartments and efficiency apartments have cooking facilities. The various meal plans and housing options can be seen at http://www.southalabama.edu/housing/rates.shtml .

Summary Of Expenses (For an 8-week term) Full Time

Tuition $1620
Insurance $147/month ($441-739, depending on term)
Computer Lab Fee $15
Testing Fee $30
Student Health Fee *** $30
Application Fee ** $50
Inoculations ** $100
Student Activity Fee (optional) $50 ($20 to $50 depending on term)

TOTAL 1st Term ESL 2634
Other Fees

Books and Supplies $200
Housing (optional) * $800 (minimum)
Food Service * $725 (minimum)

*Required if the student lives in a dormitory on campus    **First term only
***The Student Activity Fee entitles students to use the University Recreation Center, as well as other amenities
This summary is intended to be a convenient break-down for eight weeks, but actual expenses might be more than this. Students arriving in the Spring I and Fall I terms must pay for a full semester (two terms) for housing and food service (if they choose to live in a dormitory), so these amounts would be doubled. As for insurance, students arriving in Fall I pay for a full semester (two terms): $567. Students arriving for Spring I pay for a full semester (two terms): $559.
Summary Of Expenses (For an 8-week term) Part Time - One class hour

Tuition:  
Skills Mastery $240
Oral Skills $360
Grammar $400
Reading & Composition $600
Transportation/Parking Services Fee $11
Computer Lab $15
Application Fee** $50
Innoculations** $100
Student ID Fee** $10
Student Activity Fee (optional) *** $50 ($20 to $50 depending on term)

*Required if the student lives in a dormitory on campus    **First term only
***The Student Activity Fee entitles students to use the University Recreation Center, as well as other amenities
This summary is intended to be a convenient break-down for eight weeks, but actual expenses might be more than this. Students arriving in the Spring I and Fall I terms must pay for a full semester (two terms) for housing and food service (if they choose to live in a dormitory), so these amounts would be doubled. As for insurance, students arriving in Fall I pay for a full semester (two terms): $739. Students arriving for Spring I pay for a full semester (two terms): $730.

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