Auburn University at Montgomery: The unforgettable international student experience

“The relationships you make and the opportunities you find, these are as important to your education as what you learn in the classroom.”

Set in the scenic landscape of central Alabama, in Montgomery, lies Auburn University Montgomery (AUM); a public university in the heart of the U.S. Here, high standards merge with personal attention to create a world-class and affordable experience for students from all walks of life.

Ranked among the top universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report, AUM instils international students from every global region with the detailed knowledge and hands-on, practical experience required to succeed in the competitive professional field.

The institution provides sterling bachelor’s and master’s qualifications from a number of distinct and specialized schools covering a variety of disciplines such as Business, Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing and Health Sciences and Public Policy and Justice. With emphasis on practical learning opportunities and small class sizes that promote inclusive, individualized learning, AUM allows each and every student to work alongside professors and fellow scholars to become the very best they can be.

AUM’s OutReach Institute is designed to be a bridge between the local community, and a benchmark for student success. It’s reputed ESL courses, for example, are specifically tailored for the non-native English speaker to boost their verbal and written communication skills professionally, personally and academically.

ESL Community Program

This prestigious pathway gives international students the chance to pursue a number of sessions throughout the year in six to eight-week periods. Each new student is assigned a class based upon their entrance test scores, and then placed into a class accordingly.

Course features:

  • A multi-disciplinary (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) syllabus
  • Focus on fluency and accuracy
  • Discusses relevant, contemporary and real-world topics
  • Utilizes natural, conversational language styles
  • Grammar in communicative contexts
  • Talk-based listening activities
  • Fun, personalized speaking activities
  • Emphasis on Pronunciation

Intensive English Program (IEP)

Through the provision of outstanding English Language training, AUM’s IEP allows the international student community to truly master the English Language, imparting them with the skills they need to thrive in every aspect of their lives.

IEP Student Services:

  • IEP Advising Services
  • International Student Orientation
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • International Students’ Organization (ISO)
  • Student ID
  • ESL Certificate of Achievement
  • TOEFL Paper-Based Test (Additional Fee)
  • IELTS Test (Additional Fee)
  • Student Health Services

TESOL Certificate

Designed to help grant individuals – regardless of their age, gender or background – with the necessary expertise to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the U.S. or abroad, this distinguished program allows global students to work comfortably and at their own pace, as they learn from the comfort of their own home.

IELTS Testing Center

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a global standard for testing English Language proficiency. As the world’s most popular English testing system, the IELTS not only respects, but promotes international diversity, and tests students of all nationalities in a fair and rigorous manner.

Depending on where you wish to continue your studies, to work or migrate, you may choose from Academic or General Training. Both modules encompass four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Results are graded on the IELTS nine-band scale.

But as a university that fully understands and accepts that there’s much more to college life than textbooks and academics, AUM does everything it can to extend its eminent student experience beyond the four walls of the classroom…

With services on-hand to pick you up from the Montgomery Regional Airport – located less than 20 miles from the beautiful campus itself – AUM works with you directly from the moment you enter the country. The university’s experienced staff are ready and willing to guide you to you to your contemporary campus accommodation, as well as set up your internet and phone service to ensure you don’t just feel welcome, but feel completely at home.

On top of this, with a wealth of understanding in exactly what’s required to pursue an education overseas, staff can help iron out any issues or qualms regarding your international student visa. They’ll even help you register for your very first class, just to be sure nothing stands in the way of your unparalleled U.S. education.

So where’s the fun?

Don’t worry – Auburn has you covered!

“While you’re here, you’ll find countless opportunities to expand your experiences far beyond the classroom,” notes AUM’s Campus Life page. “From Student Government to Greek Life, from clubs and organizations to intramural sports, you’ll have every opportunity to pursue your passions and find new ones.

“What you’ll discover is that the things you learn outside of the classroom have just as big an impact on your life as the courses you study,” the institution adds. “You’ll build relationships and gain experiences and develop essential leadership skills that will prepare you to take on the life you choose with confidence.”

What you need to remember about life at AUM is that it means much more than just an investment in world-class education; it’s an investment in an experience – and an unforgettable one at that.

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