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International Students

A student who is neither a US citizen or a US permanent resident is considered an international student for purposes of admission to Georgia Southern.

Georgia Southern University welcomes and supports international applicants – students from over 100 countries across the world currently study at Georgia Southern.Georgia Southern is recognized world-wide for offering students a superior university education taught by exceptional and caring faculty. Georgia Southern students live and study on a naturally beautiful, safe, and traditional American university campus surrounded by cutting edge technology, all at a reasonable price.The Center for International Studies provides visa information and assistance with I-20 questions. In addition, the center hosts International Student Orientation and many other programs throughout the year just for international students.Contact us: intladmissions@georgiasouthern.edu
International Freshman Students

We are pleased that you are considering pursing undergraduate (baccalaureate) studies at Georgia Southern University. Follow the steps below to research our academic programs, apply for admission, and obtain an I-20 form.

Research academic programs and costs

Georgia Southern offers over 124 degree programs in seven academic colleges. Please visit our Colleges and Majors page for information about our academic programs and departments.

Students must have sufficient financial resources to study at Georgia Southern. International students must document available funds to cover at least one year’s educational and living expenses, estimated to be around $32,000. International students are allowed to work on campus but should not anticipate on campus employment or expect employment to be a significant means of financial support. Federal and state financial aid is not available to international students. A limited number of scholarships are awarded to international students.


Apply for admission
  1. Application and Fee. Complete the Online Application. The application fee of $30 (US) can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa), by an electronic check drawn on a U.S. bank, or with a bank draft, payable in U.S. dollars to Georgia Southern University. Applications will not be processed without the application fee.
  2. Academic Transcripts. Request copies of your official transcript, mark sheet, exam results, and certificates/diplomas for all secondary coursework in the original language from your secondary school. Academic records must have a seal or an original signature. Photocopies are acceptable if they are noted as “Certified True Copy” and signed by a school official. If your records are not in English, you must include a certified English translation of all documents. Mail to Georgia Southern University.
  3. TOEFL/IELTS Exam. Students whose first language is not English and who have not studied exclusively in English must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores to Georgia Southern. For admission, we require TOEFL scores of at least 69 internet-based, 193 computer-based or 523 paper-based. IELTS scores required for admission are 6.0 or better. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent directly from the Testing Service to Georgia Southern University.
  4. SAT/ACT Exam. International students whose first language is English do not need to submit TOEFL scores but must submit satisfactory SAT or ACT scores. Students whose first language is not English, but whose secondary instruction was exclusively in English do not need to submit TOEFL scores but must submit satisfactory SAT/ACT scores.

Apply for an I-20 form

In order to apply for a student visa, you will need an I-20 or DS-2019 form issued to you by the Center for International Studies at Georgia Southern University. To initiate this process, please complete the SEVIS Data Form and provide a bank statement showing you have sufficient funds to pay for at least one-year’s educational and living expenses. The Sevis Data Form and the original bank statement should be mailed to the Office of Admissions at the address provided on the Sevis Data Form.

Application Deadlines
Fall Semester – April 1
Spring Semester – November 1
Summer Semester – April 1

As the application and student visa process involves many steps, international students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


Apply for Scholarships. To complete the application, click here.

Once you have been accepted, please visit the Accepted Student Checklist.

Questions? Please see FAQ.

Email us at intladmissions@georgiasouthern.edu

International Transfer Students

We are pleased that you are considering transferring your undergraduate (baccalaureate) studies to Georgia Southern University. Follow the steps below to research our academic programs, apply for transfer admission, and obtain an I-20 form for transfer.


Research academic programs and costs

Georgia Southern offers 124 undergraduate degree programs in seven academic colleges. Please visit our Colleges and Majors page for information about our academic programs and departments.

Students must have sufficient financial resources to study at Georgia Southern. International students must document available funds to cover at least one year of educational and living expenses, estimated to be around $32,000. International students are allowed to work on campus but should not anticipate on campus employment or expect employment to be a significant means of financial support. Federal and state financial aid is not available to international students. A limited number of scholarships are awarded to international transfer students.


Apply for admission

Transferring academic credits to Georgia Southern University from an institution outside of the United States involves many steps and may take weeks to months to complete. Therefore, It is important that you follow these steps carefully and allow ample time to complete the transfer process. Determining equivalent course credits from an international college or university requires careful assessment and time to review. It is possible that transfer credit decisions will only be made after you begin enrollment at Georgia Southern. As educational systems vary worldwide, it is possible that many classes taken outside of the United States will not transfer into Georgia Southern.

  1. Application and Fee. Apply online. The application fee of $30 (US) can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa), by an electronic check drawn on a U.S. bank, or with a bank draft, payable in U.S. dollars to Georgia Southern University. Applications will not be processed without the application fee.
  2. Academic Transcripts. Request two copies of official academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Academic records must have a seal or an original signature and be sent directly from the college. If your records are not in English, you must include a certified English translation of all documents. Have your college send one copy of your official academic records to Georgia Southern and the additional copy to a professional evaluation agency as noted below.
  3. If you have less than 30 transferable semester hours or 45 transferable quarter hours of college credits, you must also submit official transcripts, mark sheets, exam results, and certificates/diplomas for all secondary coursework. If your records are not in English, you must include a certified English translation of all documents.
  4. Credential Evaluation.All international transcripts must be evaluated by a professional evaluation agency that is a member of NACES. We recommend you use the World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny & Associates. Visit www.wes.orgor www.jsilny.com to view which documents are required for your country and to request a Course-by-Course Report. Identify Georgia Southern University as a receiving institution at the time of application. Georgia Southern University, Office of Admissions, PO Box 8024, Statesboro, GA 30460.
    *NOTE: The number of credits accepted for transfer to Georgia Southern University may vary significantly from the number of credits reported on your credential evaluation. The credit evaluation is used in an advisory capacity only.
  5. Course Descriptions. Submit course descriptions of all classes taken at international colleges or universities. You must submit detailed course descriptions along with other application materials by the Application Deadline. Acceptable course descriptions must be typed and can include course syllabi and/or course catalog descriptions (include web address, if available). Credits will not be awarded until course descriptions are received and evaluated by appropriate faculty at Georgia Southern University.
  6. TOEFL/IELTS Exam. Students whose first language is not English, who have not studied exclusively in English or have not taken English 1101 must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores to Georgia Southern. For admission, we require TOEFL scores of at least 69 internet-based, 193 computer-based or 523 paper-based. IELTS scores required for admission are 6.0 or better. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent directly from the Testing Service to Georgia Southern University.

Apply for an I-20 form

In order to apply for a student visa, you will need an I-20 or DS-2019 form issued to you by the Center for International Studies at Georgia Southern University. To initiate this process, please complete the SEVIS Data Form and provide a bank statement showing you have sufficient funds to pay for at least one-year’s educational and living expenses. The Sevis Data Form and the original bank statement should be mailed to the address provided on the Sevis Data Form.

Application Deadlines
Fall Semester – July 1
Spring Semester – November 1
Summer Semester – April 1

As the application and student visa process involves many steps, international students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Apply for Scholarships. To complete the application, click here.

Once you have been accepted, please visit the Accepted Student Checklist.

Questions? Please see FAQ.

Email us at intladmissions@georgiasouthern.edu

International Graduate Students

Visit the College of Graduate Studies for international graduate student information.

English Language Program

Visit the Georgia Southern’s English Language Program for more information.

Before You Apply

Are there other international students at Georgia Southern University? Yes, hundreds of students from around the world apply to study at Georgia Southern each year. Currently, there are students from over 100 countries enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at Georgia Southern. In addition, students from 49 U.S. states study at Georgia Southern.

Is there special assistance for international students?
Georgia Southern University greatly supports international students. Many professors, staff, and students at Georgia Southern have international experience and are happy to assist international students. The Center for International Studies hosts many programs throughout the year just for international students.

What majors do you offer?
We offer 124 degree programs at Georgia Southern University. These majors are offered through eight academic colleges – Business Administration, Education, Graduate Studies, Health and Human Sciences, Engineering & Information Technology, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Public Health, and Science and Mathematics.

What are the professors like?
Professors at Georgia Southern are known for being friendly and helpful. Georgia Southern professors enjoy teaching and interacting with students. Students are often surprised at how helpful and caring the professors are.

Where is Georgia Southern University?
Georgia Southern is located in the southern part of the United States, in the state of Georgia. This part of the country is known for its warm climate, hospitality and friendly nature. The campus is located in the small town of Statesboro, about an hour’s drive from Savannah and Tybee Island beach, 3-hours from Atlanta, and 2-hours from Florida.

What is the campus like?
Georgia Southern students live and study on a traditional university campus surrounded by 21st century technology. The campus is considered to be one of the most naturally beautiful in the state, spreading over an expansive nearly 1000-acre landscape of lawns, lakes, and trees.

Where do students live?
Students may live on-campus in university residence halls or rent a nearby apartment. Many international students live on-campus. Residence halls are affordable, convenient, well-maintained and a great way to make friends.

How much does it cost?
The cost of attending Georgia Southern is around $32,000 per year for undergraduate students and around $38,000 for graduate students. This includes expenses for tuition and fees, housing and food, and other personal expenses. These costs are lower than many other U.S. universities of comparable size and facilities.

Are there scholarships available for international students?
Yes, Georgia Southern offers many scholarships just for international students. In addition, international students are eligible to apply for academic based scholarships. International graduate students may also apply for graduate assistantships.

Does Georgia Southern have sports teams and facilities?
The University has 16 men’s and women’s sports teams competing at the top level of collegiate athletics. Georgia Southern is especially recognized for its national champion American football team. In addition, there are club and intramural sports for all students, along with one of the best student Recreation Activity Centers in the country.


The Application Process

How do I apply for admission?
International students need to submit an application for admission, an application fee, official transcripts, and other supporting documents. Please visit International Freshman or International Transfer for application instructions.

When should I apply for admission?
As the application and student visa process involves many steps, international students should apply as early as possible. We recommend applying one year prior to expected enrollment.

Do I have to take the SAT or ACT?
Only international students whose first language is English or who have studied exclusively in English are required to take the SAT or ACT exam. International students whose first langue is not English and who have not studied exclusively in English are not required to take the SAT or ACT.

Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
International students whose first language is not English or who have not studied exclusively in English must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam and have the scores sent to Georgia Southern.

What if I don’t meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score?
International undergraduate students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score may still be admitted into Georgia Southern but will be required to take English as a Second Language courses at Georgia Southern.

How do I get an I-20 form?
The I-20 form is used to apply for an F-1 student visa and is issued only to accepted international students. In order to apply for the I-20, you will need to complete the SEVIS Data Form and provide financial documents showing sufficient funds to cover at least one-year’s educational and living expenses.


After You Are Accepted

How will I know if I have been accepted?
If accepted, you will receive an e-mail notification. Following this e-mail, an official acceptance letter along with other important documents will be mailed to you.

How do I apply for a student visa?
After being admitted into Georgia Southern and qualifying for the I-20 form, the Center for International Studies will advise you on how best to apply for or transfer F-1 visa status.

When will I register for classes?
Undergraduate students register for classes during campus orientation, with the assistance of an academic advisor. Graduate students receive instructions on how to register for courses prior to arriving at Georgia Southern.

When will I need to pay for tuition and fees?
Tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes. You will be charged tuition and fees only after you have registered for courses.

How do I apply for university housing?
Information on housing and how to apply will be sent to you after being accepted to Georgia Southern.

When should I arrive?
International students must attend international student orientation, generally held a few days prior to the beginning of classes. Specific information with dates will be mailed to you.

Can I change my acceptance to another term?
If you are unable to attend Georgia Southern for the semester you were admitted and wish to attend Georgia Southern the following semester, it is important that you notify us at intladmissions@georgiasouthern.edu so that we can advise you appropriately.

International Tuition & Fees
Undergraduate
Tuition & Fees

$17,268

Room & Board (housing and food)

$10,002

Health Insurance (mandatory)

$1,478

Personal Expenses (books, supplies, transportation, entertainment)

$4,601

TOTAL

$33,349

The estimated total cost of attending Georgia Southern University for the 2014/15 academic year is around $33,349.

To qualify for an I-20 form for an F-1 visa, international students must complete the SEVIS data form and provide official written documentation of financial resources available to cover at least one year’s educational and living expenses.

Financial Assistance

Georgia Southern offers a limited number of need based and academic scholarships for international students.

For general information about financing U.S. study, visit http://www.edupass.org/finaid/.

International Student Diversity Scholarships

Georgia Southern University recognizes the importance of international education and the benefits of a multicultural student population. To help ensure diversity, Georgia Southern University awards a limited number of out-of-country tuition waivers to undergraduate international students who demonstrate good academic standing, financial need, and commitment to the university and community. Students who receive an International Student Diversity Scholarship pay in-state tuition, an award equal to approximately $10,000 per academic year.

Academic Scholarships for Freshman

Georgia Southern recognizes academically talented high school students with a variety of academic scholarships or positions in the University Honors Program. To qualify, students should have demonstrated achievement inside the classroom, outstanding SAT/ACT scores (a 1200+ SAT score (Math + Critical Reading only) or a 27 ACT), leadership experience and extracurricular involvement. Georgia Southern awards 150 scholarships to outstanding incoming freshmen every year. International students are considered along with U.S. students for these competitive based scholarships.

Office of Admissions • P.O. Box 8024 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478- 5391 • admissions@georgiasouthern.edu