International Admissions FAQ

If you are applying as a freshman student and you attended high school outside the U.S., you will be considered an international student.  Similarly, if you are applying as a transfer student and you attended college outside the U.S., you will be considered an international student.
The estimated cost of attendance for international students can be found here.
Unfortunately, financial aid is not available for international students.  However, limited scholarship opportunities are available to accepted international students.  Additional information can be found here.
The different applicant types can be found here.
We would like to invite you to attend one of our information sessions.  If you still have questions, the helpful staff at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions 200 Sparks Hall should be able to assist you.
Transient (visiting) applicants are those who are enrolled at another regionally accredited college or university in the United States and intend to apply their Georgia State credits to a degree from their home institution. Detailed requirements for all transient applicants can be found here.

Checklist

If you have completed a bachelor’s degree at a regionally-accredited college or university and wish to enroll in undergraduate-level courses at Georgia State University as a non-degree seeking student, you are considered a post-baccalaureate applicant.  Detailed requirements for all post-baccalaureate applicants can be found here.

Checklist

  • Completed all parts of the application, including signature and date
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $60
  • Submit proof of English proficiency
  • Submit official college transcript(s)
    Please do not submit your only original copy – bring it to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and we will make a copy from the original.
  • Submit official evaluation (if appropriate)
    Georgia State University requires that all international documents be evaluated by an independent evaluation service.  Post-baccalaureate applicants are required to submit a document by document evaluation.
  • Submit photocopies of immigration documents (if appropriate)
  • Submit the International Applicant Immigration Form (if appropriate)
Yes.  Conditional admission is for F1 students who have submitted their English proficiency test scores and other required admission documents and are academically admissible, but lack English proficiency.  For freshman applicants who would like to receive conditional admission, please submit your SAT or ACT and TOEFL scores.  Please see our English Proficiency website for the required scores.
If your primary language is not English and you have not completed a college level English composition course in a U.S. institution with a C- grade or better or have never taken the SAT or ACT and passed the verbal section with a 430 or higher on the SAT or a 17 or higher on the ACT, you would need to take the TOEFL.
Information on testing centers for the TOEFL, ACT, SAT, and COMPASS can be found here under the “Testing” tab.  Information on where to take the GSTEP can be found here.  IELTS information can be found here
Georgia State University’s school code is 5251.
Information on evaluations can be found here.
Although Josef Silny & Associates is the preferred evaluator of Georgia State University, we will accept evaluations from any NACES member.  Evaluators who are NACES members can be found here.  Students who use any evaluation service other than Josef Silny must submit original copies of all documents to Georgia State University.
Yes.  The SAT or ACT is required for all freshman applicants.  Please register to take one of the tests by visiting their websites at ACT or Collegeboard.
If your previous college was in the U.S., please see the transfer equivalency chart.  It is up to your department to determine which credits are transferrable.  Once you are accepted, please contact your assigned academic advisor to see how many and which credits transferred.
Unfortunately, we are unable to do so.  You must provide official transcripts from all institutions and they must arrive in a sealed envelope directly from the home institution.  The transcript(s) can either be mailed directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or brought in as long as it remains unopened and in the original package.
Yes, Georgia State University requires that you submit college transcripts from all of your previous institutions.  If you attended a college outside of the U.S., you must have your credit evaluated by an independent evaluation service.  Please see our Official Transcript Evaluations website to find out more information.
You are required to submit original official transcripts from all institutions attended.  Please contact each individual institution and request an official transcript be mailed directly to Georgia State University.  You may also have the transcript sent to you and you may drop it off as long as the transcript remains sealed in its original package.
If you have a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited university inside the U.S., you will be exempt from the TOEFL upon submitting your Master’s degree transcript.  You are also exempt from the evaluation although we still require your official transcript from the institution from which you received your Bachelor’s degree.
Yes.  In addition to meeting the post-baccalaureate requirements, F1 visa applicants must submit a letter from the graduate department stating that you plan to apply to graduate school once you have completed the required undergraduate courses.
Unfortunately, no.  Only applicants who are currently in Georgia can apply as non-traditional applicants.
Please check your status online here.  Once you have submitted documents, please allow 7-10 business days for the mail to be sorted and your status to be updated.
Please see our next steps for accepted students.  If you are an F1 visa student, please also see the next steps for accepted international students.  In addition, make sure that ISSS has your official bank statement, affidavit of support, and international applicant immigration form.
The International Student & Scholar Services Office handles all immigration responsibilities.  To find out how to apply for an F1 or J1 visa, click here.  To find out about the I-20 process for F1 students, click here.
Please submit a copy of the front and back of your permanent resident card to admissions@gsu.edu.
A student’s application is valid for a total of three terms of entry, including the term marked initially on the application.  To be considered for a term of entry within this time frame, you must submit a reactivation form, which can be found here.
Current students who wish to participate in study abroad opportunities can find the necessary information here.