Are international students eligible for financial aid or scholarships?
Georgia State may offer the Campus Atlanta Scholarship (100% out-of-state tuition waiver and 50% out-of-state tuition waiver) on a merit basis to qualified incoming international students. International students with F or J visas are not eligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA). However, limited scholarship opportunities are available to accepted international students.
Can I schedule an appointment or time to speak with someone in International Admissions?
Yes. Please register for one of our information sessions or a virtual office hour.
Do I need to take the SAT or ACT if I am applying as an international first-year student and my high school is not in the U.S.?
Students with an exceptional academic record (grade point average (GPA) above 3.4, as calculated by Georgia State in house) may be eligible to have the SAT/ACT waived for the 2023 admissions cycle. Please reach out to [email protected] after applying and submitting all transcripts/school or board exam results to determine if you qualify. SAT/ACT waivers are NOT guaranteed for any student.
Submit SAT scores through College Board. Use Georgia State’s SAT code: 5251.
Submit ACT scores through ACT. Use Georgia State’s ACT code: 0826.
Do you accept Duolingo?
Duolingo is no longer accepted and will not satisfy this requirement. The University System of Georgia decided to remove the Duolingo English test from our admission requirements after fall 2021. TOEFL, MET, Pearson and other English test providers are now offering online home-edition tests that are similar to Duolingo but widely accepted by U.S. institutions. Please review ELP requirements on our website here.
I am a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Why am I considered an international student?
Applicants to Georgia State are classified as “international” if they meet any of the following criteria:
- Are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.)
- Are living outside the U.S. and will require an F-1 visa to study in the U.S.
- Are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status but have not yet received the Permanent Residency Card
- Have been educated outside the U.S.
* Our International Admissions team has the expertise to review international academic credentials.
- If you are applying as a first-year student and attended high school outside the U.S., you will be considered an international student. Similarly, if you are applying as a transfer student and attended college/university outside the U.S., you will be considered an international student.
I am applying as a postbaccalaureate, have a bachelor’s degree from my home country and have a master’s degree from a U.S. institution. Do I need to take the TOEFL and/or have my transcripts evaluated?
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.
I originally applied for an admission for an earlier semester but was unable to attend and had to defer my application/admissions decision to a later semester. How do I reactivate my application?
A student’s application is valid for a total of three terms of entry, including the term marked initially on the application and the following two terms of entry. Students who wish to be considered for a term of entry within this time frame must complete a Reactivation Application and any required credentials by the application deadline date for the desired term of entry.
Once the two additional terms of entry have passed, the application and application fee are no longer valid. Students who do not reactivate their application during this allotted time are required to submit a new application, new application fee and any new transcripts (if applicable) to be considered for admission.
I was just accepted. What should I do next?
Please see our Next Steps for Accepted Students. If you are an F-1 visa student:
- Obtain your I-20 with the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Office after receiving your admission decision. For more information, click here.
- Complete the Start@State online orientation at orientation.gsu.edu.
- Register for an International Advising Event to meet with your academic adviser for class registration.
I would like to be considered for conditional admission. Do I need to take the TOEFL?
You can learn more about Conditional Admission here. Only new F1 students who are currently outside of the US can be considered for Conditional Admission. Students must submit all required admission documents and be academically admissible, but lack English proficiency. Students must submit IELTS, TOEFL, or another approved English Language Proficiency test to show their current language skills. These test scores will also determine your placement level when you apply to the Intensive English Program. Students must submit a separate application to the Intensive English Program. Once completing the Intensive English Program, students can transition their I-20 for their F1 Visa to the main GSU Atlanta Campus or our Perimeter College to begin their degree program.
I would like to be considered for Conditional Admission. Do I need to take TOEFL or another English test?
You can learn more about Conditional Admission here. Only new F-1 visa students who are currently outside the U.S. can be considered for Conditional Admission. Students must submit all required admission documents and be academically admissible while lacking English proficiency. Students must submit IELTS, TOEFL or another approved English Language Proficiency test to show their current language skills. These test scores will also determine your placement level when you apply to the Intensive English Program. Students must submit a separate application to the Intensive English Program. Once they’ve completed the Intensive English Program, students can transition their I-20 for their F-1 visa to Georgia State’s Atlanta Campus or Perimeter College to begin a degree program.
I would like to enroll in the Intensive English Program (IEP). Whom should I contact for more information?
IEP and contact information can be found here.
If I attended a British international school or a school in the United Kingdom, what academic documents does my school need to submit?
Students who have attended schools using the UK Curriculum must submit their GCE/IGCSE results certificates for review. Please have your school email your results certificates for all IGCSE, O-Level, AS-Level, A-Level and BTEC examinations that you have taken to [email protected]. Students are not required to take specific A-Levels for admission to Georgia State, however, AS and A-Level results and BTEC Level 3 Diplomas may be processed as university transfer credit.
If I was educated in Ethiopia, what academic documents does my school need to submit?
Georgia State requires the following documents from applicants who have attended school in Ethiopia:
- Year 12 Examination Results – Secondary School Leaving Examination/Ethiopian University Entrance Examination Certificate (an official copy that is sent by your school or can be verified online)
Please note that this document will be required before the start of classes as proof of high school graduation, and we will not accept school-issued diplomas. If you have not yet graduated and taken your Year 12 Exams, please contact [email protected] to let us know your anticipated Year 12 Exam date and provide confirmation of registration for the SSLE. We will require that your school submits official copies of your Year 9-12 transcripts.
If I was educated in India, Pakistan, Nepal or Bangladesh, what academic documents does my school need to submit?
Georgia State requires the following documents from applicants who have attended school in South Asia:
- Year 10 Examination Results Certificate (an official copy that is sent by your school or can be verified online)
- Year 12 Examination Results Certificate (an official copy that is sent by your school or can be verified online)
If you have not yet graduated or taken your Year 12 Exams, please have your school submit official copies of your Year 10 and Year 11 marksheets and exam results. If you took Year 11 Intermediate or Pre-University Board exams, you must submit those as well. Please send your Admit Card (CBSE) or the information to [email protected] to verify your examination results online. This information varies by exam board, and we may request your Centre Number, Roll Number, School Number, Admit Card ID, Seat Number, Mother’s Name, etc.
We also accept International Baccalaureate results as well as IGCSE/GCSE O-Level and A-Level results if your school participated in the UK Curriculum.
If I was educated in the Caribbean (Jamaica and other CXC countries), what academic documents does my school need to submit?
Georgia State requires the following documents from applicants who have attended school in the Caribbean:
- CSEC CXC Examination Results (an official copy that is sent by your school or can be verified online)
If you have not yet graduated or taken your final exams, please have your school submit official copies of your Year 9, 10 and 11 transcripts as well as any mid-Year 12 grades that you have received so far.
- CAPE CXC Examination Results for transfer credit consideration if you have taken them (an official copy that is sent by your school or can be verified online)
If I was educated in West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone), what documents do I need to submit?
Please send your scratch card information to [email protected] so we can verify your WAEC results as soon as possible. We do not accept results that our office has not personally verified. We will be using the Exam Board’s Online Results Checker and need the following details: Examination Number, Examination Year, Examination Type (School or Private), Card Serial Number and Card PIN. If you have not yet taken WAEC or NECO, your school must submit your official transcripts for years 9-12 (JSS 3 – SSS 3).
My application checklist shows that I am missing transcripts or exam results. How can I submit them?
If you are missing any of the required materials, please have your school counselor send them to [email protected]. Please have your school counselor send these documents from an official email address, not a teacher’s personal Gmail or Yahoo account. We do not accept documents from students who cannot be verified online through an examination board. We do not accept documents that are sent via email or uploaded to the Common Application from an unverified email account.
What are the admission requirement for postbaccalaureate applicants?
Please visit our International Postbaccalaureate Admissions page for more information.
What are the admission requirements for first-year applicants?
Please visit our International First-Year Admissions page for more information.
What are the admission requirements for international applicants?
International first-year applicants: https://admissions.gsu.edu/elors-degree/apply/int-first-years/
International transfer applicants: https://admissions.gsu.edu/bachelors-degree/apply/int-transfer/
Other international applicants: https://admissions.gsu.edu/bachelors-degree/apply/int-other/
What are the admission requirements for nontraditional applicants?
Please visit our International Nontraditional Admissions page for more information. Students who graduated high school more than five years ago and have not attended any university are considered nontraditional applicants.
What are the admission requirements for transfer applicants?
Please visit our International Transfer Admissions page for more information.
What are the steps to apply for international postbaccalaureate admission?
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 postbaccalaureate applicant. Detailed requirements for all postbaccalaureate applicants can be found here.
- 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)
What are the steps to apply for international transient admission?
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.
- Complete all parts of the application, including signature and date
- Submit the non-refundable application fee of $60
- Submit an official transient letter
- Submit photocopies of immigration documents (if appropriate)
What are your English-language proficiency (ELP) requirements?
Georgia State requires proof of English-language proficiency from applicants who have attended school internationally. We want to ensure that all students are successful in an English-speaking academic environment. Information about ELP requirements can be found on our website here. We accept SAT Reading (minimum score 480), ACT English (minimum score 17), TOEFL iBT (minimum score 69), IELTS Academic (minimum score 6) and a variety of other examinations, including the 4-Skills Michigan English Test (save 20% by registering here) and the Pearson Test of English (Academic).
Duolingo is no longer accepted and will not satisfy this requirement. We do not accept letters of English proficiency from non-U.S.-accredited (MSA, NEASC, IB, etc.) schools.
What if my testing site cancels my TOEFL or IELTS?
For students required to show English-language proficiency for summer 2020 and fall 2020, Georgia State accepts Duolingo English tests as one of the new English proficiency tests. To register for the test, please go to go.duolingo.com/applicants. The Duolingo English Test can be taken online from a computer with a camera. Certified results are available within two days and can be shared instantly with the university.
For 2020-21 admissions cycle, any changes on the admission requirements will be updated on the website under the guidance from the University System of Georgia.
What is an International Credential Evaluation?
Georgia State requires an International Credential Evaluation for all international students who have attended colleges, universities, postsecondary programs or technical/vocational programs outside the U.S. This gives us an analysis of what you have already accomplished at the university level and lets us know what course credit can be transferred to you as a potential Georgia State student. Please visit naces.org to find approved evaluation companies that can provide an evaluation of your transcript. Transfer students must submit a course-by-course evaluation. (We need to review the grade conversion and credit hours for every class.) Postbaccalaureate students can submit a document-by-document evaluation. We have received evaluations from WES, ECE, Josef Silny, SpanTran, etc. in the past. You can learn more on our website, here, under the Foreign Credential Evaluation section. The International Credential Evaluation must be based on official documents and should list all courses taken abroad as well as the U.S. equivalency of your academic credit. Please have the NACES evaluator include your verified transcripts in your evaluation. We do not require third-party evaluation for international high school/secondary school credentials. If you did not attend any international university or postsecondary institution, please contact [email protected] so that we can review and update your checklist.
Where can I find out how to get my visa/immigration documents (i.e. I-20 forms, F-1 visa, etc.)?
Where can I take the TOEFL, ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER or IELTS?
Information on Georgia State testing centers for the ACCUPLACER exams can be found here. Visit the College Board website, here, for information on the SAT. Information about the ACT can be found here. Visit our admissions page for information on English proficiency tests, here. We accept TOEFL iBT (minimum score 69), IELTS Academic (minimum score 6) and a variety of other examinations, including the 4-Skills Michigan English Test (you can save 20% by registering here) and the Pearson Test of English (Academic).