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International student (BOR Student Affairs Policy

Applicants to Georgia State are classified “international” applicants if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.).
  • Students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States.
  • Students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status, but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card.
  • Students who have been educated outside of the U.S.

For more information on how to begin, please visit the Study in the States website and download the International Student's Admissions Packet here for step-by-step instructions and required documentation!

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Application Process
  1. Apply Online
  2. Pay the non-refundable $20 application fee
  3. Present an original document certifying immigrant or non-immigrant status. (Passport or Visa)
  4. Meet freshman admission requirements (BOR Student Affairs Policy
  5. Submit Evaluated Academic Transcripts
    East Georgia State College requires that all international academic documents (transcripts, mark sheets, certificates, leaving examination results, etc.) be formally evaluated by an independent foreign evaluation service (which can be found at for a document-by-document (high school) or course-by-course (postsecondary) evaluation that is then sent to EGSC for review. Transfer students with less than 30 transferable semester credit hours or 45 quarter hours of college credit must also submit high school academic records. The evaluation must come to us in a sealed envelope or electronically for the agency. Approved agencies include:
    • SpanTran (Recommended) access request form here.
    • Evaluation Services, Inc.
    • World Education Services (WES)
    • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. 
  6. Submit Proof of English Proficiency (see chart below)
    International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Completion of a test of English language proficiency is required of all applicants however, any student who has successfully completed a learning support course in English and/or reading as part of a program of English as a second language will not be required to take the placement exam in English and/or reading. Please refer to the chart below for approved exams and minimum standards or some other USG-approved evaluation of English.
  7. Submit SEVIS Data Form
    International students are required to submit this form to verify the student's personal information, verify that the student or his/her sponsor has the necessary funds to pay for tuition and living expenses while the student is enrolled at EGSC, as well as where the student's I-20 can be sent. If you currently have an I-20 from a prior institution then you will complete the SEVIS Transfer Data form to transfer your record to EGSC.
  8. Submit Proof of Financial Resources
    F-1 international students must verify that either the student or his/her sponsor has the necessary funds to pay for tuition and living expenses while the student is enrolled at EGSC. An official bank statement or bank letter on bank letterhead signed and stamped by a bank official showing available balance to cover the student’s expenses for one academic year is required (in the amount of at least $20,000). International students are not eligible for any financial aid assistance. The College reserves the right to request funds for one year from countries in which students experience unusual difficulty in sending money out of their country
Upon Acceptance
  1. Receive your I-20 and apply for a Visa
    An I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) is the immigration document you will need to apply for an F-1 visa. It is the policy of East Georgia State College not to issue any Certificate of Eligibility for non-immigrant F-1 student status until all international student admission requirements have been met and student has been accepted to the college. Since no I-20 will be issued within thirty (30) days prior to the date of registration, international students are encouraged to have their admissions file completed at least 60 days in advance of the start of their semester of entrance.Students who are transferring their F-1 visa status from another U.S. institution need to submit the SEVIS Transfer Form to update your record in SEVIS.
    • Pay I-901 Fee
      You must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee at least 3 days prior to your visa appointment. Note: If you are already in the U.S. in F-1 visa status or you have paid this fee within the last 12 months and were denied a visa, you do not have to pay this fee again. You will only need to present the receipt for your previous payment.
    • Apply for VISA
      Consult the U.S. Department of State’s website for a list of U.S. embassies and consulates and for information on what you will need for your visa appointment. Study in the States is also a great resource for helping to understand the VISA process.

      Consult the U.S. Department of State for valuable information on what you will need for your visa appointment.  Among other things, remember to take your I-20, letter of acceptance, I-901 payment receipt, and financial documentation with you. A F-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa, meaning that you will need to demonstrate that you intend to return to your home country after your studies are complete.
  2. Obtain Health Insurance
    All International students are required to present evidence of personally acquired health and accident insurance from: United Healthcare/Student Resources. This must be done within 30 days of the first day of classes.
  3. Provide Immunization Records
    Submit the required immunizations no later than 3 weeks after classes have begun.
Please note:
  • International students with F-1 student visas are required to take a full course load (12 semester hours) Fall and Spring semester.
  • East Georgia State College reserves the right to admit only an international applicant who is academically qualified, who has proven his/her ability to meet the financial requirements while in attendance, and who has qualified for the appropriate visa type.
  • East Georgia State College is a residential campus; however, the student must apply for Housing 30 days prior to attendance. Students assume responsibility for their own housing and there is no guarantee of availability in residential dorms.
English Language Proficiency Requirements Minimum Score Required
Duolingo English Test Minimum: 95
Recommended: 100
Internet TOEFL 70
Paper TOEFL 523
Pearson Academic (PTE) 53
MELAB MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 77
Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) 169 (old scale 52)
Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) Pass
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE and “O” Level “English” exams “D” or Better
UK GCSE “English” exam “C” or Better
UK GCE A-Level “English” exam “C” or Better
Edexcel International A-Levels and IGCSE English exams “D” or Better
Completion of an approved USG campus-based ESL program of study. Per USG campus regulations.
A waiver can be granted to students from countries where English is the native language and/or the official language for academic instruction. Per USG campus review.
















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