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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.
Pay the non-refundable $20 application fee
Present an original document certifying immigrant or non-immigrant status. (Passport or Visa)
Meet freshman admission requirements (BOR Student Affairs Policy 184.108.40.206)
Submit Official 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 www.naces.org) 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.
Submit Proof of English Proficiency
In addition to meeting all other applicable requirements for admission, non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency (students from Puerto Rico must meet the English-proficiency requirements).. This may be demonstrated by any of the following methods:
- Graduation from a U.S. high school
- Completion of an approved University System of Georgia (USG) campus-based English-as-a-second-language (ESL) program of study
- Proof of degree completion inside or outside the U.S., where English is the official language of academic instruction
- Proof of completion of the equivalent of English 1101 and/or 1102 with a grade of C or better at an accredited U.S. institution
- Minimum scores on one of the following approved English-proficiency tests:
English Language Proficiency Requirements Minimum Score Required TOEFL iBT (includes Computer Based, Home Edition, My Best, & Paper Edition) 69 IELTS (includes Indicator version; Indicator scores accepted through December 2023) 6.0 SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section Score 480 ACT English 17 EIKEN Pre-1 MET (Michigan English Test) 55 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 Pearson (PTE) Academic 53 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.
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.
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
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.
- Pay I-901 Fee
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.
Provide Immunization Records
Submit the required immunizations no later than 3 weeks after classes have begun.
- Students must have a valid (unexpired) passport.
- Maintain full-time enrollment with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. This requirement does not apply to summer semester unless summer is the first semester you attend. Students may study under 12 credits in their last semester if they require fewer than 12 credits to graduate. See your advisor or the Designated School Official (DSO) regarding any changes to your schedule.
- Dropping a class is not permitted unless a student still maintains 12 or more credit hours each semester.
- Students cannot audit or withdraw from a class without prior permission from the DSO.
- Students can only enroll in one fully online course each semester.
- Be aware of your program completion date on your I-20. An extension to your I-20 will be permitted only once if you are progressing satisfactorily towards your degree.
- Students are limited to 20 hours per week of on-campus employment when school is in session.
- AVOID UNAUTHORIZED EMPLOYMENT. The Department of Homeland Security restricts international students from working off campus.
- Notify the DSO if you intend to transfer to another school. Complete the SEVIS Transfer Data Form.
- Students must report a change of address, name, or phone number to the Director of International Programs within 10 days of the change.
- Within 60 days of completing the course of study, you must transfer to another school or leave the United States.
- Students must not leave the United States, even for a short time, without making sure that all travel documents are valid and in their possession, and that the Director of International Programs signs their I-20.
- Failure to comply with USCIS regulations will result in loss of F1 status and will require the student to apply for reinstatement by USCIS.
- International students are required to check in with the DSO prior to each term to verify enrollment and registration.
- 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.
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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