First-Year International Applicants

The information below is for students who have never attended any college or university before.

Deadlines for First-Year International Applicants

Early Action - October 15

Regular Decision for Fall Semester - January 1

Spring Admission - August 15

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals:

Students who filed for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: PRIOR to applying to UGA! Please contact us for more information about UGA's policies and Deferred Action students. You can contact email us at or call us at +1 (706) 542-2112 and ask to speak to the International Admissions Counselor. 

First-Year International Application Requirements 

In order for an application to be complete and receive full consideration, all international First-Year applicants must submit the following six items:

1. International Application for Undergraduate Admission

  • Please submit an application first, then send all additional documents to us (do not send accompanying documents to us if you have not submitted an application first).
  • Pay the $85 non-refundable application processing fee
  • Please make sure that you submit your application and additional documents prior to the assigned application deadline (your application will be incomplete if you submit documents after the application deadline).
  • View the demographics of students entering UGA 

2. Transcripts

High School Transcripts (secondary school) from each and every institution must be submitted for review. If your high school is outside of the United States and not accredited by a U.S. Regional Association of Colleges and Schools, we recommend (not required) that you use a "course-by-course" (not document-by-document) evaluation service to ensure that your transcript is evaluated properly. 

These are the approved evaluation services: Josef Silny, Inc., World Education Services, Inc., Education Credential Evaluators, Inc., International Education Research Foundation, Inc., American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions OfficersLisano International and International Education Evaluations, Inc. 

  • If you choose not to use an evaluation service for your high school transcripts, then transcripts must be official and in your native language. You will also need to provide another official transcript that has been translated into English by your secondary school or college/university (photocopies, scanned images, or faxes will not be accepted).

College Transcripts from each institution attended during high school must be submitted for review. If you have attended college after high school graduation, you are not eligible to be a First-Year applicant and should submit a Transfer application. If your college is outside of the United States and not accredited by a U.S. Regional Association of Colleges and Schools, we REQUIRE that you use an evaluation service that does a "course by course" evaluation to ensure that your transcript is evaluated properly (if you do not submit, your application to UGA will be incomplete).

These are the approved evaluation services: Josef Silny, Inc.World Education Services, Inc.Education Credential Evaluators, Inc.International Education Research Foundation, Inc.American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Lisano International and International Education Evaluations, Inc. 

  • Please note, college or university classes that will not get transferred from your non-U.S. college transcripts to UGA are: Physical Education classes (PE classes), and English classes (if English is your second language). 

Transcripts must be sent to our office in a sealed envelope: UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Terrell Hall, Room 212, 210 South Jackson Street, Athens, GA, 30602-1633

3. Official SAT or ACT scores

Official SAT or ACT scores are required for all First-Year applicants. There are many myths and misconceptions about standardized tests and how they are used in admission decisions. At UGA, the only minimum score requirements in place are the ones required by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for admission to its four research universities.  These scores only reflect the minimum required by the Board of Regents.  UGA students typically score higher than these minimums.

  • SAT R - EBRW score of 460 and SAT R - Math score of 400, OR
  • SAT I - Critical Reading Score of 430 and SAT I - Math of 400, OR
  • Sub scores of 17 on both the English and Math sections of the ACT
  • If a student takes the SAT or ACT more than once, we will consider the best scores we receive for each section on either exam.
  • UGA's TOEFL and SAT code is 5813, and the ACT code is 0872

4. English Proficiency 

If English is not your first language, you must show proof of English Proficiency. Choose one of the following ways to prove proficiency:

  • SAT R Reading test score of 24 or higher OR
  • ACT English section score of 17 or higher OR
  • A band score of 6.5 or better on the IELTS OR
  • Submit a TOEFL score of at least 213 on the computer-based exam, or a 550 paper based score, or an 80 on the internet based TOEFL.
  • The University of Georgia accepts TOEFL and IELTS results from testing headquarters.
  • UGA's TOEFL and SAT code is 5813, the ACT code is 0872
  • Scores must not be more than 5 years old 

5. School/Counselor Evaluation AND Teacher Recommendation

All first-year applicants must submit an academic Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor, AND a School/Counselor Evaluation Letter

The recommender can submit these two documents electronically or can print a PDF version found on our Printable Forms page, complete it, and mail it to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. 




Scholarships are available through individual academic departments and schools are typically awarded to upperclassmen, but prospective students should consult the web pages of their intended department and school for information regarding departmental scholarships awarded to incoming students. Some scholarships for first-year students require an additional application.

Please visit our Scholarships page for more information 

College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC): 

Applicants from non-U.S. high schools may be exempt from some Curriculum Requirements. Other factors, such as Counselor/School Evaluation Form or Credit Evaluation may be used to determine curriculum.

International Guidelines for Years of Credit in Academic Subjects

English  4      (not counted if not native language)
Mathematics Beyond Algebra II 
Science Biological, Physical or Physics, Chemistry, Environmental
Social Studies United States History, World History 
Foreign Languages            Two sequential years of the same foreign language

General Certificate of Education (GCSE O-Level) / Advanced Level (GCE A-Level)

Generally, A-Level grades are evaluated as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate grades are. A standard addition to GPA calculation is .5 per A-Level grade (A-F 4.0 scale) on a high school transcript. Calculations can vary from school to school. UGA Departments may authorize Placement Credit for A-Level subject scores. 

How Do International Students Contact UGA? 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at or call our office at +1 (706) 542-2112

All application materials can be mailed to the Admissions Office at this address:

UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Terrell Hall, Room 212

210 South Jackson Street

Athens, GA 30602-1633

Additional documents may be requested at time of application. Faxes and photocopies of official documents will not be accepted. 

Contact us

Contact us for more information about how you can join the FIRST. 

  • (+1) 706-542-8776
  • Mon - Fri 9:00am - 4:00 pm (EST)
  • 210 South Jackson Street, Athens, GA 30602-1633
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