Classification as an International Applicant
At the University of Georgia, applicant files are classified as "international" if they meet any of the criteria listed below. Supplemental application materials are needed for each of the following criteria, so review this Web site carefully to see what is needed in your specific case.
Early Action - October 15
Regular Decision - January 15 Spring Admission - September 1
Spring Semester - Sept. 1 Summer Semester - March 1 Fall Semester - April 1
Summer Transient - May 15
Additional information for international students can be found on our Admission Criteria for International Students page.
*Note: If a deadline date falls on a Sunday or a federal holiday, the postmark deadline will be extended to the first business day following the published deadline.
- You are not a U.S. citizen and are currently in the United States on an F-1 (student) visa.
- You will require an F-1 visa to enter and study in the United States.
- You are currently in the United States on some other class of visa. Please submit a copy of the visa from your passport.
Permanent Legal Residency
- If you are a Permanent Legal Resident of the United States, please submit a copy of the front and back of your card for inspection.
- If you are in the process of obtaining permanent legal residency, please submit all documentation related to this process. This would include, but not be limited to, an Employment Authorization Document, the form I-485, or your I-94 departure record.
- If you hold refugee or asylum status, please forward all documentation related to this status.
Deadlines and Accuracy Are Crucial
- Apply on time. First, be sure that you apply and complete your file by the deadline. All required materials must be submitted by the deadline, or we will not make an admissions decision. UGA is not able to offer provisional admission.
- Indicate your admissions category. Be sure to check the correct category (first-year, transfer, second-degree, post-baccalaureate, summer transient, etc.). Note that second-degree and post-baccalaureate students must meet transfer requirements.
- Fill out the application carefully and completely. Contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions or difficulties while applying. We also ask that you fill out the "Supplemental Form (page 4 of the 2011-12 Certificate of Finances) if you have completed part of your high school education outside the United States. Students who have studied only in the United States do not need to fill out the Supplemental Form.
All international files require more documentation than traditional files, but how much more information depends on your situation. We suggest that you review the following categories to see what additional materials are needed in order for us to review your file. Remember: these materials must be submitted by the stated deadlines in order to have a complete file that is ready for review.
Proof of English Proficiency
For international students who have studied or are studying at a United States high school or a United States system school, refer to our first-year admission criteria for more details on how the University of Georgia evaluates applications. In addition, if English is not your first language, you must show proof of English proficiency. There are four ways to do this:
- Submit an official SAT-I verbal score of 430 or higher. All first-year applicants must submit SAT-I scores.
- 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. A band score of 7.0 or better on the IELTS is also acceptable.
Note: Transfer students applying to the Terry College of Business need a score of 250 or higher. Remember that all score reports must be official. TOEFL scores must be less than two years old if you have not been studying at a U.S. institution since taking the exam.
- Take the equivalent of English 1101 and 1102 (first-year composition) at an accredited U.S. institution and earn a minimum 2.5 combined GPA for the two courses. This must be reflected on an official transcript.
- Submit proof of an earned bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. institution.
Admission Criteria for International Students
For international students who are transferring from a United States college or university, refer to the transfer student information page for more details on how the University of Georgia evaluates transfer credentials. In addition, if English is not your first language, you must show proof of English proficiency.
For international students who have studied or are studying at a university or institution in a country outside of the United States, the University of Georgia will evaluate your credentials based on a wide range of factors. Admission to UGA might depend on the country in which you are studying, the system of education, the credentials of the university or institution and the exams offered by the country or university. If you have completed post-secondary coursework at a non-U.S. institution, we must receive official transcripts from all institutions attended and an official outsourced credit evaluation. We will use the credit evaluation to help us determine how many credits you have earned as well as how your courses transfer into the U.S. educational system. We require that you use one of six 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 and Lisano International. We also request that you submit results from any examinations such as the GCSEs, CXCs, HSSC or African Certificates of Secondary Education, as well as proof of your English proficiency. We are not able to determine an admission decision until we have reviewed your completed admission file.
- Please note: It may take 2-6 weeks to obtain a credit evaluation. In addition, be sure to request a "course-by-course" evaluation.