International Student Life

The Office of International Student Life (ISL) supports UGA's mission to provide an environment that appreciates our interdependent global society. It does so by creating a welcoming space and services that provide opportunities for the interactions of students from the U.S. and other nations. Working together with students, ISL staff provides services for, awareness of, and education about the worldwide social and cultural issues facing UGA students. 

The following links on the ISL website exemplify the growing range of opportunities available, some of which are among the longest running programs of their kind in the United States:

Questions for International Students


Where is UGA? How do I get there?

The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia which is 70 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. If you wish to travel by air, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta is located one-and-a-half hours away from Athens. You can also find driving directions to UGA.

Are campus tours and information sessions available?

The best way for students to start planning a visit to UGA is by contacting our Visitors Center. The Center is the primary source of information about the UGA campus, special events, and overnight accommodations. If you are interested in taking a guided tour of campus, you need to make a reservation for one of the scheduled tours. These tours, led by a current student, include a walking tour of North Campus and a bus tour of the remainder of campus. We suggest you make your tour reservation well in advance and call the Visitors Center at (706) 542-0842 if you need more help planning a visit. 

The Visitors Center office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on selected Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (all times are Eastern Standard Time). Remember that the Center is closed on official University holidays, and tour times might be modified on national holidays.

How can I get in touch with other students from my country?

The International Student Life Office is dedicated to helping international students adjust to life at UGA and connect them with other students who are having similar experiences. At the beginning of each semester, incoming international students participate in the international student orientation, which has a special focus on helping international students to acclimate.

Is there a special application for international students?

Yes, you can find the supplementary requirements for international students as well as an explanation of the admissions process for international students here.

Although English is not my primary language, I am bilingual and have studied in an English-speaking country. Should I take the TOEFL?

If English is not your first language, then you must provide proof of English proficiency. There are five ways to do this:

1. Submit an official SAT-I verbal score of 430 or higher. All first-year applicants must submit SAT-I scores.

2. Submit an official TOEFL score of at least 80 on the Internet-based exam or 213 on the computer-based version. 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. Information regarding the test dates and centers can be found here

3. Submit an official IELTS score of 7.0 or higher. All score reports must be official. Note: Transfer students applying to the Terry College of Business should contact the College about their score requirements as they are higher. Official test dates and centers can be found here.

4. 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. 

5. Submit proof of a bachelor's degree earned at an accredited U.S. institution.  

Living abroad, it is difficult for me to do on-campus interviews. How will that affect me?

The University of Georgia does not offer interviews as part of the admissions process.

Does being the child of an alumnus or alumna help my chances of getting in?

Applicants who are legacies are not given special consideration.

Does UGA have quotas for international students or students from a specific country.

No, UGA does not have quotas for students for any particular region or country.

How important are extracurricular activities in the admission process? 

While a student's extracurricular record is one of the secondary factors in the admissions process, UGA nonetheless seeks to create a student body that is well-rounded and diverse.

Do you offer financial aid to international students?

Does this affect my chances of being admitted? Students who are studying in the United States on an F-1 or similar visa are not eligible for federal need-based aid. UGA also requires a certificate of finances from students requiring an F-1 visa for their studies. International students must provide proof that they can afford all the expenses associated with attending UGA. The expenses of attending UGA can be found on our tuition and fees page

Are merit scholarships available?

Yes, first-year international applicants are eligible for UGA's merit-based scholarships

Where am I going to live during my first year?

UGA requires first-year students (students who have never attended college before) to live on campus. Transfer students have the option to live on campus or off campus. Please visit the UGA Housing website to explore our on-campus residence halls. 

How safe is campus?

Visit the UGA Police Department's website to learn about the services that they offer to maintain a safe atmosphere for students, faculty and staff at UGA. 

Are there any special activities for international students?

The International Student Life Office offers various opportunities, activities, events and organizations for international students and students who wish to learn more about other cultures. 

Are there any clubs available for students?

UGA offers nearly 700 student organizations

Other than student organizations, what do students do outside the classroom for fun?

The website for "Athens Life Unleashed," describes all the dining, shopping, music and other fun activities available in Athens. 

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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