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International Student

International Students are students who are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident and hope to receive a student VISA.

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How to Apply


Submit Your Application

Complete your application online. Students can contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions to check their status at


Submit Official Transcripts

Request official transcripts be sent from every college or technical school you have attended. If you completed any college coursework outside of the US, you must submit your official transcripts to a NACES or AICE accredited evaluation service and have an original course-by-course evaluation sent directly to GSW. Freshmen applicants should request a document-by-document evaluation of their high school transcript. See below for more information.


Submit Official Test Scores

If you have completed more than two years from a U.S. high school or are from a native English speaking country, we encourage you to submit official SAT or ACT scores. If you are attending or have graduated from a secondary school or college located in a non-native English speaking country, you may submit TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT scores or an ELI Advanced Completion Certificate.


Submit Verification of Support

Complete and Submit the Declaration and Certification of Finances form. More information about this item can be found below.


Submission of Passport

Students should submit an up-to-date copy of passport. See Required Documents & VISA below for more information.

Admission Requirements

Students Currently in the U.S.

  • Those enrolled in a US college, submit official transcripts from each college or technical school attended. If currently enrolled, send preliminary transcript now and final transcript upon completion of term. If you also attended a college outside of the US, follow instructions below for sending college transcripts from schools outside of the US. If you have less than 30 hours of college transfer credit, you must also submit your final high school/secondary school transcript, an evaluation if the high school was outside of the US, along with official test scores. See below for information on sending official test scores.
  • Those enrolled in a US high school, submit an official copy of your high school transcript showing academic achievement in grades 9-11. You must send an additional "final" high school transcript after graduation that shows degree completion.

Students Currently Outside of the U.S.

Submit transcripts to an evaluation service and have an original evaluation sent directly to Georgia Southwestern State University. We only accept evaluations from members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.World Education Services, Inc., and SpanTran: The Evaluation Company are three companies from which we often receive evaluations. Students wishing to use SpanTran or Josef Silny are encouraged to use the custom GSW - SpanTran application or GSW - Josef Silny application. These applications are designed to streamline the process and save students $10 - $20, depending on the service requested.

  • Freshman - Students applying as freshmen and not transferring college credit must submit an official "document-by-document" evaluation of the secondary school (high school) transcript. Students should complete the high school degree before submitting transcripts for a final evaluation. The evaluation must include the equivalent of 9th through 12th grades in the U.S.
  • Transfer - Students applying as transfers and that have completed college coursework in another country must submit an official course-by-course evaluation of all college transcripts.

Official Test Score Requirements

**Due to the suspension of in-person testing for many of the USG-approved assessments for evaluating English language proficiency, Georgia Southwestern will accept the Duolingo Assessment for 2021 applicants only. A minimum score of 95 must be achieved.

If you have completed more than two years from a U.S. high school or are from a native English speaking country, submit official SAT or ACT scores. If you are attending or have graduated from a secondary school or college located in a non-native English speaking country, you may submit TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT scores.


Test Required Minimum Score
TOEFL 69 iBT, 523 PBT, 193 CBT
SAT 480 Evidence Based Reading and Writing, 440 Math
ACT 17 English or Reading, 17 Math
ELI Program

Advanced Completion Certificate (with required courses/grades)


No application will be considered until all of the above items are received.  Allow at least four (4) weeks for processing.  Once these items are received, the Admissions Office will evaluate your credentials and make a decision.  If you are accepted to the University, you will be notified by mail or email.


Required Documents & VISA

Students must submit the following items before the SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 will be issued to obtain your student VISA. These items can not be dated more the 12 months before the beginning of the semester for which you are admitted. All documents needed for the I-20 can be received by mail or email.

  1. Submit the Declaration and Certification of Finances provided by GSW. Included in this document is a Verification of Support and Bank Certification Letter. For the Bank Certification Letter, you may use the included form or a bank letter/statement that includes the same information. A printed copy of the statement is acceptable if it includes a stamp from the bank
  2. Copy of Passport Photo Identification page.
  3. Students transferring/graduating from another institution who have F-1 or J-1 status must submit a copy of their current VISA and a completed Transfer Clearance Form provided by GSW.

Additional Requirements

Each international student must obtain and maintain health/accident insurance from the university. Click here to view the rates and additional information.

Please Note: All international students enrolling in Georgia Southwestern State University for the first time are required to have a Tuberculosis Screening & questionnaire – within 10 days of arrival to the GSW campus. Positive PPD tests are required to have a follow-up chest X-ray within 2 weeks.

Information Session

Transfer Articulation

Compare the classes completed at your current or previous institution(s) with the equivalent course at our campus.

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Online Programs

GSW offers a variety of online programs that are ideal for transfer students and offer a seamless transition into your major.

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Transfer Orientation

All transfer students are required to review our Transfer Orientation videos to ensure a broad introduction to GSW.

Home Countries
Georgia Southwestern offers a limited number of International Student out-of-state waivers (~$13,000 savings). Priority is given to students exiting an English Language Institute having earned the Advanced Completion Certificate (with required courses/grades). International students who take the SAT or ACT are also encouraged to apply for the Outstanding Out-of-State Student tuition waiver.
Freshmen international students are encouraged to apply for GSW's Beginning Freshmen Scholarships. Georgia Southwestern does not offer scholarships specifically for international students. However, all students are encouraged to apply for General Scholarships.

Georgia Southwestern attracts students from all over the world and from all walks of life. This diverse population allows students to learn and understand new cultures, as well as engage with others from across the globe. Check out where our tight-knit population comes from!

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Great Britain
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Saudia Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam


Once Accepted

Make sure to complete the following items before you can begin registering for classes:

  • Submit the required documents for GSW to issue your I-20, which is needed for you to obtain your student VISA.
  • Student email accounts are created automatically the morning after you have been accepted to Georgia Southwestern. Students will receive a CanesNet account, which is a set of credentials used to authenticate a variety of IT systems across campus.
  • Submit your Application for Student Housing. Accepted students receive the link to the application by email beginning November 1st of each year.
  • Submit your immunization record to the GSW Health Center.
  • Read and submit the Financial Agreement Authorization.
  • If needed, request any final transcripts be sent to Georgia Southwestern after completion of your current semester of study.

Stay Updated

You may email to check your status and see when the above information is completed. If you have any questions about GSW or need help with any of the above information, please contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

For additional information, please visit International Studies.

There were many reasons I wanted to attend GSW but one of the deciding factors was definitely the out-of-state tuition waiver for international students. International students usually pay three times the amount in-state students pay, but GSW's waiver program has helped me and my family tremendously when it came to paying for college. I encourage all incoming international students to look into this program provided by GSW.

Neha Budhathoki Computer Science Major
Kathmandu, Nepal