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International Students

Welcome, International Students!

International Students are students who are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident. Students from around 100 countries across the world currently study at Georgia Southern on both the Statesboro Campus and the Armstrong Campus in Savannah. Explore the vibrant global community at Georgia Southern University, with students from over 100 countries studying together on the beautiful Statesboro, Armstrong and Liberty campuses. Join our diverse and inclusive learning environment to experience a truly enriching educational journey.

Unlock endless opportunities for growth and success as an international student at Georgia Southern University, where you can spread your wings and soar as a proud Eagle.

Ready to Apply?

First-year freshmen may also apply using Common App.

Admission Requirements for International Students

Discover the seamless admission process for international students at Georgia Southern University, offering comprehensive guidance and support to help you navigate the requirements with ease. Join our global community and experience the world-class education you deserve!

International Freshman Admission

Steps to Apply for Admission

First-year students applying to Georgia Southern University for the spring, summer or fall 2024 semesters require:

  • 2.5+ GPA
  • Either SAT or ACT test scores (see below for 2023 required scores)
  • *Please note that First Year students applying to Georgia Southern can be admitted without an ACT or SAT score if they have a 3.2+ GPA and meet the following guidelines*:
    • Are coming from a country where English is an official language
    • Attended a bilingual secondary school

Attention: Non-native English speakers require a Proof of English Proficiency (see below).

  • Complete Admissions Application
    Complete the Online Application.
    • The non-refundable application fee of $30 (US) can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
  • Submit High School Transcripts
    Either mail your official transcript or have a school official email your transcript to Academic records must have a seal or an original signature. If your transcripts are not provided in English, you must submit a certified English translation of all documents.
    • Photocopies are acceptable if they are noted as “Certified True Copy” and signed by a school official.
  • Submit Proof of English Proficiency (see table below)
    Non-Native English Speakers must submit Proof of English Proficiency. They may submit SAT, ACT, IELTS, TOEFL Test. Results must be submitted directly from the testing service.
    • Non-native speakers who attend four years of high school in the United States do not require Proof of English Proficiency.

International Transfer Admission

Evaluating and transferring credit from foreign institutions takes time to complete so we recommend applying for admission early. As educational systems vary worldwide, it is possible that many classes taken outside of the United States will not transfer to Georgia Southern.

Steps to Apply for Admission

  • Complete Admissions Application
    Complete the Online Application.
    • The non-refundable application fee of $30 (US) can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
  • Submit College/University Transcripts
    Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities that you have attended (foreign and within the United States). Academic records must have a seal or an original signature. If your transcripts are not provided in English, you must include a certified English translation of all documents.
    • Photocopies are acceptable if they are noted as “Certified True Copy” and signed by a school official.
    • If you have less than 30 transferable semester hours, you must submit secondary school transcripts (see freshman requirements).
    • Georgia Southern may require you to submit a credential evaluation for certain college/university coursework. You will be notified by an admissions counselor if this is required.
  • Course Descriptions- Foreign Credit Only
    Mail or email course descriptions for courses that may apply towards your chosen degree program at Georgia Southern. Acceptable course descriptions can be sourced from course syllabuses or official college/university catalogs.
    • Equivalent Georgia Southern credit cannot be awarded until course descriptions are evaluated by Georgia Southern officials.
  • Submit Examination Results
    Non-Native English Speakers must submit IELTS, TOEFL, if they have not successfully completed ENGL 1101 from a college or university within the United States. Results must be submitted directly from the testing service.

Examination Requirements

  • TOEFL: 69 IBT
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • SAT Reading & Writing (First-year students only): 480+
  • ACT English or Reading (First-year students only): 17+

If you are a prospective Graduate student visit the College of Graduate Studies.

Costs & Scholarships for International Students

Embark on your academic journey worry-free, with Georgia Southern University. We provide competitive costs and a range of scholarships tailored to support international students in achieving their educational goals. Our commitment to affordability and excellence ensures that every aspiring global scholar can thrive in our diverse learning community.

Annual Cost Estimate for Undergraduate Students (2024-2025)

  • Tuition & Fees (12 credit hours): $18,046
  • Room & Board (housing and meal plan): $11,000
  • Health Insurance: $2,645
  • Personal Expenses (books, supplies, transportation, entertainment): $4,500
  • 2024-2025 Total Cost: $36,191

For a comprehensive costs and affordability analysis, please visit  

How to Qualify for an I-20

To qualify for an I-20 form for an F-1 visa, international students must provide official documentation of financial resources available to cover at least one year’s educational and living expenses.  Semester costs payable to Georgia Southern are typically due the first week of classes.

Financial Assistance

Georgia Southern offers a limited number of need-based and academic scholarships for international students.

For general information about financing U.S. study, visit

International Student Diversity Scholarships

Georgia Southern awards a limited number of International Diversity Scholarships (out-of-country tuition waivers) to undergraduate international students who demonstrate good academic standing, financial need, and commitment to the university and community.

  • Valued at approximately $13,000 per year
  • Awarded for 4 years to freshman and 2 years to transfer students
  • Scholarships are competitive
  • Offered to Fall admission applicants only, priority deadline is February 1st

To learn more and apply, click here.

Academic Scholarships for Freshmen

  • Recommended scores: 1300+ SAT Redesign (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing + Math) or 28 ACT to be competitive.
  • Must demonstrate achievement inside the classroom, leadership experience, and extracurricular involvement.
  • Offered to Fall admission applicants only, the deadline to apply is February 1st.

To learn more and apply, click here.

Next Steps After Admission

Already been admitted to Georgia Southern University? As an admitted international student, your next steps include completing the necessary visa processes and accessing comprehensive orientation resources to smoothly transition into campus life, ensuring a seamless and rewarding academic experience.

After being admitted to Georgia Southern, the following steps must be completed prior to enrolling. The Office of International Student Admissions and Programs will assist you with many of these steps.

Apply for an I-20

Learn how to apply for an I-20 here.

Apply for Housing

Freshmen students are required to live in a Residence Hall for the 1st year.  Transfer students can choose to live in a Residence Hall or a private apartment.

  • Submit Housing Application and $150 nonrefundable fee
    • We recommend international freshmen live in the Global Crossroads Community in Centennial Place Residence Hall on the Statesboro Campus and in Compass Point Residence Hall on the Armstrong Campus.

Register for SOAR (Orientation)

All students must attend SOAR.  To register and learn more visit the SOAR website.

Complete Immunization Forms

Submit the following forms to Health Services prior to arrival.

If you have not done so already, take a Virtual Campus Tour.  It’s a great way to see and learn about all the opportunities at Georgia Southern!

Questions: Email

After Graduation

There are many ways to gain professional experience and leadership skills at Georgia Southern.  The Office of Career & Professional Development helps students write resumes, gain internships, participate in existing co-op programs, and provides many other services.  The Office of Leadership & Community Engagement helps students develop leadership skills while engaging with communities throughout the world.

40 of the Top 100 Fortune 500 Companies Recruit at Georgia Southern

Each semester, we invite hundreds of companies to campus to conduct interviews with  soon-to-be graduates. This is just a sample of companies that have employed Georgia Southern international students:

  • Biogen, Inc.
  • Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
  • BMW Group
  • Hathaway Construction
  • Coca-Cola Company
  • Intel Corporation
  • Delta Apparel, Inc.
  • Frontier Science Research Foundation, Inc.
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Frontline Internal Medicine
  • Prince George County Schools
  • Georgia Pacific, LLC
  • Sea Pines Resort
  • GIW Industries, Inc.
  • SNF Holding Company

Still Have Questions?

For any further inquiries or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Georgia Southern’s International Admissions, where dedicated staff are ready to assist you in your academic journey.

International Admissions

Last updated: 12/17/2021