Georgia State values the contributions made by students from abroad. International students come from more than 150 countries and are integral to the diversity of our university community. Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad may be subject to additional application requirements.
In addition to meeting all other applicable requirements for admission, non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency. Proof of English proficiency can be demonstrated through one of the following:
- Proof of baccalaureate or graduate degree completion inside (from an accredited institution) or outside the U.S. where English is the official language of academic instruction – see list of countries below
- TOEFL scores (paper or Internet based)
- IELTS scores
- Completion of a University System of Georgia approved ESL program
Any applicant whose country of birth is an English-speaking country (as listed below) is not subject to the English Proficiency requirement.
British Virgin Islands
Canada Cayman Islands
Falkland Islands Islas Malvinas
Federated States of Micronesia
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent/ Grenadines
Tristan da Cuhna
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United States of America
International Academic Credentials
Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are subject to additional application requirements. International credentials must be equivalent to a U.S. four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, which will be determined by an in-house evaluation or a professional course-by-course evaluation depending on your college, school or institute of interest.
A professional course-by-course evaluation is required as part of the admissions process if you are applying to the one of the following colleges or schools. Visit the college or school website for specific evaluation requirements:
College of Education & Human Development
Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
School of Public Health
Your credentials will be evaluated in-house if you are applying to one of the following colleges, schools or institutes. Specific requirements are below:
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
College of The Arts
Institute for Biomedical Sciences
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
The Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs will make every attempt to evaluate your credentials for U.S. equivalency. If we cannot clearly determine equivalency, a professional evaluation for degree-equivalency will be requested by email. Submit your documents well in advance of the deadline to allow time for evaluation. If your degree is not equivalent you will be ineligible for graduate admission. Our undergraduate programs may serve as an alternative.
- Academic credentials (or transcripts) should be issued in English by the institution and include mark sheets and course listings with grades, degree certification and the institution’s official seal/signature. If the institution does not provide an English translation, a copy of a certified English translation should be included with transcripts.
- If available, the grading scale and student’s rank should be noted on the official credentials.
- Notarized copies are acceptable or you may bring your credentials to the Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs to be copied.
International applicants need not submit financial documents, including proof of support or bank statements, during the application process. Upon admission, International Student & Scholar Services will request required documentation via iStart.