1. Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign credentials translated by an independent service. If additional evaluation is needed, the applicant will be notified by the office of Graduate Studies.
The academic records MUST include original documents and a proof of degree letter, if receipt of degree is not indicated on the mark sheet. Documents must be provided for every school attended. Notarized copies are acceptable, or the original documents may be brought to the Graduate Office for review and copying.
2. International applicants whose native language is other than English are required to submit official TOEFL scores. TOEFL scores may not be more than two years old. If your test date does not meet this criterion, you must retake the TOEFL and submit current scores before your application will be considered. Please use institution code 5251 when reporting scores. Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have received an accredited bachelor’s degree or a higher degree from a U.S. institution or from applicants whose mother tongue is English. For international applicants located in Atlanta, the GSTEP can replace the TOEFL requirement.
The TOEFL became a computer-based test in many parts of the world in July 1998; an essay-writing score is now a standard part of the test. For international applicants who apply from countries where the TOEFL is still a paper-and- pencil test, we recommend that it be taken if possible at one of the five administrations where the Test of Written English (TWE) is also given.
Official scores must be sent to the Graduate Office from Educational Testing Service by the deadline for completed files for the desired semester of entry. Applicants’ copies will not be sufficient if official scores are not available by the deadline.
Georgia State also requires that all accepted international applicants demonstrate proficiency in English when they arrive on campus. This testing will be conducted during the international student orientation program that is held each semester before classes begin. Orientation is mandatory; dates will be included with the immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) sent after acceptance.
Permanent residents of the USA whose native language is not English or who do not hold an American degree must also submit TOEFL scores to be considered for a GRA or GTA.
3. Georgia State University Financial Statement. Admitted international applicants needing an immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) will not be allowed to register until the Georgia State University Financial Statement and supporting documents have been submitted and approved showing that the minimum financial requirements have been met. All supporting documents must be originals, not faxes or photocopies.
4. When associated documents submitted are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by official translations. These translations must be original and should be made by the American Embassy, the home country Embassy or an appropriate government official.
The College of Arts & Sciences maintains exchange programs with partner universities spanning the globe. Each exchange program is administered by a member of Georgia State University faculty, who works with international students to help them acclimate to the university and local community. International Programs staff member Ashley Mastin assists exchange students as they prepare to come to Georgia State University and the United States.