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Students from countries other than the United States who intend to be in F-1 or J-1 student visa status must apply for admission through GCSU's International Education Center. Prospective students may download admissions materials from the International Center Web site at /international, telephone (478) 445-4789, e-mail or write International Admissions, Campus Box 49, Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA 31061 USA. At the time of application, prospective international students may apply for the International Student Scholarship, which is equivalent to a waiver of half or all of out-of-state tuition fees. Selection is based upon academic scholarship, extracurricular activity, and financial need.

The following regulations apply:

  1. International applicants must complete all parts of the application as provided by the GCSU International Education Center; the recommended deadlines are April 1 for Fall Semester and September 1 for Spring Semester.
  2. To be considered for admission, international applicants must have achieved a level of education at least equivalent to high school graduation in the United States.
  3. Applicants must present official transcripts (certified or attested) in the original language, as well as official translations in English (certified or attested by the official translator) of all high school/secondary school and all college/university level work. GCSU does not accept academic documents authenticated by notary publics. Please note that all documents become the property of the University.
  4. Prospective students must present an OFFICIAL document for one of the following:
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report with a minimum score of 500 (paper-based test), 173 (computer-based test), 61 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score report with a minimum score of 6.0

NOTE: International students whose TOEFL score is 500 (PBT)/173 (CBT)/61 (IBT) or above but below 550 (PBT)/213 (CBT)/79 (IBT) or whose IELTS score is 6.0 or above but below 6.5 are required to take ESLG 1001 (Introduction to American Language and Culture) or ESLG 1002 (Introduction to American Language and Culture) during their first semester.

If international students receive a grade of D or F in ESLG 1001 or ESLG 1002, they will be required to take ESLG 1002 or ESLG 1001, which are not sequential, in the following semester. Other undergraduate or graduate international students who need additional English or American cultural support are encouraged to take ESLG 1001 or ESLG 1002.

ESLG 1001 and ESLG 1002 are enrichment rather than remedial classes.

  • ELS Language Center Level 112.
  • Other appropriate documents supporting English proficiency as determined by the International Admissions Committee at GCSU.

5. International applicants must present evidence of adequate and assured financial resources for the entire time the student will attend GCSU (complete the GCSU Declaration of Finances form).

6. International students must meet College Preparatory Curriculum requirements if they graduated from a high school located inside the United States or inside the jurisdiction of the United States educational system.

7. Upon admission and subsequent enrollment, international students are required to join and pay for the GCSU International Student Health Insurance Plan.

The following guidelines apply to students whose native language is other than English and who have chosen majors that require foreign language study:

  1. The International Education Center will evaluate the academic credentials of all international students entering on a student visa to verify the language of instruction for the equivalent of the U.S. high school education (the last four years of secondary education).
    1. Students whose language of instruction is determined to have been English will be required to complete the foreign language requirement. The International Education Center will notify the department of the student's chosen major.
    2. Students presenting academic documents indicating the equivalent of a minimum of four (4) years of a language of instruction other than English will be exempt from the foreign language requirement as stated in the GCSU Catalog. The International Educational Center will notify the department of the student's chosen major.
    3. Students presenting academic documents that do not clearly specify the language of instruction may petition a committee comprised of the International Student Advisor and the Chair of the Modern Languages & Cultures Department to review all available educational documents in an effort to determine the student's eligibility for a waiver of the foreign language requirement.
  2. Students who are granted an exemption from the language requirement will not receive credit toward the CORE or graduation requirements for introductory courses in their language of exemption. They may enroll in intermediate and advanced courses offered by GCSU with the approval of the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.
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