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International Students

Georgia Southern University welcomes and supports international applicants – students from over 100 countries across the world currently are currently enrolled. Georgia Southern is recognized world-wide for offering students a superior university education taught by exceptional and caring faculty. Students live and study on a naturally beautiful, safe, and traditional American university campus surrounded by cutting edge technology, all at a reasonable price. The Office of International Student Admissions and Programs provides visa information and assistance with I-20 questions. In addition, the center hosts International Student Orientation and many other programs throughout the year just for international students.

Eligibility Requirements:
  1. Applicants must be admitted to a graduate degree program.
  2. Only students in F-1 visa status may be granted a waiver. F-1 Visa status must be maintained at all times. Waivers will be terminated for students who become legal permanent residents or lose status.
  3. Graduate students granted the waiver must maintain a minimum semester and cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 to be eligible to continue to receive the waiver.  (Please note: undergraduate level coursework is not calculated as part of the graduate GPA.)
  4. Graduate students with a semester and/or cumulative graduate GPA less than 3.5 may apply. Applications will be considered based upon available funding, academic record and essay content. If granted, the award would be for one semester only, however, may be renewed if the minimum 3.5 GPA is attained after one semester.
  5. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA.( The evaluation must come to us in a sealed envelope or electronically for the agency. Approved agencies include:
    • SpanTran (Recommended) access request form here.
    • Evaluation Services, Inc.
    • World Education Services (WES)
    • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Out of Country Tuition Waiver: Georgia Southern University recognizes the importance of international education and the benefits of a multicultural student population. To help ensure diversity, Georgia Southern University awards a limited number of out-of-country tuition waivers to undergraduate and graduate international students who demonstrate outstanding academic standing, financial need, and commitment to the university and community. Students who receive this award pay in-state tuition and fees.

You will need your email address and MyGS username and password to access the tuition waiver form, see below.


Click here to access the Tuition Waiver Form

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Last updated: 4/13/2021