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International Graduate Applicants

The University of North Georgia is pleased to assist international students. UNG is located in Northeast Georgia, surrounded by natural beauty, and offers a wide-variety of outdoor activities, yet conveniently located north of Atlanta, a culturally diverse metropolitan area.

An international student is someone who has not been granted or does not have U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency. In order for these students to study in the United States, they must obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa. For more information on immigration and visa regulations, visit the International Student & Scholar Services website.

  • International applicants may not apply for completely online programs or part-time programs (less than nine hours per semester, excluding summer semester).
  • International applicants must be accepted as degree seeking.

Application Process

In addition to the Graduate Admissions application process, international applicants have the following requirements:

International Transcripts
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. 
Proof of English Proficiency

English proficiency is proven as follows:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores if applicant's native language is not English.
  • Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted.
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date.
  • Required minimum scores:
    • TOEFL internet based - 79
    • TOEFL computer based test - 213
    • TOEFL paper based test - 550
    • IELTS - 6.5

      -or-
  • Hold a bachelor's or master's degree equivalent from an accredited institution located in a country where English is the primary language.

If Accepted (or if applying within five months of the start of the term)

Please Note: International students cannot apply for a visa more than 120 days prior to the program start date. Therefore, do not submit the Financial Affidavit and related bank statements any sooner than five months prior to the start of term. For example, if you are applying for the fall term, submit the Financial Affidavit, bank statements, and Application for Visa Certificate AFTER March 15. Some programs have early application deadlines. The Financial Affidavit, bank statements and Application for Visa Certificate will not prevent your application from being reviewed for a decision.

Financial Affidavit

It is the applicant's responsibility to demonstrate that sufficient funding is available to meet all university and living expenses for the course of study.

  • Download and complete the Financial Affidavit. You may email the completed form to grads@ung.edu.
  • Sources of financial support in the form of a bank issued letter or bank statement verifying that the applicant has a sum of at least $48,500 USD for the first academic year, exclusive of travel expenses, are required. You may email an original bank issued letter or bank statement to grads@ung.edu
  • Sources of financial support should equal what is reported in your Financial Affidavit.
  • All banking information must be in English. Certified bank letters are preferred. If submitting a bank statement, only official bank statements will be accepted. We are unable to accept a printout of online banking transaction history, online account summaries or online statements.
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Visa Documents

All international applicants, please submit copies of:

If you are currently residing in the United States, please submit copies of:

  • Visa/I-94 (front and back)
  • I-20
  • Passport
Student Health Insurance

International students are required to have health insurance. Visit the Center for Global Engagement's (CGE) website for additional information.

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