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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 required

Proficiency can be 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.
  • UNG accepts MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date.
  • Required minimum scores:
    • TOEFL internet based - 79
    • IELTS - 6.5


  • An official evaluation by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) member indicating proof of a degree at the secondary or collegiate level either outside or inside the U.S. where English is the official language of academic instruction. If the NACES evaluation does not indicate English as the official language of academic instruction, request an official letter from the institution to be sent directly to UNG with this information, or direct this office to where it is stated on the institution's website.


  • Proof of completion of the equivalent of English 1101 and/or 1102 with a grade of C or better in one or both courses, at a regionally accredited U.S. institution. 


  • Other approved exams and recommended standards as stated by the USG English Proficiency Requirements.
    • Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted.

If Accepted

The Center for Global Engagement (CGE) will assist you with receiving the I-20 after you have been accepted for admission to UNG. Please visit the CGE website for additional information. 

Mailing Documents

If you are not currently on campus, you may choose to have your documents mailed to you. Unless specifically indicated as part of a partnership agreement, all documents will now be shipped from the Center of Global Engagement (CGE) via eShipGlobal.

Each student, scholar, or intern will be responsible for all costs of shipping and tracking documents through this service. Instructions for using eShipGlobal will be provided to you once the CGE has prepared your documents.

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