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Pre-Arrival Information for F-1 Students

Are you an F-1 transfer student that has been admitted to UNG? 
You will want to connect with the appropriate UNG admissions office to learn about the process of transferring your I-20 to UNG.

Are you new to F-1 status?
New students will receive their I-20 after receiving admission into a program of study at UNG.

If any of the information listed on your I-20 is incorrect, please contact the appropriate admissions office immediately. We strongly suggest that you wait to purchase your airplane ticket until you receive a visa. It is important that you plan to arrive no sooner than 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20. The next step is to apply for the F-1 visa. 

Applying for a Visa

Contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for specific details on how to obtain an F-1 non-immigrant student visa. The wait time to receive a visa appointment will vary by location; therefore, you are strongly encouraged to apply early. 

Be prepared to present the following items at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate:

  • SEVIS Form DS-2019 (J-1) or Form I-20 (F-1)
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application(Form DS-160) needs to be completed before the appointment.  Bring the DS-160 confirmation receipt to the appointment.
  • One passport size photograph
  • Evidence of financial support (These should be the same documents you submitted for admission into UNG.)
  • Passport (valid at least 6 months beyond your program start date)
  • Proof of English-language proficiency
  • University of North Georgia admission/acceptance letter
  • SEVIS fee payment receipt (must be paid at least three business days before going to the embassy)
  • Any additional application materials required by the embassy or consulate in your home country. We recommend that you contact the embassy or consulate prior to your interview to ensure you have everything you need.

Planning for your Arrival

Documents

Upon arrival in the U.S., you must be prepared to show the inspections officer the following documents:

  • A valid passport
  • F-1 or J-1 visa entry stamp (unless exempt)
  • Original UNG admissions letter
  • Original financial support documentation
  • Form I-20 or DS-2019 issued by UNG

Insurance

All international students are required to have international student health insurance. This will be included with your tuition and fees on your BANNER account unless you prove that you have sufficient insurance already.

Transportation

Like many other smaller cities in the United States, there are few to no options for public transportation around the UNG campuses. Students who sign up for airport transportation for the Dahlonega campus upon arrival and departure (login required) will receive transportation from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to the Dahlonega campus during the pre-scheduled times as arranged by CGE. Students and scholars are responsible for finding a method of transportation to and from class and any mandatory orientations. There are a few public transportation options, but they can be costly and do not service a wide area of the region. Many students choose to obtain a Georgia driver's license during their time in the United States.

Housing

On-campus, residential housing is only available on the Dahlonega campus of UNG. If you are interested in attending the Gainesville, Cumming, or Oconee campuses, you will live off-campus. While the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) staff cannot be responsible for securing housing for you, the Office of Residence Life has put together a list of resources for students interested in off-campus housing. If your primary campus is Gainesville, Cumming, or Oconee, please do not secure off-campus housing until after you have registered for New Student Orientation.

Classes and Degree Programs

Not all degree programs are offered on all campuses. Please refer to the Degrees & Programs Listing to see which degrees are offered on which campus. You may need to take classes on other campuses or complete an internal transfer in order to complete your degree. In addition, you are not guaranteed a class schedule at particular times or locations.

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