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International Student Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

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Requirements for All New International Students

  • 16 or older before the first day of class.
  • You must be a high school graduate. 
  • You must prove English proficiency.
  • If you graduated from a U.S. high school, or your native language is English, you must submit your SAT or ACT scores. Please see below.
  • You will not qualify for U.S. financial aid. You must be able to prove that you have the equivalent of at least $31,000 USD in the bank to finance your education (tuition, fees, books, living expenses) if you are applying for a bachelor's degree, or $24,500 USD if applying for an associate degree.
  • The University System of Georgia (USG) requires every international student to have health insurance that conforms to their criteria.  Therefore, you will automatically be billed for the United Healthcare SHIP plan. See below in the Notes section for further information.

English Proficiency

Associate Degree Pathway

ONE of the following conditions must be met:

  • TOEFL score of 523 (paper-based) or 193 (computer-based testing) or 69 (internet-based testing)
  • IELTS score of 6
  • SAT critical reading score of 430, or redesigned SAT reading score of 19, or ACT English score of 17
  • EIKEN score of Pre-1
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) score of 77
  • Cambridge English Scale Score – which can be demonstrated in Cambridge English: First (FCE), Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) 169 (CPE = 180)
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE and “O” Level “English” exams score of “D” or better
  • UK GCSE “English” exam score of “C” or better
  • UK GCE A-Level “English” exam score of “C” or better
  • EdExcel International A-Levels and IGCSE English exams score of “D” or better
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic score of 53
  • Completion of an approved USG campus-based ESL program of study
  • A waiver of the English proficiency requirement can be applied to students who have successfully completed academic instruction in English.  Successful completion can be demonstrated by one of the following methods: 1) Proof of degree at the secondary or collegiate level either outside or inside the U.S. where English is the official language of the academic institution.  2) 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 an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Students who submit scores below bachelor English Proficiency requirements but meet associate English Proficiency requirements are subject to ACCUPLACER testing in Reading and the UNG ESL WritePlacer exam.
  • If one's English proficiency score is below the minimum required for admission to the associate degree pathway, one may be eligible for Presidential Exception admission (see requirements below).  If the student is not eligible for Presidential Exception admission, the student may want to consider enrolling in an ESL program in UNG's Center for Language Education (CLE) to improve one's English proficiency. No English proficiency test will be required for undergraduate admission to UNG after successful completion of the Advanced Class in the CLE.

For Presidential Exception admission - Associate pathway:

Meets:

  • TOEFL score of 480 (paper-based) or 157 (computer-based testing) or 55 (internet-based testing)
  • IELTS score of 5.5
  • SAT critical reading score of 330, or redesigned SAT reading score of 19, or ACT English score of 12

Students admitted as presidential exceptions are required to take Accuplacer, and if not exempt from placement into English as a Second Language courses by way of Accuplacer test scores, must enroll in UNG’s ESL program, which is only available on the Gainesville campus.

Bachelor's Degree Pathway

ONE of the following conditions must be met:

  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based testing) or 79 (internet-based testing)
  • IELTS score of 6.5
  • SAT critical reading score of 480, or redesigned SAT reading score of 26, or ACT English score of 20
  • EIKEN score of Pre-1
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) score of 77
  • Cambridge English Scale Score – which can be demonstrated in Cambridge English: First (FCE), Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) score of 176 (CPE = 180)
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE and “O” Level “English” exams score of “D” or better
  • UK GCSE “English” exam score of “C” or better
  • UK GCE A-Level “English” exam score of “C” or better
  • EdExcel International A-Levels and IGCSE English exams score of “D” or better
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic score of 58
  • Completion of an approved USG campus-based ESL program of study
  • A waiver of the English proficiency requirement can be applied to students who have successfully completed academic instruction in English. Successful completion can be demonstrated by one of the following methods: 1) Proof of degree at the secondary or collegiate level either outside or inside the U.S. where English is the official language of the academic institution. 2) 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 an accredited U.S. institution.
  • If one's English Proficiency score is below the minimum required for admissions to the Bachelor's degree pathway, enroll in an ESL program in UNG's Center for Language Education (CLE) to improve one's English proficiency. No English Proficiency test will be required for undergraduate admission to UNG after successful completion of the Advanced Class in the CLE.

Selecting a Campus Location

  • Associate pathways are not offered on the Dahlonega campus.
  • 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.
  • You may choose to start in an associate degree program on our Blue Ridge, Cumming, Gainesville or Oconee campus, or in a bachelor's degree program on any campus. However, bachelor's degrees can only be completed on the Dahlonega or Gainesville campuses. 
  • 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 internally transfer to another campus to complete your degree.
  • You are not guaranteed a class schedule at particular times or locations.

Application Deadlines for International Students

  • Spring semester (begins in January): October 1 (All deadlines are at close of business) 
  • Summer semester: Not available to international student applicants. (All deadlines are at close of business) 
  • Fall semester: May 1 (All deadlines are at close of business) 


Please note: Your application AND all supporting documentation must be received in the Admissions office by the deadline date at close of business.

Applying to UNG

Application Process
Apply for admission online using the GAFutures. If you cannot apply online, download a paper application. You  will pay a non-refundable $30 USD application fee whether you apply online or on paper.   
Send an official National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) evaluated document-by-document high school transcript or Certificate of Education. A GPA calculation is not required. The evaluation must be sent directly from the agency to the Admissions Office. Find a full list of NACES members.
Complete this step only if you attended college outside of the U.S. and want to transfer the academic credit received at your previous institution. Your transcripts must have a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). They must be sent directly from the agency to the Admissions office. Find a full list of NACES members.
  • You must submit official transcripts from each U.S. college attended.
  • You should not assume that you will receive credit for all courses you took at your previous institutions. Transfer credit is determined by us on a course-by-case basis.
  • If you want to major in education, we do not recognize transcript evaluations from World Education Services (WES). For more details on agencies you may use, go to www.gapsc.com.

If you completed an English Composition I course with a grade "C" or better at an accredited U.S. college or university, you may skip this step. If you graduated from a U.S. high school, or your native language is English, you must submit your SAT or ACT scores (see notes section below). If your native language is not English or you did not graduate from a U.S. high school, submit your TOEFL or IELTS scores. TOEFL and IELTS scores are only valid for two calendar years from the test date. SAT or ACT scores will also be accepted if the test is done in the English language.

TOEFL, IELTS, SAT and ACT test scores must come directly from the testing agency to be considered official.

Submit your financial affidavit that shows either an equivalent of $24,500 USD if you are an associate degree applicant, or $31,000 USD if you are a bachelor's degree applicant. Submit your bank statement that shows either an equivalent of $24,500 USD if you are an associate degree applicant or $31,000 USD if you are a bachelor's degree applicant or $23,000 USD for Cadets in the UNG military program. Documentation of scholarships and fellowships may be in the form of an official award letter from the school or sponsoring agency; documentation of personal or family funds should be on bank letterhead stationery. To determine exchange rates, please see http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html.
Check your application status to ensure we have received all required documents to evaluate your application.
If you are accepted for admission to UNG, we will mail you a U.S. I-20 Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status - For Academic and Language Students).  Take the form to the U.S. embassy in your country to obtain a F-1 Student visa, or a J-1 Exchange Student visa. Do not make travel arrangements until your visa is approved.

Mailing Documents

Mail Documents for associate or bachelor's degree to:

University of North Georgia
Admissions Imaging Center
PO Box 1358
Gainesville, GA 30503-1358

Need Assistance?

Contact: Stephanie Hungerford 
Phone: 678-717-3829

Notes

  1. We need SAT or ACT scores if your native language is English. Scores must come directly from the testing agency, personal copies and photocopies will NOT be accepted.  SAT and ACT test registration deadlines are usually 6-8 weeks before the actual test date, and it can take a month or more after you take the test for us to receive your scores.  Please make sure you take the test in enough time so that we receive your scores before the application deadline.  Please use school code 5497 to have SAT or TOEFL scores, or school code 0848 to have ACT scores sent to the University of North Georgia.

    If your school does not have SAT registration forms please contact:

College SAT Program
P.O. Box 6200
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200 USA
FAX: 1 + 609-771-7773
Web site: www.collegeboard.com

American College Testing Program
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52243 USA
Web site: www.act.org

    1. EducationUSA centers are the U.S. State Department‘s network of more than 400 advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students find the appropriate college or university in the United States.
    2. The University System of Georgia (USG) requires every international student to have health insurance that conforms to their criteria. Therefore, you will automatically be billed for the United Healthcare SHIP plan.
United Healthcare SHIP Plan: Fall semester rate: $974 and Spring/Summer rate: $1311. Please note that these rates are subject to change.

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