The University of West Georgia (UWG) is a co-educational, residential institution with over 11,600 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. Located in Carrollton, Georgia, UWG is just 50 miles west of Atlanta, Georgia. An active international student organization consists of students from over 50 countries! With a friendly atmosphere, over 55 programs of study at the undergraduate level, and a beautiful campus, UWG welcomes international students.
International students may be eligible for scholarships through various academic departments after they have enrolled in courses at UWG. In addition, UWG offers a waiver for the out-of-state portion of tuition if an applicant meets certain academic criteria, and if a waiver is available. There are a limited number of waivers; therefore, not all eligible applicants will receive a waiver. Waivers will not be awarded until an applicant is accepted for admission and has provided proof of financial solvency. It is critical to apply early and submit application materials as soon as possible. UWG ISP OFFICE WAIVER POLICY (pdf)
7 STEPS TO ENROLLMENT FOR UNDERGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Step 1 - Submit the online application for admission
Create a GAcollege411 account and then submit your application to UWG. You will be asked to indlicate your need for a student visa.
Step 2 - Pay the current non-refundable application fee
(*application not processed until the fee is paid*)
Step 3 - Request High School and College Transcripts
You are required to submit a professional credential evaluation from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES),www.naces.org.
The report must be sent directly to the International Services & Programs Office from the evaluation service. A course by course report is required for any post-secondary or universities attended outside of the United States. UWG recommends Josef Silny & Associates, Inc (www.jsilny.com) or World Education Services (www.wes.org) for evaluations.
Step 4 - Submit Proof of English Proficiency
(*necessary for any student with a country of citizenship where English is not an official language*)Choose from one of the following options: (TOEFL & IELTS most common):
- Send TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score from the Educational Testing Service (www.ets.org/toefl), (UWG’s code: 5900).
- Minimum TOEFL score requirements:
- Score of 69 on internet-based version (iBT).
- 193 computer-based/523 paper-based
- Minimum TOEFL score requirements:
- Take the IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 6.0 (www.ielts.org).
- Submit an official U.S. college transcript with a grade of “C” or higher in an English 101 class or higher. *SAT Critical Reading score can also be used for proof of English proficiency*
Step 5 - If entering as a Freshman or transfer student with less than 30 transferable semester hours, submit SAT or ACT scores
Send official SAT(Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores- Minimum 430 Critical Reading (Verbal) & 410 Math or ACT (American College Test)- Minimum 17 English & 17 Math. Scores must be sent directly from the Testing Service.***UWG SAT CEEB Code 5900 UWG ACT Code 0878***
Step 6 - Student Proof of Financial Support (including official signatures from all parties)
Submit a completed Financial Certificate & Verification form and choose from one of the following 2 options:
- Provide a certified bank statement showing funds at least equal to the current tuition and estimated living expenses for the first year of study (if applying for an F Visa). If you will be applying for J Visa you will need to provide funding proof for the duration and nature of the program OR
- Provide an affidavit of support (Form I-134) from an American citizen claiming financial responsibility.
You can see the breakdown of tuition rates and fees by clicking on the following link: http://www.westga.edu/~admiss/costofattendance.pdf.
Step 7 - Submit Copy of Passport Biography Page
(page showing your official name & photograph)
***** If you are transferring to West Georgia from an institution in the United States you need to complete and submit the Transfer Request Form as one additional step *******
****Exchange Students who will be on a J Visa can omit steps 3 & 5**
Exchange Students need to also complete the Supplemental Application for Exchange Program Students
Once the international admissions process is complete, an acceptance packet is mailed that includes your acceptance letter, the I-20 Form (for F Visa), or the DS 2019 Form (for J Visa) which is used to apply for the necessary student visa. After receiving the I-20 or DS 2019 Form, you will need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee at www.fmjfee.com . Be sure to print and keep a receipt! Then you must obtain your student visa from the U.S. embassy /consulate. Check the embassy or consulate websites at http://usembassy.state.gov/. The websites have directions for the visa application process, including how to make an appointment for the visa interview.
If you have questions or need clarification, contact the International Services & Programs Office at 678-839-4780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail all correspondence to complete your application (Steps 3-7 as applicable) to:
University of West Georgia
International Services and Programs Office
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, Georgia 30118
Deadlines for International Applications
Summer Semester Start
Classes begin in June
Deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 30th
Fall Semester Start
Classes Begin in August
Deadline for receipt of all application materials is June 1st
Spring Semester Start
Classes begin in January
Deadline for receipt of all application materials is October 15th
Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply six (6) months prior to the term of desired enrollment. The required original documentation must be in the applicant's file by the above stated deadline. If a deadline is missed, the applicant may apply for another term by notifying the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Please note that in addition to tuition and fees, an immigration fee of $50.00 for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) will be required for each semester that you attend classes at UWG. International students are also required by the University System of Georgia to purchase additional health insurance. Information regarding this insurance policy may be accessed at http://www.usg.edu/student_affairs/students/admissions_enrollment/frequently_asked_questions.
Financial Resources: UWG is a publicly supported institution and does not have funds appropriated for use as scholarships or loans for incoming international students.
Immigration/Visa Information: Eligibility for admission to UWG cannot be determined until all of your credentials have been received and evaluated. If you are arriving from a foreign country, present your I-20 form to the nearest United States Consulate to apply for a Visa. You are required to be enrolled full-time (12 semester hours or more) during each semester. New international students are not allowed to work off-campus.
On-campus Housing/Residence Halls: On-campus housing may be available. Please mark the appropriate box on your application. Freshmen are required to live on campus their first year and purchase a meal plan.
Medical Insurance: The University of West Georgia requires all international students in F-1 and J-1 status to have continuous medical insurance coverage. The U.S. Department of State also requires all visitors in J-1 or J-2 status to maintain medical insurance coverage for the duration of their stay in the U.S. The University System of Georgia has contracted United Healthcare to provide this coverage for all F-1 and J-1 students, which will automatically be charged to your UWG account. For specific information and questions about the plan please visit: www.studentcenter.uhcsr.com/westga.
Immunization Policy: All new students are required to submit a Certificate of Immunization prior to attending classes. The certificate will be kept on file and will be valid throughout the tenure of the student's enrollment.
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