International/Permanent Resident Student
An international applicant is defined as an individual that is not a 'legally domiciled resident' of the United States and plans to pursue studies on an F-1 (student) or J-1 (exchange student) visa. A permanent resident is an applicant from another country who has obtained permanent residency in the United States (holds a "green card"). It is recommended that international students apply four (4) to six (6) months prior to the semester of desired enrollment.
UWG supports the concept of international education and welcomes applications from all students. In addition to admissions requirements discussed elsewhere in this section (freshmen, transfer, non-traditional students, etc.), please note the following requirements for international and permanent resident applicants:
- All applicants, regardless of immigration status, whose native language is not English, must meet English language proficiency requirements.* Waivers from the below list of approved English proficiency requirements are available to those who have completed an approved educational program from the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, and the United States. Exemptions from other countries are possible and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. These requests will be reviewed and approved by the office of International Student Admissions and Programs
- All applicants, regardless of immigration status, are required to obtain a foreign academic credential evaluation of education (secondary and/or university) that is not awarded by a recognized institution holding United States accreditation. The evaluation service utilized must belong to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), such as the World Education Service (WES), or Josef Silny and Associates.
- International applicants, which require sponsorship for an F-1 or J-1 visa, must submit financial documentation indicating evidence of sufficient funds available for study at UWG. These documents are not required to receive a decision on an application, but are required prior to the release of any documents needed for the visa application process.
* English language proficiency requirements (submit 1 of the following):
- Official test results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 193 computer-based, 523 paper-based, or 69 internet-based (www.toefl.org or 609-771-7100)
- Official test results from the "Academic" variant of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.
- Official test results from the "Academic" variant of the Pearson Test of English (PTE) with a minimum score of 53.
- Official test results from the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with a minimum score of 52.
- Official test result from the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a passing score.
- Official test score of the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 77.
- Official test results from the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency (EIKEN) with a minimum score of Pre-1.
- A Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (GSTEP) recommendation for full academic admission, administered by Georgia State University (404-651-3650)
- Official certificate of successful completion of an Intensive English Program (IEP) offered by a university operated by the USG.
- A grade of "C" or better in a non-remedial, college level English course (English 1101 equivalent or higher level course) from an accredited college or university in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand.
- Official score report from a Cambridge International Examination (CIE) or EdExcel IGCSE ("O" or "A" Level) English exam, with a minim score of D.
- Official score report from one of the five UK examination boards offering GCSE and GCE English exam, with a minimum score of C.
- Three (3) years (9th, 10th & 11th grade) of English as a second language (ESL) and a grade of "C" or higher in a College Preparatory Senior (12th grade) English at an accredited high school in the United States. Four years of ESL at an accredited high school in the United States does not fulfill English language proficiency requirements.
- Exemptions from the above requirements can be considered in circumstances when a student has completed their education in the English medium, upon the approval of International Student Admissions and Programs.
In order to attract international students, the University may waive all or a part of the non-resident portion of tuition for select undergraduate international applicants who meet certain academic criteria. Upon acceptance, an international student may apply for this waiver with the office of International Student Admissions and Program (ISAP). A limited number of waivers are available, and not all eligible international applicants will receive a waiver. Students awarded a waiver must maintain minimum requirements, including GPA, and apply for a renewal of the waiver for each academic year of their study.