Congratulations on your acceptance into the University of West Georgia. We are excited that you will be joining our international family. After you have received your acceptance packet in the mail with your I-20 or DS-2019, there are still a few things that you have to complete. Follow these steps below to ensure a smooth arrival in the United States and transition into UWG. 

 Read through the following information below to complete the new student checklist. 

Newly Admitted International Student Checklist

  • Set Up MyUWG Account
    Set Up MyUWG Account

    The first step is to set up your MyUWG Account. This account gives you access to your courses, your student email account, registration status, and much more. 

    For International Students, your initial login password for this site is the last 2 digits of your birth year and the last four digits of your 917 student ID number. 

  • Getting your I-20
    Getting Your I-20

    The I-20 Form (Certificate of Eligibility) is a legal immigration document, created by the UW, allowing you to apply for an F-1 visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy. If you are already attending a high school or college in the U.S., you will need a transfer I-20 once your current program ends in order to continue your studies in the U.S. UWG will mail out your I-20 to you by standard mail for free. 

    Standard Mail

    Please allow approximately 2-4 weeks for standard airmail delivery, but it can take even longer to some countries or remote regions of the world. Once your I-20 has been shipped, you will recieve the tracking number and information from the ISAP office through email. 

    Express Mail

    If you live outside of the U.S., you can select the express mail option to ensure quick, reliable delivery of your I-20 with tracking. The shipping fees for express mail service generally range from $50 to $100 depending on the country. If you select the express mail option, you will need to pre-pay for that service online through eShipGlobal. 

    Once your payment has been processed, eShipGlobal will notify our office. We will create your I-20 and then mail it through the express mail service you selected. You will be able to track your package through your eShipGlobal account once it has been picked up at the University. Delivery is usually within 5-7 days. If you have questions about how to create an eShipGlobal account or use this service, please email eShipGlobal directly at

    The shipping fee must be paid online through eShipGlobal before your I-20 has been created and is ready to be mailed. If you have not set up an eShipGlobal account and paid the shipping fees before your I-20 is ready to be mailed, then the I-20 will be sent via standard postal mail. eShipGlobal is the only option for using express mail service. We cannot accommodate requests to use other shipping methods.

  • Obtaining a Visa
    Obtaining a Visa

    Now that you have been accepted into the University of West Georgia and have obtained your I-20 or DS-2019, you will need to get a visa before you can enter into the United States. 

    There are 2 main visa types that UWG international students can obtain:

    • F-1 Visa: for students who are seeking a degree from UWG
    • J-1 Visa: for students who are studying abroad at UWG (usually for a semester or year)
  • International Student Orientation
    International Student Orientation

    Each Fall and Spring Semester, the International Student Admissions & Programs office holds an orientation for all incoming international students. This orientation is MANDATORY for all incoming international students. Several important topics are covered during this orientation, including: 

    • Maintaining Status 
    • SEVIS Check-In
    • Life at UWG
    • Resources for Students
  • Airport Pickups
    Airport Pickups

    Before orientation, UWG provides transportation for incoming students from the airport to their housing. We provide these transportation shuttles a few days before the International Student Orientation. In order to register for the airport shuttle, you will need the following information: 

    • Incoming flight number, date, and time. 
    • Contact information for yourself and an emergency contact. 
    • Information on where you will be living while at UWG. 

    Check the dates and times of the upcoming airport pickup BEFORE you reserve your housing. You can see the dates/time by clicking the button below. Communicate with your housing choice the date and time you will be arriving to ensure they have make prior arrangements to accommodate your arrival. 

  • Housing

    Before your arrival into the United States, be sure to secure housing. International students are able to live either on or off campus in most cases. There are several considerations you should take into account before you choose your housing arrangements, including: 

    • price
    • travel to the UWG campus
    • number of roommates you expect to have
    • access to a kitchen and laundry units
    • any other special needs or wants 

    We explore several of the different housing options below.

  • Immunization Records
    Immunization Records

    UWG requires certain immunizations of all students. If you have received any of the required immunizations from your home country, it is recommended that you print out the immunization form and have a doctor give you a copy of your records before you arrive in the United States. To see a current list of required immunizations along with the Immunization Policy, please click below. 

  • Health Insurance Requirements
    Health Insurance Requirements

    All international students are required to have health insurance during their stay in the United States. There are several different options available to students. When considering which health insurance you should buy, please consider the following: 

    • price and affordability of the plan
    • coverage amounts
    • cost for doctor and hospital visits
    • any medical conditions you have and how your plan will cover your needs

    We review how health insurance works in the United States and also several of the options that are available to International Students below. 

  • Tuition and Fee Payments
    Tuition and Fee Payments

    The Bursar's office is the only office on campus that can accept tuition payments. All inquires about bills and payments should be made to their office. 

    Tuition and fee payment deadlines usually occur approximately one week after the start of the semester. It is important that students know and be aware of the final payment deadline. Failure to pay all fees and tuition before this due date will result in all classes being dropped. There are several ways in which a student can pay their tuition. 

    Payment from Outside the USA

    International Students can pay their tuition and fees from banks outside of the United States. 

  • Transferring Credits
    Transfering Credits Credit

    Coursework completed or taken at an institution other than the University of West Georgia is considered transfer credit. Students must submit an official transcript from all previously attended institutions. Here at UWG, Transfer Evaluations are processed in the order they are received. The evaluation is typically processed within 2 weeks after a student has been accepted by Admissions. Once processed, students receive email notification that the transfer evaluation may be accessed via myUWG.