• Admissions
    • How does UWG define an international student?
      How does UWG define an international student?

      Any student who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student. International students usually need an F1 or J1 visa to study in the United States.

    • Can I study part time?
      Can I study part time?

      No, international students cannot study part time. U.S. immigration law requires that all international students on F1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment. To be considered full time, undergraduate students must be registered for a minimum of 12 quarter credits. Graduate students must be registered for a minimum of 9 quarter credits to be considered full time.

    • Are international students required to take the SAT or ACT?
      Are international student required to take the SAT or ACT?

      Students are required to submit SAT or ACT scores unless they are transferring from another U.S. institution. 

    • Does UWG offer conditional admissions?
      Does UWG offer conditional admissions?

      No, we currently do not offer conditional admissions.

      • What is considered Transfer Credits?
         

        Please view this webpage: Transfer Credits 

    • Do I need health insurance?
      Do I need health insurance?

      Yes, all students must have health insurance during their stay in the US.

  • Current Students
    • How many online classes can I take?
      How many online classes can I take?

      Only one online class can count toward you full-time enrollment requirement.

    • What is a syllabus?
      What is a syllabus?

      A syllabus is your guide to a course and what will be expected of you in the course. Generally it will include course policies, rules and regulations, required texts, and a schedule of assignments. A syllabus can tell you nearly everything you need to know about how a course will be run and what will be expected of you.

    • I don't like my roommates. Can I move?
      I don't like my roommates. Can I move?

      In most cases the answer is no. When you sign a contact for housing, you are legally bound to that contract until its end date. You can speak to the leasing office to see if they will allow you to move, but they are not required. 

    • Do I have to file taxes?
      Do I have to file taxes. 

      Use this flow chart to determine if you need to file taxes. 

    • I'm not sure which department I need to go to for help. 
      I'm not sure which department I need to go to for help. 

      Use this handy international student campus directory to help you! 

    • How can I get a copy of my UWG transcript?
      How can I get a copy of my UWG transcript?

      You can view an unofficial copy in your MyUWG. If you need an official copy, you can request that as well through MyUWG and they will mail it to the address you give. 

      Requesting an Official Transcript 

      Official UWG Transcripts are processed by the Enrollment Services Center. There are three options for delivery of an official transcript. First, transcripts can be mailed using standard USPS delivery. Second, transcripts may be ordered for pick up at the ESC. Please note transcripts are destroyed 30 days after the request date. You must have a valid photo ID at the time of pick up. Third, transcripts may be ordered to be emailed in PDF form (National Student Clearinghouse option only). Please note that our office cannot fax a transcript for you. If you wish to fax your transcript after you receive it from the ESC, it will be considered unofficial. Please review the following four options for obtaining your official transcript from the ESC.

       

      Directions to Request an Official Transcript 
      MyUWG BanWeb
      1. Login to your myUWG account
      2. Click on the BanWeb tab in the upper right
      3. Click on the "Student Services & Financial Aid" link
      4. Click on the "Request Official Transcript" link
      5. Complete your request by following the directions in BanWeb. *You must insert a complete address for requests for mail. If the address is incomplete, your transcript request will not be processed.
      1. Go to your BanWeb account at banweb.westga.edu
      2. Click Login
      3. Enter your 917# or Social Security Number into the "User ID" field
      4. Enter your pin/password into the "PIN" field.
      5. If you need to have your PIN/Password reset, please click on the "Forgotten Your PIN?" link and follow the directions. You can come into the Enrollment Services Center or call ITS at (678) 839-6587 to have your PIN/Password reset as well.
      6. If your PIN has been reset, your PIN is the last two digits of your birth year followed by the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
      7. You will be prompted to change your PIN upon login. You may use your current PIN as your new PIN. If you choose to change your PIN, it will need to be at least six (6) digits (all numerical).
      8. You may be prompted to create a security question.
      9. Once you are logged in, click on the "Student Services & Financial Aid" link.
      10. Click on the "Request Official Transcript" link.
      11. Complete your request by following the directions in BanWeb. *You must insert a complete address for requests for mail. If the address is incomplete, your transcript request will not be processed.

      Directions to Request an Official Transcript 

      • MyUWG:

        1. Login to your myUWG account
        2. Click on the BanWeb tab in the upper right
        3. Click on the "Student Services & Financial Aid" link
        4. Click on the "Request Official Transcript" link
        5. Complete your request by following the directions in BanWeb. *You must insert a complete address for requests for mail. If the address is incomplete, your transcript request will not be processed.

        BanWeb:
        1. Go to your BanWeb account at banweb.westga.edu
        2. Click Login
        3. Enter your 917# or Social Security Number into the "User ID" field
        4. Enter your pin/password into the "PIN" field.
        5. If you need to have your PIN/Password reset, please click on the "Forgotten Your PIN?" link and follow the directions. You can come into the Enrollment Services Center or call ITS at (678) 839-6587 to have your PIN/Password reset as well.
        6. If your PIN has been reset, your PIN is the last two digits of your birth year followed by the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
        7. You will be prompted to change your PIN upon login. You may use your current PIN as your new PIN. If you choose to change your PIN, it will need to be at least six (6) digits (all numerical).
        8. You may be prompted to create a security question.
        9. Once you are logged in, click on the "Student Services & Financial Aid" link.
        10. Click on the "Request Official Transcript" link.
        11. Complete your request by following the directions in BanWeb. *You must insert a complete address for requests for mail. If the address is incomplete, your transcript request will not be processed.

       

    • Who should I go to for immigration questions?
      Who should I go to for immigration questions?

      We highly recommend that you only take immigration advise from the International Student Admissions & Programs office. 

    • Do I need to keep a copy of my old and expired I-20s/DS-2019s?
      Do I need to keep a copy of my old and expired I-20s/DS-2019s?

      Yes, you should keep copies of all immigration documents. If you apply for a work authroization or another visa, you will be required to give copies of all previous immigration documents. 

    • I'm about to graduate. What are my options?
      I'm about to graduate. What are my options?

      Look under After Graduation on this page

    • My I-20 or DS-2019 is about to expire what do I do?

      If your I-20 is about to expire you must fill out the I-20 Extension Request Form!

      Per U.S. federal regulations, if you are in F-1 status and are unable to meet the program completion date on the Form I-20, you may be granted an extension if the you have continually maintained status and if the delays are caused by compelling academic or medical reasons. Extensions based on academic reasons must be verified by the your academic advisor. Extensions based on medical reasons must be verified by your academic advisor and a licensed medical physician.

      Your I-20 must be extended prior to the program end date or you will have to apply for reinstatement to Immigration, which involves a fee, and may disqualify you from future employment authorization.

      AFTER your I-20 or DS-2019 expires, you can no longer request an exnteion. F-1 students are eligible to apply for Reinstatement.

      Acceptable Reasons for an I-20 Extension

      • Addition of a major/minor or dual degree program
      • Delays caused by unexpected research problems
      • Delays caused by a change in research topic
      • Delays caused by absence/change of required thesis committee members
      • Delays in program due to a verified medical condition

      Email completed form to global@westga.edu

    • Can I Study Abroad?

      Sure! International students are allowed to study abroad in a 3rd country while being a student at UWG. Check out the Office of Education Abroad Office Webpage

    • Embassies & Consulates in the U.S. 

      If you lose your passport, need to renew it, or have other questions that require communication with your government, contact your country's embassy or consulate in the U.S. 

      Directeory of Foreign Embassies and Consulates.