An international student is a student on a J-1 or F-1 visa who is not a citizen of, a permanent resident of, or a refugee in the United States of America. 

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  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Procedures
  • Admissions Requirements
    • Application Requirements
      Application Requirements
      • Freshman are admitted based on the Freshman Index System. More information on admissions can be found in the academic catalog.
      • Transfer students must have a minimum 2.00 GPA (a "C" or better where "A"=4.00) from a college or university. Some UWG programs require a higher minimum transfer GPA. 
    • English Language Proficiency Requirement
      English Language Proficiency Requirement

      Success at UWG begins with a strong comprehension of the English language. Because our rigorous courses are taught in English and move at a fast pace, fluency in the language is necessary for understanding concepts and expressing yourself effectively.

      Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency by submitting test scores from one of the following:

      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
      • Pearson Test of English (PTE)

      Full List of Approved Tests

      No conditional admissions are granted. 

    • Minumum Test Scores
      Minimum Test Scores
      Exam Type Minimum Score UWG Code


      (prior to March 2016)

      • Critical Reading: 430
      • Math: 410


      (March 2016-present)

      • Reading: 24
      • Math: 450
      • English: 17
      • Math: 17
      TOEFL iBT: 69 5900
      IELTS Academic Overall: 6.0 --


      • Exam Type:


        (prior to March 2016)

        Minimum Score:
        • Critical Reading: 430
        • Math: 410

        UWG Code: 5900

      • Exam Type:


        (March 2016-present)

        Minimum Score:
        • Reading: 24
        • Math: 450

        UWG Code: 5900

      • Exam Type: ACT
        Minimum Score:

        • English: 17
        • Math: 17

        UWG Code: 0878

      • Exam Type: TOEFL
        Minimum Score: iBT: 69
        UWG Code: 5900

      • Exam Type: IELTS Academic
        Minimum Score: Overall: 6.0
        UWG Code: --

    • Tuition & Funding
      Tuition & Funding 

       Tuition and fees are based on the number of credit hours a student is enrolled each semester. For undergraduate international students, a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester is required for immigration compliance. Students are able to take up to 21 credit hours per semester without special permission. 

      Tuition and Fee Payment Table

      International Students may wish to seek funding and scholarships while at the University of West Georgia. We recommend that each international student fill out the UWG General Scholarship Application (Scholarship Search below). Students may also qualify for our departmental scholarship or an out of state tuition waiver. All requirements are listed below. 


  • Application Procedures

    Follow the steps below to submit an application to the University of West Georiga. 

    • Complete Application
      Complete Application

      Submit your application for admission online and send the all supporting documents (application fee, transcripts, test scores and financial guarantee) to:

    • Submit Nonrefundable Fee
      Submit Nonrefundable Fee

      If you did not submit your application fee with your admission application, you may make your payment through MyUWG or submit payment in the form of a check or money order drawn on a U.S. Banking Affiliate and made payable to the University of West Georgia. Do not send cash or international postal money orders. Application fees cannot be waived.

    • Requst Official Transcripts
      Request Offical Transcripts

      Official transcripts are certified copies of official documents from each secondary school, college, university and/or technical schools attended. Records must include courses completed, grades or marks earned, and certificates or degrees awarded. Include a certified English translation of all documents not written in English. 

      For Schools within the USA

      Upon graduation or completion of the semester, request that a final transcript be sent directly to UWG to determine final admission status. If your school(s) cannot send them directly to UWG, you may send them making sure they meet one of the following requirements:

      • Original academic credentials issued by the registrar of the institution attended, bearing the original raised or colored seal of the institution and the signature of the institution’s registrar, academic official or recognized international organization.
      • Photocopies of academic credentials that have been verified as true copies of the original by a responsible official of the institution attended or by an educational representative of the country’s government or embassy. Each page must bear the verifying official’s signature and stamp.
      • Photocopies of international academic credentials on file with the registrar of an institution you previously attended in the U.S.
      • Photocopies of academic credentials that have been certified by a recognized international educational organization, such as the U.S. Educational Foundation, AMIDEAST or the Institute for International Education.
      For Schools Outside the USA
      • Original academic credentials issued by the registrar of the institution attended, bearing the original raised or colored seal of the institution and the signature of the institution’s registrar, academic official or recognized international organization.
      • Academic credentials must be evaluated by an evaluator in the NACES association
      Note: Any document UWG receives becomes property of UWG and will not be returned to you.

      Photocopies certified by a notary public are not official. Scanned copies are also not accepted in lieu of original official academic documents.

      All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation.

      You must have one set of official transcripts from every high school, college and university from which you earned a high school diploma sent to UWG.

      Upon graduation or completion of the semester, request that a final transcript be sent directly to UWG to determine final admission status.

    • Submit Financial Guarantee
      Submit Financial Guarantee

      This statement and the required supporting financial documents must be on file before an I-20/DS-2019 can be issued. Two sets of supporting documents should be obtained:

      • One set will be sent to the International Student Admissions & Programs Office and will become part of your permanent file. Photocopies, faxes and scans are accepted.
      • The other set should be issued to the U.S. Embassy or Consultant. Be sure to have the original documents (no photocopies, faxes or scans) during your visa appointment.

      The University of West Georgia requires financial documentation for the first year of study from each international applicant in the amount of:

      $ 32,000

      All applicants must show proof of finances. Please obtain an official letter from the bank or financial institution in which you, and/or your sponsor, have available funds. The letter from the bank must:

      • be on official bank letterhead;
      • be in English;
      • be signed by a bank official;
      • state the date the account was opened;
      • the currency type;
      • state the amount that is currently on the account;
      • be obtained and dated less than six months from the submission to UWG. (Letters older than six months are considered expired)

      Organization (government or private) sponsoring you must provide a letter of sponsorship on official letterhead with the following information:

      • organization’s address;
      • telephone and fax numbers;
      • original signature and title of the responsible official;
      • your name
      • specific dollar amount
      • duration of the scholarship


    • Submit English Proficiency
      Submit English Proficiency

      Have your TOEFL or IELTS score sent directly to UWG.

      TOEFL: The official TOEFL score report can be sent directly to UWG from the Educational Testing Service. UWG’S TOEFL institutional code is 5900. For information about this test and registration procedures, contact ETS at PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA or visit

      IELTS: For information about this test and registration procedures, contact the IELTS Office, University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, 1 Hills Road, Cambridge/CB1 2EU, UK or visit

      PTE: For information about the Pearson Test of English, visit

    • Submit ACT or SAT Scores
      Submit ACT or SAT Scores

      If you have taken the ACT or SAT, please submit official scores to Undergraduate Admissions. Some UWG colleges/schools have minimum ACT/SAT score requirements for entrance to their programs. If you live in an area where neither of these tests are offered, you can apply for an exemption.

    • Items to Consider
      Items to Consider
      • Admission to UWG cannot be determined until your file is complete and all of your credentials are evaluated.
      • You must enroll full-time each semester.
      • Students holding F-2 visas cannot attend UWG on a full-time basis.
      • All international students on F-1 or J-1 visas must provide a Financial Guarantee to show evidence of sufficient funds available for their students before their SEVIS Form I-20 can be issued.