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The University of West Georgia is approved  by DHS to host F1 and J1 international students and scholars. 

UWG SEVIS Campus Code:  A T L 2 1 4 F 0 0 2 4 7 0 0 0 

YOU are welcome at UWG! 

International Student Admissions and Programs, or "ISAP", is the primary office to guide you through the UWG admissions, visa and pre-arrival process. ISAP will also support your success in the U.S. in alignment with our mission and values.

Studying in the U.S. is an incredible opportunity to expand your global understanding and worldview. UWG is one of the best places to prepare for your academic and professional goals.

  • The Princeton Review calls UWG a "Best Southeastern College", "among the most outstanding colleges in the nation," and "one of the best overall bargains in the nation." 

  • UWG's Schools & Colleges offer 90+ programs at the bachelors, masters and doctoral level. Also, check out UWG's Just the Facts

While you are studying at UWG, we also encourage you to develop a sense that you belong here! To help, there are 90+ student clubs to choose from. You can even run for office in Student Government! What better way to develop and share your talents, represent your culture and grow as a global citizen. Living on campus is safe, affordable and one of the best ways to develop English fluency too. It's the best place to meet new friends and enjoy a modern, furnished room with wifi and security. Check out all the Housing and Residence Life options.  When you're hungry, just "Dine West", which offers buffet style cafeterias and fast food options across campus. They offer afordable and flexible meal plans too. Ready for fitness, the rock wall, or off-campus adventure trips? It's all here in our state-of-the-art UWG Recreation Center.

Everything is here for you, and we are here because of you. Again, thank you for choosing University of West Georgia in your journey.  We look forward to receiving your application and meeting you soon!

Sincerely,

Brett Reichert, Director, ISAP

International Tuition & Fees

International students are classified as non-residents. Therefore, they pay "out of state" tuition, which is the same as a US citizens from outside Georgia. Qualified international students may apply for waivers to equalize the amount to "in-state" rates. Please see our Out of State Waivers page for details.

What's the difference between tuition and fees?

  • Tuition: the cost of instruction and academic credits towards your degree. 
  • Fees: the cost of campus services, facilities, activities and events. 

Undergraduate Charges - Per Semester

  • Tuition, 12 hours: $7800
  • Fees: $1000
  • Health Insurance, Meal Plan, Housing, Books: $6700 - varies by personal preference and use
  • Total: $15,500

For detailed, per-credit-hour tuition and fees, please see the Undergraduate In-State and Out of State Tuition & Fee Rate Chart. (PDF, 89K)

International Students in search of funding and scholarships should submit a UWG General Scholarship Application to be considered for many different awards at UWG. Our out-of-state tuition waiver program is also available for eligible international students. Details and requirements are at the links below.

UWG General Scholarship Application

Out of State Tuition Waivers

Use the link below to provide all supporting documentation as listed below in 1-5.

Apply Here

    1. Submit Non-Refundable Application Fee

      • If you have an application fee waiver, submit it to: global@westga.edu
      • If you did not submit your application fee with your application, you can make payment through: Your "MyUWG" portal with a credit card.
      • Do not send cash or international money orders. Submit a U.S. check or money order payable to the University of West Georgia.
    2. Submit Official Transcripts For Evaluation

      • from each secondary school, college, university or technical school attended including all courses, grades and degree or diploma awarded.
      • If not in English, include a certified English translation (no self-translations).

      Transcripts from U.S. Schools

      • Request that your U.S. school send final, original, transcript with seals and signatures to: global@westga.edu

      Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools

      • Transferring International Students: If you have 30+ transferrable credit hours from a U.S. college or university, a foreign credential evaluation is not required. If you have fewer than 30 transferrable credit hours, please see below.
      • An official evaluation of foreign-earned academic credit is required. In many cases, ISAP can do the evaluation in house; we will advise you if we cannot. In that case, you may use any foreign credential evaluation service that is a member of NACES: National Association of Credential Evaluators or AICE: Association of International Credential Evaluators. Reports can be sent to: global@westga.edu or via U.S. Mail: University of West Georgia, International Admissions, 1601 Maple Street, Mandeville Hall, Carrollton, GA 30118
      • We cannot accept duplicates of prior credit evaluations.

    3. Submit Financial Documentation

      This information is used to show that you can fully pay for your 1st year at UWG without additional support or employment. Prepare two (2) sets of supporting financial documents and email to: global@westga.edu. In the subject line, type:  Financial Verification, <your name>, <semester start date>

      • For your permanent file at UWG. Photocopies, faxes and scans are acceptable.
      • For your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consultant nearest you. Originals only. 

      Required Amounts to Issue I-20 or DS-2019

      Required Amounts    
      Visa TypeDuration of StudyRequired Amount
      F-1 StudentsFirst Academic Year Only$32,000
      J-1 StudentsOne Semester$6,000 | $9,000 for self-pay*
      J-1 StudentsOne Academic Year$12,000 | $18,000 for self-pay*

      *Self-pay refers to a special financial arrangement for some Oldenburg exchange students only.

      Required Details

      Bank letters and documents must:

      • be on official bank letterhead
      • be in English
      • be signed by a bank official
      • state the written date (ex:  November 3, 2020) the account was opened
      • state the currency type
      • state the amount currently in the account in local currency
      • be dated less than six months old when received by UWG. 

      Governmental or Private Organizations as sponsors must: 

      • include sponsor's address
      • include telephone # and email address
      • include original signature and title of the signatory
      • state your name
      • state a specific U.S. dollar amount
      • state duration of the sponsorship / scholarship

      F-1 Financial Support Form (PDF, 130K)

      J-1 Financial Support Form (PDF, 170K) 

    4. Submit Proof of English Proficiency

        • All applicants whose native language is not English, must meet English language proficiency requirements.  If you are unsure if your country meets the requirements for a waiver of English language testing, please ask:  global@westga.edu 
        • Otherwise, request your English test scores be sent directly to UWG. We cannot accept test scores mailed directly from the applicant.
        • See the section, English Language Proficiency, for details below.  
    5. Submit ACT or SAT Scores 

      • Request your scores to be sent directly to UWG. We cannot accept test scores mailed directly from the applicant.
      • If you live in an area where neither test is offered, you can apply for an exemption.  Contact ISAP about this option.        
      • SAT Information
      • ACT Information

These steps refer to an international student who is already studying in the U.S. and has an F1 visa. 

Requirements

  •  2.00 GPA minimum at their current institution (equivalent to a letter grade of "C" where "A" = 4.0 GPA.)
  • Some UWG programs require a higher minimum transfer GPA.
  • Proof of Financial Support in the amount of $32,000

Steps

  1. Apply for Academic Admission
  2. Receive UWG Admission Letter
  3. Request Transfer of SEVIS Record to UWG by the "DSO" at your current school. The "Release Date" in SEVIS must be after the last day of your current program or after high school graduation.
  4. Submit UWG "Transfer-In" Request Form (PDF, 111K)
  5. Receive updated UWG I-20 via mail in the US or abroad. 

In this manner, your F1 status is maintained under the same SEVIS record from one educational level to the next.

Important Note: If at least 30 hours are transferable from a U.S. college or university, we can use that alone for admission. If less than 30 transferable hours, they'll have to get a foreign credential evaluation of their pre-university records also.

All courses at UWG, except foreign language courses, are taught in English. Therefore, appropriate college-ready proficiency in English is required to succeed.  All applicants, except those from ESL- exempt countries, must document submit one of the test scores below. 

  • Note: UWG does not offer an Intensive English Program, so conditional admission is not offered. However, many English Language Learning resources are available on campus to help support academic needs once you are enrolled.
  • To confirm if an ESL exam is required or not for admission, please email: global@westga.edu

Accepted English Language Proficiency Exams: 

  • Duo Lingo English Test: 95 minimum, 100 recommended (low-cost, 1hour, test-from-home, results in 3-5 business days)
  • ibT (TOEFL): Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language: 69 total | UWG School Code = 5900 or
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System: 6.0 overall or 
    • PTE: Pearson Test of English: 53 total

Minimum Requirements

UWG is not permitted to recognize other exams at this time for Freshman, undergraduate admissions decisions.

If you took the SAT prior to March 2016 please use the concordance information found here: SAT and Redesigned SAT Concordance Table (Tables 3 and 5).

Admissions Test Scores    
TestMathReading
SAT (UWG Code: 5900)450480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
ACT (UWG Code: 0878)17 Math17 English or 17 Reading

The Clery Act requires U.S. colleges and universities to provide transparent and up-to-date campus crime information. View UWG's Clery Act page.

No, not for undergraduate admissions. However, some graduate departments at UWG require an ESL exam from non-native speakers of English.

Two years from the date of the exam.

Your application fee is good for one academic year (fall through summer terms). However, immigration paperwork is only issued for a specific term, so let us know if your plans change, so we can update your admission term and immigration records.