Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Campus Spotlight: Georgia State University

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

If you’re an international student planning to study at Georgia State University (GSU), you’ll have plenty of resources accessible to help you adapt to life in the United States.

GSU’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides a number of services to help you adjust to U.S. culture and GSU’s campus – everything from assistance in filing a visa to enrolling in Optional Practical Training. For example, students can join the Panthers Abroad Learning Society, or PALS, in which students come together to provide each other with firsthand insight into their cultures by meeting at least five times a semester, attending events, sharing meals and participating in community service. International students can also join the International Student Associations Council, which is made up of more than 15 international student associations and meets regularly to discuss relevant issues regarding the international student population.

Undergraduate International Student Requirements:
  • Proof of English proficiency: This entails a TOEFL score of 550 or better for the paper test or 79-80 on the Internet-based test; an IELTS score of at least 6.5; Georgia State Test of English Proficiency score of 6; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) score of 53; or successful completion of GSU’s Intensive English Program.
  • Official evaluations of all foreign transcripts: GSU requires that international students’ documents be formally evaluated by either the GSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions or an independent service such as World Education Services.
  • Once an international student is admitted to GSU, the ISSS contacts them to discuss next steps in terms of immigration documents and student visas.
Resources for International Students:
Type: Public
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Founded: 1913
By the Numbers
More than 32,000 students total
Students from more than 150 countries
More than 1,500 international students
100 fields of study
250 degree programs
More than 4,400 faculty and staff
• Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
• Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions
• College of Arts and Sciences
• College of Education
• College of Law
• Honors College
• Institute of Public Health
• J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Tuition at GSU depends on the number of credit hours in which a student enrolls in a given semester.

Undergraduate out-of-state tuition, 2015-2016:
12 credit hours: $11,771.24 + mandatory student fees ($1,064)
13 credit hours: $12,663.51 + fees ($1,064)
14 credit hours: $13,555.78 + fees ($1,064)
15 credit hours: $15,448.00 + fees ($1,064)
Graduate out-of-state tuition, 2015-2016:
10 credit hours: $13,494.00 + fees ($1,064)
11 credit hours: $14,737.00 + fees ($1,064)
12 or more credit hours: $15,975.00 + fees ($1,064)
International Student and Scholar Services
Phone: 404-413-2070

International Admissions
Phone: 404-413-2500

Intensive English Program
Phone: 404-413-5200

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