Congratulations on your acceptance into the University of West Georgia. On behalf of International Student Admissions & Programs (ISAP), welcome to the family. As soon as you receive your acceptance packet, there are several items to take care of next. Follow the steps below to ensure smooth entry to the United States and arrival at UWG. Go West | Wolves! 

Review the Pre-Arrival Guide!

  • Set Up MyUWG Account

    Set Up MyUWG Account

    Set up and activate your MyUWG Account for access to your courses, student email account, registration status, and much more. 

  • Getting Your I-20 or DS-2019

    Receive Your I-20 or DS-2019

    International Students have 2 shipping options to receive their immigration forms ( I-20 or DS-2019) from ISAP. 

    1. Standard U.S. Postal Service (USPS)
    2. Express Mail Service (Fedex, UPS, DHL)

    The red box will e you to find out which document you will be receiving and how to select your preferred mailing method. 

  • Obtaining a Visa

    Obtaining a Visa

    Now that you are academically admitted and have your form I-20 or DS-2019 issued by University of West Georgia, you will next apply for your student visa before travel to the U.S.  There are 2 student visa categories depending on your purpose and program of study. 

    • F-1 Visa: for full-time students seeking a degree from UWG
    • J-1 Visa: for full-time exchange students on a study abroad program from their home campus to UWG for a semester or year in most cases. 
  • International Student Orientation

    REQUIRED: Spring 2020 International Student Orientation

    January 3, 2020, 1pm.

    International Student Admissions & Programs (ISAP) is excited to meet you in person! Our International Student Orientation will provide valuable information to ease your transition to campus and life in the USA.

    View the Orientation Schedule:  Spring 2020 International Student Orientation

    WHO:  All new undergraduate, graduate and transfer international students with an F1 or J1 visa

    WHEN:  January 3rd, 2020

    TIME: 

    • Check-In: 12:30 PM. Light refreshments provided.
    • Start:  1:00 PM 

    WHERE: UWG Campus, Adamson Hall Rm.115 (First Floor)

    WHAT TO BRING:

    • Your passport with valid F1 / J1 visa stamp
    • Your I-20 or DS-2019 with your signature
  • Airport Shuttle Service

    Let us pick you up! To assist new international students to transfer from the Atlanta airport to their housing in Carrollton, ISAP provides one free shuttle to campus departing at the following times only.

    1. Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 10:00am
    • Travel time is appoximately 1 hour
    • These are the only dates and times available, so book your flight accordingly 
    • Allow at least 1 hour between your flight arrival and shuttle departure to ensure enough time to deplane, collect luggage, clear customs, and find your way to the meeting point. 
    • Unfortunately, we will not be able to wait or delay depature.

    Reserve Your Shuttle Ride

    After submitting the form, ISAP will email you a confirmation and a reminder email the day before your arrival to confirm the exact location where to meet. 

    Atlanta Hotels (if needed): If you plan to book an airport area hotel at your own expense prior to meeting the shuttle, please let us know. We can advise you on appropriate costs, proximity to the airport, breakfast and shuttle service to / from the airport

    Airport Pickup Request Form

     

    Other Transportation to UWG Campus

    Rideshare Services: Lyft & Uber

    An alternative to shuttle service is a rideshare servce at your own expense operated by Lyft or Uber . Both work via a mobile app you can download to your phone and create an account associated with a personal credit card. The Atlanta Int’l Airport (ATL) provides free Wi-fi, so you can access Lyft or Uber upon arrival. 

    There is a designated waiting area to meet Lyft / Uber drivers just outside the terminal areas in Atlanta. Follow the "ground transportation" signs. 

    DISCLAIMER: ISAP takes no responsibility for shuttles missed due to late, rerouted, or delayed flights. While every effort will be made to assist those who reserve in advance, ISAP cannot guarantee this service. On Friday if you miss the 1st shuttle for some reason, you are responsible for finding your own transportation to campus.

  • Housing

    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. 

  • Transferring Credits Credit

    Transferring 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.