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University of West Georgia is approved by DHS to host F1 / J1 Students.  

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We are excited you are considering the University of West Georgia (UWG)! When you're ready to Go West, the application and cost information is below. 

  • Director's Welcome

    International Student Admissions and Programs, or "ISAP", is the primary office that will guide you through the UWG admissions and visa process. During your arrival and degree program at UWG, the ISAP staff will also work to support your well-being and success in the U.S. within the scope of our mission and values. 

    Studying in the U.S. is an incredible opportunity to expand your understanding of our global interconnections and your 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 academically outstanding colleges in the nation," and "one of the best overall bargains in the nation." 

    • UWG's Schools & Colleges offer 100+ programs at the batchelors, masters and doctoral level. Also, check out UWG's Just the Facts

    While you are studying at UWG, we also encourage you to get involved. There are 150+ 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. In campus housing, you'll also make 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 with an affordable meal plan that works for you. 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 considering the University of West Georgia in your journey.  We look forward to receiving your application and meeting you soon!

    Sincerely,

    Brett Reichert, Director, ISAP

 

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 Undergraduate International Applicants

Admissions Requirements

  • Costs

    International Tuition & Fees

    Based on Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 rates approved by the University System of Georgia.
    International Students are not eligible for "in-state" tuition without a waiver, scholarship, or assistanship and therefore pay "out-of-state" tuition as do U.S. students from outside the state of Georgia. 
    Tuition: the cost for academic credits and instruction
    Fees: the cost for auxilliary services and university facilities 

    Undergraduate 
    Tuition, 12 hours per semester: $ 7,524
    Fees per semester: $ 1,012
    Total: $8,536

    For detailed, per-credit-hour tuition and fees, please see the Undergraduate Out of State Tuition & Fee Rate Chart.

    Other Costs of Attendance Per Semester
    *Estimated costs. They will vary according to individual circumstances and preferences.

    $1,200: health insurance
    $500: books
    $3,000: housing
    $1,750: food / cafeteria meal plan
    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.

    Scholarship Search

    Sylvia Shortt Scholarship Application

    Out of State Tuition Waivers

     

  • Apply West!
    1. Submit Your Application online with all the supporting documents in this list below via this portal.

                           APPLY HERE

    2. Submit Application Fee   

    If you did not submit your application fee with your application, you can make payment through:
    Your "MyUWG" portal
    Submit a U.S. check or money order payable to the University of West Georgia.
    Submit your applicaiton fee waiver to: global@westga.edu if you have one.
    Do not send cash or international postal money orders.
    Application fees are non-refundable.

    3. Submit Official Transcripts

    Official transcripts are certified, official documents from each secondary school, college, university or technical schools you have attended. Records must include: 

    • all courses completed
    • all grades or marks earned
    • all certificates or degrees awarded.
    • If the document(s) is not in English, it must also Include a certified English translation. 

    For U.S. Schools
    After graduation or completion of the final term, request a final transcript be sent directly to UWG for review. If your school(s) cannot send them directly to UWG, you may send documents according to 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 or academic official. 
    • 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 U.S. 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 non - U.S. Schools

    • Original academic credentials issued by the registrar of each institution attended, bearing the original raised or colored seal of the institution and the signature of the institution’s registrar or academic official.
    • All Foreign academic credentials may be evaluaed directly by UWG or by a member of NACES: National Association of Credential Evaluators or by a member of AICE: Association of International Credential Evaluators 

    Note: All submitted documents become the  property of UWG and cannot be returned. Photocopies certified by a notary public are not official.

    • Scanned copies are also not accepted in lieu of original official academic documents.
    • All foreign transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation if the original language was not English.
    • 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 self-translate documents. 

       4. Submit Financial Verification

     All applicants for international admission must show proof of finances for 1 academic year. Prepare two (2) sets of supporting financial documents.  

    • Set 1: to ISAP at UWG for your permanent file. Photocopies, faxes and scans are acceptable.
    • Set 2: to the U.S. Embassy or Consultant for your visa interview. Originals only. 

    Your UWG Form I-20 / DS-2019 cannot be issued until your file is complete for review and an admissions decision reached. 

    The amounts required for UWG to issue immigration documents are below: 

    I-20/ DS 2019 Amounts Required to Document
    Visa Type Time of Study Amount Needed
    F-1 Students Until degree completion $32,000
    J-1 Students 1 Semester $6,000 ($9,000 for self pay)
    J-1 Students 1 Academic Year $12,000 ($18,000 for self pay)

    I-20/ DS 2019 Amounts Required to Document

    • Visa Type: F-1 Students
      Time of Study: Until degree completion
      Amount Needed: $32,000

    • Visa Type: J-1 Students
      Time of Study: 1 Semester
      Amount Needed: $6,000 ($9,000 for self pay)

    • Visa Type: J-1 Students
      Time of Study: 1 Academic Year
      Amount Needed: $12,000 ($18,000 for self pay)

    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

    F-1 Student Financial Verification Form

    J-1 Student Verification Form

    International Student Financial Verification Form

      5. Submit Proof of English Proficiency

    Have your TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or other acceptable 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 www.toefl.org

    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 www.ielts.org

    PTE: For information about the Pearson Test of English, visit http://www.pearsonpte.com/Pages/home.aspx 

    6. 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.     

    Other 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.        
  • Transfer Applicants

    International students transferring from another U.S. institution to UWG must have a 2.00 GPA minimum at their curent institution, which is equivalent to a letter grade of "C" where "A" = 4.0 GPA. Some UWG programs require a higher minimum transfer GPA.

     

  • English Language Proficiency

    All courses at UWG, except foreign language courses, are taught in English. Therefore, proficiency in English reading, writing, listening and speaking are 

    required to succeed.  UWG does not offer an "ESL" or Intensive English Program. Therefore, conditional admissions are not granted.

    Applicants whose native language is not English must document English language proficiency with acceptable test scores below.

    ·         Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT): 69 total  |   UWG School Code = 5900

    ·         International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 overall  

    ·         Pearson Test of English (PTE): 53 total

    Full List of Acceptable English ProficiecyTests

     

  • Minimum Admissions Test Scores

    Minimum Requirements:

    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).

    SAT (UWG Code: 5900) ACT (UWG Code: 0878)
    480 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 17 English or 17 Reading
    450 Math

    17 Math

    Minimum Requirements: 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).

    • SAT (UWG Code: 5900): 480 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
      ACT (UWG Code: 0878): 17 English or 17 Reading

    • SAT (UWG Code: 5900): 450 Math
      ACT (UWG Code: 0878):

      17 Math


Graduate International Applicants

  • Costs

    International Tuition & Fees

    • Based on Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 rates approved by the University System of Georgia.
    • International Students are not eligible for "in-state" tuition without a waiver, scholarship, or assistanship and therefore pay "out-of-state" tuition as do U.S. students from outside the state of Georgia. 

    Tuition: the cost for academic credits and instruction
    Fees: the cost for auxilliary services and university facilities 

    Graduate 
    Tuition, 9 hours per semester: $ 7,938
    Fees per semester: $ 1,012
    Total: $8950

    For detailed, per-credit-hour tuition and fees, please see the Graduate Out of State Tuition & Fee Rate Chart.

    Other Costs of Attendance Per Semester
    *Estimated costs. They will vary according to individual circumstances and preferences.

    • $1,200: health insurance
    • $500: books
    • $3,000: housing
    • $1,750: food / cafeteria meal plan

    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.

  • Admission Requirements
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FAQs

  • Accepted! Now what?
    Take a look at our New Student Checklist
  • Who are international students?
    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.
  • Application Fee Waives?
    Only international high school counselors or UWG recruiters in person can offer application waivers. 
  • Part-time Study?
    International students on F1 or J1 visas must maintain full-time enrollment. Undergraduates:  12 credits, and  Graduate Students:  9 credits. Summer enrollment is optional.
  • What about the SAT or ACT?
    Required -  unless transferring from another U.S. institution. 
  • What about Conditional Admits?
    Sorry, not offered. 
  • I have U.S. degree. Is an ESL exemp required?
    UWG doesn't require an ESL exam (TOEFL, IELTS etc...) for students who have a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher, but some graduate departments at UWG require an ESL exam from non-native speakers of English. 
  • How long is a TOEFL / IELTS score valid?
    Two years from the date of the exam.
  • More info about degrees at UWG
    Just click here! 

    Majors and Programs at UWG

  • I applied to UWG. What's next?

    We will confirm as soon as we receive a completed application from you and provide an ID# and personal access code (PAC) to check the status of your application online. If admitted, a Notice of Admission and a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form or DS-2019) will be shipped out to you.

  • What about financial aid and scholarships?
  • What about student employment on campus?
    International students can work up to 20 hours per week on campus while classes are in session and up to 40 hours a week during breaks. 
  • How do I get a student visa?
  • Does UWG require an immunization record?
    Yes, all students must submit an immunization record.
  • Do I need health insurance?
    Yes, all students must have health insurance during their stay in the US.
  • Can I defer / postphone my admission?
    UWG admits students and issues immigration paperwork for a specific term, so let us know if your plans change, so we can update records on our end. Your application fee is good for one academic year (fall through summer terms).