International students interested in attending North Georgia on a student visa should print a copy of the publication entitled "Application Guide for International Students" available at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Web site, www.northgeorgia.edu/admissions. This publication outlines all admission requirements and contains an application for admission and other associated forms. International students seeking admission to the university must submit the following documentation:
- A completed International Application for Undergraduate Admission and non-refundable application fee in US dollars.
- Official transcripts of courses and grades from all secondary schools and college or universities attended (even if the student withdrew). These records must be notarized. Certified, non-English transcripts or grade reports should be accompanied by official (literal, not interpretive) English translations. All official international transcripts must have a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). The evaluation must be sent directly from the evaluation service to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Office of Cadet Admissions (as appropriate). For all other undergraduate students, the evaluation must be sent directly from the evaluation service to the Registrar's Office. A complete list of NACES members is listed online at www.naces.org/members.htm. For your information, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) does not recognize evaluations from World Education Services (WES). For more details on agencies accepted by the PSC, review the PSC web site at www.gapsc.com.
- If English is not the applicant's native language or if the applicant's schooling during the past five years has been in a language other than English, the University requires that the applicant take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Test scores are only valid for two calendar years from the test date.
The University is looking for a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the pencil/paper test, a minimum of 213 on the Computer-Based Test (CBT) or a minimum of 79 on the Internet-Based Test (IBT); the minimum IELTS score is 6.5.
- If English is the applicant's native language, the University requires that the freshman applicants take a standardized test that measures aptitude in mathematics and verbal areas. Applicants may choose either the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) or the ACT (American College Test). If the SAT is chosen, the SAT I should be taken.
- It is the applicant's responsibility to demonstrate that sufficient funding is available to meet all university and living expenses for his/her entire course of study. North Georgia issues an I-20 only after a financial affidavit is completed and returned with a certified bank statement indicating that the funds will be available.
- A certification of immunization against communicable diseases must be submitted prior to enrollment in any unit of the University System of Georgia, by policy of the Board of Regents. Students must provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diptheria, varicella, and, if 18 years of age or less at the time of classes, hepatitis B. Forms should be submitted to Student Health Services prior to enrollment.
- The North Georgia Medical Report must be completed before enrollment for Cadets. Information provided on the form is especially important in those cases in which the student has a condition that requires special medical assistance.
- If you are seeking documentation for a student visa, you must submit a completed North Georgia Financial Affidavit. All financial documents must be current, original, and certified. Applicants should have a second set of original financial documents to use for their visa application as the documents submitted to the University will not be copied or returned. Students who wish to bring their spouse or children must submit additional information as requested on the financial affidavit.
- North Georgia requires all international students to be covered by health insurance. Each semester, all students who have been issued an I-20 from North Georgia will be billed for the cost of this insurance. A student who is covered under a relative's group health insurance plan may be eligible for a waiver of the Pearce & Pearce health insurance coverage. To request a waiver, the student must apply within 10 days of the beginning of the semester at www.studentinsurance.com. This waiver process must be completed each semester. The waiver is not automatically granted. Questions regarding international student health insurance should be addressed to the Office of the International Student Services at 1 + 706-867-2833.
- Cadet applicants must submit the following forms that they will receive after applying.
1. A signed "Cadet Statement of Understanding"
2. An official "Embassy Permission to Participate Letter"