Prospective International Students

All students who are interested in being a student at the University of Georgia must apply through the undergraduate admissions or graduate admissions offices.

Immigration Services (IS) at the University of Georgia (UGA) provides centralized immigration and visa-sponsorship information to international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and to UGA colleges and schools. Through comprehensive assistance, Immigration Services contributes to the development and maintenance of a dynamic and intercultural learning environment; supports growing world-wide research endeavors; and assists all students and the University with greater opportunities for success in the global economy.  Through our work we directly support UGA's educational, research and internationalization goals for the 21st century.

Our highly trained team assists international students in F and J status in the following areas: New International Student Orientation, weekly walk-in advising, appointments, personalized online immigration portal, timely updates and reminders to students regarding their current immigration status, and continued support throughout students’ academic program.

Please see the information below regarding the different types of international student programs available at UGA.

Degree Seeking Students

The appropriate Admissions office will evaluate the academic application materials to determine if the student is admissible. Upon admission, Immigration Services will contact students regarding their future immigration status at UGA. Admitted international students will be issued either the initial I-20 form (F-1 students) or the DS- 2019 form (J-1 students). These forms are required to apply for the appropriate visa from the U.S. Consulate in your home country.

Non-degree Seeking Students

Interested students attending academic institutions with a formal exchange agreement with the University of Georgia, will be admitted as non-degree exchange students. Please click here for a list of UGA exchange agreements. Upon admission to UGA as a non-degree exchange student, students will receive an email from Immigration Services with instructions to request your DS-2019 form.

English Language Students

UGA offers a rigorous, supportive, and student-centered English language program. The UGA Intensive English Program offers courses for students from all levels from high-beginning to advanced English language skills. For more information please visit:

Transferring from another U.S. institution

Students currently attending another U.S. college, university, English school or high school will request a transfer of their SEVIS record from their current academic institution before enrolling at the University of Georgia. UGA Immigration Services will contact students upon admission with instructions to request an I-20 or DS-2019. This process will occur after the student’s current school releases the SEVIS record. Click Here for more information regarding the SEVIS transfer process.

Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP):

The Georgia State Board of Regents requires UGA to verify the lawful presence of all students prior to enrollment. International students on F-1 or J-1 visas will have their Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP) verified upon completion of online check in with Immigration Services. More information on VLP requirements can be found in the Immigration Services VLP FAQ and also on the Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions websites.

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