Applying to UGA
All students who are interested in being a student at the University of Georgia must apply through the undergraduate admissions or graduate admissions offices.
Our office seeks to serve as a liaison between the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) and international students at UGA. We offer immigration advice and counselling, and we expect that students will be responsible for taking an active role in maintaining legal student status while studying at UGA. Our immigration advisors provide students with multiple avenues for obtaining immigration-related information to assist students in maintaining legal student status.
Our assistance includes an international student handbook provided at orientation, weekly e-mail reminders, easily accessible educational handouts, walk-in advising hours and individual appointment times to meet with an advisor, in addition to the information available on this web site.
Please see the information provided below regarding the different types of international student programs available at UGA. I. Degree-seeking Students
II. Non-Degree-seeking Students
III. English Language Summer School Students
IV. Transferring From Another U.S. Institution
V. Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP)
VI. Helpful Links click here for a list of UGA exchange agreements. You will need to apply for and receive a J-1 Non-degree category visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You will first, however, need to apply to our offices for the required paperwork - called a "DS-2019 form". If you have been admitted to UGA as a non-degree exchange student, then you may request a DS-2019 form. Please click here to do so. IEP website for application and admission and information. (www.iep.uga.edu) Transfer-In Info Sheet for more information on the "Transfer-in" process. VLP FAQ and also on the Admissions website. (https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/vlp-info.html)