International Students

1. Transcript Translation:
Applicants who completed their baccalaureate degree outside of the United States are subject to additional application requirements. International credentials must be equivalent to a U.S. four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. We understand that in some countries, because of a natural disaster or political strife, it is difficult to get an original transcript. International applicants who do not have access to their transcripts are invited to submit a petition to the Dean of the College of Education & Human Development to consider other possible arrangements.

How degree equivalency is evaluated will differ depending on the program to which you apply.

Applicants for graduate programs other than educator certification may either submit an evaluation from one of the agencies listed below, or have their credentials evaluated by Georgia State University’s Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs. If that office cannot clearly determine equivalency, a professional evaluation for degree equivalency will be requested by email.

Submit your documents well in advance of the deadline to allow time for evaluation.

  • Academic credentials (or transcripts) should be issued in English by the institution and include course listings with grades, degree certification and the institution’s official seal/signature. If the institution does not provide an English translation, a copy of a certified English translation should be included with transcripts.
  • If available, the grading scale and student’s GPA (grade point average) should be noted on the official credentials.
  • Notarized copies are acceptable or you may bring your credentials to the Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs to be copied.

Applicants for programs that provide initial educator certification must have their official transcripts translated and evaluated course-by-course with GPA (grade point average) calculation by one of the outside agencies listed below:

2. TOEFL or IELTS:
The minimum score requirement for TOEFL is 79 (computer based). The minimum score requirement for the IELTS is 6.5. 
Photocopies of the official score report for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted by international applicants whose native language is other than English in order for admission to be considered. TOEFL scores may not be more than two years old. If your test date does not meet this criterion, you must retake the TOEFL and submit current scores before your application will be considered. Exception: the TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have received an accredited bachelor’s degree or a higher degree from a U.S. institution or from applicants whose mother tongue is English. The correct Educational Testing Service institution code number is 5251. The TOEFL became a computer-based test in many parts of the world in July 1998; an essay-writing score is now a standard part of the test.

Permanent residents of the U.S. whose native language is not English or who do not hold an American degree must also submit TOEFL scores to be considered for a GRA or GTA. Official scores must be sent to the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions from Educational Testing Service by the deadline for completed files for the desired semester of entry. Applicants’ copies will not be sufficient if official scores are not available by the deadline. The Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions does not have a separate department code for TOEFL scores — have your TOEFL scores reported to institution code 5251.

3. Georgia State University Financial Statement:
Admission cannot be granted to an international applicant who will need an immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019), regardless of academic credentials, until the Georgia State University Financial Statement and supporting documents have been submitted and approved showing that the minimum financial requirements have been met. All supporting documents must be originals, not faxes or photocopies.

4. Other Documents:
When associated documents submitted are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by official translations. These translations must be original and should be made by the American Embassy, the home country embassy or an appropriate government official.

5. Allow for enough time:
International applicants should be aware that collecting the documents to support applications may take additional time. Allow yourself sufficient lead-time when submitting the Georgia State University Financial Affidavit and supporting documentation about financial resources. Be sure to visit Georgia State University’s International Student and Scholar Services page for comprehensive assistance and support for international students.

Instructions for Exchange Students

International students engaged in a formal exchange program between their home institution and Georgia State University comprise a special relationship in the College of Education & Human Development. Please contact the College of Education & Human Development’s Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions for specifics of applying to Georgia State.

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