International Students

Students from about 32 countries around the world presently study at Gordon State College.

If you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident, then you are considered an international student. 

If English is your native language, you are required to complete the SAT or ACT, and submit official high school transcripts.

Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum TOEFL scores:
    • 525 paper
    • 197 CBT or
    • 71 IBT
  • Or Minimum SAT I scores:
    • 430 Verbal
    • 430 Math
  • Minimum ACT scores:
    • 17 English
    • 18 Math

Required Documents

  1. Completed application(below), and $30 fee
  2. Immunization form signed by a physician or health official. The form must show proof of two doses of the MMR vaccination.

    Download Immunization Form
  3. Official copy of document showing that the applicant has attained an education level equivalent to a United States high school diploma.
  4. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended in the United States and other countries.
  5. Official TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) scores if English is not the applicant’s native language. If you have graduated from a US High School, the TOEFL will not be required.
  6. If you are not a US citizen or Resident Alien, an official, certified financial statement of responsibility must be provided.  This statement must document that the applicant has sufficient funds ($24,000 US dollars minimum) to cover all expenses involved in attending Gordon State College for one (1) academic year (2 semesters) of study; traveling to and from the United States; and living away from the college when the campus residence halls are closed for holidays.
  7. IMPORTANT: The applicant must provide all necessary documentation of current status with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (BCIS). This documentation includes, but is not limited to:
    • Copy of VISA
    • Resident Alien Registration or Permanent Resident Card (front and back)
    • Passport
    • Copy of current I-20 form (if transferring from US college/university).

Online Application

Upon request, the applicant may be asked to provide additional documentation.

IMPORTANT: All documents must be provided in English language translation.

Accepted applicants will be issued the I-20 form for entry into the United States. Prior to registration for classes, international applicants may be required to take the Accuplacer.  The Accuplacer exam results are used for determining the applicant's entry level into the college and are used in advisement.

Additional Information

The International Financial Documentation form is available for downloading below. The form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. Instructions for downloading and installing the Adobe Reader are available on the Adobe web site.

Download the International Financial Documentation Form

Semester cost structure for international students:

Tuition and Fees $12,422
Living Expenses $6,770
Other $4,808
Total $24,000

Important Notice

International students have been mandated by the Board of Regents to pay for mandatory student health insurance. These fees are charged to students automatically when the fee assessment process is finished. A waiver request can be completed if you have personal insurance and can provide documentation supporting this. To request a waiver, please contact the Bursar’s office.

In general, Fall semester usually begins around the third week of August, and Spring semester usually begins around the first week in January. Residence hall fees and mandatory meal plan may increase. 

Student Health Insurance

The University System of Georgia has partnered with United Healthcare to offer health insurance to all USG students. There are two types of plans, mandatory and voluntary. Some international students fall under the mandatory plan and must be insured.

2017-2018 Mandatory Insurance Rates:

Annual Premium Fall Premium Spring/Summer Premium
$2,258 $947 $1,311

The waiver and enrollment forms are available at

Voluntary Insurance

The Voluntary rates are different from the mandatory rates above. For more information regarding the Voluntary insurance and its rates, please visit