Georgia Institute of Technology
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Office of International Education
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.
Georgia Tech's campus occupies 400 acres in the heart of the city of Atlanta, where more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive a focused, technologically based education.
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Institute offers many nationally recognized, top-ranked programs. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in the Colleges of Architecture, Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Management, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Georgia Tech is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report's top ten public universities in the United States.
TERMS OF EXCHANGE
- Undergraduate Students: Accepted
- Graduate Students: NOT Accepted
- Computer Science Majors: Accepted
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Georgia Institute of Technology will not be accepting inbound Global E3 exchange students for Spring 2017.
TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students.
Minimum TOEFL scores:
- Paper-based - 600
- Computer-based - 250
- Internet-based - 95
Minimum IELTS score: 7
- Aerospace Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
- Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Industrial & Systems Engineering
- Materials Science & Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Additional application materials
Completed undergraduate exchange student application packet, including:
- J-1 Student Information Sheet
- Application for Undergraduate Admission
- Non-Degree Applicant Permission Form
- Official and original transcripts in original language for all university-level study. (Transcripts must indicate all courses taken since high school and the grades you earned. Official and original transcripts translated into English for all university-level study.)
- Financial Statement Form (Proof of financial resources (in English) totaling at least US $7,800 per semester.)
- Please request current application packet.
When will students receive their acceptance package?
Generally, 4 to 6 weeks from application received date.
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
- Fall: mid-August to mid-December
- Spring: early-January to early May
Course descriptions | Schedule of classes
More detailed course information is available on the websites of the academic units (e.g. Electrical and Computer Engineering course outlines)
Workload per semester
The maximum number of credit hours for which an undergraduate student may register in fall or spring semester is 21 semester hours. Students register for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Typical registration per semester is 12-15 credit hours
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
Yes. However, on-campus housing is more difficult to find for students studying for the fall semester only. Many fall semester only students decide to live off-campus because of housing availability. Spring semester students have an easier time finding on-campus housing.
The International House, or Ihouse is available to exchange students of any semester/AY to apply. Application deadline is usually before GT Exchange application deadline. The application can be found on the Ihouse website.
When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?
Generally, the weekend before classes starts. However, for a small per night fee, students can move in up to a week early. Students attending FASET (new student orientation) can move in early without the fee. For more information about on-campus housing, please visit our website.
To obtain a J-1 visa you will need a DS-2019 (CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY FOR EXCHANGE VISITORS J-1 STATUS). The DS-2019 will be mailed to you with your acceptance letter. This document certifies your eligibility to obtain a J-1 visa to study at Georgia Tech as an exchange student. Before you go to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for a visa, you should pay the SEVIS fee on-line with a credit card. You will need the SEVIS ID number in the top right corner of your DS-2019 (N00********) and your passport to pay the fee. When you have paid the fee, print out the receipt so you can take it with you to the consulate. You must pay the fee at least three days before your visa interview. The SEVIS fee is a non-refundable application fee, meaning you must pay it before you can apply for the visa, but if you are denied a visa you will not receive the SEVIS fee back. If you are denied a visa, you do not have to pay the fee if you apply for a J-1 visa again in the next 12 months from when you paid the fee. Students who do not need a visa, for example, Canadians, should pay the fee 3 days before arriving at the port-of-entry. They should take the receipt of payment with them.
To apply for a U.S. visa, go to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate and take with you the DS-2019 form, the letter of admission, a bank statement and other evidence of financial support for your time at Georgia Tech, and any other documents that the visa application requires. The U.S. consul must be convinced that you have adequate financial resources to support your stay in the United States and that you do not intend to become a U.S. immigrant. The intent to remain a non-immigrant is usually established by demonstrating that you have significant ties to your home country that would enhance the chances of your returning. When the U.S. consul is satisfied with your application, you will receive a visa, stamped in your passport. Please note that the Office of International Education and Georgia Tech have little or no influence on the visa-issuing decision at the U.S. embassy/consulate. If you are denied a visa, however, please tell us and we will do whatever we can to assist.
When you arrive at the port-of-entry in the United States, the immigration officer will give you an electronic I-94 (Arrival Record) and will stamp your passport. The I-94 and the DS-2019 are very important documents because they establish your legitimacy in the United States as a non-immigrant student. After entry into the US, the I-94 can be accessed at cbp.gov/I94. It is advisable to print out the I-94 and keep with DS-2019 and passport in a safe place.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
Health insurance is required for J-1 visa holders. The Georgia Tech mandatory health insurance policy is provided by a company called Blue Cross/Blue Shield that meets the J-1 health insurance requirements. As a J-1 visa holder, you will automatically be billed for this health insurance plan on your Georgia Tech student account. This health insurance plan covers you while you are in the United States. If you already have insurance that meets the mandatory requirements, you may complete the online waiver request directly with the insurance company. For example, if your home country provides health insurance coverage you will be able to waive the Georgia Tech provided health insurance with proof of your home country insurance that meets the requirements.
Please check the Blue Cross/Blue Shield website for plan information and waiver applications.
When should I arrive?
We recommend arriving some time during the week prior to the start of classes so you have a few days to take care of matters before starting classes. If you are attending new student orientation, which is called FASET (see below), you will certainly want to arrive for that event. OIE will also sponsor a new exchange student orientation during the week prior to classes as well. The latest you can arrive is the Tuesday of the first week of classes but we recommend that you not wait so late to arrive and instead come before classes begin.
When you have settled into your housing, on or off campus, your next stop must be the Office of International Education (OIE) – Savant Building, 631 Cherry Street, Suite 211. It is very important that you complete International Student Check-in. Much of this can be completed before leaving your country, but must be finished by meeting with an International Student Advisor. The staff will tell you what you need to do during your first week at Georgia Tech. You will not be able to register until you complete the check in procedure with OIE.
The Office of International Education sponsors a MANDATORY orientation program for all international students. A detailed schedule of the orientation program will be provided to you once you check-in with the Office of International Education. This orientation will provide information on immigration regulations, campus resources, and cross-cultural adjustment issues. An additional special orientation meeting for all new exchange students will be held. Date, time and location will be provided in your acceptance packet.
We also recommend you attend the Exchange FASET (Familiarization and Adaptation to the Surroundings and Environs of Tech) orientation program, which is designed specifically for undergraduate students so that you can receive academic advising and go through registration. You will have opportunities to become better acquainted with the academic environment at Tech, the support services available, the rich traditions and the campus itself. In addition, you'll meet other new Tech students, campus student leaders, faculty, and administrators. FASET is held on several dates but exchange students must attend the FASET for Exchange Students which is generally held the week prior to the start of classes. Information on exact dates, schedule, cost, and registration instructions is available on-line at the FASET website.
Is airport reception available?
No, unfortunately, OIE is not able to meet you at the airport but it is easy to take public transportation or a taxi to campus for minimal cost. Atlanta has one main airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, located about 15 miles from campus. It is the busiest and one of the largest airports in the country, with flights leaving to all destinations in the United States and throughout the world. Georgia Tech's campus is accessible by MARTA, Atlanta's public transportation system. Rides are $2.50 each way, and buses and trains run from early morning until late at night. The trains stop throughout the city, with two stops convenient to the Georgia Institute of Technology campus (North Avenue and Midtown). For more information on MARTA, please visit the MARTA website.
Is there any bank on campus?
There are ATMs on campus and there are several banks within walking distance from campus. (Wachovia, Bank of America, Sun Trust)
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
Cost of attendance
Living Expenses: Food/meals + Housing: $6,249
Misc. Fees/Health Insurance: $1,338
Local transportation: Parking and MARTA
Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery): See "Costs of Attendance"
Personal expenses See "Costs of Attendance"
Other administrative fees See "Costs of Attendance"
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Office of International Education
Incoming Exchange Advisors:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Office of International Education
631 Cherry Street, Savant Building
Atlanta , GA 30332-0284 USA
The Georgia Institute of Technology is in Atlanta, Georgia, in the southeastern United States. It is the capital of the state of Georgia, site of the 1996 Olympic games, and one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Atlanta is a city of neighborhoods, with a wonderful mix of rich heritage and contemporary international urban excitement. The metropolitan area is home to approximately 5.5 million people.
Georgia Tech is located in "Midtown" Atlanta. From theaters to art centers, Midtown is the heart of the arts. Known for its vibrant and diverse residents, energetic business district and the city's largest green space -- Piedmont Park, Midtown offers an eclectic blend of shopping, dining, culture, and nightlife. From its mild climate, ensuring year-round outdoor activities to its hundreds of restaurants, dance clubs, sports clubs, and cultural activities to the many professional sports teams, Atlanta's students rarely lack inspiration for leisure activities. In addition, nearby lakes, mountains, and beaches offer water sports, camping, rock climbing, and snow skiing.
Atlanta has four distinct seasons, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy a range of comfortable climates. During the fall and spring, Atlanta is quite comfortable with temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21-26 Celsius). Summers can be quite hot and humid, and winters are normally mild with a few colder spells. The annual rainfall is only about 48 inches (122cm). You should bring clothing suitable for both hot and cold temperatures, although extreme cold weather is very rare. Student dress on campus is quite casual and entirely according to your personal taste.