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Newly Admitted Students

Congratulations! You have been accepted to Georgia Southern University! Here are the next steps to work on before you join us here on campus:

1. REQUEST an I-20 and get a VISA

An I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) is the immigration document you will need to apply for an F-1 visa. You must be officially accepted and submit the required documentation for the I-20 Request in the ISSS Portal before we can issue you an I-20. Note: You may begin this process as soon as you apply. 

● Students who are transferring their F-1 visa status from another U.S. institution need to submit a SEVIS Transfer In Request Form to their current school in order to have their SEVIS record transferred to Georgia Southern. The form should be uploaded to the I-20 Request form in the ISSS portal.

Click below to find out the Fall 2020 options for new students!

NEW: Undergraduate international student options for COVID-19

Your options are as follows:

  1. Enroll in face-to-face classes for Fall 2020.  If you select this option, you must
  • Show proof of a valid F-1 entry visa (or visa appointment) and international flight reservation by Friday, July 24.
  • Immediately self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival into the U.S.  We recommend you arrive into the U.S. no later than Friday, July 31 so your 14-day period of self-isolation will end by the first day of classes on Monday, August 17.
  • Have a plan on where and how you will self-isolate.  We recommend you self-isolate with a relative or friend in the U.S., who can assist you with tasks such as grocery shopping.

If you are unable to meet these conditions, you will not be allowed to enroll in face-to-face classes for the Fall 2020 term and must either defer admission to Spring 2021 or enroll in online classes for Fall 2020.

  1. Defer your admission to Spring 2021 (January).  If you select this option, you must
  • Complete the term update form.
  • Submit an I-20 Deferral Request for a new Spring I-20.
  • Apply for a F1 visa appointment once consulates reopen.
  • Fall 2020 scholarships, housing applications (though not specific room assignments) and SOAR registrations will all be deferred to Spring 2021 for you.
  1. Remain outside of the U.S. and enroll in Georgia Southern online classes for Fall 2020.
  • The availability of online classes is limited.
  • There is not a guarantee that if you begin online classes you will be granted a F1 visa to resume in-person classes for Spring 2021.  Georgia Southern is accredited and classes should transfer to other institutions, if needed.
  • Once you select this option, an academic advisor will reach out to you to help you schedule online courses.

Please let us know which option you choose by completing the International Undergraduate Student Enrollment Form

NEW: Graduate international student options for COVID-19

Your options are as follows:

  1. Enroll in face-to-face classes for Fall 2020.  If you select this option, you must
  • Show proof of a valid F-1 entry visa (or visa appointment) and international flight reservation by Friday, July 24.
  • Immediately self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival into the U.S.  We recommend you arrive into the U.S. no later than Friday, July 31 so your 14-day period of self-isolation will end by the first day of classes on Monday, August 17.
  • Have a plan on where and how you will self-isolate.  We recommend you self-isolate with a relative or friend in the U.S., who can assist you with tasks such as grocery shopping.

If you are  unable to meet these conditions, you will not be allowed to enroll in face-to-face classes for the Fall 2020 term.

  1. Update your admission application to a future term.  If you select this option, you must:
  • Complete the following form and communicate with your academic program and the College of Graduate Studies about future options.
  • Submit an I-20 Deferral Request for the future term.
  • Contact your supervisor immediately if you have a graduate assistantship.
  • Apply for a F1 visa appointment once consulates reopen.

Please let us know which option you choose by completing the International Graduate Student Enrollment Form

PAY I-901 FEE 

You must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee at least 3 days prior to your visa appointment. Note: If you are already in the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 visa status or you have paid this fee within the last 12 months and were denied a visa, you do not have to pay this fee again. You will only need to present the receipt for your previous payment.

APPLY for VISA 

Consult the U.S. Department of State’s website for a list of U.S. embassies and consulates and for information on what you will need for your visa appointment. Study in the States is also a great resource for helping to understand the VISA process.

2. APPLY for HOUSING 

Freshmen must live on-campus. All other students may choose to live on-campus or off-campus. On-campus housing is limited to single students.

3. SUBMIT COMPLETED CERTIFICATE of IMMUNIZATION 

The Certificate of Immunization is available on the Georgia Southern University Health Services website and a copy is mailed with your I-20. Once you register for classes and have access to your My.GeorgiaSouthern account, you may upload this form and complete the two additional forms (the Medical History and the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire) using the Eagle Health Center Online.

4. SIGN UP for INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION (SOAR)

At SOAR you’ll meet with your academic advisor, register for classes, discover campus resources and student life opportunities, and get settled into your new life in the United States. Students will join domestic SOAR with specific international break-out sessions.

● Undergraduate orientation will be held at the following dates: 

○ Armstrong: August 14, 2020; you may register online

○ Statesboro: August 14, 2020; you may register online.

  • Graduate orientation dates are TBD

5. MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS 

Savannah/Hilton Head International is the closest airport to campus. Contact the Office of International Student Admissions and Programs at international@georgiasouthern.edu for information on transportation from the airport. A taxi may cost up to $100 to the Statesboro campus and up to $40 to the Savannah campus, but an Uber or Lyft may be more affordable. 

● Undergraduate students should plan on arriving to campus on August 12-13.

6. PREPARE to PAY TUITION & FEES 

All of your tuition and fees fro the first semester must be paid by the first day of classes. To estimate your bill, and learn about payment options, see the Student Accounts section of the Bursar’s Office website

Last updated: 8/20/2020