There are two distinct groups of international students that include students abroad who are interested in traveling to the U.S. on an F-1 student visa (including students who are already in the U.S. on an F-1 student visa currently studying at another U.S. school) and students in the U.S. who currently hold some other type of immigration status.
“I came to Georgia Highlands College from Peru to study nursing. The nursing program here at GHC has provided me with a challenging experience. As an international student, I have appreciated the support I got from faculty and I feel that I have a good start with my career in nursing” – Mariella Trauerzo
F-1 Student Visa Category:
In order to qualify for and obtain an I-20 (certificate of eligibility for international visitors pursuing an academic degree from a U.S. college or university) you must meet the academic criteria for admissibility as well as provide proof that funding is available to cover your living and educational expenses for the duration of your enrollment at Georgia Highlands College. Once admitted, you must follow the rules and regulations required by the USCIS Customs and Immigration Services in order to maintain your F-1 student visa status.
Required F-1 International Student Forms:
All Other International Students:
You must meet the academic criteria for admissibility and provide proof of current immigration status. If you do not have valid immigration documents, please contact the international student advisor in the Georgia Highlands College Admissions Office on the Floyd campus.
Required Other International Student Forms:
GHC Requirements for Other International Students
Academic Criteria for Admissibility:
Academic admissibility is based on your previous academic performance during high school and/or completion of college coursework, exemption of learning support requirements (http://www2.highlands.edu/site/admissions#alert) as well as providing proof of English language proficiency (*if applicable).
Accredited U.S. High School Graduate:
It is the applicant’s responsibility to request an official, original transcript is to be mailed (or sent electronically through GACollege411.org) directly to Georgia Highlands College Office of Admissions and Registrar. The following admissions requirements are for any student that attended an accredited U.S. high school or a student that has already graduated from an accredited high school:
2.0 GPA as Calculated by GHC within your core curriculum coursework
Passed all high school graduation exams (or equivalent EOCT testing)
International High School Graduate:
If high school is located outside of the U.S., you must submit an official evaluation from a recognized professional credential evaluation agency (see web link below for a list of recognized evaluation agencies). It is the applicant’s responsibility to request an official, original transcript evaluation to be mailed directly to Georgia Highlands College Office of Admissions and Registrar.
Non-Accredited High School Graduates:
Applicants who have completed a high school program that is not accredited by a regional accrediting association (such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) or the Georgia Accrediting Commission or from a high school regulated by a public school system and state department of education are required to meet alternative requirements for admission to Georgia Highlands College. If you fall under this category, please visit the GHC Admissions website to review admissions requirements for Home Schooled and Non-Accredited High School Students.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to request an official, original transcript to be mailed directly to Georgia Highlands College Office of Admissions and Registrar.
Students who transfer under 30 semester credit hours must meet freshman/non-traditional freshman academic criteria for admissibility and be eligible to return to their previous institution.
Students who transfer over 30 semester credit hours must be eligible to return to their previous institution.
Students dismissed from their current institution must sit out the allotted time (one semester for first dismissal, one year for second dismissal, and five years for third dismissal).
Transfer Students from International College/University:
It is the applicant’s responsibility to request an official, original transcript evaluation to be mailed directly to Georgia Highlands College Office of Admissions and Registrar.
If college, university or technical school is located outside of the U.S., you must submit an official evaluation from a one of the recognized professional credential evaluation agencies listed below.
World Education Services
Global Credential Evaluators
Proof of English Language Proficiency:
For applicants whose first language is not English and applicants whose language of instruction throughout secondary school was not English, proof of English language proficiency is required.
NOTE: TOEFL / IELTS may be waived using qualifying SAT or ACT scores, English 1101 or 1102 transfer credit, 4 units of college prep English earned at an accredited U.S. high school or qualifying placement testing scores.
TOEFL (ets.org/toefl): Internet Based (iBT) 80
IELTS (ielts.org/en-us): 6.5
SAT (collegeboard.com): Critical Reading Score 430 (OLD prior to March 2016); Reading Test Score 24 (NEW March 2016 to present);
ACT (act.org): English Score 17
Exemption of Learning Support:
Applicants must prove exemption of learning support coursework or meet institutional placement testing standards in effect at the time of application. If not submitting SAT or ACT scores, students may sign up for placement testing through the “Check Admissions Status” link located on the Georgia Highlands College website at www.highlands.edu.
Steps to Enrollment
Step 1 Complete an admissions application and pay the $30 application fee
- Complete an admissions application and pay the $30 application processing fee
- Have official college, technical school or university transcripts sent directly to GHC from all schools you previously attended whether you are seeking college credit or not for these courses (*an official evaluation from an evaluation agency approved by GHC is required for international education credentials)
- Have official high school transcript sent directly to GHC if you will have less than 30 hours of transferable college coursework (*an official evaluation from an evaluation agency approved by GHC is required for international education credentials)
- Prove English Language Proficiency by submitting official TOEFL or SAT or ACT or IELTS scores or English 1101 or 1102 transfer coursework (if applicable)
- Financial Documentation (required for all students seeking an I-20 for an F1 student visa)
- I-134 Affidavit of Support (To Be Completed by Sponsor, Affirmed Under Oath & Notarized) https://www.uscis.gov/i-134
- Original/Official financial (bank) documentation from Sponsor to support I-134
- Must be written in English or have a certified English translation attached
- Dated no more than six months prior to the first day of the semester you plan to attend
- Clearly state the account balance in United States Dollars
- Provide the following information: Date account opened and total amount deposited for the past year
- Applicants who seek to be classified as in-state for tuition purposes, are required to provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the State of Georgia and the United States. Below is a list of acceptable documentation to prove lawful presence in Georgia:
- A current U.S. Passport (cannot be expired)
- Copy of current I-20 issued by a US college / university (cannot be out-of-status with USCIS)
- Permanent Resident Alien Card (cannot be expired)
- Monitor the Check Admissions Status link often for updates to your application
- Register to take the placement exam through the Check Admissions Status link (if required)
- Register to attend orientation through the Check Admissions Status link (at orientation you will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes)
NOTE: A certification of immunization signed by a licensed healthcare provider is required for continued registration (after student’s first semester of attendance) at GHC.