International Applicants

 

International applicants may be considered for admission to GHC as a traditional or non-traditional freshman, as a transfer or post-baccalaureate, as a transient (guest) student, or in a separate category under procedures established by the University System of Georgia.

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:

GHC Requirements for F-1 Students (Checklist)
GHC International Student Data Intake Form
GHC Transfer Clearance Form
I-134 Affidavit of Support

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 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.
  • International Education Credential Evaluators:

    • Georgia Highlands College accepts evaluations from all accredited NACES members.
      • For a full list of approved NACES evaluators,  click  HERE.
  • 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. GHC also facilitates the Accuplacer test for placement for a price of $30 to satisfy English Proficiency . Please email testing@highlands.edu to schedule an Accuplacer. 
    • 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
    • EIKEN: Pre-1
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 77
    • Cambridge English Scale Score: 177
    • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE:  “D” or better (“O” Level “English” exams)
    • UK GCSE “English” Exam: “C” or better
    • UK GCE A-Level “English” Exam: “C” or better
    • EdExcel International A-Levela and IGCSE English Exams: “D” or better
    • Pearson (PTE) Academic: 58
  • 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.

 

 

Important Links:

Traditional Admissions Deadlines

Traditional Admissions Deadlines
Semester Preferred Application
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Final Admissions
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Admissions Document
Received Deadline
Registration
Begins
Classes Begin
Summer 2021 March 1, 2021 May 15, 2021 May 21, 2021 March 8, 2021 May Session:
May 17, 2021
June Session:
June 7, 2021
Full Session:
June 7, 2021
July Session:
July 1, 2021
Fall 2021 Full Session:
April 1, 2021
Full Session:
July 15, 2021
Full Session:
August 14, 2021
Full and Late
Start Sessions:

April 12, 2021
Full Session:
August 14, 2021
Spring 2022 Full Session:
November 1, 2021
Full Session:
December 15, 2021
Full Session:
December 17, 2021
November 1, 2021 Full Session:
January 8, 2022