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Thank you for your interest in studying at Georgia Tech!

Georgia Tech is one of the top research universities in the United States, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. If you are interested in becoming an exchange student here, please contact your university’s international office or send inquiries to: incomingexchange@oie.gatech.edu. Due to high demand, we are only able to admit exchange students from institutions that have an active exchange agreement with Georgia Tech.

Each semester exchange students arrive from all corners of the globe to study on our campus and we are proud of our strong commitment to student exchange. For detailed information about exchange study at Georgia Tech, we have created a brochure to introduce you to Georgia Tech and provide you with some insights into being a student on our campus.

Copies of the brochure are available in the international offices of our bilateral exchange partner universities and here in PDF format.

 

Undergraduate Exchange Application

Please Note: Students may only apply as a GT Exchange Student after being nominated by their home institution. Your study abroad advisor will nominate you by completing an online nomination form. After you are nominated, you will be sent a welcome email with the Online Non-Degree Application and additional instructions on completing the process.

Thank you for your interest in studying at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) as an undergraduate exchange student!  Please read the information below very carefully as there is a great deal of information to understand and many details to think about. Although your university has already selected you as a participant in this program, you must also apply and be admitted to Georgia Tech. You will be considered a “special non-degree student,” which is a category that means you will not be here to obtain a degree. 

You will find details on the documents necessary for admission listed below. Please be sure to submit everything that is required or your application may be delayed. There are several steps in the application process be sure to complete each step.

Application Availability:

Students who will begin at Georgia Tech during the Fall semester: February 1 - April 1
Students who will begin at Georgia Tech during the Spring semester: August 1 - October 1  

Sending Documents Electronically to the Office of Undergraduate Admission:

Transcripts:

Your university will submit your transcripts directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission to complete your GT application. Your university will receive instructions on how to do so. 

Official Transcripts: 1 copy in original language, 1 copy translated to English, if applicable.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores:

Request your scores be sent electronically from the testing agency [Institute Code for TOEFL score requests - 5248]

Note that a TOEFL/IELTS score is valid for 2 years

Language Requirement Exceptions:

  • Students from the following universities are exempt from the language requirement:
    • Australia: any university
    • Hong Kong: HKPU
    • Ireland: any university
    • New Zealand: VUW
    • Singapore: NUS, NTU, SMU
    • Turkey: Bogazici
    • UK: any university
    • UAE: American University in Dubai

​For questions, contact:

The Incoming Exchange Team

Kathleen Kirk, Assistant Director

Libby Davis, International Student and Scholar Advisor

Leyu Wondwossen, International Student and Scholar Coordinator

incomingexchange@oie.gatech.edu
+1 404-894-7475

Graduate Student Application

Thank you for your interest in studying at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) as a graduate exchange student!  Please read the information below very carefully as there is a great deal of information to understand and many details to think about. Although your university has already selected you as a participant in this program, you must also apply and be admitted to Georgia Tech. You will be considered a “special non-degree student,” which is a category that means you will not be here to obtain a degree. 

You will find details on the documents necessary for admission listed below. The application documents will be reviewed by your selected Academic Program Department and The Office of Graduate Admissions. Please be sure to submit everything that is required or your application may be delayed. There are several steps in the application process be sure to complete each step.

Please Note: Students may only apply for a GT Exchange space after being nominated by their home institution. Your study abroad advisor will nominate you by completing an online nomination form. After you are nominated, you will be sent a welcome email with complete instructions on how to proceed with the application.

Application availability:

  • Students who will begin at Georgia Tech during the Fall semester: December 1 - April 1
  • Students who will begin at Georgia Tech during the Spring semester: July 1 - October 1
    ** Students who submit applications later in the cycle could experience delay in an admissions decision. It is highly recommended that you submit the application as soon as possible after receiving the welcome email.

Step 1: Graduate Admissions Application Process:

Start by visiting the Georgia Tech's Graduate Admissions page. Please read the OIE welcome email carefully as it will provide information into how to complete key parts of the application.

Email incomingexchange@oie.gatech.edu after you have submitted and paid your application fee.

Testing Information

  • All Grad applicants are required to take either the GRE or GMAT test. Management/Business students will take the GMAT; all other students should take the GRE. Your score must be submitted to Georgia Tech directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institutional code for Georgia Tech is 5248.
  • Most Grad applicants are required to take the TOEFL. Follow this link to  Georgia Tech's TOEFL requirements page (including who must submit TOEFL scores).

You must send OIE a copy of the score report that you receive from ETS for each test. Please send this second copy along with your other original documents (see below, step 3)

References: You are required to submit 3 email addresses for references. They will be contacted to complete letters of recommendation.

Step 2:  Send Documents Electronically - Send the following documents electronically to Georgia Tech's Office of Graduate Admissions:

  •  Official Transcripts
    • 1 copy in original language, 1 copy translated to English (if applicable).
  •  Proof of undergraduate degree.
  • Architecture students must submit a portfolio
  • GRE/GMAT and TOEFL scores:
    • The academic department will provide the minimum score required for admission into that department. Note that TOEFL scores are only valid for 2 years (per ETS policy). Please refer to the Graduate Admissions TOEFL page for more information.

Housing for Exchange Students

Georgia Tech and the surrounding Atlanta neighborhoods offer a wide variety of housing options to suit most preferences. Many Exchange students want a more standard US college experience and therefore choose to live on-campus. Others want prefer a bit more freedom and ease of living among Atlantans rather than students 24/7. Whichever you think is best for you, please keep the following information in mind as you prepare to study at Georgia Tech.

On-Campus

Exchange students must be formally admitted to Georgia Tech before you can apply to live on campus. This means completing all of the requirements (all 3 steps) of the application process. If you think you want to live on campus, please complete your application as early as possible. On-campus housing does fill up, and we want every student who wants to live on campus to have that opportunity. Georgia Tech cannot guarantee on campus housing to all applicants.

  • Undergraduate Students: With the exception of the I-House (see below), Full Academic Year exchange students who would like to live on-campus can apply for on-campus housing via housing.gatech.edu after they have been admitted. On-Campus housing is not guaranteed. Students studying for only the Fall semester are not eligible for on-campus housing (other than iHouse).
  • Graduate Students: If you are studying at GT for either the full Academic Year or the Spring semester, go to the GT Housing website and register as soon as you are admitted. Everyone who registers will have to pay a housing deposit. Fall only grad students may only live off-campus.

Please be aware that on-campus housing is not guaranteed. Some students who wish to live on-campus may find that there is no space available.

I-House

The I-House is an international-themed dorm on campus that is about 50% exchange students and 50% current GT students who have recently returned from a study abroad experience. A Think Big program, the I-House offers a very diverse experience and opportunity to learn about many different cultures. The I-House is open to undergraduate exchange students, but spaces are not guaranteed to all applicants. The application process is significantly different for the I-House than for other dorms. There are 2 steps:

1. Go to the I-House Application page and follow the appropriate link. There are 2 different links: 1 for current GT students and 1 for exchange students.. This should be done as soon as you begin your application, but no later than the deadline on the site.

After the deadline passes, I-House spaces will be assigned. Those given spaces will be directed to make an application to GT Housing. Those not given spaces will be instructed of their other options.

2. If given a space, you will go to the GT Housing website and register for housing. This is the part that you can only do after admitted to Georgia Tech.

Off-Campus

Please click here for a few tips on finding off-campus housing.

Georgia Tech Exchange students must take least 50% of total courses in the major they select in their application. Beyond this minimum, you are free to take any courses you want at Georgia Tech that you want, as long as:

  • Your home institution approves it, and
  • You are academically prepared for that class (i.e. you have any pre-requisites).

This means, for example, that an Electrical Engineering student is free to take an Economics course. The only exception to this are courses in a different level of study. If you are admitted to GT as an undergraduate student, you must have specific permission to take graduate level courses.

When applying to GT, we ask that you visit OSCAR, GT’s Course Catalogue and look through to find courses that you are interested in taking. Courses for your term of study may not yet be listed, but look through previous terms to get an idea (the catalogue is subject to change). We recommend that you find 8-10 courses that you’d like to take at Georgia Tech; sometimes courses fill up and you won’t necessarily get your first choice.

Course Registration
International students beginning new GT programs (including exchange students) must complete International Student Check-in prior to registration. This means, you’ll have to arrive on campus and finalize check-in before you can enroll in courses. Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to attend FASET, as they will be able to register during their FASET day.

Please don’t worry too much about classes filling up. Most academic departments reserve spaces in their most popular classes for late in the registration process. If you want more information about a class before you arrive at GT, please email the academic department. You can look on the specific department’s website, or find an academic advisor at advising.gatech.edu.

We strongly encourage you to consult with academic advisors prior to arrival if you have questions about eligibility, pre-requisites or other academic matters. Please identify yourself as an incoming international exchange student (non-degree) to provide full context to the advisor that you’re speaking with.

Immunizations and Health Insurance

After you’re admitted, you will receive information about the immunizations that are required of all GT Students. The GT Health department manages the immunization requirements on campus. Please see their website, as there is an FAQ and an email address for questions. The immunization upload site occasionally goes down. If it does and prevents you from submitting your documents, please don’t worry. You will not face consequences if your immunizations are not submitted on time because of GT technical difficulties. The Office of International Education is not able to answer specific questions about the immunization requirements.

Insurance

J-1 students are required by US law to have adequate health insurance during their entire stay in the United States. You can find the requirements here. As a GT student, you will be automatically enrolled in the GT Student Blue insurance (and charged for it- see the Costs tab for amounts) once you register for your courses. GT insurance meets the minimum J-1 requirements.

 

If you already have insurance, you may request a waiver of the GT insurance. Please understand that this will be a request, and the Office of International Education does not have any influence over the decision. If you have equivalent or greater coverage, please bring an official summary of your benefits (in English) to campus with you.

  • To request the waiver, you’ll have to upload the summary of your benefits. You will still be charged (and expected to pay) for the GT insurance. If your waiver is approved, the GT insurance fee will be credited back to your account.

Costs associated with GT Exchange

Cost should be a factor when considering a Georgia Tech exchange, and it is important to understand what your expenses may be before you apply. There are many different types of exchange students and different costs associated with each. Please look at the following table to get an idea of what your expenses might look like if you study at Georgia Tech. These figures are estimates and subject to change without notice. If you are unsure what type of exchange student you would be (such as bilateral, fee paying, etc), please consult with your study abroad advisor.  The estimates below do not include the tuition and fees that some students will pay.

All students who apply will have to submit a Financial Verification form and bank statements to verify their ability to pay these estimated costs.

 

FeeAmountWho PaysAdditional Info
I-901 Fee$220All International students1 time. US gov't fee.
Visa Application Fee$160All International students1 time. US gov't fee.
Grad Application Fee$85All Graduate students1 time. 
FASET$115Undergraduates who register1 time. Faset Website.
Housing Early move in$75/nightAnyone who moves into housing early1 time. Early move-in dates vary.
Housing Application Fee$600Anyone who lives on-campus1 time. Part of total housing cost.
Think Big$200Anyone who lives in the I-HousePer semester. Think Big Website.
Health Insurance$1000All enrolled studentsPer semester. Estimate. Visit Health Insurance website for rates.
Housing$4,000All enrolled studentsPer semester. Estimate of on or off campus housing.
Food/Living Exp.$3,000All enrolled studentsPer semester. Estimate.
Books and Supplies$800All enrolled studentsPer semester. Estimate.

 

 

 

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