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International Students & Scholars


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Campus Information: Statesboro And Armstrong

Prospective Students

Applying to Georgia Southern

Expenses and Tuition


Prospective Student FAQs




Admitted Students

Accepted International Student Checklist

How to Apply for an I-20/DS-2019

Orientation and Housing

Immunizations and Health Insurance


Making Payments


Current Students

Immigration Regulations

Academic Issues


Taking a Leave of Absence

Reduced Course Load Request (See 3rd Paragraph)


Immigration Regulations

How to Apply for an I-20/DS-2019

VISA Appointments

Travel and Visas


Staying in Status

Social Security Number/ITIN/Drivers License

Employment, OPT, CPT

Exchange Students

English Language Program Students

Visiting Scholars


Welcome to Georgia Southern University!

No matter where you are joining us from, at Georgia Southern University you’ll find a world of opportunity to explore. Whether you’ll be furthering your education as a transfer student or an exchange student, coming to Georgia Southern as a first-time freshman, or joining us as a visiting scholar, the Office of International Programs and Services can assist you from start to finish with the steps and processes necessary to enter the United States and arrive at Georgia Southern prepared to engage with our academic programs.

The Office of International Programs and Services currently assists students and scholars from nearly 100 countries – from Albania to Zimbabwe – who call Georgia Southern University their home.  We can help you learn more about the University, the visa process and preparing to arrive, and making the cultural transition for living and learning in the U.S.  Our staff are here to answer your questions and provide you with the support you need prior to and during your stay at Georgia Southern.

For quick reference, download our International Student Guide or use our International Student Glossary.

Have more questions?  Can’t find what you are looking for?  Contact Us!

Tanya Brakhage, Immigration Specialist – Statesboro Campus
(Adviser for F-1 students)

Dr. Dorothee Mertz-Weigel, Director
(J-1 Exchange students)

Sara Nobles, International Student Coordinator, Armstrong Campus
(Adviser for Armstrong students)

Last updated: 12/4/2018