Step 1: Admissions

Thank you for your interest in becoming an international student at Georgia State University.


  • Apply for academic admission to the program of your choice.
  • International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is NOT involved in that process.
  • Be sure to apply by the posted deadlines for the semester you wish you begin study:
  • Fall (starts in August), Spring (starts in January) and Summer (starts in June).
 For Undergraduate  Programs (Bachelor’s Degrees):
For Graduate Programs (Masters or PhD Degrees):
  • Contact:  Graduate Programs 
  • Graduate Programs provides unique admissions requirements and deadlines on their websites.
For Exchange Program options:


  • After Academic Admission, the International Admissions Coordinator in ISSS will contact you to upload required financial and other information via an online system called iStart.”
  • After your immigration file is complete, form I-20 or DS-2019 will be processed and sent to you.
  • Then, you can apply for a Visa in your home country to enter the US.

If you are overseas and need assistance with the U.S. academic admissions process, please contact the nearest EducationUSA advising center. These helpful centers advise prospective international students and others on higher education options  in the United States.

*If you are not an International student:

If you are a Permanent Resident, kindly email the front and back of your green card (or relevant immigration documents) to Request that we review your documents to remove you from iStart and update your citizenship status accordingly.

  • If you have any other visa status and do not wish to change your status to F1 or J1, please complete the VOLP: Verification of Lawful Presence e-form, located under the 1: Admission tab in iStart.