J-1 Exchange Students

Information for Prospective J-1 Exchange Students

Georgia State University welcomes J-1 exchange students from our international partner institutions. To be eligible to attend Georgia State University, your home university must hold an active exchange agreement with Georgia State.

Interested students should contact their home university exchange coordinator for additional information.

At Georgia State, most exchange programs are sponsored by a specific college or unit within Georgia State. Please contact the program coordinator for your sponsoring college or unit below:

 GSU College or School  Contact
 Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Dr. Bauyrzhan Yedgenov


 College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Ericson “Eric” Friginal


 College of Education & Human Development TBD
College of Law

Ms. Leila Lawlor


University Wide (HKBU)

Robinson College of Business

Study Abroad Programs Office


How to Apply:

First, all incoming exchange applicants must be nominated by their home university. Next, incoming exchange students will submit application documents to the Program Coordinator within their sponsoring college or school (listed above). Once admitted, students will receive an automatic email from ISSS with instructions on how to request a DS-2019 form in iStart.

After the request form and the whole process has been completed, ISSS will return the documents to the Program Coordinator and prepare for shipment.

Enrollment requirements include:

  • J-1 Exchange Student Application Form
  • Proof of financial support while attending
  • Copy of valid passport information pages
  • Academic transcript
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Certification of immunization


Students are responsible for all costs including housing, meals, international & local transportation, health insurance and other personal expenses.

  • Tuition and fees depend upon the international exchange agreement with the student’s home institution. J 1 Estimated Expenses 2021-2022
  • Health insurance is mandatory throughout the duration of their exchange program in the U.S. Exchanges students will be automatically enrolled and charged for the insurance plan offered by GSU, unless proof of alternate insurance coverage that meets minimum requirements of their J-1 visa status is provided by the exchange student in advance. Click here for more information.

J-1 Visa Information for Exchange Students: 

After acceptance, incoming exchange students must successfully obtain a J-1 visa at a US Embassy or Consulate in their home country. Georgia State University will provide the following documentation to accepted students for that purpose:

  1. Letter of admission to GSU
  2. Certificate of Eligibility (For DS-2019 )