Georgia Southern University, one of the nation's top five most popular universities (U.S. News & World Report), is a traditional, residential university with nearly 20,000 students. Founded a century ago, Georgia Southern is rich in tradition and renowned for offering internationally competitive degree programs on a serene, safe and beautiful campus.
Georgia Southern University, one of the nation's top ten most popular universities (U.S. News & World Report), is a traditional, residential university with nearly 21,000 students. Founded a century ago, Georgia Southern is rich in tradition and renowned for offering internationally competitive degree programs on a serene, safe and beautiful campus. With over 100 majors to choose from, Georgia Southern is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best National Universities. Georgia Southern, located in the friendly and small town of Statesboro, is about one hour from Savannah and Tybee Island beach, three hours from Atlanta and two hours from Florida.
- Enrolls around 21,000 students
- Over 100 countries and 49 U.S. states
- Men and women are about equally represented
- Minority student population of around 30%
ESL Program and/or Support Services
The English Language Program (ELP) at Georgia Southern University provides top quality ESL classes within a student centered learning environment. The ELP is dedicated to helping students improve their English language skills while experiencing life in the United States. Georgia Southern also provides conditional admission for students who seek university admission but require additional ESL classes through our English Language Program.
The Office of International Student Programs and Services serves the needs of Georgia Southern’s international student population. The professional staff of this office ensures international students are supported, providing visa assistance, orientation services, and coordinates many fun programs that foster cross-cultural understanding and exchange.
Student Housing Options
Georgia Southern has a number of on-campus housing options for students, ranging from traditional style to apartment style. The typical student living on-campus has a private bedroom and shares a bathroom with one other student. International students usually opt to live in the International Living/Learning Community of Centennial Place. Centennial Place is the newest residence hall at Georgia Southern and is located in the center of campus.
Students who wish to live off-campus have a number of options available, with many apartment complexes located within walking distance of the campus.
Admission Requirements for First Year and Transfer Students
Georgia Southern requires SAT and/or TOEFL scores for first year applicants. Transfer students should submit TOEFL scores. Conditional admission can be awarded to students who meet all admission requirements except for English proficiency.
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International Student Visas Issued
F1 and J1
Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance
International students come to Georgia Southern University for a variety of reasons, but most often because of our reputation for academic excellence coupled with a very affordable price. In fact, Georgia Southern is recognized by Kiplinger as one of the Top 100 Best Values among U.S. Public Colleges and Universities.
Costs (2016 – 17) – Annual Estimate
- Tuition and Fees - $17,690
- Room and Board - $10,290
- Health Insurance - $2,126
- Personal Expenses (books, transportation) - $4,379
- Total - $34,485
Georgia Southern offers need based and merit based scholarships to international students each year. The need based International Diversity Scholarship is valued at around $10,000 per year.
Student Activities and Campus Life
International students enjoy life at Georgia Southern! An active International Student Club sponsors weekly activities designed just for international students. In addition, there are over 200 other student organizations to join, ranging from cultural groups, political organizations, academic societies, religious groups, volunteer services, and fraternities and sororities.
Nationally ranked sports programs, including a national championship American football team, and a recently renovated award-winning Recreation Activities Center are enjoyed by all students. Whether you enjoy sports, music, art, service projects or just relaxing with friends at nearby beaches, you will find many exciting activities at Georgia Southern.