Definition of an international student

At GGC, an international student is an individual who meets one of the following criteria:

  • Student is currently living outside the U.S. and will require an F-1 visa to study in the U.S. 
  • Student is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and is currently in the U.S. on an F-1 visa. 
  • Student is currently in the U.S. on another non-immigrant visa classification, which permits part-time or full-time study.

1. Apply 

Complete the online application – $30 application fee. Learn more about applying to GGC. (Freshman applicants who submit their application from within the United States must meet testing requirements for freshman applicants.)

2. Proof of English proficiency

To be considered for admission, students must submit an official TOEFL minimum score of 537 paper-based, 203 computer-based or 74 internet-based. In lieu of TOEFL, students may submit one of the following official scores: SAT verbal 480; ACT English 21; or IELTS 6. GGC's TOEFL code is 7559.

Native English speakers, students who have completed their secondary education in which the language of instruction was exclusively in English, and transfer students with satisfactory completion of U.S. college-level English composition coursework, are exempt from the English proficiency requirement.

3. Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from high school and/or all college(s) attended; only sealed, official academic records will be accepted. Please do not submit personal copies. If coursework was from outside the United States, transcripts must be evaluated from a N.A.C.E.S. member organization. Transfer students with less than 30 transferable semester credit hours or 45 quarter hours of college credit must also submit high school academic records.

4. Proof of financial resources

F-1 international students must also verify that either the student or his/her sponsor has the necessary funds to pay for tuition and living expenses while the student is enrolled at GGC. An official bank statement or bank letter on bank letterhead signed and stamped by a bank official showing available balance to cover the student’s expenses for one academic year is required. Please review the estimated cost of attendance for the academic year based on two semesters (fall and spring semesters). Financial documents must be written in English with U.S. dollar amount.

If a student has a sponsor, a signed Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF) is also required. All financial documents must be original and mailed to the Office of Internationalization. We do not accept copies or faxes.

5. Immunization verification requirements

All accepted students must satisfy immunization verification requirements.

Mail all application documents to:

Georgia Gwinnett College
Office of Internationalization
1000 University Center Lane
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

A new or existing GGC student interested in academic programs requiring an I-20 should contact the Office of Internationalization at or call 678.407.5300.