Admissions and Standards Committee


Special Procedures for International Students, Students with Non-U.S. Academic Credentials and Students Who Are Non-native Speakers of English

Passed by Admissions and Standards, 2/15/02


Motion:


I. Definitions:

A. International applicants and students are individuals who are NOT U.S. citizens, permanent residents, asylees, refugees, or holders of the A, E, I, G, K or L visa status.

B. Applicants and students with non-U.S. academic credentials are individuals who received their secondary school diploma, and/or any college credit through an institution outside the U.S.

C. Non-native speakers of English are students whose native language, as reported on the admission application, is a language other than English.


Note: An individual may fall into one, two or all three of the above categories. Applicants and students who fall into more than one category must follow the procedures and meet at least the minimum requirement for all categories in which they fall.


II. Special Rules for Admission Consideration


A. International Applicants.

1. In addition to meeting all other applicable requirements for admission, international applicants who will need a student visa status (F or J) must demonstrate the ability to meet the estimated financial obligations of tuition, fees and living expenses by submitting the Foreign Student Financial Statement and the required documentation of financial support.

B. Applicants with Non-U.S. Credentials.

1. In addition to meeting all other applicable requirements for admission, freshman applicants and transfer applicants with less than 30 semester hours of transferable credit must demonstrate academic preparation equivalent to graduation with a U.S. secondary college preparatory curriculum and have a GPA of 3.0 based on only academic courses. Applicants who have completed non-U.S. university level course work must have earned satisfactory grades on all such work attempted and be in good academic standing. The applicant does not need to meet the Freshman Index or minimum CPC requirements of those graduating from a U.S. high school.

2. Applicant must present official secondary (high school) or postsecondary (college or university) credentials, certificates, or diplomas. Official documents must bear authoritative signatures, seals and/or stamps. These should be sent by the institution responsible for issuing such documents. In cases where it is impossible for these credentials to be sent from the institution, or only one set of originals is available to students, applicants should forward an attested copy of the original. A proper institution official or the Ministry of Education in the home country must do the attestation. A certified original translation must accompany all documents not printed in English.

3. All international academic documents (transcripts, mark sheets, certificates, leaving examination results, etc.) must be formally evaluated by an independent evaluation service. Applicants must submit all these document to one of the independent evaluation services approved by GSU. Applicants who have completed university-level studies overseas must submit catalogs or official course descriptions from the schools attended to GSU in order to have credit considered for application to a degree program. All information must be translated into English and verified by the proper authorities.

C. Applicants who are Non-Native Speakers of English.

1. In addition to meeting all other applicable requirements for admission, non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency. This can be demonstrated by submitting one of the following: an SAT verbal score of at least 430, an ACT English subtest score of at least 17, a TOEFL score of 550 (paper test) or 213 (computer test), a GSTEP score of 6, or successfully completing GSU's Intensive English Program.

2. However, students who are currently enrolled in but have not completed GSU's Intensive English Program must demonstrate English language proficiency with the GSTEP.


III. Special Rules for Placement

A. International Students

1. International students who are also non-native speakers of English must take the GSTEP before registering for classes. If the GSTEP was taken as part of the application process, this requirement is waived. Depending on their scores, these students may be assigned work in the Intensive English Program.

B. Students with Non-U.S. Academic Credentials

1. There are no special placement rules for students with non-U.S. academic credentials.

C. Non-Native Speakers of English.

1. See special rules for placement of international students.



IV. Special Rules for the Regents' Testing Program

A. International Students

1. There are no special Regents' Testing Program rules for international students.

B. Students with Non-U.S. Academic Credentials

1. There are no special Regents' Testing Program rules for students with non-U.S. academic credentials.

C. Non-Native Speakers of English

1. Non-native speakers will be certified as meeting Regents’ testing requirements either by taking the regular Regents’ Test, by passing the reading and writing sections of the revised Regents' Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (Regents' GSTEP), or by earning a score of 23 or higher on the reading section of the computer-based exam or a score of 57 or higher on reading section of the paper-based exam and a score of 4 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE). Non-native speakers who do not met the Regents' Test requirement and who have attempted 45 or more semester hours are required to take one of the following: regular RGT courses, RGT courses for international students offered by the Department of AL/ESL. With the exception of the testing policies mentioned in this paragraph, non-native speakers are subject to all other Regents' Test Program policies.


V. Special Rules for Financial Aid

A. International Students

1. Only U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens may receive federal financial aid or state of Georgia financial aid. Permanent residents, asylees, and refugees are eligible non-citizens. Holders of A, E, F, I, G, K, or L visa are not eligible non-citizens.

2. An individual who has applied for permanent resident status is not eligible until that status is approved.

3. An individual may have resident status in the State of Georgia but not be considered a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

4. An individual is not eligible on the basis of the status of family members, for example a parent or a spouse.

5. All students that are not confirmed as U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens by INS on their initial application for Financial Aid are required to submit appropriate documentation to the Financial Aid office. The Office is required to submit this documentation to INS for secondary confirmation. Until secondary confirmation is received, an individual cannot be approved to receive financial aid.

B. Students with Non-U.S. Academic Credentials

1. There are no special financial aid rules for students with non-U.S. academic credentials.

C. Non-Native Speakers of English

1. There are no special financial aid rules for students who are non-native speakers of English.


VI. Other Special Rules

A. International Students

1. International students in the student visa status of F and J are required to carry a full-time course load as defined by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (currently 12 hours per semester for undergraduate students and 9 hours for graduate students). Additionally, those F and J international students enrolling for the first time in summer school must carry 6 semester hours to be full-time.

2. International students in the student visa status of F and J who wish to reenter must complete a new reentry form for the semester that they wish to attend.

3. International students in the student visa statuses of B, F and J must be enrolled in the GSU International Student Health Insurance Plan.

B. Students with Non-U.S. Academic Credentials

1. There are no other special rules for students with non-U.S. academic credentials.

C. Non-Native Speakers of English

1. There are no other special rules for non-native speakers of English.


VII. Revocations.

1. All previous policies which conflict with the above are repealed.

2. If, due to a change in law, any part of this policy comes into conflict with state or federal law, that part of the policy is automatically repealed.


Rationale:

A great deal of confusion exists because the term "international student" has never been clearly defined. The policy clearly defines the three different things which have previously been designated with the term "international student. The confusion has led to confusing and contradictory statements of policy in the Catalog and on the web. This motion clarifies this issue and repeals all the contradictory policies. This motion is not a change in practice or policy. It merely clarifies and codifies existing policies and practices.



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