Georgia Christian University welcomes international students. At Georgia Christian University, applicant files are classified as “international” if they meet any of the criteria listed below. Supplemental application materials are needed for each of the following criteria, so review this Web site carefully to see what is needed in your specific case.:
- You are not a U.S. citizen and are currently in the United States on an F-1 (student) visa.
- You will require an F-1 visa to enter and study in the United States.
- You are currently in the United States on some other class of visa. Please submit a copy of the visa from your passport.
In addition to the university’s general admission requirements, the international student must follow the procedures listed below:
- Complete and return the application form.
- Have the high school and/ or college previously attended forward an official transcript in English. Applicants for admission who submit foreign transcripts must pay any costs associated with having those transcripts translated and/or evaluated before they can be admitted.
- Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted or electronically transmitted to the University except for applicants seeking ESOL certificate program.
If English is not your first language, then you must provide proof of English proficiency. There are four ways to do this:
- Submit an official SAT-I verbal score of 430 or higher. All first-year applicants must submit SAT-I scores.
- Submit an official TOEFL score of at least 80 on the Internet-based exam or 213 on the computer-based version. Remember that all score reports must be official. TOEFL scores must be less than two years old if you have not been studying at a U.S. institution since taking the exam. Information regarding the test dates and centers can be found at www.ets.org.
- Take the equivalent of English 101 and 102 (first-year composition) at an accredited U.S. institution and earn a minimum 2.5 combined GPA for the two courses. This must be reflected on an official transcript.
- Submit proof of a bachelor’s degree earned at an accredited institution in the U.S.
- Once a student has been accepted, a physical examination is required. The form to be used by the physician will be provided by the University in Admission Packet.
- Have on deposit, in an account in the Office of Business Affairs of GCU, sufficient funds to cover tuition, books, fees, and personal expenses for one academic year. The amount may differ in each applicant’s case, and average amount of deposit made is approximately $3,000.00.
- Proof of accidental and hospital insurance must be submitted along with application for admission. Students who can prove that they have comparable insurance coverage will not be required to purchase insurance through the university.
- All of the above items must be submitted to Admissions office no later than four (4) months prior to the student’s planned enrollment. The university will issue a SEVIS (I-20) after items one through six have been completed and approved by the International Student Advisor in consultation of Admission, Degree & Graduation Faculty Committee at GCU.
Special Note: Every International Student applying for an admission acceptance, shall be levied of International Student Fee in the amount of $500.00 US.