International Applicants

Applicants with International Credentials

An applicant who has completed all or part of his/her education outside the United States is required to have his/her foreign credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. It is recommended that you use Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. We will also accept evaluations of foreign credentials from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. and World Education Services.

Please allow sufficient time to have your credentials assessed to assure that the evaluating service has enough time to send their evaluation to the Office of Academic Assistance by the application deadline. On average, it takes 4 weeks from the time the evaluation agency receives your materials until we receive the evaluation.

Program Type of Evaluation Required
Nursing, Master of Science and Graduate Certificate Grade Point Average Equivalent and Course-by-Course
Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy Grade Point Average Equivalent and Document-by Document
Nutrition Grade Point Average Equivalent and Course-by-Course
Physical Therapy Grade Point Average Equivalent and Course-by-Course
Respiratory Care Grade Point Average Equivalent and Document-by-Document

International Transcripts

Applicants with credentials from international schools are required to submit transcripts by the appropriate deadline to the Office of Academic Assistance. These transcripts must be official copies and are in addition to the transcripts submitted to the independent evaluation service. If you use Josef Silny & Associates as the independent evaluation service, you will not need to provide transcripts.

Verification of Financial Support

Applicants who plan to attend Georgia State University on an F-1 or J-1 visa must submit a financial statement showing the financial support necessary for the cost associated with the first year of study. Please complete the Foreign Student Financial Statement.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores (not more than two years old) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Official scores must be reported from the Educational Testing Service prior to the application deadline. It is recommended that you send a photocopy of your test score with your application materials. The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution. TOEFL information can be found at Applicants living in the Atlanta area may take the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (GSTEP) in the place of the TOEFL. GSTEP information is found here.

For additional information pertaining to international applicants and students at Georgia State University, please refer to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services on the Georgia State University website at