Application & Program Information


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Before you apply to the UGA IEP, you should carefully review the information on the program, cost, level and course offerings, important dates, eligibility requirements, and the program requirements for different visas. If you have any questions, please contact us at iep@uga.edu.

When you are ready to apply, please complete the application form, pay the application fee, and upload all necessary documents. (Please notice that your application cannot be processed if you do not pay the non-refundable application fee.) We are looking forward to receiving your application and to meeting you soon!

Application Form: Click here to apply now.

For IEP courses on the UGA Gwinnett Campus:Click here for more information and to apply.

If you are an incoming BUCT M.B.B. student, please use the following application form: Click here to apply now (BUCT M.B.B. students only).

Application Fee: Click here to pay the IEP application fee.

Document Upload: Click here to upload your passport, payment confirmation for the application fee, and other necessary documents.

If you are a Conditionally Admitted Graduate Student at the University of Georgia, please do the following:

Before you fill out the IEP application, forward the email or letter you received from UGA's Graduate School to iep@uga.edu. When you are cleared to apply to the IEP, please upload the email or letter you received from UGA's Graduate School in the Document Upload form.

If you want to transfer from an IEP at another institution within the U.S. to UGA's IEP, please do the following:

Apply to our program like any other student. We will inform UGA's Office of Global Engagement (OGE) that you need to have your I-20 record transferred to our program. OGE will then contact you and/or the international office at your university about further steps. If we require any additional information, we will contact you per email.

 

Program Information

The IEP offers 6 sessions each year beginning in January (Spring I), March (Spring II), May (Summer), July (July Program), August (Fall I), and October (Fall II). In spring, summer, and fall, our sessions are 7.5 weeks long. In July, students can take a more specialized 4-week program (see Courses & Levels). Please see the Important Dates page for more information about session dates.

For international visiting scholars, we offer a 16-week online course. Incoming visiting scholars can begin this course at any time. If you are interested in taking other IEP classes while taking the visting scholars course, you can do so.

Visiting scholars often find it helpful to take additional IEP courses while they are staying in the U.S., so many scholars who have an English proficiency level above A1 or A2 choose to take classes in the IEProgram as part-time students. These classes meet face-to-face on the Athens campus.

UGA Gwinnett Campus: Beginning in Fall 2022, the IEP will offer courses at the UGA Gwinnett Campus in addition to the courses offered at the UGA main campus in Athens. If you are planning on attending IEP courses on the Gwinnett Campus, please click here for more information and to apply. 

 

Eligibility Requirements

Language proficiency: We accept students from the High Beginner to Advanced level (CEFR level A2 – C1). Currently, we cannot accept students whose proficiency level is below High Beginner (CEFR level A2). If you are not sure about your level, you can contact us at iep@uga.edu and ask to take our free online placement test. That test will give you an approximate idea of your level. After you arrive in Athens, you will take another test to further clarify your placement level.

Age: We accept students who are 18 years and older. You can apply when you are 17, but you must be 18 years old when begin your studies in the IEP. We welcome older students in our program: No one is too old to improve their English proficiency!

Visa: Unless you are a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, you must have a visa to study in our program (see information below). We can help you initiate your F-1 or J-1 visa application through Immigration Services at UGA's Office of Global Engagement (OGE). You must provide the information necessary to apply for a visa during your application. If you want to come to the U.S. to study in the IEP full-time, we will submit your information to the OGE after you submit your IEP application. The OGE will then contact you about taking further steps to process your visa application.

 

Conditionally Admitted Graduate Students

International students must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency for admission to graduate programs at the University of Georgia. If applicants do not reach satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores, the UGA Graduate School will accept successful completion of Level 6 in the Intensive English Program as one way to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement for international students for applying to graduate programs.

Students must pass both their Level 6 courses and final exams and complete at least 10 hours of NativeAccent pronunciation software activities online at home during the July Program to successfully pass the level. For more information, contact us at iep@uga.edu.

When students successfully complete the July Program, the IEP will inform the Graduate School and the Office of Global Engagement.

In order to enroll in the July Program, applicants must provide their letter of conditional acceptance from the UGA Graduate School before submitting an application to the IEP.

 

Visiting Scholars

If you are an international visiting scholar and have been informed by the Office of Global Engagement that you must fulfill the English language proficiency requirement for international scholars, you can find information on how to enroll in the Visiting Scholars Online Course and other optional IEP courses below.

How do I register for the Visiting Scholars Online Course?

Please complete our application form, pay the application fee, and upload all necessary documents.

When and how does the class meet?

The class meets twice weekly online at a time that is convenient for most scholars. After you register for the course, the instructor will contact you to tell you how to access the online class. You will receive an invoice to pay for your course after you register.

How much does the course cost?

The course costs $500 (plus the $150 registration fee) for 32 hours of class over 16 weeks. If you do not pass the "J-Check" after taking the full 16-week online course, you have the option to take the course for another 8 weeks and attempt the interview again. An additional 8 weeks of class cost $250.

How long do I have to take the course?

To complete a whole level, scholars must take the entire 16-week course. After scholars successfully complete a whole level, they can re-take the "J-Check." If they do not pass the interview, they must continue to take the course in 8-week steps until they successfully complete Level 3 and the interview.

 

Program Requirements for Different Visas

You must take a full-time course load (18 course hours per week) in the IEP, and you may apply for a F-1 visa (if your application is self-funded) or a J-1 visa (if your application is funded by your home government or university). More information on the immigration process can be found here.

You must take a full-time course load (18 course hours per week) in the IEP. UGA’s IEP can accept F-1 transfers from other institutions. Please proceed with filling out the IEP application where you will be asked further questions about your transfer details.

You can only take a part-time course load (less than 18 course hours per week) in the IEP. To study in the IEP full-time, you must obtain a F-1 or J-1 visa.

Nonimmigrant visa holders in the U.S. may be eligible to study either part-time (less than 18 course hours per week) or full-time (18 course hours per week) in the IEP. To confirm your eligibility, please contact immigration@uga.edu. Put "Prospective IEP Student" into the subject line and the following into the body of your email:

Name:
Your current visa type:
Other information you would like to provide: 

This chart (PDF) serves as a general reference of who may be able to study in the U.S.

You can choose to study in the IEP full-time (18 course hours per week) or part-time (less than 18 course hours per week).

Yes, you can work up to 20 hours per week "on-campus" (more information here) as long as you are enrolled in IEP classes full-time and hold a F-1 or J-1 visa.

J-2 visa holders can work if they receive work authorization. F-2 visa holders are not allowed to work.

To confirm your eligibility to work, please contact immigration@uga.edu. Put "Prospective IEP Student" into the subject line and the following into the body of your email:

Name:
Your current visa type:
Other information you would like to provide:

IMPORTANT: Students who are issued an I-20 or DS-2019 form (to apply for a F-1 or J-1 visa) for UGA’s IEP must complete both an online and in-person check-in. For the online check-in, students are required to provide a local Georgia-based residential address. For the in-person check-in, students must attend the orientation and the first day of classes at the UGA IEP. A student who does not complete an in-person check-in by attending the first day of IEP classes will have their SEVIS record terminated.

Once you applied to the UGA IEP and paid the application fee, we initiate your visa application process as quickly as possible. UGA’s IEP and UGA’s Immigration Services have highly trained professional staff dedicated to serving international students as they complete the IEP application process, visa process, and prepare to enter the U.S.