International Students

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Seeking the Best from Near and Far

If you are coming to our campus from another country, we welcome you. You will not be alone. As the #2 ranked aerospace engineering program in the United States, the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering regularly attracts the brightest minds from every corner of the globe. To ensure that your time here is as hassle-free as it is exciting, we recommend you settle all details pertaining to your visa prior to your arrival. If you are a new F-1 or J-1 visa holder, be sure to review the pre-arrival information sent with your I-20 or DS 2019.

About F1 and J1 Visas
Most students coming to Georgia Tech do so under a F-1 visa status. This carries certain benefits and restrictions that you should review before coming to Georgia Tech.

If you are attending Georgia Tech through a specific exchange program, you are likely to need a J-1 visa. To be eligible for a J-1, you must receive a majority of your financial support from sources other than personal funds. The U.S. Department of State requires specific health insurance coverage for J-1 students and accompanying J-2 dependents for the entirety of their stay in the U.S.

You are eligible for a J-1 visa if

  • You are able to pay for all school and living expenses for you and any accompanying family members, for the duration of your degree program as determined by normative time; and
  • 51% of your total financial support comes from an institutional or government sponsor in the form of a scholarship, fellowship, assistantship, stipend, tuition waiver, or other direct support provided specifically for the educational program. Personal or family funds and loans or support from individuals do not qualify; or
  • You are participating in a specific educational exchange program