Next Steps for Admitted Students (International)

  • Set up your student email account. All official communication form the university is sent to your student email.
  • Access your PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) account. This is the online system you will use to register for classes, view academic records, update personal information, view financial aid and pay tuition and fees and much more!

All students will need to submit the Intent to Enroll form. MPH students must submit also submit the nonrefundable $100 tuition deposit online using PantherPay via PAWS.
If you have not already submitted a Residency Form with your application for admission, you will need to complete and submit it to the Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services via sphadmissions@gsu.edu or fax to 404-413-1489.
iStart is Georgia State University's web portal to immigration services, requests and benefits for our international student, scholar, and employee community. You can access iStart by CLICKING HERE.

Georgia State University will continue to review international applicants for admission, regardless of country of citizenship or nationality. Please be advised that students from the seven countries (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) listed in the January 27, 2017, Executive Order may have difficulties obtaining a visa and entering the U.S. in the near future.

Make your airline reservations with enough time to arrive in Atlanta before Mandatory International Student Orientation.
To ensure Georgia State University can reach you or close contact person in case of an emergency each student must update his or her information each semester. A hold is placed on your PAWS account each semester to remind you to update your information. Instructions on removing the hold.
Log into PAWS! This is the online system you will use to register for classes, view academic records, update personal information, view financial aid and pay tuition and fees and much more!.
Desire2Learn is the university’s central learning management system. Log in to access your course syllabi and materials.
Immunizations are required for MMR, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Varicella and Hepatitis B. Fax your Immunization Form to the Immunization Office at 404-413-1955. For questions, call 404-413-1940.
During your stay in the USA, Georgia State University provides an insurance plan for all F/J students which becomes effective when you enter the U.S. Payment for this insurance is made when you pay your tuition and fees. Students who have purchased a qualified insurance plan from their home country are eligible to receive a waiver of the Georgia State insurance if their insurance plan meets the following requirements: (1) medical benefits of at least $50,000 per person per accident or illness, (2) repatriation of remains and expenses associated with medical evacuation, 3) maximum deductible of $500 per accident or illness. F-1 students must request an insurance waiver online and be approved before the GSU charge can be removed. For additional information: http://isss.gsu.edu/current-students/health-insurance/
Students have multiple transportation options including: discounted monthly MARTA cards, shuttle service, and on-campus parking. All parking requires that a vehicle be pre-registered and display a valid parking permit. Vehicle registration can only be done online through PAWS/GoSOLAR. Complete and current information can be found online or by calling the Auxiliary Services Office at (404) 413-9500.
Beware that that some graduate students may be required to take the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (GSTEP) during Mandatory International Student Orientation. Test results could cause you to alter your initial class schedule in the unlikely event you are required to add an English course.
Atlanta and the surrounding area have many affordable housing options for graduate students. If you are interested in living on campus, you should apply for housing via the online housing application. Georgia State also offers an off-campus housing site to start your housing search.
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