The University of Georgia: Athens campus
The University of Georgia, the state’s largest public research university, is located in Athens (formally known as Athens-Clarke County). The University of Georgia Athens campus spans much of Athens-Clarke County's geography. In North Campus a notable fixture is the cast-iron gateway known as "The Arch", which stands at the university main entrance. There is a superstition about walking through The Arch. It is said that if you walk under The Arch as an undergraduate student, you will not graduate from the University of Georgia on time.
In 2014 Athens was voted one of the coolest small cities in U.S. and one of the best towns for college graduates. Besides a variety of educational opportunities, Athens is famous for its sports, music, intellectual, and cultural scene. You can find a guide to Athens here.
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Why choose UGA: quick facts
UGA is one of the top public universities in the US; UGA offers more than 170 fields of study and majors distributed in 17 colleges and schools, which means UGA students have a world of options for their academic plans;
The University of Georgia is classified as a 'Research University/Very High Activity', according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching;
The University of Georgia has moved up six places to rank 11th among all U.S. institutions in the 2015 Open Doors Report on the number of U.S. students studying abroad. UGA has more than 100 programs in over 50 countries;
In 2013, UGA was recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement;
You can find out more information about the University of Georgia here and here.
Exchange Program Information Sheet
For summarized information about the program application process and requirements, as well as academic information, please check the 2018-2019 Exchange Program Information Sheet.
Courses and Registration
The University of Georgia offers a wide variety of courses offered by the 17 schools or colleges in 40+ majors. Exchange students should explore courses and submit requests as soon as they can. Students can submit this form to request courses: OIE Exchange Student Course Request Form. The Office of International Education (OIE) will use student’s course preferences to gain prior approval for students to register full-time (12 credits).
Deadline: Please provide a list of 4 preferred subjects and 4 alternate subjects no later than May 1st.
Possible limitations: The Course Request Form is only a "request" for preferred courses/classes. It is not guaranteed full access or availability of specific courses. The academic department will have the final decision regarding access to them. In addition, there may be limitations due to previous study requirements or priority given to degree-seeking students in specific courses. Therefore, the OIE recommends that you consider alternate courses in related academic areas, as needed. Education abroad advisors will do their best to make sure undergraduate students have an acceptable timetable before arrival whenever possible. Upon arrival and after the initial registration period, you may have another opportunity to seek slight changes in your schedule.
Course Request Resources:
Undergraduate vs. Graduate Level Courses:
Undergraduate Level: classes numbered 1000-4999; Business and Journalism also offer 5000 level classes that are also undergraduate level.
Graduate Level: classes numbered 5000 - 6999+. Only students who have applied to UGA as graduate students will have access to graduate level subjects.
Suggested Courses for English as a Second Language (ESL):
Request permission to enroll in UNIV through the Online Exchange Course Request Form.
UNIV 1117: Academic Writing for International Students, for undergraduate level students
UNIV 1101: Special Topics in ESL: Writing and Oral Communication Skills
UNIV 2202: Academic Writing for International Students, for graduate level students
For course registration tips, course schedule change after arrival in US, add/drop week, and more detailed instructions on how to fill out the Course Request Form, please refer to the Learning Content Submitting Course Requests.
The estimated total cost of the exchange program at UGA is $8,710 per semester. This covers: International Student Life Orientation, UGA Student ID card, International Student Compliance Fee, on-campus housing at the East Campus Village, semester meal plan, international student health insurance, books and school supplies, and other expenses. Before starting an application, please review the Fall 2018 Incoming Exchange Estimated Budget.
Exchange students will be assigned to one of UGA’s newest residence hall community, East Campus Village (ECV). The suites on reserve for exchange students contain four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Housing cost is $3626/semester per person (2017-2018 rate). ECV is a residence hall primarily for upper division students and also student athletes. Housing is available for 11.5 months, including during holidays, Winter and Spring breaks. It is an apartment-style arrangement with each student having her/his own bedroom. Features of the apartment include a common living area and a kitchen with full size refrigerator and microwave. While there is not a stove/oven within the suite, the main building of ECV has a full kitchen where students can make dinner or have community events. You should also be aware that ECV is a non-smoking facility. Housing staff provide “courtesy checks” to make sure your rooms are in decent shape throughout the semester.
Both students living on-campus off-campus may enroll in the academic year UGA meal plan. Students can sign up for the meal plan online now or when they arrive. Once enrolled, meal plan fees will be charged to the Student Account each semester. Cancellation fees may apply if contract is canceled while the student is enrolled at UGA. The 7 days/week meal plan (21 meals/week) cost is $1,978 per semester; the 5 days/week meal plan cost is $1,877 per semester. Other meal plan alternative plans are available on their website.
The Village Summit is the closest dining hall to ECV. There are three additional dining halls at UGA and students have full access to them. This is convenient because students can find the dining hall closest to where their classes or activities are throughout the day. Most exchange students choose to participate in the 7-day meal plan because of the unlimited access to the dining halls.
For inquiries about the UGA Disability Resource Center, please visit the DRC website. The DRC strives to promote equal educational opportunities and a welcoming academic, physical, and social environment for students with disabilities at the University of Georgia. To request disability accommodations or services, please contact the DRC at +1(706) 542-8719 to talk with a coordinator or to schedule an appointment for an intake interview.
For more information about being an Exchange Student at UGA, please check the Incoming Exchange Student Resources page.