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. Graduate Exchange students can explore courses, but will register for UGA classes upon arrival in coordination with the graduate coordinator of the host department.
Undergraduate vs. Graduate Level Courses:
Undergraduate Level: classes numbered 1000-4999; Business and Journalism also offer 5000 level classes, which 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. Graduate students will register upon arrival to UGA, in consultation with host department graduate coordinator.
Suggested Courses for English as a Second Language (ESL):
Request permission to enroll in UNIV through the Online Exchange Course Request Form.
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.
The estimated total cost of the exchange program at UGA is $8,710 per semester. This includes: 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.
Graduate students have two options for housing: East Campus Village, which is commonly used by undergraduate and international students, and Graduate Housing, which is exclusive to graduate students and visiting scholars. To request Housing in ECV, please submit a request through UGA Housing Request for Graduate Students Questionniare. Otherwise, to stay in Graduate Housing, please submit a request through this link.
East Campus Village (ECV): The suites on reserve for exchange students contain four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Semester cost $3,626.00/semester per person (2017-2018 rate). ECV is a residence hall that is primarily for upper division students and also student athletes and housing is available for 11.5 months, including during the Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks. It is an apartment style arrangement with each student having her/his own bedroom. There is a common living area, and there is a kitchen with full size refrigerator and microwave. While there is not a stove/oven within the suite, there is a complete kitchen in the main building of ECV where you can make community dinner, etc. if you like. 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 on-campus and off-campus students may enroll in the academic year UGA meal plan. You can sign up for your meal plan online now or when you arrive. Once enrolled, meal plan fees will be charged to your Student Account each semester (cancellation fees may apply if you cancel the contract while 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.
The East Campus Summit is the closest dining hall to ECV. In addition, there are three additional dining halls at UGA, and with your meal plan, you will have full access to them. This is convenient because you can eat closer to where your 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 and a wide variety of dishes are offered.
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 Students Resources page.