Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have questions, so here are some answers to common questions we receive about Georgia State’s Summer Institute.

Application Instructions

In 2017, we launched our new online application system. Click here to easily apply online. The online application needs to be completed in one sitting (you cannot save and return to it). There are three required components:

  1. Student information and course selection
  2. Board of Regents questionnaire
  3. Intent to Register form

While we don't guarantee acceptance to the Summer Institute, if you meet the English proficiency requirement and all of your documents are processed and accepted by Georgia State University, then we would be happy to welcome you to the Summer Institute.

After you are accepted to Georgia State and you have received your student identification number, you should pay your non-refundable $450 deposit online.  The payment is processed via Flywire as an International Wire Transfer.

  1. Log into your Georgia State University PAWS account (upon your first visit to that page, you will need to click "Activate Your CampusID" and follow the instructions) and select the “International Wire Payment” button in the “My Bill” section.  You will be directed to the "Flywire by PeerTransfer" page.
  2. Follow the instructions by filling out the “Payment” section all the way down to “Create a new account” section (Here you will create your new account by entering the requested information).
  3. Click "Continue with Payment".

Note: in order to pay your deposit online, you need your Georgia State student ID number. You will receive this after your application has been processed by our Admissions team.  If you are experiencing any difficulties, please contact the Office of International Initiatives at oii@gsu.edu.  

Here are the important deadlines to be aware of:

  • March 15: deadline for the Summer Institute Scholarship. (Award announcements sent via email around March 22.)
  • April 1: final deadline to pay the non-refundable $450 deposit online.
  • May 1: final deadline to apply for the Summer Institute.
  • June 5: final deadline to pay all Summer Institute fees online through your student account.
  • June 15: final deadline to submit the Certificate of Immunization Form to oii@gsu.edu.

Please contact the Office of International Initiatives at oii@gsu.edu if you have any questions.  

Here is our refund schedule:

  • Before May 1: Full refund of any money you have paid (including the $450 deposit).
  • May 2 - June 9: Full refund of any money you have paid MINUS the $450 deposit.
  • June 10 - June 29: Full refund of any money you have paid MINUS $1,300.
  • No refunds from June 30.

Please contact the Office of International Initiatives at oii@gsu.edu if you have any questions.  

Summer Institute Information

Yes, absolutely! The Summer Institute is designed for international students to experience life at an American campus. Not only will you earn six credits of academic credit, but you will live on-campus and participate in fun and interesting excursions to explore our beautiful city and the surrounding areas. You will find that, compared to other summer programs, Georgia State offers unsurpassed quality and personalized attention at an affordable program fee.

Of course! We know that your visit to Atlanta is a special time for you to experience U.S. culture, and we encourage you to explore. While we will arrange for group outings to points of interest in and around Atlanta, including trips to our large outlet shopping malls, a day trip to Helen, Georgia (a small German town outside of Atlanta), and Stone Mountain Park. You will have most evenings and some weekends free to shop, visit tourist attractions, or participate in other activities, such as the Touch the Earth program through the Student Recreation Center. There are numerous malls in and around Atlanta, so you will have plenty of places to shop on your own, too!

Before or after the program dates (June 30 - August 1), you are welcome to travel on your own. Atlanta's airport is a Delta hub, with flights to major cities like Miami, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles. Please know that if you choose to stay in Atlanta before the program begins or after the program ends, you will have to find your own accommodation, as on-campus housing will not be available after August 1. Should you need assistance with booking airline or bus tickets to other cities, or help with purchasing tickets to other attractions, please let us know. We're happy to help you!

Sure!  Please contact the Office of International Initiatives at oii@gsu.edu to inquire about contacting previous students.  

Academic Information

A lot of our previous students have the same concern as you. Our experienced professors are conscious of the language levels in their classrooms and they are happy to adjust the class pace to help you maximize your learning. We assess our students' language proficiency levels and help them register for the courses that are appropriate for their language level.

The Summer Institute classes meet Monday through Friday. Each class is 2 hours and 20 minutes. There are two blocks of classes: morning classes and afternoon classes. Attendance at all classes is required.

Given the duration of the Summer Institute, we cannot guarantee that Georgia State students will be in your classes. However, we partner Summer Institute students with Global Ambassadors, who are Georgia State students who will practice English and explore Atlanta with you.