Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to common questions about Georgia State’s Summer Institute.

Application Instructions

The application is now open! 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 summer@gsu.edu.

All participants must be enrolled in PGH Global health insurance. The total cost is $85.80 for coverage between June 30 - August 1, 2019. Students must register and pay for PGH Global health insurance on their own. Your Georgia State student account will be reduced by $80 to reflect this change.

Please read the step-by-step instructions on how to register and pay for insurance. You must register for insurance by June 15; your coverage will automatically begin on June 30.

We have attached a manual on how to apply for PGH Global insurance, here.

Visit www.intlinsure.com/georgiacare and select Georgia State University - Summer Institute from the drop-down box.

If you have any more issues please contact PGH Global directly. Just proceed to there website and all the contact information will be there -  https://www.pghstudent.com/page/customer-service

Here are the important deadlines to be aware of:

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

Here is our refund schedule:

  • Before May 1: Full refund of any money you have paid (MINUS the $450 deposit).
  • May 20- June 1: the Maximum possible refund is $1,778. Which is the full amount paid of $4,820 minus deposit and tuition fees.
  • No refunds will be issued after June 2.

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

Online Application Troubleshooting

This is the address at the Commons, the place where you will be living during your stay at Georgia State University. The university staff needs a local address where you can be contacted.

This is a generic screen uploaded by our University system. You DO NOT need to upload any documents.

The Summer Institute does not require participants to submit an academic transcript or TOEFL scores, but we encourage all applicants to submit at least their TOEFL or IELTS scores, if they have it, on their online application to help with your course placement. Failure to submit TOEFL scores or transcript will NOT affect your admission into the 2019 Summer Institute.

TOEFL or IELTS  scores are not required for the Summer Institute application; however, students need to have a certain level of English proficiency to take one field-specific and one English course. Failure to submit TOEFL scores or transcript will NOT affect your admission into the 2019 Summer Institute.

Students are also given the opportunity to present other forms of English proficiency proof besides TOEFL IELTS like:

  1. Proof of successful completion of English preparatory year
  2. If the student doesn't apply to any of the above criteria, the Office of International Initiatives may conduct an interview and complete the English Proficiency form and submit to the International Admissions Office.

IMPORTANT: If you do want to submit your TOEFL or IELTS scores, they must be no more than two years old with a minimum composite TOEFL iBT score of 70 or an IELTS Band Score of 6.5 in order to take one field-specific and one English course. If TOEFL scores are between 60-70, you will take two English courses. If scores are below 60, you will take courses in the university’s Intensive English Program.

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 hours of academic credit in a university nationally ranked #2 for best undergrad programs and innovation, 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 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 5. 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 summer@gsu.edu to inquire about contacting previous students.

Academic Information

A lot of our previous students have had 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.

Please follow these instructions:

  1. Visit GSU’s Panther Access to Web Services portal at paws.gsu.edu
  2. Sign in with you GSU account username and password. Be aware that all your GSU accounts (PantherMail, PAWS, iCollege, etc.) will be active until November 14, 2018.
  3. Once you have sign in, go to Enrollment tab which is the second tab on the top menu.
  4. Once you open the Enrollment tab, look for Updates/Requests Student Records and click on Transcript Ordering Site.
  5. You will be redirected to a GoSolar website. Click on Access the Transcript Ordering Site.
  6. Once again you will be redirected to another site. Click under the search bar on Send to Yourself, Another Individual, or Third Party.
  7. Select the option that is more suitable to your needs eTranscript or Paper Transcript .Be aware that Paper Transcript takes 5-12 business days to arrive to the final destination.
  8. Feel the upcoming forms and submit your payment. After processing your payment, you should receive an email with confirming your order and giving you instruction on how to download the document or when will be the estimated delivery.

Should you encounter any problem, please reach out to the Office of Academic Records at recgradsvs@gsu.edu or 404-413-2248.

The only way to officially convert credit hours to ECTS credits is for the student's home university to contact GSU’s Office of the Registrar by going to https://registrar.gsu.edu/calendar/contact/, and having them handle the process.

Georgia State University has many opportunities for students to obtain their graduate degree. During the Summer Institute, a graduate information session is held. If you are interested in learning more about GSU’s graduate programs, please contact us for more information or click here  for the university’s graduate information page.