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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

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  1. The University of Georgia is ranked 11th in the top US public universities.

About This Campus

Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is the nation's oldest state-chartered university. History and tradition have special emphasis in campus life. We are also known for our large and beautiful Athens campus, which spans 762 acres and features 465 buildings. With its strong academic majors, outstanding athletic programs, and extensive and varied campus life, the University attracts more than 37,000 students from every state in the nation and many foreign countries. The University of Georgia is located in Athens, a pleasant college town with a population of 125,000 in the rolling hills of northeast Georgia, just 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. Within a few hours drive of Athens are over a dozen parks and recreational areas, including Lake Lanier, Lake Hartwell, and the Appalachian Mountains.

Location Information

The University of Georgia is located in the town of Athens, GA. Athens is a true college town that boasts a one-of-a-kind music and arts scene. Be sure to visit the Visitors Center website (www.visitathensga.com) for an in-depth look at our amazing town!

Helpful Information

It is highly recommended that if you have the University of Georgia as a Home Pay choice that you have solid backup choices. If accepted to UGA please return all materials immediately so that we can get you access to the classes that you want. For students on Host Pay, UGA is not able to provide financial aid. You must seek financial aid from your home institution. For additional concerns please contact the campus coordinator.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Very Good
Home Payment

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Fast Facts

Location | Athens
Population | 124,719
Enrollment | 39,147
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/18-12/15
Spring | 01/10-05/11

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 10%
Black | 8%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 6%
Two or more | 4%
White | 67%
Other | 5%
International | 4%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Exchange students are not permitted to take courses in Law, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine.

Courses in Terry College of Business, SPIA School of Public and International Affairs, and Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication have some restrictions. Other majors with some course limitations include: Art, Middle School Education, Environmental Design, Exercise and Sports Science, Special Education, Sports Studies, and Social Work. Music performance and dance classes require audition. Students must meet prerequisite requirements in order to take upper-level courses. Course registration is first-come, first-serve, and some classes will fill up quickly.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Ecology - The Odum School of Ecology was the first established school of ecology in the country.
  • Business - The Terry College of Business is ranked among the nation's top 25 undergraduate business programs.
  • Journalism - UGA is home to the highly competitive Grady School of Journalism.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Service-Learning Courses - Options available in almost all majors.
  • Poultry Sciences
  • Music Business/Merchandising
  • Landscape Architecture/Design

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace Engineering... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, N/A computer or 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 07/27/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $6034.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 17
  • Home Payment: 17

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

    Use FAFSA CODE: 001598

    Financial Aid - Home Payment
    For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

    Financial Aid - Canada
    Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

    Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

    Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
    Admission Fee $70 Year Home Mandatory
    Housing Deposit $35 Year Home Mandatory
    ID Card $30 Year Home Mandatory
    Parking Fee $360 Year Home Optional

    Important Notes: For more information about student parking permit & pass rates (optional), please visit https://tps.uga.edu/parking/rates/.

    Room / Meals

    Figures are current as of 07/27/22

    On-Campus Housing Per Semester
    • On-Campus Housing
    • 32% living on campus
    • Suite: $3735
    • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
    • Maximum housing reserved for women: 10
    • Maximum housing reserved for men: 10
    Off-Campus Housing
    • Off-Campus Housing
    • Approximate monthly cost: $650
    • Proximity to campus: <10
    • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
    Notes About Housing
    Living on-campus is highly encouraged for students, as it provides an immersive campus experience and is very convenient. However, please be aware that on-campus housing is limited, especially for Spring semester, so please apply early if seeking on-campus living arrangements. There are no in a single-room accommodations in on-campus housing! A variety of off-campus housing options in Athens are also available (https://isl.uga.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2021/12/Off-Campus-Living-Guide-2021-E1.pdf.)

    Meal Plans

    Notes About Meal Plans
    It is highly recommended for students living on campus to purchase the meal plan. Students living off-campus can also purchase a meal plan. More information at https://dining.uga.edu/.


    Figures per Semester are current as of 07/27/22

    Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
    Health Insurance $2808 Year Home Optional

    Important Notes about Health Insurance
    It is recommended that all UGA students be covered by health insurance either with an individual student policy or through their family policy. For international students, carrying health insurance is mandatory. Complete information about student health insurance requirements and policies can be found on the UGA Human Resources website: www.hr.uga.edu/students/student-health-insurance.

    Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance


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