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No school prepares you for the global marketplace like GCU.


11:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Centrally Located to NYC & Philadelphia

Rigorous Academic Programs

Roaring Student Life

Active Global Community

$19M Awarded Annually in Financial Aid

The Global Experience for All

No matter where you’re from, you’ll get to take part in an international experience at Georgian Court University. The Global Lions, a student organization, host monthly Global Cafe talks and organize the yearly, campus-wide International Week. From language and cultural exchanges to study abroad opportunities, all GCU students demonstrate their role as global citizens.

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One hour to NYC or Philly

A Gateway to the World’s Busiest Cities

Nestled perfectly between the culturally rich cities of New York and Philadelphia, Georgian Court University gives you the power to seamlessly access two of the globe’s most diverse and bustling urban hubs. Regular New Jersey Transit service to both cities is just ten minutes from campus. Plus, our beautiful campus is only 20 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and the spectacular beaches of the Jersey Shore.

Study Abroad, Even as an International Student

Experience all the world has to offer with GCU’s global education program. With virtual and in-person opportunities at 30+ universities across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Europe, you’ll be able to gain a deeper understanding of other cultures and demonstrate your role as a global citizen. Even international students are able to study abroad from abroad!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General Questions:

  • An endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave or stay for a specific period of time in a country.
  • It is a travel document to gain entry into the country.
  • An I-20 is a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.
  • A SEVIS document used by a student to become F-1.
  • Students receive this after they have been fully admitted to a full course of study that leads to attaining a specific educational or professional objective.
  • The student must first prove financial responsibility for GCU tuition and associated fees.

No, international students cannot study part-time and must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits for their undergraduate studies or 9 credits for graduate studies to be considered full-time students.

No, students studying in the United States must take a minimum of 12 credits, and 9 of those must be in-person.

Once your application is completed it can take 3-4 weeks to receive an admissions decision. If you are accepted, you will need to submit your enrollment deposit in order to begin the I-20 application process. This process can take 2-3 weeks to complete. Apply early and give yourself plenty of time!

  • Signed I-20
  • GCU Campus Security information is in the remarks section
  • Passport
  • Valid US F-1 Visa
  • Class schedule
  • Proof of SEVIS payment
  • Phone numbers of GCU DSOs

*Students who wish to join GCU only as an online student and study from outside the U.S. can apply and express this in their application. In that case, no F-1 visa or I-20 would be needed.

All students are eligible for our Merit Scholarships. However, international students are not eligible for U.S. government aid.

Admissions Process:

  • If English is not your native language you will need to submit an English Language Assessment test score. We accept TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • High school transcripts
  • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States or Canada that do not follow a U.S. or Canadian curriculum and/or that are not in English must undergo an overall and course-by-course evaluation in English conducted by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

For more information, please refer to the academic catalog.

All majors are approved programs of study for international students except for the following programs: DE-MSN* and ABSN.

Yes, there is a $50 application fee. The fee can be submitted via the online application, check or money order.

  • A DSO will assist in gathering your financial records and information to create your I-20, help in your transition to GCU, and meet with you regularly each semester for registration.
  • Some things that you will meet with your DSO for:
    • Semesterly check-ins for registration.
    • Updating information in your SEVIS record (including address, major, phone numbers, etc).
    • Internship (CPT) documentation.
    • Optional-Practical Training (OPT) application.

Speak with your DSO if you are planning to do any of the following:

  • Change your major, program, or degree level.
  • Change your education level.
  • Transfer to a new school.
  • Consider taking a medical or academic reduced course load.
  • Travel outside of the USA.
  • Move to a new address.
  • Need to request a program extension.

Talk to your DSO about working or interning.

Only on-campus work is permitted:

  • According to visa regulations, no F-1 student may work over 20 hours per week during the semester.
  • Georgian Court University regulations state that no student may work over 20 hours for on-campus jobs.
  • No work off-campus is permitted unless it is a preapproved paid internship (see below).
  • CPT is a full-time or part-time internship during the semester or during the summer. CPT must be approved by your DSO and added to your I-20 prior to internship start date.
  • Students participating in Graduate Assistantships can only participate in 20 hours of work across all jobs during the semester.
  • It is your responsibility to enroll in a health insurance plan that will cover the costs of prescriptions and medical treatment(s) while studying in the United States.  
  • Individuals in the United States are responsible for these expenses themselves.  
  • All international students are required to have health care coverage that can be utilized in the United States while studying at GCU thus potentially mitigating some of the costs associated with health care-related expenses. 
  • Some suggested health insurance options:
    • ExchangeGuard 
    • Patriot Exchange Program 
    • Student Secure  
    • Student Health Advantage  
    • Study USA 
    • Navigator Student  
    • Patriot America  
    • International Student Insurance

Yes. International students can study abroad from abroad.

To learn more, please visit our study abroad programs.

Yes. As an international student, you can get a driver’s license. To apply, please visit:

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
Leisure Center, 1195 NJ-70 #9, Lakewood, NJ 08701

What to bring (6 points of ID):

  • Passport
  • Most recent I-94
  • Original 1-20
  • A social security card (if you have one)

Visit the New Jersey motor vehicle commission website for more information.

As an international student, you must get a social security card if you have a job on campus or paid internship. The social security office is located at 2620 Yorktowne Blvd, Brick Township, NJ 08723.

Here’s what you need to bring with you:

  1. F-1 visas (copy)
  2. GCU Employment letter (signed by work supervisor and DSO)
  3. Social Security application
  4. I-94 form
  5. I-20 (original & copy)
  6. Passport (original & copy)

Please note the office is walk-in only

Yes, if your program of study requires you to complete an internship then you can get approval from your DSO to add CPT to your I-20.

  • What is Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
  • Do I need approval for CPT based outside of the USA?
    • If the student or internship is based in the USA then DSO approval is needed.
    • International students who will be conducting their internships outside the U.S. do not need U.S. work authorization.
  • Can I get a paid internship?
    • Yes, you can get a paid or unpaid internship.
  • What are the requirements for CPT?
    • Must be directly related to your major area of study.
    • Needs to be an integral part of your program’s curriculum.
    • Complete the 2 forms listed on our Blackboard.
    • Can only be authorized before your program end date on the I-20.
    • Authorization for one specific employer in a designated period.
    • CPT needs to be authorized before you can begin working.
    • The number of hours for the internship depends upon the student’s internship program requirements.
    • Must complete two consecutive semesters of full-time coursework in the USA to be eligible to apply for CPT.
    • Curricular Practical Training (
  • What is Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
    • OPT is a temporary employment related to the student’s major area of study that occurs after a student graduates.
    • Students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization.
  • When should I start applying to OPT?
  • Does OPT have to be connected to my major?
    • Yes. The job needs to be connected with your field of study.
    • If you are completing a double major then you can choose which major you want to base the work on from those options.
    • You cannot work in the field of your minor, it needs to be connected to your major degree field.
  • Documents needed for re-entering the US while on OPT:
    • Valid I-20, Valid F-1 visa, valid passport, Valid Employment authorization document (EAD), and evidence of a job offer.


Connect with Global Lions

Global Lions is a club for study abroad students, international students, and any student interested in promoting global awareness across campus. Keep up with all of the festivals, language and cultural exchanges, and other global opportunities happening on campus by following the Global Lions on social media.

Meet the director of global education

Having lived and worked abroad herself and understanding the challenges of adjusting to a new home, she finds great fulfillment in supporting international students during their transition to the United States and GCU. Collaborating with her office throughout their time at GCU, international students not only enrich her understanding but also contribute significantly to the learning environment. As the Director of Global Education Programs & PDSO, Laura brings invaluable insight to this role given her firsthand experience of the difficulties associated with living and working abroad. Having visited 35 countries, her favorite site is Tai Long Wan, Hong Kong, reflecting her deep appreciation for diverse cultures and backgrounds. E-mail Laura with any questions you may have.
Laura Grodewald
Laura Grodewald
Director of Global Education Programs

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Information for International Students

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Financial Information for International Students

Specific financial policies and procedures exist for international students attending Georgian Court University. For detailed information on international student financial policy, refer to the academic catalog.

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Admissions Information for International Students

International students seeking to attend Georgian Court University must meet additional admissions requirements. Refer to the academic catalog for complete information on international student admissions requirements.

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Requirements for International Students

International students who need an I-20 form must present official documents by June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. In addition to the requirements of the specific program, the following items are needed to process an application for admission:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 or higher on the paper test or 79 or higher on the Internet-based test OR International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test score of 6 or higher OR Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 100 or higher. Test scores must be from tests taken within the last three years. The submission of a lower-than-minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or DET score would be considered when accompanied by an SAT score above 1000 or an ACT score above 22.

Students who are native citizens of countries whose principal language is English are not required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. A waiver of the requirement to provide evidence of proficiency may be granted to students who present evidence of at least one year of high school or higher-level education with English as the language of instruction, provided that the student’s performance was the equivalent of a GPA of 2.5 or higher and the English-language education was within the past three years. Students who are not required to provide evidence of English language proficiency must submit their official SAT or ACT scores.

Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States or Canada that do not follow a U.S. or Canadian curriculum and/or are not in English must undergo an overall course-by-course evaluation in English conducted by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). This evaluation must be sent directly from the evaluation service to the Office of Admissions in lieu of official transcripts.

International students must submit Georgian Court Financial Support Documentation in addition to a nonrefundable tuition deposit of USD $250.00 before issuance of an I-20 form. Applicants must apply for full-time status (12 or more credits per semester). International students who need an I-20 form must submit their enrollment deposit by June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

Upon receipt of the I-20 form, students must pay the U.S. immigration SEVIS I-901 fee. For more information on this fee, please go to The student must then visit an embassy or consulate to obtain the visa and receive any additional information. Further information can be found at International students may take only one course online per semester if in the United States on a student visa.

All students are required to complete a Student Health Form and provide documentation of immunizations before attending class and/or moving into residence halls.

Failure to comply will result in a hold on your account and inability to register for future classes.

Georgian Court University requires the following:

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR): Two doses; first dose given after 1968 and on or after 12 months of age; second dose separated by at least 28 days from the first dose or laboratory report indicating positive immunity
  • Hepatitis B (full-time undergraduate and graduate students taking 9 or more credits): Three doses of vaccine (two doses of adult vaccine in adolescents 11 to 15 years of age) or laboratory report indicating positive immunity
  • Meningococcal tetravalent (must include Groups A, C, Y, and W-135): Requirement for all first-time students under the age of 19 (Commuters and Residents) and Resident Students over the age of 19; Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine given on or after 16th birthday and booster dose required if given prior to 16th birthday
  • Verification of negative Tuberculosis (Mantoux) test or negative Quantiferon Gold-TB test is required of all resident and international students within six months of admission

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Already Accepted?

Welcome to Georgian Court University! We are thrilled for you to join our campus community. Now that your application has been accepted, follow these steps in order to enroll:

  • Submit a nonrefundable tuition deposit of USD $250.00 before issuance of an I-20 form. International students who need an I-20 form must submit their enrollment deposit by June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. You may do so by logging into your portal, mailing a check, or calling the Office of Admissions.
  • Once your enrollment deposit has been submitted, complete and mail the original Application for I-20 form, affidavits of support—Annual Cash Support and Free Room and Board—and official documentation to show financial resources to meet all educational costs to attend the university. For more information regarding the form I-20, please refer to Study in the States.
  • Upon receipt of an initial I-20 form, you’ll pay a U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Student and Exchange Visitor Information Systems (SEVIS) I-901 fee of USD $350 at before interviewing at the U.S. Embassy for your student visa.
  • Set up your student account and student e-mail.
  • Submit a completed Georgian Court University Student Health Form with immunization documentation to Health Services.
  • Complete your housing application.
  • Reach out to your PDSO and DSO for next steps to register for classes and to make sure you are cleared to book your flight.
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