ISL Organization Reimbursement Process

Receipt Guide for Reimbursements

Please view this resource to make sure your receipts are eligible for reimbursement.

ISL Organization Reimbursement Form

Please complete this form if you are being reimbursed for purchased items on behalf of your organization. Please submit completed form(s) along with original receipts to Linden Mathis in 210A.

Student Organization Food Justification Form

Please complete this form if you are being reimbursed for purchased food items on behalf of your organization. Please submit completed form(s) along with original receipts to Linden Mathis in 210A.

Student Organization Non Employee Form

Please complete this form if you are being reimbursed for purchased items on behalf of your organization and you are not an employee of UGA. Please submit completed form(s) along with original receipts to Linden Mathis in 210A.

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World Leader Resources

World Leader Resources to use during International Student Orientation

Squad Time Attendance Reports
Please click on your squad's number to submit an attendance report. If there are any students not listed on your roster, please type their name into the box provided. 

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Squad Time Presentations

Date Topic
Tuesday, August 1 Getting to know UGA
Tuesday, August 1 Getting to know Athens
Wednesday, August 2 College Life Hacks
Wednesday, August 2 Other UGA Resources
Wednesday, August 2 Cultural Adjustment
Thursday, August 3 Academic Culture in the USA

Academic Honesty Evaluation Instructions 

All students will complete the academic honesty assessment during squad time on Wednesday, August 2. These assessments will be done on Scantron forms provided to you from ISL staff. 

Each student will need to utilize pencil to complete the assessment. No name is required on the Scantron form, but students will need to put their 81X number in the 'identification #' column. Please click here for an example. 

Information for Graduate Coordinators & Academic Advisors

ISL is committed to assisting academic departments and graduate coordinators with a student's transition to the University of Georgia and the United States. Below, you'll find information that may be particularly helpful when working directly with international students. 

Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Graduate Coordinator Meeting Materials 

Immigration Services

International Student Resources

Language Partner Program 

Tax Information 

University Health Center

University Health Insurance

This page is updated periodiscally with new resources and information for UGA staff working directly with international students. 

Request A Resource

Request a new resource for UGA faculty or staff.

Request More Information

To request more information or to schedule a time to speak with an ISL staff member directly, please click here.

Meet the ISL Staff

To contact a specific ISL Staff Member, please click here.

ECHD 4000 - Global Perspectives in Culture

Available in ATHENA for Fall 2018!

ISL is pleased to announce a new course being offered through a partnership with the College of Education and Department of Counseling and Human Development Services. This course will be an in-depth exploration of global consciousness, culture, and personal identity. We will explore on a deeper level what culture is and how to become a culturally competent student at UGA and person in the world. 

Course Description
Culture is something that impacts each of our lives in different ways. This course provides an in-depth survey of what culture is, how cultures interact, and ways in which we can all become more globally conscious citizens at UGA and in the world. We will explore culture from a variety of perspectives and learn how cultures communicate together to create the world we live in today.

Course Information - Fall 2018
ECHD 4000 (3 credit hours) - Global Perspectives in Culture (Special Topics in Counseling & Human Development Services)
Tuesday / Thursday 9:30PM - 10:45PM
CRN #:34815

This course is available for any undergraduate student and requires no pre-requisites or co-requisiutes. To request more information, please click the button below. 

Get More Information

Click here to get more information about ECHD 4000.

ISL Organization Application Process

International Student Life invites any cultural or internationally focused registered student organizations to apply for membership into the ISL organization community. Spots are limited based on staff advising availability and budget resources. ISL will consider all applications for membership based on strength of application, mission of the organization, and overall fit with the larger community. Please read the expectations for ISL organizations below. If you feel that your organization would benefit from joining the ISL organization community and can commit to the ISL organization community expectations, we encourage you to apply today!



ISL Organization Expectations


Organization Constitution, Mission Statement, and Vision

International Student Organizations will be expected to submit an updated constitution to ISL at the beginning of every year, and any time that changes are made. This constitution should be a framework by which the organization operates, and should include an intentional mission statement as well as the vision and goals for the organization.


International Student Organization (ISO) Monthly Leadership Link-Ups & Leadership Summits

There will be mandatory monthly Leadership Link-Ups for ISL international student organization leaders (Presidents/Treasurers) during the fall and spring semesters, as well as Leadership Summits (retreats) at the start of the Fall and Spring semester. The dates and times for these Link-Ups will be announced at each semester’s Leadership Summit. All attempts should be made to rearrange schedules, if possible, in order to attend the Link-Ups (typically, academic conflicts, such as a class, are the only permissible absences. Work schedules should be rearranged, if possible). As a courtesy, an email message will be sent before the meeting over the international student organization leaders' listserv to remind each organization leader of the meeting date and time.



Each month, ISL international student organization leaders (Presidents/Treasurers) are required to meet with their designated ISL advisor. ISL advisors should be the organization’s primary advisor in order to maintain consistency among expectations. If an organization wishes to have a faculty advisor, they should seek approval from ISL staff. Each organization should have their Budget Spreadsheet and Programming Tracker up to date on their Google Folder, with copies of all reservations and flyers uploaded to the Google Folder. Budget spreadsheets should also be updated prior to the meeting. The ISL Office requires each organization to maintain up-to-date, accurate records, so that both the organization and the ISL Office are aware of how much money remains in the particular organization’s account during the year.  


Communication with the ISL Office

It is an expectation that all international student organizations advised by the ISL Office will remain in contact with the ISL Office by participating in scheduled meetings and utilizing the international student organization leaders' listserv (INTORG-L).  Organizations are also expected to respond to questions or requests for information from ISL Staff within 48 hours.  All ISL student organization leaders need to check their mailboxes in the ISL Office at least once a week.


Organization Google Folders

Each ISL organization will be given access to a Google Folder containing a programming tracker and a budget spreadsheet. All student organizations are expected to maintain and update their programming trackers and budget spreadsheets. All electronic invoices and receipts should be uploaded to the Google Folder. At each monthly one-on-one meeting, ISL advisors will review the contents of your Google Folder. Proper and frequent upkeep with the Budget Spreadsheet, Programming Tracker, and documents will be required in order to maintain your organization’s status under ISL.


ISL, Student Affairs, and UGA Policies

Policies concerning registered student organizations established by the ISL Office, the Division of Student Affairs, and UGA must be followed by all ISL organizations.  Groups or individuals found in violation of these policies risk their association with the ISL Office and the University, in addition to any appropriate sanctions as determined by the UGA Student Code of Conduct.


Active Participation

ISL Organization leaders are asked to actively participate in other ISL-sponsored and ISL organization-sponsored events, and share current programs with other organizations over the listserv, during scheduled meetings, and on the ISL calendar. Leaders should enhance the development and implementation of programs sponsored by the ISL Office and fellow international student organizations by actively sharing ideas, concerns and information within each organization, among the organization’s executive leaders, and with the ISL staff. Leaders are also encouraged to actively participate in events sponsored by outside-ISL organizations and UGA offices.


Positive Community

ISL Organizations should promote respect and civility through their actions, programs, events, and communication within the ISL and larger UGA community. Organizations that do not contribute to a positive and constructive community may have their membership terminated and/or not renewed.

STEP 1: Complete the ISL Organization Community Application

Applications to join the ISL organization community open January 8th and close February 16th at 5pm.

STEP 2: Submit a Program & Event Report

Please download, complete, and email this form to by February 16th at 5pm.

Please be sure to complete both tabs on this worksheet - Fall 2017 Programs and Spring 2018 Programs (anticipated)

STEP 3 (optional): Submit a Travel Funding Request Form

Please download, complete, and submit travel funding request forms to by February 16th if your organization wishes to request travel funds for the 2018-2019 academic year.

International Education Week

In 2001, the United States Department of State and Department of Education created International Education Week (IEW) to promote the benefits of international education and worldwide exchange.This week is celebrated annually across the United States and typically occurs during the month of November each year. The next International Education Week is scheduled for November 13-17, 2017. In an effort to provide programs and services that prepare UGA students for a global environment, ISL puts on a week long of events and to celebrate international education here at UGA! If you attend our events, want to share photos, or just want to help us spread the word, please use #UGAIEW2017 to tag your posts!

To build a robust schedule for htis year's IEW, International Student Life and the Office of International Education encourage all UGA student organizations, colleges/schools, and departments to identify existing programs or consider planning a new program that aligns with this year’s program goals:

  • Celebrating the benefits of international exchange;
  • Promoting international understanding;
  • Preparing UGA students to live and work in a global environment.

To submit your existing program or new initiative please use the submission form at the bottom of this page. Program submissions due September 29th, 2017

International Education Week Schedule of Events

Sign-up for the Parade of Flags

Aziz Abu Sarah - IEW Keynote Speaker

Join us for Aziz Abu Sarah's speech, "Building Global Citizens through Travel and Intercultural Exchange " on November 16th at 7pm in Tate Grand Hall.

International Student Organization Resources

Resources for Orgs.

ISL Organization Reimbursement Process Overview

Step-by-step instructions on how to get reimbursed for an organization related purchase.

Submit to ISL Listserv or Calendar

Submission does not automatically guarantee inclusion on the ISL listserv or calendar. Weekly listservs are sent out on Thursdays and all submissions for a specific week must be received by Wednesday at noon to be included.

International Student Organization Leadership Manual

ISL Organization Roster Collection

ISL organization members should register their membership here each semester

UGA Organization Registration Process

Please visit the Center for Student Activities and Involvement (CSAI) website for step-by-step instructions on how to register your organization at UGA. All ISL organizations must re-register at the end of each academic year to be official recognized by the university and the Department of International Student Life.

UGA Vendor Profile System

Use this link to register your designated student organization members who will be eligible for reimbursements from your organization's budget (max 5). Please also share this link with any non-UGA business you wish to pay via check request.

ISL Logos

All international student organization flyers, t-shirts, etc. should be co-branded with the organization's logo and ISL's logo. Please download ISL logos here for your use.

Approved UGA Licensed Vendors

Student Health Insurance Resources

Student Health Insurance Resources

Health insurance can be confusing, trust us, we know! ISL has created a list of quick links to directy you to resources for the most commonly asked questions regarding UGA's student health insurance. Please use the links below to find answers to your questions, however, if you still have questions please contact ISL at

The Mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan is with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents student health program administered by United Healthcare Student Resources. It is an accident and sickness insurance policy that provides coverage worldwide. It includes diagnosis and treatment of illness, injury, or medical conditions, along with preventive care benefits. Benefits include physician, hospital, surgical, pharmacy, behavioral health services (i.e., mental health / substance abuse), as well as legally-mandated benefits.

Students must utilize the University Health Center for care or to obtain a referral when needed (please refer to the student health insurance plan brochure for referral requirements and exceptions).  Students eligible to waive the UGA Health Center fee should be aware that the plan does not cover services/charges normally covered by the UGA Health Center fee. Students who waive the UGA Health Center fee must still utilize the Health Center for care per the plan requirements (see the brochure regarding referral requirements and exceptions),  but the student will be responsible for paying the charges normally covered by the Health Center fee.

Mandatory plan information

  • Enroll for coverage
  • Insurance cards - Insurance ID cards are available electronically once a student completes the Enrollment form. Students can access their insurance ID card electronically 24 hours a day through their United Healthcare My Account.  Create or log into your United Healthcare My Account at United Healthcare will not mail insurance cards unless a student requests one to be mailed through his/her My Account.
  • Enrolling dependents
  • Life changes

Mandatory plan waiver - Students who are mandated to have coverage under the mandatory student health insurance plan may request to waive out of the mandatory plan if they have other acceptable health insurance coverage.

International Student Orientation Health Insurance Presentation

Visit ISL for assistance

ITAP | 8843 Only Instructions

No Income? File Form 8843

Were you present in the United States for any period during the year 2017 (January 1-December 31)?  Are you a non-resident for tax purposes? A yes answer to both questions means you must file a tax form 8843, even if you did not work. All nonresident aliens present in the U.S. under F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 nonimmigrant status must file Form 8843 "Statement for Exempt Individuals and Individuals with a Medical Condition" -- even if they received NO income during a tax year. Depending on various factors, you also may need to file both a federal and state tax return.

This year, all tax forms and returns must be mailed by April 15th, 2018 to the IRS and each individual state you earned income during the tax year.

Form 8843 must be filed if an individual is:
• present in the U.S. for any day during 2017
• a nonresident alien (an individual who has not passed the green card test or the substantial presence test.)
• present in the U.S. under F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 status

If an individual meets all three qualifications above, the Form 8843 must be filed for the tax year.


When you complete Form 8843, it must be sent via US mail, FedEx, UPS, or other delivery service to the address below. It cannot be sent electronically. You can find a document outlining mailing locations around Athens below. ISL highly recommends you send this form with tracking to be sure you are notified when it is delivered. 

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, Texas, United States 

Download Form 8843 from the IRS

Mailing Locations

For locations around Athens that can send your Form 8843 with tracking, please see this document.

International Student Resources

International Student Life is pleased to offer a number of resources to assist you with your transition to Athens and the United States. Resources are listed alphabetically. If you have any suggestions for further resources, please click the link below. 

Academic Honesty Immigration Services 
Academic Writing & Speaking   
Athena & Registering for Classes* Opportunities for Learning English (ESL)
Banking in Athens Roommate Tips
Buying a Used Car Social Security Card Application Information
Cross-Cultural Adjustment - Culture Shock, American Customs, Educational Differences Student Health Insurance
Financial Aid Tips for International Students   Studying & Being Academically Successful at UGA
Food - Local Stores & Dining Halls                                                             Tax Resources for students classified as a NON - RESIDENT for Tax Purposes 
Getting Around Athens                      Tax Resources for students classified as a RESIDENT for Tax Purposes 
Getting Connected - Phones and Mail  UGA Important Phone Numbers
Georgia Driver's License - How to Apply UGA Sports & Sports Culture
Identity Theft & How to Prevent It Writing a Check in the United States

*Make sure to check with your Academic Advisor or Graduate Program Coordinator regarding your course schedule and registering for classes. 

ISL does not advise on any matters related to Immigration. For immigration or visa-related questions, please contact Immigration Services at or 706-542-2900.

Off-Campus Housing Guide

Looking for housing in Athens? This guide will help you get started with information on what you will want to look for in off-campus housing. This is not all-inclusive, but is a good starting point in your search!

Request a resource from ISL

Visit ISL for assistance

Immigration Services

Click here to get help with your immigration and visa questions

Student Health Insurance Resources

World Leaders

World Leaders

World Leaders provide the first official welcome to all new international University of Georgia students and help them prepare for a successful beginning on campus. This position provides a unique opportunity to have a positive impact on newly admitted international students while also developing leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. World Leaders work closely with ISL staff to ensure a successful orientation. The opportunity to work closely on a team with a select group of fellow student leaders is the most challenging and potentially rewarding aspect of the World Leaders experience.

This position is available to all UGA students to include undergraduate, graduate, or professional students. Students may only serve as a World Leader for two (2) years. A World Leader may only serve a third year if selected for the Senior World Leader role.  World Leaders provide leadership, guidance, and support to international students while serving as a role model. During International Student Orientation week, the role of a World Leader requires dedication, high energy, and exemplary support for students. The week is a long but rewarding experience for the World Leaders and the new international students.

Interested in becoming a World Leader for 2019?

Applications will be available in early October 2018!

World Leader Position Description

World Leader Application

Applications will open in October 2018!

Meet the 2017 World Leaders

International Street Festival

International Street Festival

The International Street Festival (also known as ISF or Street Fest) was created in 1999 and is an annual event that promotes internationalization and cultural awareness within the Athens community. The Festival is student and family friendly and boasts an attendance of 3,000 – 5,000 visitors each year. Various UGA student groups and community organizations host exciting cultural displays and performances throughout the Festival, which occurs in downtown Athens each spring. For more information, please email us at

Save the date for the 2018 International Street Festival!

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Downtown Athens on College Avenue


A recap of the 2017 International Street Festival, courtesy of Kyle Rehl and The Red and Black 


2018 Schedule of Events and Performers

Click here to see the performance schedule for 2018!

Apply to perform at this year's International Street Festival

For more information about performing at the 2018 International Street Festival, please click here. Applications are due by Friday, March 2 at 5:00 PM EST.

Apply for a Table Display at International Street Festival

For more information about securing a table at the 2018 International Street Festival for UGA registered student organizations, please click here. Applications are due by Friday, March 2 at 5:00 PM EST.

International Street Festival Vendor Application

For non-UGA affiliated groups or vendors, please click here to apply for a table space at the International Street Festival.

International Street Festival 2017 Photo Gallery

Photos courtesy of Marszalik Photography

Become a Sponsor for International Street Festival

Please type "International Street Festival" in special instructions/comments box when completing your donation.

Language Partner Program

Language Partner Program Logo

Join the Language Partner Program!

A volunteer program designed to build cross cultural relationships and support international students who wish to improve their confidence and fluency in English (speaking and listening). The Language Partner Program pairs international students with a partner student from the U.S. to meet periodically and converse in English.

The Language Partner Program promotes intercultural communication and understanding between international students and U.S. students through the sharing of language and culture. Join the fun and make a friend from a different part of the world!

All UGA students are welcome! International students will improve their English, and U.S. students will learn about a new culture and form a new friendship.

We finalize Language Partners who met the priority deadline at the beginning of each semester. However, we will continue to match Language Partners on a rolling basis (i.e., as soon as Language Partners become available). Language Partners are expected to meet for the remainder of semester. Apply today using the links below!


Fall 2018 Timeline:

  • July 23 - Applications go live
  • August 24 - Applications close
  • August 31 - Pairing notifications made via email
  • September 5 (6 pm) - Mandatory training session
  • September 22 - Kickoff event

Language Partner Program Application

Fall 2018 applications open July 23 and close August 24 at 10AM

Cultural Nights

Ethnic Nights

Each year several ISL student organizations elect to host evenings of culture that showcase a variety of global traditions, customs, performances, and culinary delights. These evenings are referred to as Ethnic Nights and provide a wonderful way to travel around the world without leaving Athens. Some Ethnic Nights are ticketed events and the actual number of cultural evenings varies from year to year.

Cultural Night Tickets

International Coffee Hour

International Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour at the University of Georgia is a weekly program that brings UGA students, faculty, staff, and community members together over coffee and international cuisine. Excluding scheduled University breaks, this event occurs every Friday during the fall and spring semesters from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm in the Memorial Hall Ballroom. Hosted each week by our International Student Organizations and campus departments, the UGA Coffee Hour is one of the longest running programs of its kind across the United States.

Upcoming Coffee Hours

Interested in Hosting a Coffee Hour?

If you are a registered student organization and are interested in learning more about hosting an International Coffee Hour event, please click here to contact ISL.

Volunteer with ISL

Student Information table at International Student Life Orientation

International Student Life has a variety of options for UGA students to create their own international experience right here in Athens. Whether it’s through any one of our international student organizations, by helping plan international events and festivals on campus, or just by stopping by the ISL office to meet other students, ISL is for everyone. Volunteer and leadership opportunities currently available include helping with:

• Coffee Hour
• Ethnic Nights
• International Education Week
• International Graduation Ceremony
• International Street Festival
• International Student Organizations
• International Student Orientation
• International Tax Assistance Program Volunteer
• Language Partner Program
• World Leaders (international orientation leaders)

Contact our office staff if you are a UGA student who would like to volunteer and/or get more involved.

International Graduation Ceremony

International Graduates

International Student Life (ISL) created the first International Graduation Ceremony in December 2002 to honor and celebrate the achievements of international students and ISL student leaders graduating from The University of Georgia. A ceremony is held in May of each year and is intended to serve as a complement to the UGA Commencement Exercises.

The International Graduation Ceremony highlights the special accomplishments and sacrifices made by international students and their families and also includes a complimentary reception immediately following for graduates and their guests.

The Ceremony is free for UGA students and their loved ones, but graduates must RSVP for this event in order to participate. Interested students may also wish to purchase an international sash for use during the Ceremony. These sashes can be purchased via the link on the left side of this website.

This year's International Graduation Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 5th at 11am in the Richard B. Russell Building Auditorium

RSVP is required | Please register using the linked form below by April 13th, 2018 at 5PM

International Graduation Ceremony Registration

Visa Application Support Letter for Visiting Family

Immigration Services provides visa application support letters for students who wish to invite family members to the United States. This includes information about the desired length of stay and specific reasons for the visit. The letter should be mailed to family members, along with a copy of the form I-20. Family members may use the information in support of their B-2 Tourist Visa.

Order an International Graduation Sash

Directions to the International Graduation Ceremony

UGA Commencement Website

2017 Graduation Photos

Photos courtesy of Marszalik Photography.

International Tax Assistance Program

Students Guiding Students Through Taxes

Tax Filing Information for International Students

Filing taxes in the US can be confusing. While the U.S. government has complex tax laws, the purpose of this information is to help identify UGA International Students/Scholars if they must file tax forms, what to file, when to file by and what resources we offer to answer tax filing questions and complete and file federal and state tax returns. Please read the entire page as it will help you to complete the appropriate tax documents that are a part of maintaining your visa status within the US.

The U.S. federal and state governments tax income, taxable scholarships and other types of monetary gain. Tax is generally withheld before a payment is made and individuals are expected to file tax reports by a specified deadline after the end of the tax year as a mechanism to reconcile all tax withheld against what the federal and state government identifies should have been withheld. At the end of the year, if the tax payments that were made were not enough to cover the total income tax due, you must pay the federal and/or state revenue department. Conversely, if you paid too much over the course of the tax year (more than what you owe in tax), then the federal and/or state revenue department will send back your excess payment in the form of a tax refund.

NOTE: The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers by email, phone call, text message, or social media. You can visit if you believe you may have been targeting for scams or phising. 

Click here to view a helpful diagram that explains your tax filing responsiblities.

Registering with UGA's International Tax Assistance Program (ITAP)

The ITAP program for Spring 2018 will begin in late January. Be on the lookout for an email in the spring semester from ISL regarding your filing obligations!

Every F-1 student, J-1 student, and J-1 scholar is highly encouraged to register for ITAP. Registering allows International Student Life to help determine your next steps. To receive assistance from ITAP, you must be either an F-1 student, J-1 student, or J-1 scholar. If you fit into one of these visa categories, please follow the steps below to register to receive tax assistance for your 2017 tax paperwork.

If it is determined that you need to file Federal and State tax returns, you will be provided the opportunity to access a service called Sprintax* at a discount for $10; additionally, there will be a fee for state tax filing that must be fully covered by the student. Georgia state filings will cost $25.95; additional states will be an additional charge. The Federal filing code you will purchase from ITAP for $10 is greatly discounted from the regular price of $35.95. The State filing fees of $25.95 at Sprintax are very competitive  and it is highly recommended that you consider using Sprintax for both your Federal and State filing purposes as Sprintax guarantees the accuracy of all filings.

Sprintax will determine your tax residency. If you are a nonresident for tax purposes and earned taxable income, then use Sprintax to help you through the process of completing your Federal and State tax return documents. If the software identifies you are a resident taxpayer then please follow instructions available on for individual resident taxpayer filing.

Note: UGA will continue to use Glacier for employer payroll compliance and record keeping. Sprintax tax preparation software, however, is for individual non-resident taxpayers to complete tax returns.

* Sprintax software is provided by International Student Life, with additional support from the Office of International Education and the University System of Georgia.

Step 1: View ITAP Registration Instructions

Step 2: Register for ITAP via iStart

Step 3: Start the Sprintax Program

Please only proceed to Sprintax after you have purchased a code from the ITAP program. Proceeding before purchasing your code will result in your Federal tax filing fee being significantly higher.

Form 8843 Instructions

Please use this resource if, after registering with ITAP, it is determined that you DO NOT need to use Sprintax.

ITIN Request Instructions

Please use this resource if, after registering with ITAP, it is determined that you or your spouse needs an ITIN.

Current Tax Fraud/Scam Advisories.

NOTE: The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers by email, phone call, text message, or social media. You can visit if you believe you may have been targeting for scams or phising.

Contact ITAP

International Tax Assistance Program (ITAP)

The University of Georgia
210 Memorial Hall
Athens, Georgia 30602-3108  USA

Phone:  +USA 706-542-5867
Fax:      +USA 706-583-0006


Office Hours: 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Monday-Friday (excluding holidays)


ITAP Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to file tax paperwork?
Yes! Every international student in the United States is required to file tax paperwork, even if they have not worked.

Can I use another software program to help me with my tax paperwork?
The discounted Sprintax software provided by ISL is the only tax software that UGA's non-resident international students should use. Other programs are not as advanced and may give you incorrect paperwork.

Why does ITAP cost money? Why is there a fee?
Due to the large volume of international tax assistance requests in years past, ISL, along with the other universities in Georgia, have determined that providing the Sprintax program was the most cost and time effective approach to providing quality and accurate assistance to international students and scholars. As such, the cost of providing Federal filing codes and running the ITAP program with workshop volunteers requires financial resources. The $10 fee assessed by ITAP helps ISL offset the costs associated  with this service. It is important to understand that tax assistance for anyone typically costs some sort of fee. ISL is committed to keeping this fee as low as possible while also accounting for expected costs with running this service.

The Sprintax software is telling me I am a resident for tax purposes. What do I do?
You will need to file resident forms. Unfortunately, ISL cannot assist students who need to file resident tax forms. Resident tax forms are available online or at local libraries. There also are free online tax software programs at the federal IRS website for resident tax issues. Please contact ISL for a list of local resources.

Can I get help using Sprintax after I purchase my code?
Yes! ISL has trained volunteer who will assist you with completing your tax paperwork using the Sprintax software. After registering for ITAP and purchasing a Sprintax code, you will receive information on how to sign up for Sprintax workshops. 

Why are my tax return results different from my friend's?
Each student's situation is unique. Tax return results can vary due to income differences, tax treaty details, and days present in the USA. ISL strongly advises you from comparing your results with others, as it will often lead to confusion and unnecessary concern.

International Student Advisory Board

International Student Advisory Board Flyer

ISAB Mission Statement

The mission of International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is to improve international students experience at the University of Georgia by providing feedback and advice regarding programs and services on campus. The ISAB will offer suggestions and serve as a bridge between the international student body and the administration from different areas of the University of Georgia.


Members: The ISAB is composed of approximately 10 members who will be recruited in the spring to start serving in the fall. Chair and Secretary will be selected after the board member recruitment. All international degree-seeking students are encouraged to apply. See more details in Application Requirement.

Chair: The Chair is responsible for the overall management of ISAB, including leading all the ISAB meetings. The Chair is serving as an approachable point of contact for international students and the organizational advisor.

Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for taking meeting minutes and distribute them to all ISAB members through eLC. The Secretary also facilitates communication and other relevant ISAB updates to all relevant stakeholders on campus.

Advisor: The Director of International Student Life (ISL) will be the organizational advisor to ensure the ISAB’s adherence to its mission, supervise its activities, facilitate connections to other departments, and provide administrative and financial support.

Time Commitment

ISAB members will be expected to serve consecutive 2 semesters in an academic year. However, members can choose to serve on the board for more than two semesters through reapplication. The ISAB will meet 3 times per semester for 2 hours at mutually decided dates and time. The ISL will be responsible for reserving a room for the meetings. Additional meetings may be necessary between some or all of the members. All the meetings minutes are open to the public and available online. Other students or representatives from the university may be invited as guests to the meetings; the ISL staff members may attend meetings as appropriate.

Responsibilities and Benefits

Roles: ISAB agendas will be created to lead the discussion around key topics focused on ISL services and programs, and the overall international student experience on campus.

Responsibilities: ISAB members are expected to:
• Attend all meetings: Members who miss two meetings will be asked to leave the board.
• Communicate between meetings through email or eLC based on the meeting minutes.
• Provide experience, information, perception and support about the international student experience.
• Encourage other international students to give feedback to ISL events through online forms, emails and Facebook group on ISAB website.
• Attend a minimum of two multicultural events every semester.
• Shape the short-term and long-term objectives of ISAB.

Benefits: ISAB members will:
• Improve their leadership and intercultural communication skills.
• Gain advising experience and advocacy.
• Obtain practical experience in student affairs and international education.
• Have opportunities to directly interact and build relationships with diverse groups on campus.


Application Process

Application Requirement: Undergraduate and graduate students who meet all the following requirements are eligible to apply:
• Holding and F1 or J1 visa
• Currently enrolled at UGA
• Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75

Application materials and information will be made available each March on this site. 

Current Board Members

Please provide feedback / concerns / suggestions / issues using this form.

ISAB Meeting Minutes

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation Logo

About Orientation

ISL organizes an international student orientation each semester for new and transfer international students matriculating to the University of Georgia. The information included in the ISL orientation is not covered by any other orientation program on campus. Highlights from ISL's orientation schedules include information concerning immigration issues, taxes for non-residents, cross-cultural adjustment, housing assistance, course registration procedures, Social Security Cards, UGA payroll, and campus tours. Current UGA students serve as orientation leaders (called World Leaders) to assist with international orientation sessions.

Fall 2018 Orientation will be held from Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3, 2018. 

Undergraduate degree-seeking students should plan to arrive Sunday, July 29th as undergraduate advising and course registration will take place on the morning of Monday, July 30th.

Registration Fees: 

Registration Deadline Undergraduate Students  Graduate Students Exchange Students 

Early Registration

Before July 6, 2018 

$375 $175 $425


Before July 24, 2018

$395 $195 $445

Late Registration

After July 24, 2018 and on site

$415 $215 $465



Undergraduate Student Registration Cost Includes...
  • Housing for 6 nights (Sunday, July 29 - Friday, August 3)  ISL requires that all undergraduate students stay overnight in orientation housing for the duration of the program with very limited exceptions on a case-by-case basis. For more information or to request an exemption, please email
  • Lunches and dinners between Sunday, July 29 and Friday, August 3 (breakfast meal plans are available for an additional $30)
  • Orientation materials including 2018 orientation t-shirt
Graduate Student Registration Cost Includes...
  • Lunches and dinners between Monday, July 30 and Friday, August 3 (breakfast meal plans are available for an additional $30)
  • Orientation materials including 2018 orientation t-shirt
Orientation housing is available to graduate students at an additional $250 for 5 nights (July 30 - August 3)​​
Exchange Student Registration Cost Includes...
  • Housing for 5 nights (Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3)  ISL requires that all exchange students stay overnight in orientation housing for the duration of the program with very limited exceptions on a case-by-case basis. For more information or to request an exemption, please email
  • Lunches and dinners between Monday, July 30 and Friday, August 3 (breakfast meal plans are available for an additional $30)
  • Orientation materials including 2018 orientation t-shirt


Why should you register for International Student Orientation 2018?

  • Important topics related to UGA academics, safety, wellness, resources, and much more are discussed in detail during this program! Even if you have attended college in the USA before, it is still recommended to attend this program!
  • International Student Life and the World Leaders (orientation leaders) are specially trained to help assist international students, like you, transition successfully to the USA and to the University of Georgia!
  • You will learn important information about UGA and Athens, including where to shop, eat, and have fun! Our World Leaders are current international and domestic students that have lived in Athens and are here to share their experiences and tips for living a great life in Athens, GA.
  • Our World Leader squads you build a sense of community and establish a network of friends before classes even start!
  • International Student Orientation 2018 is more than informational sessions! Throughout the program there will be fun activities and events that allow you to meet your fellow students.

Register for International Student Orientation

Sponsored Student Registration

Please only use this registration option if an organization or department is paying for your registration. Please confirm this arrangement with your sponsor prior to registering.

International Student Orientation Handbook

Required Medical Forms for New Students

After registering for orientation, please visit this website to read about which immunizations and forms must be completed by all international students. If you have difficulties accessing this resource, please email

Saeeda Peermahomed Award

Lucas Vasconcelos, recipient of the 2015 Saeeda Peermahomed Award

Lucas Vasconcelos, recipient of the 2015 Saeeda Peermahomed Award

What is the Saeeda Peermahomed Award?

The Saeeda Peermahomed Award is made possible by the Peermahomed Family and is given in memory of Saeeda Peermahomed. Saeeda was a University of Georgia student from India who was studying to obtain a Masters degree in Journalism when she was killed in a tragic automobile accident in North Georgia in 1979. Saeeda was an outstanding international student who was active in international student organizations and promoted cross-cultural exchange. This award is given in Saeeda's memory to honor the goals of inter-cultural exchange for which she stood.

The annual award is given to an international student in recognition of outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service in the field of international education. Recipients should be undergraduate or graduate international students at the University of Georgia and should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. The selection of the award recipient is made annually in the spring semester.

The Selection Committee seeks to identify international students that have been actively involved in international programs and/or activities on campus. All members of the committee vote to select the award recipient. In the event of a tie, the Peermahomed Family (or their representative) will make the final decision concerning the awardee. Information concerning the selection committee for this award is available upon request by contacting International Student Life.

The international student recipient will receive a certificate and an award of $1000.


Qualifications for Nomination

International students who are currently enrolled at the University of Georgia with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and who are in good standing with the institution are eligible for this award. Additionally, the Selection Committee seeks to identify international students that have been the most actively involved in international programs and/or activities on campus while maintaining their academic status. The recipient will be selected based upon outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service in the field of international education.


All applicants must submit the following:

  • A current resume
  • A personal statement written by the applicant, which describes how they have fulfilled the three selection criteria for the award: scholarship, leadership, and service in the field of international education. The personal statement should contain the applicant’s UGA student ID (810) number. Personal statements must be no longer than 500 words.
  • Contact information (name, phone number, email address) for current UGA Faculty/Staff member or a UGA registered student organization that can talk about your scholarship, leadership, and service in the field of international education.

No additional application materials will be considered by the Selection Committee.

Applications closed Friday, March 30th, 2018 at 5pm (EST)
The 2018 Saeeda Peermahomed Award winner will be contacted by Monday, April 16th

Official Saeeda Peermahomed Award Announcement

Prospective Students

International Students sitting and eating

Admission to the University of Georgia

International Student Life provides the following admissions information on this web site as a resource only. Specific admissions questions should be addressed to the appropriate admissions office or to the particular academic department in which you wish to study.

The Office of Admissions websites linked below include special pages specifically focused on international applicants that include information concerning the unique procedures required for internationals desiring to study at UGA.

Graduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

Immigration Services

Click here to get help with your immigration and visa questions

US College Guide for International Students

ISL Facilities and Equipment

Memorial Hall Tribal Lounge

Lounge (Room 210F)

As part of our mission to provide a welcoming space that supports opportunities for the interactions of students from the USA and other nations, ISL offers a lounge for UGA students on the second floor of Memorial Hall, in Room 210F. The Lounge is open during regular building hours and is also available for student usage on a first‐come, first served basis if there are no existing reservations for the room.

Conference Room (Room 210E)

The conference room is available for student organizations and groups who need a more formal meeting location. This space includes a computer with flat‐screen TV display and can seat up to 10 people at the conference table. 

International Student Organization Suite & Confernece Room (Room 229)

ISL provides office and work space for our International Student Organizations. This space provides a lounge area for informal meetings, a conference room with computer and flat‐screen TV for meetings, and drop in computer stations with printing. Certain International Student Organizations are assigned office space each year based off an application process through ISL. 

  • ​To check availbility of the 229 conference room, please CLICK HERE! ISL strongly recommends that organizations reserve the 229 conference room ahead of time to guarantee its availability.

Tribal Lounge

As a shared space, the Tribal Lounge is a great location for student organization events, study groups, or just a place to hang out between classes. The Tribal Lounge can be reserved using the reservation request link below. Also available in this space is a comprehensive sound system that includes bluetooth technology, wireless microphone capabilities, etc.


Equipment Rentals

ISL provides and maintains an inventory of equipment that is available to International Student Organizaitons. As an ISO, you have access to rent various pieces of equipment for free. Please use the linked documents and forms below to request equipment for your organization's events and programs.

Reserve space at ISL

Reserve equipment from ISL

ISL Equipment Inventory

Welcome to International Student Life

International Street Festival

Welcome to International Student Life (ISL) at the University of Georgia (UGA)!

The department of International Student Life (ISL) enhances the student‐learning environment through programs and services that internationalize the campus experience. This work is accomplished through focused and intentional efforts in three core areas:

Transition & Support
Services and programs aimed at supporting international students to assist with their ongoing transition to the University of Georgia and life in the United States.

Programming & Outreach
Opportunities and events designed for the UGA and Athens communities to share, explore, and learn about cultures in an effort to build an inclusive and internationalized campus.

Leadership & Engagement
Volunteer and leadership opportunities that promote global citizenship through individual growth, and cross cultural learning and development.

International Student Life 2015 Open House Photo Gallery