Prepare for your arrival to UGA!

Once you register for orientation, there are a number of things you can do to make your journey to the USA as smooth as possible. Please see below for resources that will assist you as you begin to prepare to join us at UGA!

International Student Orientation Handbook

The orientation handbook contains important information about preparing for your journey to Athens, the orientation program, and much more.

ISL Resources

Need information about getting a driver's license? Setting up utilities? Mobile phone service? Check out ISL's library of international student resources.

Dining

UGA has a number of dining halls, campus eateries, coffee shops, and food establishments across campus. Many students choose to purchase a meal plan through Dining Services, however, this is not required. Learn more about the mealplan, Bulldog Bucks, Paw Points, and the campus eateries here.

On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing is operated by the Department of University Housing. Learn more about the different residence halls and options available for students here. Keep in mind that all first-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus for their first year.

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!

Immigration Services

Learn about the various services provided by Immigration Services with the Office of Global Engagement

Health and Wellness in the United States

Learn more about Health and Wellness in the United States with the University Health Center

Graduate School

For graduate students, learn more about the UGA Graduate School and graduate student orientation on August 12, 2019 at 9:00AM.

Academic Advising

Learn more about academic advising for undergraduate students. Your appointment will be pre-scheduled for you during fall 2019 orientation. Graduate students should contact their specific department about advising.

MyID and UGA Email

When your MyID is created, so is your UGA email address. The Student Code of Conduct requires you to check your UGA email regularly, and ISL recommends you check this address at least once daily. Learn more information about your MyID and UGA Email address.

Transportation and Parking Services

All vehicles on campus must have a parking permit issued by Transportation and Parking Services. Additionally, UGA Buses as well as Athens Transit buses are available for students to use. To learn more about parking or buses on campus, please click here.

Service Continuity Information on ISL Programs / Events / Services

updated 3/27/20 at 1:48pm

NEW! - ISL is launching virtual office hours every Friday from 12p-1p (EST) starting April 3, 2020. To join, please visit: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJcqf-isrDIuDZppZLg0Rwsa2xrOVOmXSg 

 

Program Cancellations/Rescheduling

The following ISL or ISL-advised organization programs/events are cancelled at this time. 

  • Wednesday, March 18: World Leader Training
  • Thursday, March 19: Tea Talks
  • Thursday, March 19: Language Lab - rescheduled for April via Zoom
  • Friday, March 20: Global Dawgs Training
  • Friday, March 20: International Coffee Hour 
  • Friday, March 20: International Tax Assistance Program Workshop
  • Friday, March 20: Language Lab - rescheduled for April via Zoom
  • Friday, March 20: Nowruz (Persian Student Union)
  • Saturday, March 21: Filipino Culture Night (Filipino Student Association)
  • Thursday, March 26: Language Lab - rescheduled for April via Zoom
  • Friday, March 27: International Coffee Hour 
  • Friday, March 27: Language Lab - rescheduled for April via Zoom
  • Friday, March 27 & Saturday, March 28: Caribbean Night (Caribbean Student Association)
  • Saturday, March 28: Korean Night (Korean Undergraduate Student Association)
  • Wednesday, April 1: World Leader Training 
  • Friday, April 3: International Coffee Hour
  • Friday, April 3: International Tax Assistance Program
  • Friday, April 3: Mehndi Night (Pakistani Student Association)
  • Saturday, April 11: International Street Festival 
  • Tuesday, April 14: Leadership Linkup for ISL Student Organization Leaders 
  • Wednesday, April 15: World Leader Training 
  • Thursday, April 16: Arabian Nights (Arab Cultural Association)
  • Saturday, April 18: India Night (Indian Student Association)
  • Monday, April 20: ISL Leadership & Volunteer Banquet 

Service Continuity Information for ISL Organizations

updated 3/23/2020 at 11:30am

Information for Organization Leaders

  • ISL Weekly Update for Student Organizations - Click Here
  • UPDATE: All ISL programming as well as ISL-advised student organization programming is cancelled for the remainder of spring semester at this time. Your advisor will reach out with next steps and more information for those organizations affected. For organizations hosting Cultural Nights, your advisor will be in touch to determine ticket refunds. Per email communication on Friday, March 13, all ISL and ISL-adivsed organization programming is cancelled through March 29. If you would like to reschedule your event for later this semester, be sure to reach out to Campus Reservations or the appropriate venue to discuss your options. Organizations who may have their Cultural Night programming impacted should be in touch wiht their respective advisors if you have not yet done so already. 
  • ISL staff are available Monday - Friday, 8AM to 5PM, via email. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any organization related questions or matters during the interim suspension of classes. 

Advisor Meetings & Communications

  • Due to the suspension of classes and the movement online starting March 30, ISL staff are currently working remotely. If you have a scheduled advising appointment with your advisor, they will reach out to set up a virtual meeting with you via Zoom. ISL staff will post on this website when we will return to the office. 
  • If your organization is scheduled for an ISL Organization Interview between March 16 and March 29, ISL will reach out this week to reschedule your organization's interview. 

Organization Program & Event Support

  • UPDATE: The Center for Student Activites and Involvement has created a Digital Engagement Guide for student organizations. Please view this great resource here
  • All organization events and programs are cancelled for the spring semester at this time. Your organization will need to work with respective vendors and other groups to coordinate cancellations. ISL has cancelled all student organization events with Campus Reservations, Events, & Technical Services. 

Policy Updates and Information

  • UPDATE: ALL ISL organization budgets are frozen until further notice from your advisor. 
  • At this time, your organization should refrain from making any organization-related purchases until further notified by ISL. No reimbursements will be approved at this time without express permission from your advisor. 
  • If your organization has deposits to make to your organization account, you must bring those to ISL for paperwork on the first day in which ISL staff are back in the office. 

Reimbursement Processes

Until further notice, reimbursements should be submitted digitally via the information below. No reimbursements will be approved for purchases made from March 16 - March 29 without express permission from your advisor. For other items you may have purchased before this time and are seeking reimbursement, please follow the process below. 

  1. All necessary forms and instructions can be found on the ISL websiteNote that all non-employee payment forms and food justification forms (if applicable) must be signed and dated digitally. This can include typing your name and the date in the appropriate space. 
    1. For reimbursements, please click here
    2. For payment requests (payment of invoices for services/goods), click here
    3. If an invidivual needs to register as a supplier, click here for instructions. 
  2. Receipts can be submitted digitally, either in PDF or photo format. If you do not have a digital copy, please take a CLEAR picture of the FULL receipt or use a free app like DocScanner to scan your receipt(s). 
  3. Send one (1) email per reimbursement/payment request package including ALL documents and receipts to isl@uga.edu. 
    1. PDF or Word documents are accepted for forms. JPEG, PNG, or PDF are accepted for receipt photos. 
    2. Subject line of your email should read "STUDENT ORGANIZATION-EVENT NAME". If multiple receipts are being submitted for the same event, please number them (i.e., VSA-Night in Saigon 1, VSA-Night in Saigon 2). 
  4. Please hold on to all original receipts and bring them to ISL once ISL staff are back in the office.

Service Continuity Information for International Students

updated 3/27/2020 at 4:09pm

Important notice for international students living in on-campus housing: Whether or not you have already been approved to remain on campus during the suspended learning period, if you need to live on campus through the end of the spring 2020 semester due to extenuating circumstances, please log into The Dawg House to make your request by 12 p.m. (noon) on March 20. Please visit University Housing's FAQ website for more information.

 

COVID-19 Related Updates from ISL & Immigration Services

Messages from Embassies & Consulates - ISL does not endorse the content of these messages.


International Tax Assistance Program Information and Resources

  • UPDATE: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on Friday, March 20 that the tax deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020 instead of April 15, 2020. All tax documents must be postmarked by the July 15, 2020 date. 
  • At this time, all International Tax Assistance Program Sprintax Workshops are cancelled for the remainder of the semester (Friday, March 20 and Friday, April 3). We are able to provide Sprintax assistance via email with instructions included below. 
  • For any tax related questions, ISL is providing tax support via email to isltax@uga.edu. When emailing the ISL Tax Assistance Program, please provide a screenshot of your specific question or issue with Sprintax as this will assist us in best supporting you through the tax process remotely. 
  • For all tax-related information, please visit http://isl.uga.edu/taxes. 

General Advising & Support for International Students

  • Both ISL and Immigration Services staff are available to assist you during the interim suspension of classes. Please email ISL at isl@uga.edu or Immigration Services at immigration@uga.edu. 

ISL Service Continuity Resource Page

NEW! - ISL is launching virtual office hours every Friday from 12p-1p (EST) starting April 3, 2020. To join our next virtual office hour session, please click here.
NEW! - ISL has created a temporary phone number to reach us while we are working remortely from home. Please dial +1 (706) 680-7577 to reach an ISL staff member during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm EST).

 

The best resource for ongoing campus-wide updates is https://www.uga.edu/coronavirus/info.php. UGA is updating this site often with new information.

To stay informed of the day-to-day status of Student Affairs and other student services and activities view the Student Affairs updates page.

All in-person ISL events and programs, including international student organization events are cancelled for the remainder of the spring semester. Please see information below regarding specific event cancellations for ISL programs and ISL-advised student organization events.

ISL staff will work to engage students online during the instruction suspension and when classes resume. Currently, all ISL staff members are working remotely and are not physically present in Memorial Hall due to UGA's COVID-19 guidance. However, ISL staff are available via email or social media to assist students. If you prefer to call, please use our temporary phone number +1 (706) 680-7577.

Below, there are links to additional ISL information for different student populations and campus stakeholders. Please visit these pages for more information.

Information for International Students

- COVID-19 Related Updates from ISL & Immigration Services
- International Tax Assistance Program Information & Resources
- General Advising & Support for International Students

Information for ISL Organizations

- Updates for Org. Leaders
- Advisor Meetings & Communication
- Org. Program/Event Support
- Policy Updates & Information
- Reimbursement Processes

Information on ISL Programs / Events / Services

- General Updates
- Program Cancellations / Rescheduling

ISAB Announcements & Communication

Schedule a Meeting

Global Buddies Program Interest Application

Access the Spring 2020 interest application through the link that best describes you below. 

*Pairings will not be made until January 2020.

Undergraduate Student Interest Application

DUE TO THE HIGH NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS, THIS APPLICATION HAS CLOSED.

Global Buddies Program Graduate Student Interest Application

Click here to access the interest application for graduate students.

Global Buddies Program Faculty/Staff Interest Application

Click here to access the interest application for faculty and staff.

Global Dawgs - Intercultural Competency Development Training for Faculty and Staff

Global Dawgs is a training workshop for UGA faculty and staff to explore and develop intercultural competency and communication skills. It also allows for participants to learn more about international students at the University and learn best practices to support international students on campus. Participants will learn effective intercultural communication skills and develop a toolkit of resources to best support international students and develop an intercultural perspective. 

Global Dawgs is a part of the Certificate for Diversity & Inclusion offered through University of Georgia Training & Development. All registrations are made through the UGA Professional Education Portal (pep.uga.edu). 

Spring & Summer 2020 Workshop Information

All workshops are held in The Intersection, located on the 3rd Floor of the Tate Student Center, across from the Tate Print and Copy shop. 

Friday, February 14 - 9AM to 12PM 

Friday, March 20 - 9AM to 12PM

Friday, April 17 - 9AM to 12PM 

Friday, June 19 - 9AM to 12PM

Friday, July 17 - 9AM to 12PM

Learning Outcomes 
  1. Participants will understand the general differences in the experiences of international students versus other students on campus. (Application of Knowledge)
  2. Participants will understand how their own personal identities and beliefs may influence their interactions with students of different cultural backgrounds. (Self-Identity)
  3. Participants will develop tangible skills related to intercultural communication and empathy to best support international and intercultural students on campus. (Communication, Inclusion)
For More Information

For more information or to request a customized Global Dawgs workshop for your college or administrative unit, please email isl@uga.edu.  

Register Here

Register for a Global Dawgs workshop through the UGA Professional Education Portal.

Get More Information

To get more information or to request a customized Global Dawgs Workshop, please click here.

Language Lab Instructor - Xinyi Meng

Xinyi Meng - Language Lab Instructor

 

About Xinyi:

Xinyi Meng is from China and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Tesol and World Language Education program in the UGA College of Education. This is her second year here in this wonderfully diverse and welcoming campus. She loves the warmth of sharing experiences with people around the world through which a colorful tapestry is woven across borders. She's an enthusiast of poetry and has three poems published. She loves playing the ukulele and the piano. Sometimes she sings a little.

Register for a Language Lab session with Xinyi

Topics:
January - Culture & Values in America
February - Communication in America
March - Spring Season in America
April - coming soon

Language Lab Instructor - Samantha Varghese

 

About Samantha:

In working with over 85% international students at UGA, I am passionate about helping non-native English speakers gain the confidence in communication, speaking and writing the English language.You will receive introductory English language sessions, learn common phrases, cultural rules, and American norms. I will strive to equip you with tools to be a successful English speaker so that you can be a successful student during your time at UGA. My background includes academic advisory and student affairs roles with undergraduate and graduate students at UGA. I am a first-generation college student, and the first in my family to pursue graduate studies. I strive to continue working in higher education to help students become successful academically, personally and professionally. 

Register for a Language Lab session with Samantha

Topics:
January - Culture & Values in America
February - Communication in America
March - Spring Season in America
April - coming soon

Language Labs Instructor Information

ISL is seeking 5-8 current UGA graduate students to assist with facilitating a new initiative called the American-English Language Labs program (Language Labs).

Language Labs will provide current international students at UGA a comfortable and reoccurring venue to practice their American-English language skills and to ask questions to clarify points of confusion related to the complicated nature and nuance of the American-English language. 

Over the past 5 years, the ISL staff has realized that, while UGA’s international student population is often fluent in English when it comes to reading and writing, some students continue to express concerns with using English in every-day social and academic settings. More specifically, international student feedback related to language barriers included themes of social alienation and confusion in the classroom setting. 

 

Social Setting Success

Social alienation of international students due to language barriers is mainly an attribute of a scarce slang and idiom vocabulary. When international students are in social settings with their American peers, pop-culture references and jargon tend to quickly disconnect these two groups of students. The Language Labs program won’t aim to educate international student participants on all American pop-culture references, but it will strive to provide some foundational examples and provide useful tips for how international students can continue to educate themselves on American pop-cultural terms. 

 

Classroom Confidence

International students have expressed confusion in the classroom environment when professors and fellow students use American-centric terms or jargon to teach class content. The Language Labs programwould create a space where international students could bring questions around certain English terms they hear in the classroom setting for clarification. 

Ultimately, the goal of Language Labs is to help build international student confidence related to English so they can engage with peers in academic group-work settings more effectively.

 

Instructor Commitment

Because this opportunity is unpaid and volunteer-based, we understand that Language Lab instructors will have other priorities in their lives. Therefore, we have structured this experience to require minimum pre-planning work and have built the majority of the ‘curriculum’ in a way that allows for the instructor to easily facilitate each session. Further, ISL will provide each instructor with a budget to utilize towards activities and snacks. Below outlines the basic commitments and expectations of a Language Lab instructor:

Prepare and facilitate two 1-hr Language Lab sessions each month (September – November) for about 15-20 student participants;
Maintain contact with Language Lab ‘students’ as a resource throughout semester;
Attend monthly 1-hr Language Lab instructor planning meetings (September - November);

 

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the interest form linked below. Someone from International Student Life will reach out with more details about the program and answer any questions you may have.

I'm interested in serving as an instructor for Language Labs

Please press the "contact" button to the left to send an email of interest to ISL. An ISL staff member will reach out to discuss the program and your interest in serving as an instructor.

ISL Organization Payment Request Process

UGA Supplier 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.

Non Employee Form

All students must fill out this form if they are being reimbursed for purchased items on behalf of their organization, even if they are an employee of UGA. Please submit completed form(s) along with original receipts to an ISL staff member in Memorial Hall 210.

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 an ISL staff member in Memorial Hall 210.

Leadership Development Resources

International Student Organization Leadership Development Guide

This interactive tool helps to share strategies for organization development and best practices.

Conflict Resolution Activity

How do you and other members of your e-board resolve conflict? Use this activity in executive board meetings to learn about the styles of the leaders in your organization.

Presidential Summit Series

Coordinated by the Center for Student Activities and Involvement, these meetings showcase important leadership development skills each month. Click here for more information.

Adding ISL Involvement to Your Resumé

Share Your Experiences 

Whether you are a general body member or an organizational leader, your involvement in ISL student organizations can be showcased on a resumé! Add your involvement to your resumé or CV by putting in skills that you've gained during your time in an ISL organization. 

Some skills built in organizations include: 

  • Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Problem-Solving
  • Increased Intercultural Competency
  • Time Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Organization
  • Budget Management
  • Cross-Cultural Collaboration

ISL Student Org Member Resources

Welcome student org members! 

Visit this page for regularly updated information regarding policy, procedures, and membership development for ISL student organizations.

Current International Student Organizations

Click here for a list of the current international student organizations, as well as a link to their Involvement Network pages.

Purchasing Guidelines

Information regarding purchasing with student organization allocated funds.

ISL Organization Reimbursement Process

Step-by-step instructions on how to get reimbursed for an organization related purchase, as well as all necessary documents.

ISL Organization Roster Collection

Click here to register your membership to an ISL student organization each semester.

ISL Student Org Executive Board Resources

Welcome student leaders!

Visit this page for regularly updated information regarding policy, procedures, and leadership development for ISL student organizations.

Purchasing Guidelines

Information regarding purchasing with student organization allocated funds.

ISL Organization Reimbursement Process

Step-by-step instructions on how to get reimbursed for an organization related purchase, as well as all necessary documents.

ISL Organization Payment Request Process

Step-by-step instructions on how to pay an off-campus vendor for an organization related purchase, as well as all necessary documents.

External UGA Funding

ISL policies for organizations that wish to apply for funding from the Small Clubs Allocation Requests (SGA) or the VP Diversity Fund.

Leadership Development Resources

Click here for resources that focus on personal and organizational development for ISL student organization leaders.

229 Card Access Request Form

This form should be used by presidents of ISL organizations to request access to the 229 organization suite

Language Labs

American-English Language Labs

Program Overview:

The American-English Language Labs program (Language Labs) provides current international students at UGA a comfortable and reoccurring space to practice their American-English language skills and ask questions to clarify points of confusion related to the complicated nature and nuance of conversational English. Additionally, this program provides the opportunity for international students to  build a sense of community with other international students as we know that UGA's international students are spread out across many different academic programs and physical locations on campus.

 

Program Objectives:

  • Equip UGA’s international student population with additional English language skills that will allow them to thrive in both the social and academic settings;
  • Create a comfortable and supportive environment for international students to come together frequently and practice their conversational-English language skills and build a sense of community with fellow international students.

 

Program Details:

  • This program is free and open to all international students enrolled at UGA.
  • Language Labs will begin in September 2019 and run on a monthly-basis through the end of classes in May 2021.
  • Up to three Language Lab rooms will be available each month (on the same date/time) and each room will have at least one instructor. Instructors are current international and/or American graduate student volunteers who have been selected by the Department of International Student Life (ISL). Additionally, ISL staff may serve as an instructor/co-instructor depending on the needs of the program and student participants.
  • Each Language Lab room will have no more than 20 international student participants in order to keep the experience as individualized and comfortable as possible. If student interest in the program warrants, additional rooms and instructors will be provided by ISL to meet the demand.
  • Involvement is based on student interest and availability - meaning you can choose to come to as many or as few language labs as you wish!
  • While each monthly Language Lab will have a theme or topic that the instructor will briefly teach, the majority of the time will be unstructured to allow for students to interact with eachother and the instructor(s) informally to seek out assistance with specific questions or challenges.

 

Click here to view a complete listing of currently scheduled Language Labs

Sign-up for Language Labs by choosing an instructor below and viewing their lab dates/times

Meet Samantha - Language Lab Instructor

Learn more about this instructor and view their Language Lab dates/times

Meet Xinyi - Language Lab Instructor

Learn more about this instructor and view their Language Lab dates/times

2019 Saeeda Peermahomed Award Recipient

Alaa Ahmed is named the 2019 recipient of the Saeeda Peermahomed Award

Alaa Ahmed, a fifth year Ph.D. student in microbiology, is this year’s Saeeda Peermahomed Award recipient. The award is given annually by International Student Life to recognize outstanding international students.

Alaa initially came to UGA in 2014 after working in research and development at Rhein-Minapharm Biogenetics in his home country of Egypt. His academic achievements include serving as a research assistant within Dr. Ellen Neidle’s microbiology lab where he studies the evolution of enzymes involved in bacterial degradation of lignin-derived aromatics and contributes to scholarly publications.

As an active member of the University and Athens communities, Alaa has volunteered with several initiatives at UGA and the Clark County School District, including serving as a judge and mentor for various STEM related school science projects. Currently, Alaa serves as a science writer for Athens Science Observer.

On campus, Alaa served as chairperson of the International Student Advisory Board during the 2017-2018 academic year and received International Student Life’s Outstanding Graduate Student award in 2018, recognizing his leadership in and commitment to the international student community. Most recently, he joined the staff of the Red & Black, UGA’s independent student newspaper, producing stories that highlight the international community and international programming.

Justin Jeffery, director of International Student Life, said that Alaa is well-deserving of this year’s award.

“His involvement on campus and within the Athens community shows a true passion for helping others and improving the experience for all international students at UGA” said Jeffery.

Alaa said that winning the award is a special moment for him.

“It not only acknowledges the academic achievements of international students like myself, but also our unique contributions to cross-cultural exchange at UGA,” said Alaa.

The 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 master’s 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.

Each year, all currently enrolled UGA international students are eligible to apply as long as they have a current GPA of 3.5 or better. Application details are made available in early February each year at isl.uga.edu.

International Student Life is one of the 19 departments within the Division of Student Affairs, and focuses its work on supporting UGA’s 2,700+ international students while also creating unique and educational opportunities for all UGA students to build skills related to intercultural competencies and cross-cultural understanding.

ISL Award Recipients

Each spring semester, ISL hosts the annual Leadership & Volunteer Banquet where the following awards are presented. While some awards require an application, others are selected by ISL staff based on the criteria listed.  Information about applying for a specific award is below. Awards are presented to current ISL-advised organizations as well as students actively involved in ISL programs and services during the academic year. 

Student Organization Awards

Above & Beyond Community Building Program 

 This award is presented to the student organization that hosted an event that went above and beyond to build community both within their organization and the UGA community at large. 

2018-2019: Persian Student Union

2017-2018: Brazilian Student Association 

2016-2017: Filipino Student Association

2015-2016: Indian Student Association & Taiwanese Student Association

Above & Beyond Advocacy Program 

This award is presented to the student organization that hosted an event that brought awareness of a global or local issue to the UGA campus. 

2018-2019: Arab Cultural Association

2017-2018: Caribbean Student Association 

2016-2017: Students for Justice in Palestine 

2015-2016: African Student Union

Above & Beyond Cultural Exploration Program 

 This award is presented to the student organization that hosted an event to bring awareness of deep cultural concepts to the UGA campus. 

2018-2019: African Student Union

2017-2018: African Student Union 

2016-2017: Brazilian Student Association 

2015-2016: Pakistani Student Association

Outstanding Community Service & Philanthrophy Award 

 This award is presented to the student organization that promoted and maintained a high standard of community involvement that includes on-going community service initiatives and/or fundraising and philanthrophy activities. 

2018-2019: Carribean Student Association

2017-2018: Vietnamese Student Association 

2016-2017: Vietnamese Student Association 

2015-2016: Filipino Student Association 

Outstanding Advertising & Promotion Award 

 This award is presented to the student organization that has consistently developed creative and innovative marketing materials to promote their organization and its events. 

2018-2019: Vietnamese Student Association

2017-2018: Indian Student Association

2016-2017: Caribbean Student Association

Most Improved Organization Award 

This award is presented to the student organization that has shown significant improvement throughout the academic year.  

2018-2019: Arab Cultural Association

2017-2018: Persian Student Union 

2016-2017: Thai Student Association 

2015-2016: Brazilian Student Association 

International Coffee Hour Award of Excellence

This award is given to the organization who presented the most dynamic and engaging International Coffee Hour through their decorations, food, and cultural presentations and engagement.

2018-2019: Filipino Student Association

2017-2018: Filipino Student Association 

2016-2017: Turkish Student Organization 

2015-2016: Saudi Students Association 

Cultural Collaboration Award 

 This award is given to the student organization that has significantly been involved with and participated with a variety of different groups or individuals through co-sponsorship, collaboration, or the creation of intercultural programs. 

2018-2019: Persian Student Union

2017-2018: Thai Student Association & Chinese Language and Culture Association

2016-2017: Amnesty International 

2015-2016: Muslim Student Association 

Organization Innovation Award 

This award is presented to the organization that sought out new opportunities to develop their organization through innovative programs or new initiatives.  

2018-2019: Filipin Student Association

2017-2018: Brazilian Student Association 

2016-2017: Filipino Student Association 

2015-2016: AIESEC 

Jackie Minus International Student Organization of the Year Award 

 This award is presented to the student organization that has gone above and beyond to fulfill the mission of their organization and the mission of ISL through its activities, programs, and projects. Dedicated in 2018, this award is presented in memory of Jackie Minus, ISL's long-serving Administrative Assistant from 2000-2017, as a way to honor her committment over the years to the success of international students, student organizations, and the love she shared for the work of ISL's students each day. 

2018-2019: Vietnamese Student Association

2017-2018: Filipino Student Association 

2016-2017: Caribbean Student Association

2015-2016: AIESEC 


Individual Awards

Volunteers of the Year Award

2018-2019: Sherine Kullmann & Samara Pattiasina

 2017-2018: Ivy Lin, Alex Singley, Pranav Prabhu, & Chang Liu 

2016-2017: Cristian Aranda & Mimi Rahman 

2015-2016: Alec Lavender 

Tax Volunteer of the Year Award

2018-2019: Dana Carney 

2017-2018: Chris Gray 

2016-2017: Dana Carney 

2015-2016: Tien-Tien Cheng & Kevin Coyne 

Outstanding Graduate Student Award 

2018-2019: Beryl Huang & Daniel Ferreira da Silva

 2017-2018: Alaa Ahmed & Georgina George 

2016-2017: Fengkan Zhu, Lunara David Gonçalves, & Sary Alsanea

2015-2016: Viviane Alves Moore 

Outstanding Senior Award 

2018-2019: Nia Hammer 

2017-2018: Chidera Onyirimba & Helen Pham 

2016-2017: Arnelle Vilfort & Osama Elmor 

2015-2016: Preethi Raja & Frederick Ruitao Fu 

Rising Star Award 

2018-2019: Qiaoyu (Joy) Xiao 

2017-2018: Sally Shi 

2016-2017: Chidera Onyirimba 

2015-2016: Nana Yaa Boateng & William Emedosi

Outstanding Organization Leader Award 

2018-2019: Kieanna Doctrine & Summer Phung 

2017-2018: Hiba Rizvi, Virgille Sonon, & Paria Fahkrai

2016-2017: Simon Chang, Adowa Agyepong, Suman Barat, & Brian Xu 

2015-2016: Charyse Magdangal 

Distinguished World Leader Award

2018-2019: Kamryn Lyle

 2017-2018: Jennifer Watkins

2016-2017: Molly Malone 

2015-2016: Amy Zhan 

Campus & Community Support Award 

2018-2019: Chris Brewer, Bank of America

 2017-2018: Susan Cowart, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs 

2016-2017: Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute 

Snizhana Radzetska Award 

 The Snizhana Radzetska Award is the most prestigious of the ISL individual awards and is presented to the individual who best represents the goals and mission of ISL. This award is presented in memory of Snizhana Radzetska, an international Ph.D. student who embodied the mission and passion of ISL throughout her time as a student at the University of Georgia.

2018-2019: Virgille Sonon

2017-2018: Fengkan Zhu

2016-2017: Nana Yaa Boateng 

2015-2016: Sena Ahiayibor 

Sprintax Code Checkpoint

Tea Talks

Tea Talks provide students and faculty at UGA to come together to discuss a culturally relevant, social justice topic in an intimate and comfortable setting. The goal of Tea Talks is to raise awareness and educate the public on a socio-cultural issue, and to facilitate a dialogue on the topic. Usually, Tea Talks consist of a 20-30 minute presentation, followed by a group discussion.

Spring 2020 Tea Talks:

Thursday, January 30th | Mental Health: Is it universal?

Learn from students from a variety of cultural backgrounds of how they experience mental health within their culture. 

Thursday, February 20th | Topic To Be Determined

Thursday, March 19th | Topic: To Be Determined

All dates are from 3:00pm to 4:30pm at The Tate Intersection, located off of the Atrium.

Spring International Student Orientation

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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.

Spring 2020 Orientation will be held on Friday, January 3 & Saturday, January 4, 2020. Check-in will begin at 9:00AM on Friday, January 3. 


Degree - seeking undergraduate students (NOT exchange students) MUST also attend New Student Orientation on Monday, January 6. More information is available online at http://orientation.uga.edu. 



Registration Fees:

Registration Deadline Undergraduate Students Graduate Students Exchange Students 
Early Registration before Friday, December 20, 2019 $75 $75 $75
Late Registration before Friday, January 3, 2020 $85 $85 $85

 

Online registration for spring 2020 is closed. If you are interested in attending orientation, please email isl@uga.edu. You may then check-in beginning at 8:15AM in the Miller Learning Center, Room 214, on Friday, January 3. 


Registration cost includes:

  • Meals during orientation
  • Transportation 
  • Orientation materials and t-shirt 

 

Why should you register for International Student Orientation?
  • 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 2020 is more than informational sessions! Throughout the program, there will be fun activities and events that allow you to meet your fellow students.

International Student Orientation Handbook

The orientation handbook contains important information about preparing for your journey to Athens, the orientation program, and much more.

ISL Organization Reimbursement Process

Receipt Guide for Reimbursements

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

Instructions for Supplier Profile Registration

Step-by-step instructions on how to register as an individual supplier to receive reimbursements for organization expenses.

UGA Supplier 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.

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.

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 an ISL staff member in Memorial Hall 210.

Non Employee Form

All students must fill out this form if they are being reimbursed for purchased items on behalf of their organization, even if they are an employee of UGA. Please submit completed form(s) along with original receipts to an ISL staff member in Memorial Hall 210.

ISL E-Newsletter Sign up

Subscribe to the ISL E-Newsletter!

Newsletters are sent out each week during the academic year with information about upcoming events and involvement opportunities offered by International Student Life. 

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ISL Newsletter

Submit to the ISL Listserv

Learn more about the requirements to submit to the ISL Weekly Newsletter

World Leader Resources

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. 

Process for Sponsored Student Registration and Payment for Orientation

ISL is pleased that many departments across campus choose to sponsor the registration fee for orientation for matriculating students in their department. If you choose to sponsor students in your department, the process is outlined below. 

  1. Please email Linden Mathis (linden.mathis@uga.edu) with the student’s full name, 81X number, and which funds you would like for the charge to be billed to (FY19 or FY20), if applicable depending on chart string type. Please indicate if your department will cover registration fees only or registration + orientation housing fees.
  2. Student will then register online at isl.uga.edu/orientation. Please instruct the student to select that they will be a sponsored student in the registration process, meaning they will not have charges assessed to their student account. 
    • Please be sure to communicate with your student regarding what portion of the registration fee your department will cover. (i.e. registration only or registration + orientation housing).
  3. ISL will invoice your department accordingly for the sponsored student registration fee and direct-bill any additional fees (i.e. orientation housing) not covered by your department.   

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Linden Mathis at linden.mathis@uga.edu.

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 2020!

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 2020
ECHD 4000 (3 credit hours) - Global Perspectives in Culture (Special Topics in Counseling & Human Development Services)
Tuesday / Thursday 9:30AM - 10:45AM
CRN #: 27449

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.

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.

Information about International Education Week in 2020 will be available in early fall 2020. In an effort to provide programs and services that prepare UGA students for a global society, ISL plans a week-long schedule of events that introduce important international education and intercultural learning opportunities on campus. Further, the IEW schedule includes opportunities to celebrate the diversity and contributions of our international campus community. 

IEW Photos

Check out photos from this year's International Education Week celebration

International Student Organization Resources

Are you involved in one or more international student organizations that are advised by ISL? Would you like to be involved? Regularly updated information can be found at the links below! 

Executive Board Resources

Are you a member of the executive board of an international student organization? Click here for resources and helpful links!

Current and Prospective Member Resources

Are you a member of an international student organization or are interested in becoming a member? Click here for information!

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 isl.uga.edu.

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 www.uhcsr.com/univofga. 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 2019 (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, 2020 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 2019
• 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 
73301-0215

How To Complete Form 8843

Download Form 8843 from the IRS

Mailing Locations

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

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.


Applications for the 2020 World Leader program closed on November 15, 2019. Information about the 2021 program will be available online in September 2020. 

World Leader Position Description

Meet the 2019 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 isl@uga.edu.

The 2020 International Street Festival scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2020 from 12-5pm has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for 2021 information. 

 

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

Vendors for the event are limited to UGA student groups. Please contact isl@uga.edu with questions.

Become a Sponsor for International Street Festival

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

Global Buddies

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Join the Global Buddies Program!

What?  
An initiative between UGA's Student Government Association and the Department of International Student Life to promote cross-cultural relationships amongst UGA students. The Global Buddies Program pairs international students with a partner student from the U.S. to meet periodically and share cultural perspectives and build long-lasting friendships.

Why?
The Global Buddies Program promotes intercultural communication and understanding between international students and U.S. students through the sharing of culture and the development of friendships. Join the fun and make a friend from a different part of the world!

Who?
All UGA students are welcome! International students and U.S. students will learn about new cultures and form a new friendship.

The interest application for Spring 2020 is NOW CLOSED. Information regarding the Fall 2020 program will be available in August.

If you are an international student that has brought family members with you to UGA, please consider joining the Global Families program. Find more information at ifa.uga.edu.

Global Buddies Program Handbook

Learn more about the program, its goals, and ways to interact with your buddy.

Spring 2020 GBP Events Calendar

Check out this calendar to find events on and off campus for you and your buddy!

Cultural Nights

Ethnic Nights

Each year several international student organizations host evenings of culture that showcase a variety of global traditions, customs, performances, and culinary delights. These evenings are referred to as Cultural Nights and provide a wonderful way to travel around the world without leaving Athens. Some Cultural Nights are ticketed events so please refer to the information below regarding ticket pricing and availability. 

 

Date Event Hosting Organization Location Ticket Info
January 11 Night in Saigon Vietnamese Student Association Tate Grand Hall

Event Concluded

January 24 Spring Festival Chinese Student & Scholar Association Tate Grand Hall

Event Concluded

February 28 & 29 Africa Night African Student Union Fine Arts Theater

Event Concluded

March 20 Nowruz Persian Student Union Memorial Hall Ballroom

Event Cancelled Due to Suspension of Instruction

March 21 Filipino Culture Night Filipino Student Association Tate Grand Hall

Event Cancelled Due to Suspension of Instruction

March 27 & 28 Caribbean Night Caribbean Student Association (CaribSA) Morton Theater

Event Cancelled Due to Suspension of Instruction

March 28 Korean Night Korean Undergraduate Student Association Tate Grand Hall

Event Cancelled Due to Suspension of Instruction

April 3 Mehndi Night Pakistani Student Association Memorial Hall Ballroom

Event Cancelled due to Courses Moving Online 

April 16 Arabian Nights Arab Cultural Association

Botanical Gardens Visitor Center

Event Cancelled due to Courses Moving Online 

April 18 India Night Indian Student Association Tate Grand Hall

Event Cancelled due to Courses Moving Online 

Cultural Night Tickets

UGA's 2020 Cultural Nights Poster

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.

Due to COVID-19 guidance, all remaining International Coffee Hours for the spring 2020 semester have been cancelled. Please join ISL staff every Friday from 12p-1pm via Zoom for virtual International Coffee Hour - register here!

 

Applications to host a Coffee Hour during the 2020-2021 academic year will be available in January.

Interested in Hosting a Coffee Hour?

If you are a registered student organization and are interested in hosting an International Coffee Hour event, please click here to learn more. Applications for 2020-2021 are due on Friday, February 21.

International Coffee Hour Host Selection Process

Learn more about the application process to host an International Coffee Hour.

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 below.

This year's International Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 7th at 11am in the Richard B. Russell Building Auditorium

International Graduation Ceremony Registration

Register here by April 30!

Purchase your International Graduate stole!

Graduating international students can purchase a unique graduation stole to wear at the International Graduation Ceremony and at any other UGA graduation ceremonies. Show your pride for being an international student and accomplishing the goal of graduating from the University of Georgia!

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.

Directions to the International Graduation Ceremony

UGA Commencement Website

International Tax Assistance Program

Students Guiding Students Through Taxes

Note: Due to UGA's COVID-19 guidance, all Sprintax workshops are cancelled for spring 2020. All Sprintax assistance will take place over email to isltax@uga.edu. Please send a screenshot of your specific question or issue when contacting ITAP.

Tax Filing Information for International Students

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

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.

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

The ITAP program for Spring 2020 will begin in February. 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 2019 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 $29.95; 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 $29.95 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 IRS.gov 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.

UPDATE: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on Friday, March 20 that the tax deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020 instead of April 15, 2020. All tax documents must be postmarked by the July 15, 2020 date. 

Step 1: View ITAP Registration Instructions

Step 2: Register for ITAP via Compass

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.

How to Access Your W-2 Form at UGA

If you are or were employed by UGA, use this link to find out how to access your Form W-2.

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.

IRS Free File Website

Utilize this resource to file taxes for free if you choose not to use a company like Sprintax to assist with taxes.

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

Email: isltax@uga.edu

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 purpose of the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is to provide continuous advocacy on inclusion for international students in the UGA community. As a student advisory unit under the direction and leadership of the department of International Student Life (ISL), ISAB serves as a bridge between the international student body and the UGA administration. Since its inception in 2016, the ISAB has built strong partnerships with multiple UGA units in efforts towards creating a better university experience for all international students. Examples of our work include the advisory on career workshops for international job seekers, nutritional and healthy programs, and development of programming materials for a smooth transition to UGA life.

 

Who are we? 

ISAB is a select group of undergraduate and graduate international students across the UGA campus, representing a diverse background of disciplines, cultures, and lived experiences. The board members meet bi-weekly to discuss the needs and concerns of international students, as well as next steps on how to effectively advise ISL and other UGA departments and administrative units.

 

Organizational Structure

As of fall 2019, ISAB is composed of approximately 15 board members who were recruited at the end of the spring 2018 semester to start serving the current 2019-2020 academic year. A chairperson, vice chairperson, and secretary are selected at the end of each spring semester by the current board and begin their term the following fall semester. The Director of International Student Life (ISL) serves as the advisor to ensure that ISAB adheres to its mission, guidelines, while providing administrative and financial support.

 

What we expect from our members:

Time commitment

At the minimum, ISAB members  are required to fulfill two consecutive semesters in an academic year. However, members may remain on the board beyond the minimum serving time of two semesters upon completion of a renewal application at the end of each spring semester. The ISAB board typically meets bi-weekly, and at least eight times per semester at mutually decided dates and time. The department of International Student Life provides a room for ISAB meetings. Additional meetings are  scheduled upon request and necessity between some or all of the members.

 

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Attend all bi-weekly board meetings: Members who miss two meetings will be asked to step-down.

  • Respond to emails and other mutually agreed messaging channels in a timely manner.

  • Provide insights, share personal experiences, acquired information and knowledge, as well as perception and support related to the international student community.

  • Encourage other international students to engage with ISL and provide valuable feedback and insights to ISL events through online forms, emails and social media pages listed on the ISAB website.

  • Attend a minimum of two multicultural events every semester.

  • Shape the short-term and long-term objectives of ISAB.

 

Benefits of ISAB membership

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.

 

How to join ISAB:

Application materials and information will be made available each March. All international students who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply:

  • Hold F1 or J1 visa

  • Currently enrolled at UGA

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75

 

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International Student Advisory Board Application 2020-2021

Current Board Members

ISAB Announcements & Communication

Check here for recent announcements and communication from ISAB

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

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 2020 orientation will be held on Sunday, August 9 to Friday, August 14, 2020. 

Registration Fees
 
Student Classification Early Registration Price by May 31 Regular Registration Price by July 3 Late Registration Price after July 3

Undergraduate*

$385 Early Registration Price + $20  Early Registration Price + $40
Graduate** $199 Early Registration Price + $20 Early Registration Price + $40
Exchange*  $435 Early Registration Price + $20 Early Registration Price + $40

*The undergraduate cost listed is lower than exchange students due to the undergraduate student requirement to pay a $300 commitment deposit to attend UGA. A portion of this deposit helps offset the orientation fee. Exchange students are not required to pay this $200 commitment deposit to the University. 

** Graduate students may add Orientation Housing as an option. Please see below for more information.

Please click on your student classification below to register for orientation! 

Undergraduate Degree Seeking / Transfer Student   |     Graduate Student    |     Exchange Student / Non-Degree Seeking / Fulbright / Rotary


Important Information About Your Registration Fee 

Your registration fee covers everything listed below for all students:

  • Lunches and dinners from Sunday, August 9 through Thursday, August 13 
  • Orientation materials and supplies
  • Orientation t-shirt
  • Transportation during orientation 
  • Social events and activities during orientation to help you meet other incoming international students and the World Leaders

Your registration fee will be billed directly to your Student Account at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester and will be paid through the Student Accounts portal online. 

Staying in Orientation Housing 

*All undergraduate students and exchange students are required to stay in Orientation Housing in beautiful Rutherford Hall located centrally on UGA's campus. By staying in housing on campus, not only can you enjoy one of the most beautiful locations on campus, but you will also have access to conveinences on campus. Please click here to take a tour of Rutherford Hall with a current UGA student. Advantages of staying in Orientation Housing also include:

  • A room and private bathroom shared with one other orientation participant of the same gender in Rutherford Hall
  • The safety and security of UGA's campus and residence halls
  • The ability to build new friendships with fellow orientation participants and current UGA students serving as your orientation leaders (World Leaders)
  • Breakfast in Bolton Dining Commons from Monday, August 10 to Thursday, August 13. Breakfast meals in the Dining Hall are only available to those students staying in Orientation Housing 
  • A linen package delivered to your room, including a pillow, sheets, blankets, towels, and wash cloth 
  • Ability to move in to your on-campus housing permanent assignment for Fall Semester on Friday, August 14 during early move-in (University Housing assesses a $20 early move-in charge to your student account for early move-in)
  • Transportation of you and your luggage to your on-campus permanent housing assignment 

Are you a graduate student interested in staying in orientation housing? 

This option is available for you! Please add $236 to the registration cost listed above to stay in orientation housing. You will have the option to register for orientation housing in the registration form below. Should you choose to stay in orientation housing, all of the above conveinences will be available during orientation. Please note that undergraduate students who are required to stay in orientationhousing are given priority in room assignments, so if you plan to stay in orientation housing, please be sure to register!  


Early Arrival Housing 

For students with travel arrangements bringing them to Athens prior to Sunday, August 9, orientation housing is available starting at 12:00PM EST on Saturday, August 8. If you are interested in adding early housing (only available for the night of Saturday, August 8), the cost is $55. You will have the option to register for early arrival housing in the registration form below. 


Off-Campus Transportation Fee 

If you are a graduate student living off campus during orientation and you plan to utilize the ISL-provided shuttle service, you will be assessed an additional $25 transportation charge. This charge is a one-time charge and is assessed when you sign up for an ISL shuttle service. This registration will be sent to students in mid-June. 


At-a-Glance Orientation Schedules

Tentative orientation schedules for each student type (undergraduate, graduate, and exchange) will be available in mid-March, 2020. Please be on the lookout for more information then! 


Why should you register for International Student Orientation 2020?

  • 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 2020 is more than informational sessions! Throughout the program, there will be fun activities and events that allow you to meet your fellow students.

International Student Orientation Handbook

The orientation handbook contains important information about preparing for your journey to Athens, the orientation program, and much more.

Refund Policy

Click here to read the Refund Policy for International Student Orientation

Saeeda Peermahomed Award

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. Information concerning the selection committee for this award is available upon request by contacting the DIrector of International Student Life.

The international student recipient will receive an award plaque and an check for $1,000.

 

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 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 (81x) number in the upper right hand corner of the first page. Personal statements must be no longer than 750 words.
  • A letter of support from a current UGA faculty/staff member.

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

 

UPDATED! Applications for the 2020 Saeeda Peermahomed Award are due by Tuesday, April 14 at 5pm EST

Official Saeeda Peermahomed Award Announcement

Updated on 3/24/2020 | New deadline announced

Apply for the Saeeda Peermahomed Award

UPDATED: Applications due by Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 5pm (EST)

Alaa Ahmed -
2019 Saeeda Peermahomed Award Recipient

Past Award Recipients

View the complete list of past recipients of the Saeeda Peermahomed Award.

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 directed to the appropriate admissions office or to the particular academic department in which you wish to study.

The websites linked below include information that is specifically focused on international applicants and provide information concerning the unique procedures required for international applicants desiring to study at UGA.

Graduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

Immigration Services

Click here to get help with your immigration and visa questions

ISL Facilities and Equipment

Memorial Hall, Hall of Nations

Equipment Rentals

ISL provides and maintains an inventory of equipment that is available to International Student Organizations.


Facility Reservations

Various spaces at ISL are available for student organizations to reserve for meetings, practices, and events. Listed below is more information about each space, including pertinent policies.

ISL 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. 
 
ISL 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.
 
International Student Organization Suite & Conference 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.
 
The Hall of Nations
As a shared space, the Hall of Nations is a great location for student organization events, study groups, or just a place to hang out between classes. Also available in this space is a comprehensive sound system that includes bluetooth technology, wireless microphone capabilities, etc. The Hall of Nations reservation process and policies can be found here (Please read before making a reservation).

Reserve space at ISL

Reserve equipment from ISL

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