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.