International Students

International Students Admission

At Albany State University, an international student is an individual who meets one of the following criteria:

  1. Student is currently living outside the U.S. and will require an F-1 visa to study in the U.S. 
  2. Student is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and is currently in the U.S. on an F-1 visa. 
  3. Student is currently in the U.S. on another non-immigrant visa classification, which permits part-time or full-time study.


First-year students applying to Albany State University for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 semesters can be admitted without an ACT or SAT score, if they have a high school GPA of at least a 2.5 to be considered for the Bachelors program. This is another way Albany State University is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University System of Georgia authorized this change.

Attention: Non-native English speakers require a Proof of English Proficiency (listed below).

    Apply online. The non-refundable application fee of $25 (US) can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
  1. Submit High School Transcripts
    Mail your official transcript or have a school official email your transcript to the Office of Admissions at Academic records must have a seal or an original signature. If your transcripts are not provided in English, you must submit a certified English translation of all documents.

Official documents can be mailed to:

Albany State University

Office of Admissions
504 College Drive
Albany, Georgia 31705

  1. List of Professional Academic Credential Evaluation Agencies
  1. Submit Proof of English Proficiency (see table below)
    Non-Native English Speakers must submit Proof of English Proficiency. They may submit SAT, ACT, IELTS, TOEFL (Including Home Edition), and Duolingo English Test. Results must be submitted directly from the testing service.
Non-native speakers who attend four years of high school in the United States do not require Proof of English Proficiency.

Evaluating and transferring credit(s) from foreign institutions takes time to complete so we recommend applying for admission early. As educational systems vary worldwide, it is possible that many classes taken outside of the United States will not transfer to Albany State University.

Steps to Apply for Admission

  • Complete Admissions Application
    Complete the Online Application. The non-refundable application fee of $25 (US) can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
  • Submit College/University Transcripts
    Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities that you have attended (foreign and within the United States). Academic records must have a seal or an original signature. If your transcripts are not provided in English, you must include a certified English translation of all documents.
  • If you have less than 30 transferable semester hours, you must submit secondary school transcripts (see freshman requirements).
  • List of Professional Academic Credential Evaluation Agencies
  • Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE)
  • National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
  • (many students typically use Scholaro, Education Credential Evaluators, WES and Josef Silny & Associates)

Professional transcript evaluations of college/university transcripts must include a course by course evaluation with GPA calculation

  • If you have transferrable coursework from an institution within the United States, you can request the official transcript(s) from, or
  • Albany State University may require you to submit a credential evaluation for certain college/university coursework. You will be notified by an admissions counselor if this is required.

English Language Proficiency

Completion of a test of English language proficiency is required of all international students and scholars. Please refer to the chart below for approved exams and minimum standards or some other University System of Georgia approved evaluation of English.

The minimum and recommended scores acceptable for admission: (Meet a minimum of 1 below)


Minimum Score for Admission*


Score for


Internet TOEFL




Paper TOEFL (only accepted until October 2019)








Old SAT (administered prior to March 2016) Critical Reading section




New SAT (administered March 2016 or later) Reading test




ACT English








MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)




Cambridge English Scale Score - which can be demonstrated in B2 First (First Certificate in English -FCE), C1 Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English - CAE) or C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English - CPE)




Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE and “O” Level “English” exams

“D” or Better



UK GCSE “English” exam

“C” or Better



UK GCE A-Level “English” exam

“C” or Better



EdExcel International A-Levels and IGCSE English exams

“D” or Better



Pearson (PTE) Academic




Completion of an approved USG campus-based ESL program of study.

Per USG approval.



A waiver of the English proficiency requirement can be applied to students who have successfully completed academic instruction in English. Successful completion can be demonstrated by one of the following methods: 1) Proof of degree at the secondary or collegiate level either outside or inside the U.S. where English is the official language of academic instruction. 2) Proof of completion of the equivalent of English 1101 and/or 1102 with a grade of C or better in one or both courses, at an accredited U.S. institution.



Students who are required to take Compass or Accuplacer placement tests, may be waived of the English Proficiency requirement if the calculated EPI places them directly into college level English with no required co-requisite.



Applicants applying for an F-1 student visa will need to be issued an I-20 from Albany State University. An I-20 will only be issued to students who have been fully admitted to ASU and have provided the required financial documentation. Once accepted, a completed Financial Guarantee form (PDF), bank statement, and copy of passport must be submitted to the Office of Admissions.

International students must provide documentation that they have sufficient resources to cover tuition, room and board health insurance and other living expenses before receiving an I-20.

Visa Type Duration of Study Required Amount
F-1 Students 1st Academic Year Only $27,600 Bachelor's/Graduate Degree


Financial Statements and documents must:

  • be on official bank letterhead and signed by bank official
  • state the written date (ex:  November 3, 2020) the account was opened
  • state the currency type
  • state the amount currently in the account in USD
  • be dated less than six months when received by ASU. 
  • translated in English

Governmental or Private Organizations as sponsors must: 

  • include sponsor's address
  • include telephone number and email address
  • include original signature and title of the signatory
  • state your name
  • state a specific U.S. dollar amount
  • state duration of the sponsorship / scholarship

Completed Click for ASU Certificate of Immunization Form.

Immunization requirements includes the following:

  • 2 MMR
  • 2 Measles, 2 Mumps and 2 Rubella (not required if born before 1957)
  • Tetanus/diphtheria booster within the past ten years
  • Varicella vaccine or the history of Chicken Pox