If you are unable to obtain an entry visa or travel to the U.S. for the start of the spring semester, you have some options.
- Remote Courses – Under certain conditions, you may be able to enroll and take courses remotely while you are outside of the U.S. The applicability of the remote course option will depend on the availability of courses from a particular academic program and restrictions on Office of Foreign Assets Control-sanctioned countries.
- International Campuses – Under certain conditions, you may also take courses at one of our two international campuses — Georgia Tech-Lorraine or Georgia Tech-Shenzhen.
- Georgia Tech-Shenzhen (Shenzhen, China): For the Spring 2021 semester, new or current MS ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering) students who do not need a visa to enter China can study at GT-Shenzhen. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate other types of students at GT-Shenzhen during Spring 2021. Inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Georgia Tech-Lorraine (Metz, France): For the Spring 2021 semester, both the undergraduate and graduate programs will run with a modified calendar (students will arrive several days early to allow students to be tested and receive PCR test results prior to departure). International undergraduate and graduate students who are unable to get a visa for the U.S. may be able to obtain a visa to study in France. Students are advised to review Georgia Tech-Lorraine’s course schedules for Spring 2021. (See Undergraduate Schedule or Graduate Schedule) If transferring to the Lorraine campus, students may only enroll in those courses listed on the Lorraine course schedule. (Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis by contacting the Academic Program Director (Catherine Bass for undergraduate students and Bertrand Boussert for graduate students). All interested students should email GTL-France@gtl.gatech.edu as soon as possible for more information.
- Late Start to Spring Semester – The current Department of Homeland Security Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s guidance allows F-1 students to arrive in Atlanta up to 30 days after the start of the semester. New students who cannot arrive at the start of the spring semester and are enrolled full-time should complete the iStart "Arrival Confirmation" e-form to request support with the late arrival approval process.
- Deferral – Graduate students may request a deferral of an admission decision for up to one year. Graduate students who were offered financial support must contact their academic program office to determine if their financial support package can be deferred, as well. To request approval for either of these options, graduate students should contact their academic program coordinator who will make the final determination.
We understand that the current environment has created a great deal of uncertainty, and we hope that you will be able to join us in Atlanta for Spring semester 2021.
- Please reach out to your academic program to discuss your individual situation and to discuss next steps.
- Please consult the Office of International Education’s list of frequently asked questions for international students on immigration updates for F and J visa holders. The FAQs will continue to be updated as new information is received.
- You can also attend virtual drop-in advising or a 1:1 appointment with OIE advisor. More information is available at https://oie.gatech.edu/isss/home.