Study Abroad and International Education


For questions not addressed in the FAQs, these resources contain a wealth of information on the subject(s):

Where can I get tested after a period of international travel?

Updated June 18, 2021

You can find up-to-date testing information on the Stamps Health Services website here: Covid-19 Testing Locations and Hours.


What are the recommendations for individuals arriving to Georgia Tech after a period of international travel?

Updated Jan. 6, 2022 

Georgia Tech requests all individuals traveling to Atlanta from an international location to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

After Arrival in the United States 
You might have been exposed to Covid-19 on your travels, whether you traveled by air, land, or sea. You might feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still be infected and spread the virus to others. For this reason, CDC recommends the following: 

What is the status of the Exchange Visitor Program?

Updated June 16, 2021

Effective March 1, 2021, OIE is accepting requests for unpaid J-1 visitors with start dates of July 15, 2021, or later. Program start dates are subject to any travel and health restrictions that may be placed on visitors at the federal, local, or campus levels. Program start dates may also need to be revised as public health guidance changes.

All Georgia Tech Faculty Hosts inviting new exchange visitors must be physically present on campus to supervise exchange experiences. New Exchange Visitors should be entering the U.S. to participate in on-campus exchange program activities, and not entering the U.S. for the purpose of remote experiences.  

Exchange Visitors visiting the U.S. at this time and host departments should be aware of the current challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and be prepared to make changes as needed. Some of the current challenges to be aware of are:  

  • Covid-19 cases remain active in Georgia. Please see the Georgia Department of Public Health Covid-19 Daily Status Report for current data.
  • U.S. entry restrictions remain in place for several countries. Please review the CDC’s U.S. entry restrictions for additional information, available here.
  • U.S. visa interview wait times may be significantly delayed. Please see the U.S. Department of State’s current estimated visa interview wait times available here.
  • Travel requirements vary by country and international travelers should perform research to determine if they will be subject to any entry restrictions or quarantines in their path of travel. For U.S. travel requirements, please review the CDC guidance available here

The Social Security Administration and the Georgia Department of Driver Services have reduced availability for appointments, leading to longer than wait times for Social Security cards and Georgia driver licenses.

We encourage you to contact with any questions regarding the information above. Please review the OIE Covid-19 Exchange Visitor FAQ for more information on Covid-19 and the Exchange Visitor Program.


What health documentation is required for international air passengers traveling to the United States?

According to the CDC, and effective Jan. 26, all air passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents ages 2 years and older, are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline.

If you have had a positive viral test in the past three months and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating you have been cleared for travel.

Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or recovery from Covid-19 and medical clearance to travel.

We encourage everyone traveling to the U.S. to review the CDC guidance and consult your airline with any questions in advance of your flight.


What’s the plan for Georgia Tech-Lorraine and Georgia Tech-Shenzhen?

Updated June 16, 2021

For study abroad and other international programs, Georgia Tech continues to follow guidance from the CDC, the USG, and the U.S. Department of State. 

We will welcome students to our Georgia Tech-Lorraine and Georgia Tech-Shenzhen campuses for Fall 2021 and are implementing plans to minimize health risks and ensure academic continuity in the event programs are disrupted during the semester. 

For more information about study abroad and other international programs, contact the Office of International Education


I will be taking classes remotely overseas. Do I need permission to register for a class that is listed as residential? Can I register for a synchronous remote class?

Updated June 16, 2021

If you will not be able to attend regularly scheduled classes in Atlanta, you are encouraged to review the schedule of classes for online class options. There will be a very limited number of online sections for select courses.

If the courses you need for your degree program are not available remotely, you are encouraged to contact your advisor to revise your degree plan.

Students can access course mode designations in OSCAR. Course mode definitions are available on the Registrar’s website.


May students and faculty engage in online learning outside the United States without approval from the Office of General Counsel?

Updated June 16, 2021

Students and faculty who plan to engage in online learning physically from any of the following countries need to first gain approval from the Office of General Counsel ( Cuba, Crimea Region of Ukraine, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.


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