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Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University (VSU) offers the best of both worlds — the extensive academic, cultural and social opportunities of a major university, and the small classes and close personal attention found at smaller institutions.  With over 11,000 students and more than 100 degree programs, VSU offers majors ranging from business to Biology, pre-med to education, computer science to the arts, pre-engineering to political science.   

At VSU, undergraduate and graduate students are engaged in scholarly activities with faculty members, which gives students the chance to conduct research directly related to their major.

VSU is a public, comprehensive university that provides exceptional opportunities for learning on campus as well as around the world.  Study abroad and exchange programs at international institutions creates limitless possibilities for study. Closer to campus, VSU offers internships and experiential learning that further expand students' horizons.

Outside of class, campus organizations encourage leadership, social interaction, recreation, cultural development and community service. The College of the Arts offers a wide variety of performances and exhibits throughout the year, while our championship athletics and exciting social scene gives students the true college experience.

VSU is right on the Florida border, in sunny south Georgia, making its location perfect for a quick drive to the Florida or Georgia beaches or an easy drive to Atlanta or Orlando, Florida.  VSU's campus is beautiful,  its Spanish Mission architecture is classic, and its location in the heart of metropolitan Valdosta is perfect.  VSU challenges students with the opportunities and experiences necessary for personal success, while always providing the friendliness and family feel expected in the American south.


ESL Program and/or Support Services: 

English Language Institute Website 

The English Language Institute (ELI) is committed to providing the best possible English instruction and learning environment for students.  ELI’s highly-qualified instructors are dedicated to providing outstanding, interactive classroom instruction.

ELI helps students meet their goals:  whether they plan to enter an academic degree program at VSU or another university in the U.S., or want to improve their English for professional or personal purposes.

Students experience rapid improvement in their English skills as they study, participate in activities, and interact in English every day with their teachers, classmates, and friends.

Students will enjoy the advantages of a safe, quiet, and friendly campus and community: Valdosta State University's campus is one of the most beautiful in the country, and the city of Valdosta was voted one of the friendliest towns in the United States.

International Student Services

Valdosta State University is proud that several hundreds of international students from over 60 different countries are part of its student body. The Center for International Programs works with international students throughout their academic careers, from admission to graduation by providing comprehensive support services in the following areas: admission to the university, immigration information, advising on F-1 and J-1 visa regulations, orientation to U.S. culture and to VSU, registration for classes, on and off campus employment, as well as social and cultural adjustment. The Center for International Programs also sponsors the Society for International Students (SIS), an organization for international and domestic students with interest in global understanding and cultural enrichment. Each year SIS plans a wide range of activities that allow international students to experience local cultural, community service and recreational opportunities.

For more information regarding international student services visit or contact the Center for International Programs at (229) 333-7410.


Other Support Services

VSU Student Success Center
The Student Success Center acts as a compass to help students navigate their college careers and get a bearing on success through tutoring, advising, and on-campus job opportunities. Our mission is to increase student retention by supporting students at any level and ability in their course work, job experience, and major and career planning, thereby fostering in them the determination and drive to graduate on time and lead fulfilling lives.

VSU Career Opportunities Office
The mission of the Valdosta State University's Career Opportunities Office is to support the academic, career, personal, and work-skills development of VSU students through structured work-based learning experiences. Cooperative Education (Co-op) is an academic program that allows students to combine classroom instruction with degree-related work experience. Co-op students are able to confirm their choice of major, to apply classroom instruction to professional employment settings, and to strengthen their marketability upon graduation. Students also develop professional work goals, skills and habits, earn competitive salaries, and make valuable career contacts.

VSU Counseling Center
The mission of The Counseling Center is to provide a broad range of services to meet the personal, social, and educational needs of our students, faculty and staff. These services shall include but not be limited to individual and group counseling, outreach programs, testing, training, consultation, crisis intervention, evaluation of services, and accountability research. Our goal is to help each individual reach his/her optimal potential and receive the maximum benefits from the university experience. The Counseling Center's Mission is consistent with the mission and goals of Valdosta State University, The University System of Georgia, and with the standards of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.


Student Housing Options

At VSU students have the option to live on or off campus. Detailed information about housing and residence life is available at VSU's Housing and Residence Life's website.


Admission Requirements for First Year and Transfer Students:
International Student Visas Issued for your Institution

VSU issues form I-20's or DS-2019's needed to apply for F-1 and J-1 student visas. 

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance

Most international students pay the out-of-state tuition rate. Students who apply for the international student scholarship, and are awarded the scholarship pay the in-state tuition rate. Students pay their tuition fees per semester. 

Student Activities and Campus Life

Student Life offers the opportunity to enhance our students' collegiate experience with co-curricular activities that include Volunteer services, Greek life, Campus Activity Board, and Student Government Association. Students can become involved in over 175 various clubs and organizations which will aid their academic and personal development.

For information on what is happening around campus and how to join a campus organization, please visit VSU Student Life Website, or click here to check out what students at VSU are involved in:/


Contact Information

Apply Now to VSU
Phone: 229-333-5791                              
Toll Free: 800-618-1878                            
Request for Admissions Information Form

VSU Center for International Programs:
Phone: (229) 333-7410

Staff Contact Information:
Dr. Ivan Nikolov
Director Center for International Programs

Irina McClellan
Assistant Director for International Programs, Study Abroad Director

Danielle Bacud
International Student Advisor


VSU Center for International Programs
1500 N Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698-0037

Application Deadlines

Undergraduate Admissions Information and Deadlines

Graduate Admissions Information and Deadlines

 - Some admissions information and dates vary by individual programs. Please go here to see the list of graduate programs and their admissions information. 

International Student Scholarship (out-of-state waiver) deadline and application information

Types of Degrees

Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Academic Offering

Four-Year School