New International Students

Your I-20/DS-2019 is probably on your mind at this time.  Here is how the process works:

  • We admit you to the Civil and Environmental Engineering degree program, then submit the admission request to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Graduate Studies reviews your test scores, transcripts and degree documents, then converts your GPA to the 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate Studies sends you an email that your application verification has been completed. You are now an official Georgia Tech student.  Please email me at when you receive it.  You do not need final official documents to get to this point.
  • About 24-72 hours later, your record will be updated in the iStart system.  We can then enter your information to request your I-20.
  • You will immediately receive an email to verify your information, ask for shipping details.  and uplaod your financial documents. You can read more about the financial documents that are accepted here:
  • The Office of International Education will then begin to process your I-20.  You will be notified when it is ready to ship.

Bear in mind the application review and I-20 process can take up to three months.  OIE and Graduate Studies will not be able tell you where you are in the process so try to avoid emailing them. It will only slow down the process.  It is better to email me,, especially if you are in an unusual situation.  I can try to look for answers or intercede if your case needs special attention.

While you wait, in addition to the list here, you should familiarize yourself with the Office of International Education.  There is a lot of information on their site, but their search function is very thorough and you can find many answers there.  The pages for F1 and J1 students are especially helpful.  Learn more about processing times here:


I-20 Creation