International Students

Emory University welcomes international students to apply to the Pre-College Program. Emory is home to many students and scholars from around the world. The University values the significant contributions to campus learning these students and scholars make. International visitors foster awareness of and respect for other cultures and bring unique perspectives into the classroom.  

Read more about the international student's experience from the perspective of Chinese students. Available in English and Chinese.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full.  International students are encouraged to apply early. Your application will be reviewed and considered once all the required admission materials are submitted.

Please note :: If your VISA requires an appointment with the U.S. consulate in your home country, you are strongly encouraged to apply by May 1. This is to ensure your Visa is processed by the program start date.

Program Eligibility

:: Students that do not have permanent citizenship in the United States are considered International.

:: International student applicants must be rising 11th or 12th graders in high school, or the equivalent, and at least 15 years of age by the orientation date. Students who wish to enroll in a lab science course must be at least 16 years of age.

:: Students may apply for two-week or three-week, noncredit courses only.

:: Applicant must have above-average secondary school grades and excellent English language skills to ensure success in the college-level classroom. If your first language is not English, you must have taken the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) and scored approximately 85 on the IBT (internet-based test). Other recognized English language qualification test scores, such as the Cambridge exams, may be submitted as well.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your English language skills are not adequate, we reserve the right to move you to another class in the program that will be more suitable.

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission, international students must submit the following:

  • Non-refundable $70.00 application fee paid online.
  • A complete official secondary school transcript with certified English translations.
  • An academic recommendation from a secondary school teacher or counselor stating your English language proficiency level.
  • A writing sample in English. A writing prompt is provided in the online application and can only be viewed by logging in or creating a new application.
  • TOEFL score report from ETS (Educational Testing Service).
  • A Skype interview will be required.

Admitted International Students

Upon acceptance, the Pre-College Program will send the applicant an official letter of acceptance certifying that he or she has been approved for admission and his or her approved course of study.  The letter will confirm the program dates, pre-arrival information, and the tuition, fees, and payment deadline.

Visa and Passport Information

International Students accepted to the two-week or three-week noncredit courses who are citizens of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program may travel to the U.S. in the Waiver for Tourist (WT) immigration status. They must have an electronic passport and an approved authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).  Please consult the website of the U.S. consulate in your country for more information.

Students from non-participating countries must obtain a B2 visa from a U.S. consulate in their country. Please consult the website of a U.S. consulate in your country for instructions on applying.

Students who are dual citizens (and will enter the U.S. on their U.S. passport) or are U.S. permanent residents (Green Card holders) do not need to apply for a visa.

All international students admitted to the Pre-College Program and traveling to the United States must ensure they have a valid passport (valid for at least six months from date of entry) for travel to and from the program for the duration of the program.

Health Insurance

International and non-U.S. citizens participating in the Pre-College program are required to have health insurance. Short term health insurance may be available through Seven Corners, Inbound Guest and HTH Advisors

Travel to and from Emory University

We strongly encourage all students to plan travel in alignment with our program dates.  Arrive to Atlanta on the day of Check In and Depart on the day of Check Out.  Shuttle service to/from the Atlanta Airport to Emory University's campus is available for international students participating in our program.  However, transportation is scheduled only on days planned for Check In and Check Out of the Residence Hall.  Please check the dates of the session you are enrolled carefully.

If you are arriving into Atlanta before the day of check in and/or departing the day after check out, separate arrangements must be made for transportation and hotel arrangements. Residence Hall space is reserved for students during an active session only.  We can provide information for taxis and nearby hotels if you need them.

Textbooks and Shipping

If applicable, textbooks required for courses are ordered online through Amazon.  Also, advanced reading prior to arrival on campus is expected for some courses.  We do understand that the international shipping process is not that simple for students in other countries.  Instead, textbooks can be ordered and shipped to the Pre-College office to be received the week prior to the first day of your class.  It will then be provided to you upon check-in.

Ship-to address for books:

Student's Name
Emory University Pre-College Program
Candler Library, Suite 200
550 Asbury Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322


The Emory Pre-College Program in conjunction with Campus Life welcomes international students during orientation. Resident Assistants are prepared to  help international students acclimate to their new culture, environment and educational system.

International students will be required to attend a separate International Student Orientation, which is held at 1:00pm on the 2nd day of classes.

Early Arrival/Late Departure

We are unable to provide transportation or accommodations if you arrive before your scheduled Check-In/Orientation date or leave after the check-out date and time. It is the parent's responsibility to secure transportation and hotel reservations if arriving before the check-in date and time or after the departure date and time.  (Click here to see the dates and times.)

We recommend the following accommodation: The Emory Conference Center Hotel,, at 1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329. The Emory Conference Center provides shuttle service to Emory University as requested.

For transportation from the airport:  Please read the following link about Ground transportation from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport:

By Shuttle: Reservations Only. Atlanta Airport Superior Shuttle provides shuttle service to and from the Atlanta Airport. The shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from the campus or major hotels. Reservations may be made by calling 770-457-4794 or via their website  At the airport, follow the signs to Ground Transportation.  At the exit door you will see the taxis. Across from the taxis you will see the shuttle buses. Look for Atlanta Airport Superior Shuttle in stalls F11 and F12. The cost from the airport to campus is approximately $20 one-way ($35 round trip), with lower fares depending on your pick-up/drop-off location.

By taxi:

Questions regarding the application process, visas, early arrival or late departure?

Please contact:
Ursula Spitzer