ISSS Resources at KSU

Welcome to the resource page for international students and scholars studying at Kennesaw State! We have curated a variety of key resources to assist you at every step of the way, including visa application guidelines, enrollment requirements, housing options, and travel information. Explore this page to access vital insights and services that will help you navigate your academic adventure with confidence and ease.

  • Applying for a student visa as an international student involves important steps. At KSU, we help you prepare the necessary documents, such as the Form I-20 for an F-1 visa or the DS-2019 for a J-1 visa. Get familiar with the application steps and any required fees ahead of time. As you prepare for the interview, make sure you gather all the relevant documents, such as your passport, financial records, and proof of ties to your home country.

    Follow our simple steps to ensure your visa application experience allows you to pursue your educational goals in the United States at Kennesaw State University!

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  • We recognize that your family can be your biggest support system when you begin your education abroad journey! Please get to know the steps and checklist items if you are interested in bringing your spouse, child or dependent to the U.S. while you study. There are two distinct ways you can bring your family member with you to KSU.

    Make sure you meet the requirements to prepare ahead of time.

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  • Transportation is vital to plan out before start out on your education abroad at KSU. You will certainly want to get your Georgia Driver's License or other identification card.

    Get important information on how to obtain your Georgia driver's license or identification card from the Department of Driver Services (DDS). We provide essential requirement steps, driving reminders to help you navigate roads while staying in Georgia, and obtaining your Social Security Card. 

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  • As you plan your study schedule at KSU, make sure you meet the enrollment requirements for your F-1 or J-1 student status. We have clear instructions on the online class requirement, the costs of your course load, required summer enrollment status and more!

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  • Kennesaw State offers a range of convenient on-campus and off-campus housing options designed to enhance your college experience. Our housing communities provide fully furnished rooms, ensuring that you have everything you need for a comfortable stay. Each community offers individual contracts and all-inclusive rates, simplifying the housing process for you.

    With high-speed Wi-Fi available throughout, you can stay connected and make the most of your academic and personal pursuits. Our dedicated housing and residence life personnel are available round-the-clock, providing continuous support and striving to create a memorable and meaningful on-campus living environment.

    Get to know the valuable amenities available to you as an international student at KSU!

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  • At Kennesaw State, it is mandatory for all international students holding F and J visas to maintain comprehensive health insurance throughout their study duration in the United States. To fulfill this requirement, the University System of Georgia (USG) has collaborated with UnitedHealthcare StudentResources (UHCSR) to administer the sponsored injury and sickness Insurance plan.

    Stay informed about your access to healthcare services and other coverage while you pursue your degree or program goals at KSU!

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  • If you have family members other than a spouse or child who wish to visit you while you are studying in the United States, they must enter the country either with a visitor visa (B-1/B-2) or through WB/WT status under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

    Spouses and children are eligible to enter the U.S. as visitors for a brief period. However, if they intend to stay for an extended duration, it is advisable for spouses or children to enter on dependent visas specifically designated for that purpose.

    Learn more about the process and procedures for having your family members visit you at KSU!

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  • Registration Holds

    Please check your OwlExpress account to why you have a hold on your account. The most common holds for new students are holds for proof of immunizations or for a final transcript. Please review the information on the Registrar's website for additional information about who to contact to resolve your hold.

    If you have an International Students & Scholars Hold, please email us below and include your name and KSU student ID to check your status coding.

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  • International students and scholars living and studying at Kennesaw State University need access to a variety of essential services while in the country. This page serves as a resource for F-1 and J-1students and scholars, connecting them to information about admissions, on-campus housing and meal options, and valuable student organizations.

    If you are a domestic KSU student, faculty, or staff member and are looking for ways to engage with KSU's international community.



    Cultural and Community Centers - Global Village

    International Student Association


    Get Involved with KSU's International Community

    *Please note that Kennesaw State University cannot and does not endorse or recommend any external organizations. The organizations on this document are provided merely as a convenience to KSU students, staff, and faculty.

  • Plan your expenses, accommodations, and travel arrangements during your stay at KSU and in the United States. We provide information that offers convenience and support for our international students and scholars.

    Keep in mind, Kennesaw State does not endorse or guarantee any specific businesses or services. Always exercise your own judgment and discretion when making choices related to expenses, lodging, and travel arrangements.

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  • Sometimes things happen when you're studying abroad. Sometimes you have questions and don't know where to find answers. We've provided a list of the common situations and questions you may have during your academic journey at KSU and how to resolve them!

    However, if you ever require assistance, please reach out to the International Student and Scholar Services Office. We are dedicated in supporting you and providing the guidance you need throughout your time here in Georgia.

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