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International Students

Admission Requirements and Procedures for International Students

For purposes of admission, an international student is defined as a student who is not a United States citizen or does not have permanent residency status (Green Card) or who is or will be temporarily in the U.S. in a non-immigrant status.

In order to make the application process as smooth as possible please read and follow these steps.

  1. Submit an Application
  2. Submit Official Transcripts of Academic Records
  3. English Proficiency
  4. Scholastic Aptitude Test
  5. Complete the Financial Guarantee Statement
  6. Additional Information: Deadlines, Scholarships, Health Insurance, and Immunizations
  7. Contact Information

Submit an Application for Admission

The most convenient way to submit an application for admission is to complete the online application for international students. If you need an application mailed to you, please click here.

Submit Official Transcripts of Academic Records

Applicants who have completed coursework, high school/secondary school or university-level, in the United States will need to request an official copy of all transcripts to be sent directly from your school in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions.

Applicants who have completed coursework, high school/secondary school or university-level, in the United States will need to request an official copy of all transcripts to be sent directly from your school in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions.

Applicants who have completed coursework, high school/secondary school or university-level, outside of the United States will need to have a course-by-course evaluation of transcripts completed and forwarded to Young Harris College by a service, which may include one of the following:

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL  33173
(305) 273-1616

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee WI 53203    
(414) 289-3400
(Please see website for courier address.)

Applicants who are transferring from another college/university in the United States must also complete the Transfer Form.

English Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English will need to submit proof of English proficiency. Any one of the following may be submitted for proof of English proficiency. Results must be sent directly to the Young Harris College Admissions Office by the testing agency.

  • Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is given worldwide and there is a fee for the examination. A 550 paper-based or 220 computer based or 79 (iBT) internet-based minimum score is required. For more information, visit
  • Successful completion of level 109 at an ELS Language Center. Young Harris College does not offer an ESL program.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) critical reading score of 450.
  • Advanced Placement International English Language (APIEL) grade of 3 or higher.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Students whose native language is English will be required to submit official College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores. Make sure when you register to take the SAT you indicate on the form you would like your scores sent directly to Young Harris College. The College Board number for YHC is 5990. Generally, United States embassies and U.S. Information Services (USIS) offices have information on testing dates and places. You may also write to the College Entrance Examination Board, Box 592-R, Princeton, New Jersey 08541, USA.

Complete the Financial Guarantee Statement  

The Financial Guarantee Statement (FGS) must be completed and returned to the Office of Admissions. A Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) will be issued once the applicant has been found admissible to the College and the FGS has been approved.

The College is required by immigration authorities to carefully check the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Form I-20. Therefore, it is imperative that applicants are aware of the cost of attending Young Harris and have the necessary support funds for the period of enrollment. The minimum amount of financial support for study at Young Harris College for the 2013-2014 academic year is US $39,908. (This amount includes $25,048 for tuition and fees, $9,660 for living expenses, $4,000 for entertainment, travel, vacation periods, etc., and $1,200 for health and medical expenses.)

All items on the FGS must be answered accurately in order to avoid unnecessary delays in processing. The Office of Admissions must receive this document, along with proof of sufficient funds, according to the deadlines stated below.

Additional Information

  • Admission Deadlines - Due to the additional processing time needed for international applicants, applications for admission and all supporting documents (i.e. transcripts, evaluations of coursework, tests, and the Financial Guarantee Statement) should be submitted by May 1 for fall admission and September 1 for spring admission. Upon acceptance and verification of financial ability, a Form I-20 will be issued to the student. A housing deposit of US $300 is required to reserve space in the residence hall and classrooms.
  • Scholarship Information - The United States government and the State of Georgia do not make financial aid available to international students. However, international students are eligible for merit or talent based scholarships at Young Harris College, which are listed below:

Academic Merit - The Young Harris College application for admission is the scholarship application. Scholarship amounts range from $11,000 to $14,000.

Athletic - Scholarships are offered in men's baseball, basketball, soccer, cross country and golf, and women's basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, cross country and golf. Amounts vary based on talent. Please contact the appropriate coach if interested.

Fine Arts - Scholarships offered in music, art, theatre and musical theatre by audition or portfolio and interview. Scholarships range from $500 to $4,000.

  • Health Insurance and Immunization Requirements - All international students must have health insurance either with Young Harris College or through a provider that has been approved by the Director of Student Health Services. For questions on health insurance, email the Office of Health and Wellness Services. All students born on or after January 1, 1957 must submit a completed Certificate of Immunization prior to class attendance. All students who pay a deposit to YHC receive a Certificate of Immunization in their admissions packet. For information on immunization requirements, please click here.

Contact Information

International Admissions
Young Harris College
P.O. Box 116
Young Harris, GA 30582 USA
 (706) 379-3111
Fax: (706) 379-3108