International Students

Future International Students

The international student population in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering makes up about one-third of the total student body. We welcome students from more than 45 different countries into our global community. Information specific to the School can be found further down the page. For general information on admissions, visas, and other Institute-wide resources, please visit the links below:


Admission Requirements

Admission to Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is very competitive. We seek students with outstanding undergraduate records and excellent test scores. In general, applicants should be in the top 5 percent of their class in a recognized school of electrical and computer engineering. This can be measured by class rank, as well as by a relative reporting of your grade point average (e.g. 3.6/4.0 or 18/20).

If an applicant's degree is not from a U.S. school, or if English is not the native language, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will be required. Generally, a score of 550 (213 for computer-based tests) is required.

Financial Support

Financial assistance may be available for students with an outstanding academic record. However, this is not guaranteed. Students who are not offered financial assistance at the time of admission must have sufficient funds to support themselves (and their accompanying families) through completion of the program for which they have applied. 

Scientific Writing for International Students

A Scientific Writing for International Students class is offered to our international Ph.D. students twice a semester during the spring and the fall terms. In this class, students first learn the cultural aspects of writing because many writing problems stem from poor understanding of how writing is used in our culture. Students next learn the principles of organizing ideas clearly, completely, and cohesively. In addition, students analyze common non-native writing errors such as articles and countability, and they examine errors common in all advanced writing (native and non-native), including: punctuation and mechanics, conjunctions, adverb placement, adjective clauses, phrasal modifiers, and parallel structures. They then use their awareness of specific writing and grammar errors to practice proofreading and editing their own documents independently and during one-on-one meetings with the instructor. The course is offered to ECE and ME Ph.D. students and is advertised each term by the ECE Graduate Office. 

Last revised August 18, 2016