Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science (CS) students who matriculate through GT-Shenzhen must spend their first two semesters at GT-Shenzhen. Afterward, they have the possibility of studying at GT-Shenzhen or GT-Europe, or GT-Atlanta and completing their degree program. Students who complete the entire Georgia Tech degree program in Shenzhen may participate in the graduation ceremony in Atlanta if they secure a proper U.S. visa (such as a tourist visa).
Students applying for the exchange to the GT-Atlanta MS CS program must have a Georgia Tech GPA of 3.5 or above (out of 4.0) and be in good disciplinary standing. GT-Shenzhen will perform multiple checks of this status before the exchange.
Exchange students travel to Atlanta on an F-1 student visa and pay the applicable Atlanta campus tuition and fees. Their I-20 document must reflect the intended duration of stay and the financial resources required. F-1 visa holders should maintain full-time student registration of 12 credit hours or more during a spring or fall semester in Atlanta. Students sponsored by a foreign government or institution may only travel to the U.S. on a J-1 visa. See the GT Office of International Education (OIE) for more details. On-campus dormitory space is generally not available to exchange students during the fall or spring semester.
GT-Shenzhen MS CS students have the following options if pursuing an exchange to GT-Atlanta:
- Complete the first 18-24 credit hours in Shenzhen and study in Atlanta the following fall or spring semester.
- Complete the first 15 credit hours in Shenzhen and study in Atlanta during the following fall & spring or spring & fall semesters.
- At the time of the exchange request, the earned credit hours and the GPA as shown on the transcript must meet the exchange requirements.
Due to space limitations in the GT-Atlanta MS CS program, the opportunity to exchange to GT-Atlanta is not guaranteed. Only the most outstanding students will be offered space for a two-semester exchange at GT-Atlanta. Students may apply for a two-semester exchange but granted space for a one-semester exchange at GT-Atlanta; such students can return to GT-Shenzhen to complete the remaining credit hours needed for graduation.
The GT-Atlanta CS graduate office will conduct a holistic review of the student’s credentials including previous academic records especially curricular background in CS-related courses, performance in the GT-Shenzhen MS CS program, as well as the GT-Atlanta MS CS program capacity and decide whether the student will be granted the opportunity to exchange and if so, the space for one-semester or two-semester exchange.
To apply for the exchange, the MS CS student should email firstname.lastname@example.org before the following deadlines with the information: Name, GTID, resume and a completed MS CS exchange application form
|Fall Exchange||May 15|
|Spring Exchange||September 1|
Note that while GT-Shenzhen students may exchange to GT-Atlanta, the decision to grant the U.S. visa or not resides with the visa officer.
Students with an F-1 visa may arrive in the U.S. 30 days before the start of the semester and may remain in the U.S. for 60 days following the completion of the degree program.