Exchange to GT-Atlanta
Master degree program students who matriculate through GT-Shenzhen must spend the first two semesters at GT-Shenzhen. If a student wishes to exchange to GT-Atlanta before graduation, he/she must declare the intent to exchange during the semester prior to the exchange semester and be in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.7 out of 4.0) and good disciplinary standing. Exchange students come to Atlanta on F-1 student visa and are expected to pay the standard out-of-state tuition and fees for the Atlanta semester. If the student is sponsored by the foreign government or institution however, he/she can only come to the US on J-1 visa.
GT-Shenzhen only offers the non-thesis option for the MS degree. If a student wishes to pursue the thesis option, he/she needs to come to Atlanta for two semesters in the fall & spring or spring & fall. Whether the student chooses the thesis or non-thesis option, the MS diploma is the same. If a student wishes to exchange to GT-Atlanta taking courses only (utilizing the non-thesis option), he/she can come to Atlanta for one semester. The student is expected to declare the intent for the thesis vs. non-thesis option before coming to Atlanta and the I-20 form will reflect the intended duration of stay in Atlanta and the financial resources that are required.
GT-Shenzhen MS students are offered the following degree programming tracks and are expected to make a choice during the second semester.
Track 1: Complete the entire MS degree program in Shenzhen on the non-thesis option.
Track 2: Spend the first two semesters in Shenzhen taking 24 credit hours and the summer semester in Atlanta taking 6 credit hours. During the summer semester in Atlanta, on-campus dorm may be available but course options will be limited. Students utilizing this option should only plan on taking courses in Atlanta towards elective requirements of the MS degree. This track pertains to the non-thesis option.
Track 3: Spend the first two semesters in Shenzhen taking a minimum of 18 credit hours and the fall or spring semester in Atlanta taking 12 credit hours. This track pertains to the non-thesis option. On-campus dormitory is generally not available to exchange students during the fall or spring semester.
Track 4: Spend the first two semesters in Shenzhen taking a minimum of 12 credit hours and a two semester sequence in Atlanta (fall & spring or spring & fall) taking 12 credit hours each. This track pertains to the thesis option.
To apply for the exchange, the student should email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 months before the end of the second semester with the following information: Name, GTID, track choice, and which semester(s) the student wishes to study in Atlanta.
Note that while GT-Shenzhen students are given the opportunity to exchange to GT-Atlanta, the decision to grant the US visa or not resides with the visa officer.
Whether the exchange student comes to Atlanta for one or two semesters, F-1 students are allowed to arrive in the US for up to 30 days prior to the start of the semester to settle in and are allowed to remain in the US for up to 60 days for travel and leisure following the completion of the degree program.
Students who study at GT-Atlanta for track 2 or 3 (non-thesis) will not be eligible to apply for Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). Eligibility requirements for OPT requires two full-time semesters (Fall/Spring).
Students who have completed the MS degree program in Shenzhen are allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony in Atlanta if they can secure a proper US visa (such as a tourist visa).
GT-Shenzhen MS ECE students who have passed the ECE PhD prelim exam and been accepted into the PhD program in Atlanta will come to Atlanta on F-1 visa for the number of years required for the PhD program.