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. The student must declare the exchange track 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: Complete the first 24 credit hours in Shenzhen and the remaining 6 credit hours in Atlanta during the following summer semester. 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: Complete the first 18-24 credit hours in Shenzhen and study in Atlanta during the following fall or spring semester. F-1 visa holders must maintain full-time student registration of 12 credit hours during the academic semester in Atlanta. 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: Complete the first 12-24 credit hours in Shenzhen and study in Atlanta during the following fall & spring or spring & fall semesters. F-1 visa holders must maintain full-time student registration of 12 credit hours during the academic semesters in Atlanta. This track pertains to the thesis option.
Track 5: Complete the first 15 credit hours in Shenzhen and study in Atlanta during the following fall & spring or spring & fall semesters. F-1 visa holders must maintain full-time student registration of 12 credit hours during the academic semesters in Atlanta. This track pertains to the non-thesis option.
Note: In the above, the number of completed credit hours refers to those credit hours that can count towards your GT MS ECE degree requirements. Please refer to the ECE Graduate Handbook for details regarding the degree requirements.
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 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).