Welcome to the most diverse university in the region

When you enroll at GSU, you'll benefit from and grow alongside a support network of faculty, staff, and students as you pursue your degree. And with our robust and diverse degree offerings, your educational experience will be unmatched.

Our Office of International Services (OIS)assists all future, admitted, and current students and faculty in navigating many logistical details that are unique to our international visitors.

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  • Additional Application Materials

    • Detailed Course-by-Course Credential Evaluation from a NACES Member Group (if your previous degree or diploma was obtained at an institution outside the United States.)
    • English Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo or Completion of the 112 level through ELS Education Services Inc.'s Language Centers) if your previous degree was from an institution where English is not the foundational language.
    • Financial Statement Covering the Estimated Expenses for your Program (F-1 & J-1 students only)
  • Obtaining an Initial I-20 / DS-2019


    Once you have been admitted to the university, you will work with the Office of International Services to obtain your I-20 (F-1 Students) or DS-2019 (J-1 Students). We cannot issue your immigration document until you have been accepted by the university and we have been notified by the Office of Admissions of your acceptance. Once your document is created, it will be emailed to your GSU email account.

  • International University Partner Students


    If you are currently a student at one of our International University Partners, you qualify for a discounted tuition rate at Governors State University. Please contact the International Office at your institution to start the process of continuing your studies at GSU.



    Wollo University



    Addis Ababa University



    Beijing Wuzi University



    Dalian University



    Guangdong Pharmaceutical University (GDPU)
    Hangzhou Normal University (HNU)



    South China Normal University (SCNU)



    Wuyi University



    Yiwu Industrial & Commercial College



    Zhejiang Financial College (ZFC)



    Zhejiang Gongshang University (ZJGU)



    Zhejiang Univ. of Water Resources & Electric Power



    Manipal University



    National Hsinchu University of Education (NHCUE)



    National Kaohsiung Normal University (NKNU)



    Sakarya University



    Suleyman Sah

    North America:


    Mount Royal University

    South America:


    Universidad Santo Tomas, Vina del Mar, Chile

  • Intensive ESL Program


    Governors State University's Intensive ESL Program is designed to serve the needs of international and domestic students that have an interest in improving their English language skills to further their academic success. The curriculum is designed and taught by professional faculty to prepare students academically, socially, and culturally for success as university students.

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    The Intensive ESL Program offers English as a Second Language for those interested in improving their English Language skills for academic purposes. Course offerings include: Listening and Speaking, Reading and Vocabulary, Writing and Grammar, Multimodal Composing, Pronunciation, Cross Cultural Contexts and TOEFL test preparation. We offer beginning to advanced levels, and students can begin the courses in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters.

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    Governors State University's Intensive ESL Program is a member of:

    English USA

  • Honors College


    The Honors College curriculum provides high achieving students with challenging, experiential learning opportunities in and out of the classroom. Click here to learn more.