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Intensive English Program

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Pre-Arrival Information


Table of Contents

Welcome Message from the Director Georgia Tech Health Requirements Housing Options Transportation from the Airport Hotel Accommodations in Atlanta Driving Directions to the Language Institute Driver's License Information Campus Parking Information MARTA Map (Atlanta's Public Transportation System) Employment on Campus Applying to a Georgia Tech Degree Program Contact Person GTLI Mission Statement

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Welcome Message from the Director

Dear Student, On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Language Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology, I would like to

welcome you to our Intensive English Program. We are very happy that you have chosen to study with us. To help you get to know our program, the Georgia Tech campus, the Atlanta area, and life in the United States in general, we have put together this handbook. We hope that you will find this handbook useful as you begin your studies and later as a reference guide.

The Intensive English Program typically has students from over 40 different countries, so you will have the opportunity to meet classmates from all over the world. We encourage you to use English as much as possible while you are here. We have found that the students who make the most progress in their language skills are the ones who use English both in and out of the classroom. Try to meet people in the program who DO NOT speak your language.

We hope that you will enjoy your stay at the Language Institute. If you have any questions or concerns about the program that you would like to discuss, I welcome you to stop by my office in Room 104. My door is always open. Karen Tucker Director, Georgia Tech Language Institute


Georgia Tech Health Requirements

Immunizations/TB Testing

The Board of Regents requires the following immunizations for students studying at all Georgia colleges and universities.

Measles (Rubeola), Mumps (Parotitis), and Rubella (German Measles) or MMR Note: Students born before 1957 are exempt from the MMR immunization requirement.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) Varicella (Chicken Pox) Hepatitis B Meningococcal

Note: Students age 21 or younger Tuberculosis Screening (QuantiFERON)

The Certificate of Immunization must be completed, signed, and stamped by a doctor or medical provider. If there are immunizations you are missing, you may choose to complete them in your home country or you may complete them after you begin classes at the Language Institute.

During registration, students will have an opportunity to upload their original medical documents to the Student Health Center and enter the data required.

NOTE: The medical requirements must be completed during your first session at the Language Institute.

The staff at the Language Institute will make appointments at the Student Health Center for each new student during the first weeks of classes. Your appointment will include a tuberculosis screening (if necessary) and any required immunizations.

Health Insurance

All students holding an F1 visa are required to enroll in the BlueCross BlueShield student insurance plan that has been selected by the Georgia Institute of Technology. The current cost of the plan is $323 per session and it provides coverage for all your immunizations and tests at the Georgia Tech Student Health Center.

When a student needs additional medical attention that cannot be provided by campus Health Services, BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia provides comprehensive medical insurance that is widely accepted at hospitals, emergency rooms, and specialists in metro Atlanta.

For F-1 visa holders, this insurance is mandatory For non-F-1 students, the plan is optional

Students pay this fee at registration each session at the Language Institute.

Sponsored Students

Sponsored Students

If you are a sponsored student, your financial guarantee letter and/or proof of sponsorship needs to be submitted before the first day of class. It is your responsibility to know if it has been submitted and when it expires.


Housing Options

Off-Campus Housing

The following information is provided for your convenience. Neither Georgia Tech nor the Language Institute is able to recommend or directly promote any of these options.


Features common to all of the dormitories listed below:

Within 2 miles of the Georgia Tech campus Secured access Private, furnished bedrooms Furnished living and dining area Kitchen with refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave Clothes washer and dryer in unit Internet and cable access

Study / meeting rooms Computer laboratory Game room Fitness center Parking available Lease only to students

Please visit the websites below for more information. Availability may be limited, so be sure to ask about subleases.

Westmar Lofts (404) -0377

100 Midtown (404) 961-7130

The Flats (404) 436-2549


Some things to think about when considering renting an apartment:

Communities closest to Georgia Tech are Midtown and Buckhead. Unfurnished one-bedroom apartments cost approximately $850 - $1000 per month. Most apartments come with a refrigerator, a stove, an oven and some kind of window covering.

Everything else you must provide. Minimum contract is usually six months. Subleases may be available for shorter stays. Parking is often an extra fee. Co-signer or guarantor is often necessary for international students without social security numbers. A signed contract is a binding legal agreement.

Internet sites to assist in your housing search housing.gatech.edu/assignments/offcampus.cfm apartments/ga/ Index.aspx



Independent companies in Atlanta place students in private family residences:

Atlanta Homestays Contact: Ms. Lory Wilson atlanta_homestays@ (678) 886-4488

American Homestay Network Contact: Ms. Dominique Rodriguez dominique@ (407) 761-3517

Mark's Homestay Contact: Mark Leech mark@ (404) 822-0071


Villa International Atlanta Villa International is a ministry of housing and hospitality by the Christian community for international visitors. Guest rooms are available for $24 for shared rooms and $49 per night for a single room. There are private baths in each room. Wireless computer access available throughout the facility. Community kitchen, game room, an exercise room, community living room and laundry room. Villa International Atlanta is easily accessible by MARTA.

Regency Suites Hotel Rate: Ranges from $150 - $200 per night All suites with kitchenettes All suites have two queen size beds and a sofa couch Complimentary breakfast Complimentary voice mail and data ports/ high speed internet in each suite Complimentary HBO and cable television Contact person for the Language Institute: Joy Frazier joy@ (404) 876-5003 ext. 173

The Language Institute accepts no responsibility or liability for student's housing choices.

Contact lihousing@esl.gatech.edu if you have any questions or need assistance in selecting your accommodations.


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