Partner Profile: University of North Georgia

Aberystwyth university students have the opportunity to study on a direct exchange at the University of North Georgia, USA. 









Type of Link: Departmental - International Politics

Mascot: Nigel the Nighthawk 

Established: 1873

Number of Students: 

  • 19,041 UG
  • 681 PG


The University of North Georgia is located in the small town of Dahlonega, about an hour north of Atlanta, a city with a great reputation as a dynamic, international city. The 630 acre campus  is nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest, so there’s no shortage of outdoor opportunities for students to pursue, such as hiking, hunting and camping. The town of Dahlonega was the site of a gold rush in the 1820s, and today it’s home to restaurants and shops that are within walking distance of the University of North Georgia campus. 

Positioned in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia comprises five campuses united by a single mission focused on academic excellence and academic and co-curricular programs that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society.The University of North Georgia is a University System of Georgia leadership institution and is The Military College of Georgia. With more than 18,000 students, the University of North Georgia is the states sixth-largest public university. The university offers an extensive range of programs of study ranging from certificate and associates degrees to professional and research doctoral programs. 


All courses are offered in English. Students from the Department of International Politics are eligible to apply at the discretion of their department's Exchange Coordinator; students are advised to discuss the eligibility of UNG courses for their degree with their Departmental Exchange Coordinator. There are several subjects available in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs of University of North Georgia, that provide similar courses/modules in Aberystwyth. These include:


International Exchange students are typically housed in the North Georgia Suites, but there are a wide range of accommodation options available on-campus. Students will be directed to apply for housing upon acceptance. After opening of a UNG email account and payment of the $200 deposit, students will be directed to an on-line portal through which they can apply for accommodation. Therefore, it is essential for students to apply on time to secure a place in on-site accommodation. Off-site, private accommodation is also available at a higher rate. 

Visa Information and Other Costs

All international and exchange students must apply for a J-1 visa as well as an I-901 SEVIS to study in the US. Both of these documents have fees attached which are liable to change year on year.

ALL students attending UNG MUST have health insurance and be able to prove that they have purchased it. Health insurance is provided automatically by UNG and billed to the student. This can be wavered if the student enrolls in their own plan and completes a waiver, but it must cover the benefits outlined in the previous link. Without the appropriate health insurance, students will not be eligible for a visa.

There are various other costs to consider before applying to UNG, details of which can be found here.

Getting There

The closest airport to University of North Georgia is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is around 75 miles (1 hour and 45 minutes) south of the University of North Georgia main campus. The flight time from London Heathrow averages 9 hours and 25 minutes.  There are several options available for transfers between the airport and UNG campus, including a shuttle service arranged by UNG well in advance of registration, details of which can be found here.

The first semester begins in August and ends in December. International students should arrive a few days in advance of term dates to allow time for orientation. The second semester begins in January and ends in May.

How to Apply

All students wishing to go on exchange must apply through Aberystwyth University, as they must first be nominated by the international office. Students usually go in the second semester of their second year unless they have special permission from their department. Application deadlines can be found here.