Transient Students

You’re considered a Transient Student if you enroll at Georgia Tech to take advanced coursework that will transfer back to your home institution so that you may complete your coursework there. Transient Students are classified as non-degree, and are not normally eligible to continue studies at Georgia Tech with the intent of obtaining a degree from the Institute.

Once you’re admitted as a transient student, you’re eligible to take classes during the approved semester only. Admission does not imply or guarantee future enrollment at Georgia Tech.

International students: If you’re not a U.S citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident, you may only apply to be a Transient Student if you’re participating in an approved Georgia Tech Office of International Education (OIE) study abroad or exchange program.

Application Steps

To apply as a Transient Student, you must have completed a minimum of thirty (30) semester credit hours or forty-five (45) quarter credit hours after the date of high school graduation. You must have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Submit your Georgia Tech Non-Degree Application.

  2. Pay the $75 non-refundable application fee.

  3. Submit your official college transcripts from all previous college institutions you’ve attended. Application documents may be submitted in several ways.

    Document Submission Options

  4. Complete the following permission form that applies to you:

    • Regular non-degree applicants should complete and submit the Non-Degree Applicant Permission Form (parts 1-2) with departmental signature(s). Click here to view a list of permission form contacts for each academic college.

      • Please note: It’s your responsibility to contact the appropriate academic department(s) to seek approval for any requested courses and submit the completed form with signatures. Please be aware that department approval does not guarantee acceptance.

    • OIE Study Abroad Program applicants should complete and submit the Study Abroad Permission Form.

    • OIE Incoming Exchange Program applicants should complete and submit the Incoming Exchange Permission Form.

Important Dates

Application Term Applcation Deadline Document Deadline
Fall July 1 July 15
Spring November 15 December 1
Summer April 12 April 15

Class Registration

The transient student registration period follows the degree-seeking student registration period. A transient student must have permission to take classes at Georgia Tech as authorized by the Registrar at the home institution.

Financial Aid

Transient applicants should contact their home institution financial aid offices to determine if their aid can be used during transient terms.

Switching from Transient to Degree-Seeking Student Status

If you later decide to pursue a degree at Georgia Tech, you must apply as a transfer student, and follow the guidelines for admission. You must return to your home institution for at least one semester or quarter to be eligible to apply for transfer admission. We will not consider applications for transfer from students whose most recent enrollment was at Georgia Tech.

Discipline Review Policy


We consider student discipline situations on an individual basis, within the framework of the values we uphold as a university. For complete details, read the Georgia Tech Discipline Review Policy.

Student Discipline Policy