International Students

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STEP 1: Choose the application deadline that makes sense for you.

Find out what our admissions committee is looking for.

STEP 2: Choose your application method (CofC Online Application or The Common Application)

STEP 3: Review your application checklist.

Once you submit your application, you'll be able to view your application checklist and track your application file in your CofC Admissions Portal.

If you chose the Common App, we'll send you an email after you hit submit, so you can access your CofC Admissions Portal.

STEP 4: Submit your application materials to complete your application file

At the College of Charleston, we strongly believe that diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences are integral parts of a liberal arts education. We attract international students from all over the world, and offer a lively mix of cultural exchange both in and out of the classroom. You'll study in the heart of one of the most historic cities in the United States, and one that — because it is located in a major East Coast seaport — has a decidedly European and cosmopolitan feel.

International students follow the same application process as domestic students, with a few additional requirements.  In this section you'll find information on what you need to submit with your application. Be sure to plan ahead for our admissions deadlines. If you've taken classes at post-secondary institutions abroad or your secondary education included a 13th year, there is a process for having your coursework considered for transfer credit at the College of Charleston. Credit is awarded for exams such as Cambridge A Level, IB, and AP.


Once you have been accepted and have confirmed your enrollment, our Center for International Education will issue a Form I-20 so that you can apply for a U.S. student visa. You will find information about U.S. immigration policies at the Center for International Education website. In addition, the English Language Institute is designed to enhance your English language skills needed in academic, professional and social settings.