Parts of the Application
As an international student, you will need to follow the application process for a freshman, or transfer if you have attended a post-secondary institution. Please download our checklist for international applicants and use it as a guide. In addition to the online application, you will need to submit the following:
- Official transcripts from each secondary school (high school) you attended. If your official transcript is not in English, please submit an English translation of the transcript.
- Official transcripts from each post-secondary school (university) you attended, or from your 13th year of secondary education, you must have your courses evaluated for transfer credit. You will also need to submit a course-by-course report prepared by a Credential Evaluation Agency (fee charged). View a list of approved Credential Evaluation Agencies and important details on transferring international credits.
- Demonstrated proficiency in the English language. If English is not your native language, you are required to submit proof of English language proficiency, regardless of citizenship. Proficiency is shown by achieving satisfactory results on either the TOEFL, IELTS OR PTE exam. The minimum required score for the internet-based TOEFL is 80. The minimum required score for the paper-based TOEFL is 570. The score of the PTE is 56. Note: If you do not meet our minimum English language exam scores then the admissions committee will likely recommend that you apply to our English Language Institute (ELI)
- If English is your native language and you want to be considered for academic merit-based scholarships, you must submit either an SAT or ACT exam score. (Please send us all scores directly through the testing agency.)
- Certification of finances form, which must be completed and certified by a bank. It must show that you have sufficient funds (in U.S. dollars) to meet your costs at the College of Charleston for one year of study. Please be aware that the College of Charleston cannot offer international students need-based financial aid. However, we do offer a limited number of merit-based scholarships to international students who have exceptional academic records. Please visit the financial aid website for more information about outside scholarships and loans.
How to Apply
Important: Please turn in the application and all of the documents listed above, including the Certification of Finances form and bank letter, by the indicated deadline. Your file will not be reviewed until all of the documents above have been received by the Admissions Office at the College of Charleston.
The Application Form: On the application form, please make sure to include your full name (exactly as it is spelled on your passport), date of birth, complete educational history, country of birth, citizenship, current mailing address and your permanent address outside of the United States, even if you are currently living or studying in the United States.
Academic Records: Please have your academic records from each secondary school you attended for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. They must be sent directly from those schools you attended to the College of Charleston in sealed envelopes. These records should be submitted in their original language and accompanied by notarized English translations, if applicable. Include any examination results such as IB, GCSE, GCE, Bagrut, Tawjihi, French Baccalaureate, CAPE, Abitur, Attestat or Secondary School Leaving Certificates.