International Students

International Students at the College of Charleston

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.

At this university, our professors have developed important professional relationships that lead to internship and work opportunities for students. And, some of the most innovative multinational corporations in the world are located right in South Carolina – Google, Volvo, Mercedes Benz and Boeing – to name just a few.

Tell Us About Yourself!

Find what you're looking for:

Are you ready to apply? 
Internships and Employment
International applicant checklist
Sister-State Scholarship
Test optional information
Take the next step

Are you ready to apply?

The College of Charleston is a future-focused and innovative university. Here, you'll thrive. When you graduate, you'll be ready to compete in a rapidly changing world. Whether you're interested in entrepreneurship, the environment, the arts or data science you'll have the freedom to mix and match your interests. 

Employment and Internships

Charleston has become a hub for high-tech tech startup companies and large corporations alike. This means that our students have access to a wealth of experiential learning opportunities, including internships, mentorships and independent studies along with post-graduate employment.

Some of the most progressive and innovative firms are located right in South Carolina:

Mercedes Benz

Interested in learning more about internship and career opportunities? Visit the on-campus career center

International Applicant Checklist

Begin by reviewing the First-Year, Transfer, or Visiting Students parts of the application, as all application credentials listed on these pages are required for international students.

Secondary School Records
English Proficiency
Documentation of Financial Support
Copy of Passport Picture/Data Page

Test-optional Information

Students applying for admission may choose to have their application evaluated with or without SAT or ACT scores.  View our Test-optional FAQ’s for further information.  Please note an English proficiency exam score is still required from international applicants who are non-native English speakers. 

View the Test-optional FAQs for further info.

Take the Next Step

next steps for international students

STEP 1: Choose the application deadline that is most convenient 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.

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.

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