International Students

Internation Students at College of Charleston

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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 cosmopolitan feel.

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Sister-State Scholarship Opportunity

If you are a resident of one of the following regions, you are eligible for our Sister-State Scholarship. You'll be awarded our in-state-resident tuition rate - over a 50% reduction in the tuition you would pay as an international student.

  • Queensland, Australia - Sister-state since 2003
  • Brandenburg, Germany - Sister-state since 1993
  • Rheinland Pfalz, Germany - Sister-state since 1993
  • Thüringen, Germany - Sister-state since 1993
  • Taiwan - Sister-state since 1981

Here’s how it works.

STEP 1: Choose your application method (CofC Online Application or The Common Application)

STEP 2: Once you have been accepted, use your passport to demonstrate that you are a citizen of one of our sister states.

STEP 3: Enroll as an undergraduate at our in-state, resident tuition rate, on account of the long-standing friendship and alliance between our state of South Carolina and yours!

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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 in 2021, 2022, and 2023 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

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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