International Students

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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.

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 who are applying for freshman admission in fall 2021 can choose to have their application evaluated without SAT or ACT scores.

View the Test-optional FAQs for further info.

Take the Next Step

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.

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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