Parts of the Application

Are you ready to join our community? First, let's make sure you submit all of your application credentials:

First-year students

A first-year applicant is one entering university directly after secondary school (high school). If you are applying as a first-year student, visit our application checklist for international first-year students for detailed application instructions.


A transfer applicant is a student applying for a Bachelor degree that has completed high school and has taken additional coursework in one or more post-secondary institutions (college or university). If you are applying as a transfer applicant, visit our application checklist for international transfer students for detailed application instructions.

For additional information on how your transfer credit will be reviewed visit the Transfer Credit Resource Center for more information.

 Visiting Student

College of Charleston welcomes international students who wish to study at the college for one or two semesters to apply as a visiting international student. The college admits two types of visiting students:

  • Students currently enrolled in college/university who plan to graduate from their home university but who wish to study abroad in the US.
  • Students who have graduated from high school who wish to study in the US before starting college/university in their home country.

Here's detailed instructions for how to apply as a visiting student. For more information, contact


A graduate applicant is a student who has completed at least a Bachelor degree or an equivalent higher education degree, and is interested in applying to a Master’s degree program. Graduate admission is coordinated by staff of each individual graduate program. To learn about the graduate application process, visit The Graduate School for more information.

Graduate admission is not conducted by the undergraduate admissions office at the College. Each graduate program sets its own admission deadlines and requirements. All inquiries should be directed to the individual graduate offices.

College Level Examinations

Students participating in AP, CLEP, IB and/or International A Level exams, may earn college credit at College of Charleston.

Official scores must be sent directly to College of Charleston. Scores will not be accepted from high school transcripts. Learn which exams College of Charleston accepts, the scores required and course credits on the Credit by Exam webpage.