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International Students

Thank you for your interest in Charleston Southern University! We are ready to assist you with the admissions process and look forward to getting to know you. 

Requirements for Admission:

 

Undergraduate Students

  • Online application
  • Transcripts
    • Official transcripts must be received directly from the school or government agency.
    • Official English translations must accompany any document in a language other than English. 
    • Any transcript from a non-American school be evaluated by a NACES member. We prefer that students choose WES or ECE.
  • SAT or ACT Scores
    • Scores must be sent directly from the respective testing agency.  Charleston Southern University's SAT code is 5079; ACT code is 3833.
    • International students that prove sufficient English proficiency through the TOEFL or IELTS may have the SAT/ACT requirement waived. Please contact CSU’s International Student Enrollment Counselor for more information at international@csuniv.edu.
  • English Proficiency
  • Passport and visa documents
    • A clear copy of your complete identification page of your passport is needed. The copy should show all four edges of the document.
    • If you are already in the United States, copies of your visa, I-94 with travel history, and I-20 may be required.
  • International Financial Statement
    • If you will be applying for a F-1 student visa to study in the United States, you are required to submit financial documentation to prove that you have sufficient funds for your study.
    • If you or your parents are providing your support you must submit a bank statement or International Student Financial Statement showing availability of funds for the required tuition and costs amount.  Bank statements must not be older than 180 days (6 months).
    • If the student's studies will be supported by a private sponsor, an Affidavit of support and bank statements are needed that show availability of funds for the required tuition and costs amount. Bank statements must not be older than 180 days (6 months).
  • Students transferring from another US school
    • An International Student Eligibility Form must be completed by the International Student Advisor or Designated School Official. The student must also provide copies of their current visa, I-20 and I-94 with travel history.
  • Students planning on living on campus
    • If you plan on living on campus in a dormitory room, you will be required to submit an immunization form in order to be assigned to a room on campus.  It can take some time to get all the required immunizations so it's recommended to start as soon as possible.

Graduate Students

  • Online Graduate Application
  • Transcripts
    • Official Transcripts must be received directly from the school or government agency.
    • Official English translations must accompany any document in a language other than English.
    • Any transcript from a non-American school must be evaluated by  WES or ECE.
  • GMAT or GRE scores
    • Some programs may request that GRE/GMAT scores are submitted.
    • Scores must be sent directly from the respective testing agency. Charleston Southern University's school code is 5079.
  • English Proficiency
  • Passport and visa documents
    • A clear copy of your complete identification page of your passport is needed.  The copy should show all four edges of the document.
    • If you are already in the United States, copies of your visa, I-94 with travel history, and I-20 may be required.
  • International Financial Statement
    • If you will be applying for a F-1 student visa to study in the United States, you are required to submit financial documentation to prove that you have sufficient funds for your study. Funding amount may vary from program to program.
    • If you or your parents are providing your support you must submit a bank statement or International Student Financial Statement showing availability of funds for the required tuition and costs amount. Bank statements must not be older than 180 days (6 months).
    • If the student's studies will be supported by a private sponsor, an Affidavit of Support and bank statements are needed that show availability of funds for the required tuition and costs amount. Bank statements must not be older than 180 days (6 months).
  • Students transferring from another US school
    • An International Student Eligibility Form must be completed by the International Student Advisor or Designated School Official. The student must also provide copies of their current visa, I-20 and I-94 with travel history.
  • Additional Requirements per Degree Program

Note: Online programs are not available for F-1 student visas.    

 

Admissions Deadlines

Due to Immigration and Customs Enforcement requirements and the necessity of having transcripts evaluated, the deadline for admission applications from international students is 60 days prior to the first day of classes of the academic term of entry. If you have questions about the specific day, please contact the Enrollment Services Office at 843-863-7050 or international@csuniv.edu.

 

Once You Are Accepted

When an applicant has been accepted by the University and financial documentation has been submitted, a Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status will be mailed along with an acceptance letter. This form will need to be taken to the American Consulate or Embassy in the student's home country for the F-1 visa to be issued.

 

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