• International Student Admission

    The University of Charleston considers an international applicant to be anyone that is not a U.S. Permanent Resident or U.S. Citizen. The University of Charleston has a rolling admissions process, this means that students can apply at any time. However, international applicants should keep in mind that the student visa interview process can take a significant amount of time to complete. It is recommend that international applicants complete the application process at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the desired semester. Please find all necessary documents and links below to aid in the application process.

    International student applicants must follow the requirements for general freshmen or transfer admission, depending on the desired enrollment status. For progression policies see English as a Second Language Progression Policy.

    English Exam Requirements

    International Students who do not take the ACT or SAT exams must submit a standardized English test score. The College Board’s Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the Duolingo exams are accepted. Other standardized English exams are accepted only upon pre-approval from the Director of International Students.

    A minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT) / 61 for the Internet-based test (IBT) on the TOEFL or an equivalent IELTS score of 6.0 is generally required. Students with Duolingo scores of 2.6 or higher for undergraduate work and 4.6 or higher for graduate level work may be considered for enrollment. Conditional admission is available to applicants who have not achieved the minimum English proficiency standards.

    When international students whose primary language is not English and who have a TOEFL score below 70 arrive on campus they must take an English diagnostic exam, which includes a writing sample. The results will be used for placement purposes. Based on their scores, some students will be required to enroll in ESL courses. Once placed in this program, all required ESL courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.

    Other International Admissions Requirements

    Though American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results are recommended of international students whose first language is English, applicants should submit the results when they have taken either test. These results will help Admissions staff make an informed decision about placement.

    International students wishing to receive transfer credits for any college or university level work completed prior to arrival at the University of Charleston must have all credits evaluated by an international transcript evaluation service, such as W.E.S. or E.C.E. when transcripts are not written in English. Please contact the appropriate service for your needs.

    All official secondary school and college/university scholastic records submitted in support of your application should include English translations. English translations do not need to be official, but they should be literal (word-for-word, not interpretive) translations.

    The University of Charleston recommends that students seek foreign educational credential evaluations from NACES® members. NACES® is an association of private foreign educational credential evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation. A list of these evaluation services can be found at https://www.naces.org/members.

    Proof of adequate financial resources to support study in the United States is required to be provided an application for student visa. An official statement specifying these resources is required before an international student may gain entry into the United States for study. If the financial documentation is not in the applicant’s name, the account holder or sponsor must submit a Letter of Support stating their relation to the applicant and verifying they are financially responsible for the entirety of the applicant’s studies while enrolled at the Institution.

    Admission Requirements

    • Freshmen (first-year students)
      1. Application
      2. Transcripts
        • Official transcripts as well as an official English translation from all prior and currently attended secondary institutions are required for an admittance decision. Official transcripts may be scanned and submitted via email.
         
      3. Exam Scores
        • International students who do not take the ACT or SAT exams must submit one standardized English test score. Acceptable forms of an English test score are as follows:  
        • The University of Charleston reserves the right to administer an English proficiency test to any student whose primary language is not English. This test is taken during International Student Orientation before the start of classes. If a student is found lacking in English proficiency, he or she will be required to take the coursework in English as a Second Language (ESL) currently offered at the University of Charleston. If the needed ESL coursework is not offered, the University of Charleston reserves the right to refer the student to an Intensive English Language Program.
        • Students from the following list of countries do not need to submit an ESL test score but should still submit an SAT or ACT score.
        • American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Federal States of Micronesia, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tabago, Turks and Caicos, United Kingdom and Ireland, US Virgin Islands
         
      4. Copy of current passport information and/or photo page
       
    • Transfer Students

      A transfer student is an applicant who has earned 12 or more college-level credits (generally, courses numbered 100 and above) at another institution

      1. Application
      2. Transcripts
        • Official transcripts from all prior and currently attended university level institutions are required for an admittance decision.
         
      3. Evaluation of credits: International students who have taken post-secondary courses outside the United States are required to have their international credentials professionally evaluated by a third-party organization. Two acceptable examples of an evaluation by a third-party organization are a “course by course” evaluation by either of the following organizations: Note: students who do not present a “course by course” WES or ECE evaluation may not receive transfer credit for previously completed coursework.
      4. Exam requirements: International transfer students whose primary language is not English are required to complete one of the following:  
      5. Copy of current passport information and/or photo page and if applicable, student visa page.
      6. The University of Charleston reserves the right to administer an English proficiency test to any student whose primary language is not English. This test is taken during International Student Orientation before the start of classes. If a student is found lacking in English proficiency, he or she will be required to take the coursework in English as a Second Language (ESL) currently offered at the University of Charleston. If the needed ESL coursework is not offered, the University of Charleston reserves the right to refer the student to an Intensive English Language Program.
      7. Students from the following list of countries do not need to submit an ESL test score but should still submit an SAT or ACT score
      8. American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Federal States of Micronesia, Grenada, Guyana,Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tabago,Turks and Caicos, United Kingdom and Ireland, US Virgin Islands
       
    • I-20 Process

      Accepted International Students

      Upon admission international applicants will need to submit further documentation in order to receive an I-20, application for a student visa.

      1. Proof of Adequate Financial Resources. Since the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires international students to certify financial responsibility, proof of financial resources sufficient to all costs associated with living in the U.S. for study must be submitted. Examples of proof of adequate financial resources include:
        • 6 months of pay stubs
        • 6 months of bank statements
        • other proof of investment
         
      2. Affidavit of Support If the proof of financial resources are not in the student's name, an Affidavit of Support will be provided to be signed stating that the individual is financially responsible for the entirety of the student's studies while enrolled at our Institution.
      3. $500 Enrollment & Housing Deposit Prior to initiating the I-20 form, the University of Charleston must receive the $500 Enrollment & Housing deposit. Please Note: Deposit refunds will only be granted to those students who have interviewed for and been denied an F-1 Student Visa. For a refund, students must submit documentation to the University of Charleston within 2 weeks of the visa interview.

        To pay by credit card:

        To submit payments via wire transfer:

        • please contact Violetta Petrosyan at violettapetrosyan@ucwv.edu for the international wire account information. Please note when sending a payment through wire transfer, the sender must include the student's name and is responsible for any additional wire fees in order to ensure the University receives the total amount of $500.
         
      4. Once the Enrollment and Housing deposit is confirmed, a Designated School Official (DSO) will initiate the I-20 form. When the I-20 is issued in SEVIS, you will be contacted by the DSO to proceed in requesting your I-20 delivery. The University of Charleston requires that you use University Express Mail Service to have your I-20 and admissions packet sent to you. Please note that requesting your immigration documents through University Express Mail Service is at YOUR expense. This service uses UPS, DHL, and FedEx; all pf which require payment by credit card.
      5. You will be required to create your own user name and password in order to create an account. To request shipment, you will need your mailing address, e-mail address, phone number and credit card information. You may request shipment either to your foreign address, or to a U.S. contact address. If your I-20 will be sent to a U.S. contact address, please include the name of the person who lives at that address. Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in the credit card information or submitting incorrect or incomplete address information will result in a delay in the mailing of your I-20. If you experience any difficulty in registering and processing the shipment, please use the Help link in the site for step by step instructions. If you have additional questions about how to use this service, please e-mail student.support@eshipglobal.com or go to eShipGlobal, Inc.
      6. After receiving your I-20, application for a student visa, it is time to schedule your visa interview with the United States Embassy or Consulate. (Canadian residents are not required to schedule a visa interview.) More information will be provided in your admissions packet but further information can also be obtained through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's website Study in the States
       
    • Prior to Arrival

      Pre-Arrival Steps for New International Students

      1. Complete and submit the appropriate online housing application. Note that if you need to leave a line blank on the housing form, you should type “xxx” in its place to ensure that the application will be submitted successfully. Also, please read the Housing Contract thoroughly and ask if you have any questions. You can direct questions about residence life and meal plans to Ryan White.
      2. Provide a copy of your itinerary including the date and time of your arrival to Rebecca Burns, International Recruiter. Please send your FULL itinerary from your departure to your arrival at the Charleston airport (code: CRW), so that we can arrange for your pick-up from the airport and will be able to track you in the event that any of your flights are missed or delayed. If your arrival time or date changes, please notify Rebecca immediately at 304-357-4758.
      3. Submit immunization documents in compliance with our policy as stated below:

      The following immunizations are required:

      • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
      • Hepatitis B
      • Meningococcal Meningitis

      All full-time international students must provide documentation of having had a Tuberculin Skin (PPD) or T-spot Test to screen for tuberculosis (TB) within six months prior to enrollment in the university regardless of prior BCG immunizations. If the results of either test are positive, a chest x-ray is required. A student may request a waiver from tuberculin skin testing if the student is from a country that has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control as having low prevalence of tuberculosis.

      Verify your health insurance policy. All international students are required to have international insurance. The University of Charleston offers insurance through the school which you may choose. If you opt to use your own insurance policy, the minimum requirements below must be verified in writing either through the policy or by written confirmation from the insurance provider. Please note that an insurance policy is not considered submitted until you receive confirmation from the Assistant Director of International Enrollment.

      Minimum requirements for an insurance policy:

      • Valid for one calendar year (12 months)
      • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
      • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000
      • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of student to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000
      • Deductibles not to exceed $500 per accident or illness

      Note:
      International student athletes, though covered by a separate policy during season in the event of sports-related injuries, are not exempt from having to purchase the University of Charleston health insurance plan (or provide proof of coverage).