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.
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.
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.
A transfer student is an applicant who has earned 12 or more college-level credits (generally, courses numbered 100 and above) at another institution
Upon admission international applicants will need to submit further documentation in order to receive an I-20, application for a student visa.
To pay by credit card:
To submit payments via wire transfer:
The following immunizations are required:
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:
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).