University of Charleston

Studying in the US is an exciting experience, and you’ll find your ‘home away from home’ here – with students from 50 states and over 40 countries.

 

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

 

The American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) 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 World Education Services (www.wes.org)  or Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) 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.

First year students must submit the following:

  1. University of Charleston application

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.)

  1. 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 College Board’s Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (A minimum score of 550 is required for the paper-based test (pBT) and a 61 for the Internet-based test (iBT))

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (A minimum of 6.0 is required)

The duolingo exam (A minimum of 2.6 required)

The PTE Academic exam (A minimum of 54 is required)

GTEC English Proficiency Test (A minimum of 1100 is required)

Other standardized English exams are accepted only upon pre-approval from the Director of International Programs. Note that consideration is taken into account in determining English competence if a student has studied at an American institution.

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

  1. Copy of current passport information and/or photo page

A transfer student is an applicant who has earned 12 or more college-level credits (generally, courses numbered 100 and above) at another institution. Transfer students should submit the following to apply to UC:

  1. Application
  2. Transcripts (Official transcripts from all prior and currently attended university level institutions are required for an admittance decision).

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.

Exam requirements: International transfer students whose primary language is not English are required to complete one of the following:

    • Complete 12 or more semester hours of transferable credit with required grade point average of 2.25 from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
    • Complete one semester of college level English composition from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a grade of C or above.
    • The college board’s test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL)
      • A minimum score of 550 is required for the paper-based test (pBT) and a 61 for the Internet-based test (iBT)

Other standardized English exams are accepted only upon pre-approval from the Director of International Programs.

  1. Copy of current passport information and/or photo page and if applicable, student visa page.

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

Violetta Petrosyan

Director of International Students