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International Students

The University defines an international student as a student who is not a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States. Students applying for admission from countries other than the United States must submit the required credentials and examination scores as U.S. Applicants. To apply for admission, international students must submit all required credentials and supporting document by June 1 for the fall semester, and October 30 for the spring semester. The SAT I or ACT cannot be waived or postponed.

Score - The Test of English as a Foreign Language is required of all students whose native language is not English.

TOEFL Exception
The TOEFL score requirement for admission of international students may be waived based on fulfillment of the following conditions:  

  • applicant is a transfer student from an accredited American college or university;
  • applicant was enrolled for at least one year;
  • applicant has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00;
  • applicant has taken one year of academic transferable English;
  • applicant earned a minimum grade of 'C' in the equivalent of freshman English;
  • applicant is otherwise fully admissible with the exception of the TOEFL score requirement; or
  • successful completion of the University's English Proficiency Examination.

Photocopies or original certificates or transcripts
Applicants submitting BGCSE, CXC, EASC, GCE, GCSE, HSC, SSC, WAEC, or WASC results must submit either original certificates or have the issuing council send the Office of Admissions and Recruitment an official statement of results.

Statement of Financial Support
It is the responsibility of the student to locate financial resources to cover expenses while studying in the United States.

Transfer students
Transfer students must submit official copies of transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. If the colleges/universities are located outside of the United States, it is suggested that an evaluation is first done by World Education Systems, Inc., P. 0. Box 745 Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745. If the student has earned 30 collegiate hours or more, the SAT/ACT is not required.

Immigration Documentation
All applicants born in a country other than the U.S. or U.S. Territory must show a passport, I-94 or other immigration documentation upon arrival at the University and a record of immunizations. The documentation and the student’s local address must be on file with the Director of Multicultural Affairs within the Office of Admissions and Recruitment once an address is established.

Immigration form 1-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) is needed to obtain a student visa (F-1) the I-20 form cannot be issued until the applicant has been fully accepted for admission. Regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service require that all persons on F-I (student) visas pursue a full course of study at all times. This means that undergraduates must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours.

All applicants must have proof of adequate health and life insurance. The insurance is available through the University and may be paid at the time of registration if the applicant has not obtained coverage.

Please note the following deadline dates. The deadline date for the fall semester which begins in August of each year, is June 1'. The deadline for applying for the spring semester, which begins in January of each year, is October 30. ALL REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED AT LEAST TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE APPLICANT EXPECTS TO ENTER SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY.