Why Charleston, SC?
- Ranked the No. 1 city in the United States for the past eight years (Travel + Leisure)
- Ranked the No. 1 destination city in North America for the past nine years (Conde Nast Traveler)
- Ranked the No. 1 friendliest city in America (Travel + Leisure)
About the College of Charleston
Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. Its beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities, cutting-edge programs and accessible faculty attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world.
The College of Charleston features a liberal arts and sciences education that prepares students to be ethical, open-minded leaders and 21st-century problem solvers. The College was the first in America to have an undergraduate major in data science and also offers programs in popular subjects like business, communication, finance and systems engineering. In addition, the College offers 25 custom, interdisciplinary minors in topics as diverse as Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Crime, Law and Society.
$32,848 per year.
Additional fees apply for health insurance, room and board.
The International Ambassador Scholarship
International students who apply to the College by March 1 and are admitted will be awarded $10,000 per year in scholarships. This is in addition to merit-based scholarships, for which international students are also eligible to apply.
Eurasia International Ambassador Scholarship
The Eurasia International Ambassador Scholarship is awarded to international students who are citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan. Apply by March 1, and upon acceptance you will receive $20,000 per year for a total of $80,000 towards a College of Charleston bachelor's degree.
We review every international student to determine their eligibility for merit scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to international students who have exceptional academic records.
Sister-State Scholarship for Taiwan, Germany and Austria
The College of Charleston offers reduced, in-state tuition (over a 50% tuition reduction) to international students seeking a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree and who are citizens of:
- Rhineland Pfalz, Germany.
- Thüringen, Germany.
- Brandenburg, Germany.
- Queensland, Australia.
The sister-state alliances were formed in the spirit of mutual collaboration, friendship and economic development between the people of South Carolina and other parts of the world.
How to Apply for Undergraduate Admission
Application checklist for international students:
- Free, online College of Charleston application or Common Application.
- Certified English translation of official transcripts.
- Minimum suggested standardized test scores:
- iBT TOEFL: 80
- IELTS: 6.5
- iTEP: 3.8
- SAT: 500 (EBRW: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing)
- ACT: 18 (reading) and 20 (English)
If students do not meet the required English-language requirements, see the information for conditional acceptance. Prospective students should apply to the English Language Institute using a separate application.
English Language Institute Intensive English Program
The English Language Institute (ELI) offers programs for non-native speakers who wish to pursue English-language study for academic, professional or personal development. English-language learners from the beginner to advanced level enjoy small classes, highly qualified instructors and customized programs.
Each session is eight weeks long; students attend classes for 18-20 hours per week. Students are offered a program customized to their ability level and have the opportunity to practice their emerging skills in the community. Emphasis is placed on pronunciation and accent modification as well as intonation and syllable stress.
$1995 (per eight-week session)
Additional fees may apply.
short term programs
The Short Term Programs (STPs) offer groups from universities around the world an opportunity to hone English-language skills while exploring popular tourist destinations. If you’re interested in a custom STP, please inquire.
Students who wish to pursue a degree program at the College of Charleston, and who meet all admission requirements with the exception of English language proficiency, may be granted conditional acceptance to the credit program pending the successful completion of the ELI Intensive English Program.
Select ELI students may also be eligible to transition to the credit program as part-time or fulltime students, depending on their demonstrated level of proficiency. Eligibility is limited to students who are placed in the advanced level.
- Student Health Center
- Student Center (includes game room)
- Fitness Center
- Furnished residence hall rooms
- Intramural sports and club sports
- 200+ student clubs and organizations (academic, social, international, religious)
- Admission to university sporting events and social events
- Free transportation on city buses
- Student discounts throughout the city of Charleston
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