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International Freshmen

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A student who is neither a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident and is completing or has completed high school or secondary school and has not taken a college or university course after high school completion. These are transcripts or certificates of satisfactory study such as "A" or "O" levels, baccalaureate, bachillerato, Abitur, or other school certificates. These records should include an official English translation of the subjects you have studied and the grades you made in each subject. It is very important to explain the grading system of each school.

International Freshmen Admissions Requirements

  • Official School Records - The successful freshman applicant will demonstrate his or her potential for success by completing a College Preparatory Curriculum with a cumulative average of 2.0 on the defined preparatory courses. For more information see the College Preparatory Curriculum. Official school records, including official high school and college transcripts, must be translated into English prior to being sent to the Admissions Office. All transcripts issued by colleges not located in the U.S. must be sent to a third party evaluation company. Applicants may use Joseph Silny & Associates or World Education Service.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores
    • This test is required for all international students except those whose native language is English, or if they have attended a high school or college in the U.S., or if they attended a foreign school where the instruction was in English.
    • An applicant must score at least 550 on the standard paper TOEFL, or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL to be considered for admission. 
    • Information about this test can be found at many schools or at U.S. embassies, consulates or offices.  If information is not available in your country, you may write to TOEFL, Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA. Their website is www.toefl.org.
    • Students with a native language as English should submit official entrance examination scores. Minimum SAT score of 800 combined on critical reading and math or ACT composite score of 17.

Mail all admissions documents to:

University of South Carolina Beaufort 
Office of Admissions 
One University Boulevard 
Bluffton, SC 29909


Once your application is complete with a copy of your passport, original bank certification, original transcripts and course by course evaluations have been received and processed, you will be issued a letter of acceptance or denial.  If accepted, you will be issued an I-20 form, an immigration document, stating that you have been accepted into a degree program here at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Once you receive this I-20 and pay your SEVIS fee, you must apply for a student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate. This visa stamp in your passport shows the visa status you will hold while here in the U.S. You are permitted to enter the country within 30 days of the start of your program stated on your I-20, but no earlier.