Credential Requirements

As an international student you have many arrangements to make to come to the University of South Carolina Beaufort. International applicants must apply at least six months before the semester you plan to begin your studies. International undergraduate students must pay all expenses themselves. The University does not give scholarships or financial aid to international students for undergraduate study. International students must be high school graduates (completed about 12 years of schooling in their own countries) and be proficient in the English language.

International applicants must submit:

  • Completed International Student Application
  • 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.
  • If applicable, official TOEFL scores unless your native language is English. Request scores be forwarded to Admissions Office. 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.
  • Certification of Support
  • Immunization records

Mail all admissions doucments to the address listed below: 
University of South Carolina Beaufort 
Office of Admissions 
One University Boulevard 
Bluffton, SC 29909

E-mail: admissions@uscb.edu

Click below for additional requirements depending on your application type:

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 iswww.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

admissions@uscb.edu

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.

Application Status Check

If you applied for Fall 2013, you can check your status online at https://ssb.onecarolina.sc.edu/BANP/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon using the login ID and password you created when you applied to USCB. Please be aware that during peak processing periods, it may take two to three weeks for a document to be marked as received. If you have any questions after checking your status, use admissions@uscb.edu to contact the Office of Admissions.

International Freshmen

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 iswww.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

admissions@uscb.edu

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.

International Transfers

A student who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident and has taken a college or university course after graduating from high school or secondary school.

International Transfers Admission Requirements 
Some academic programs at USCB have separate admissions procedures and competitive requirements in addition to admission to the general University. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to an academic program.

  • Transfer students are required to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA in all previous college-level course work. In addition, all applicants must be in good standing and eligible to return to the institution last attended.
  • Students with less than 30 hours of transferable college credit are also subject to the freshman evaluation process.

Mail all admissions documents to:

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

admissions@uscb.edu

International applicants with college level work completed at a foreign school must have their foreign transcripts evaluated in a course by course format, and submitted with their application. The exceptions to this requirement are foreign schools that have an "Articulation Agreement" with USCB. Contact USCB to check if your foreign school has such an agreement. We will consider an evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The Web address is www.naces.org.  Below is the contact information of two companies that provide evaluations:

Joseph Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants, 7101 SW 102 Avenue, Miami, FL 33173, Phone: 305-273-1616, Fax: 305-273-1338, Fax: 305-273-1984 (translations), E-mail: info@jsilny.com/ Web: www.jsilny.com.

World Education Services, Inc., P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745, Phone: 212-966-6311, Fax: 212-966-6395, E-mail: info@wes.org Web: www.wes.org.

Once your completed original application 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. 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.

Certification of Support

U.S. immigration laws require every educational institution to certify that each student admitted has adequate funding to attend school.  The Office of Admissions must receive official documents (originals, not photocopied), which show evidence that you will have sufficient funding to cover the costs of attending the University of South Carolina Beaufort for one calendar year. 

  • This evidence will be used to issue you an immigration document (I-20), which you will need to obtain the F-1 student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • This original form must be completed by the bank of the person(s) who is funding your studies here in the U.S. The person(s) may be you, your parents, another family member, or someone else who is sponsoring your education. The dollar amount needs to be in U.S. dollars, and this document needs to either be stamped or embossed with an official bank seal, or must be printed on official stationery.
  • As a general rule, students need to have a minimum of $26,500 U.S. dollars for one year of study. Download USCB's Certification of Support form.

Immunization Requirements

The entire first page of the USCB International Student Immunization Requirement must be completely filled out by a doctor in your home country, or by a doctor who has your immunization records on file.  The second page of this form, Section A must also be completely filled out.  (Section B of this form is for vaccines that are not required, but are recommended.)  If you are from a country that does not require these vaccines, and are not able to get these vaccines before you leave for school, you may get these vaccines here in the U.S. Proof of these vaccines is required before students are allowed to attend classes.

All international students are required to be covered by a health insurance plan that meets University and minimum federal standards. Check Student Health Services for details. This certification is in addition to other forms of insurance identification such as a personal insurance card. The certification may need to be renewed if the period expires for which the certification applies. In those cases re-certification is required for the next insurance coverage period. Students will not be released to register for classes unless the certification is received for the period of time covered by the registration.

Health Insurance Providers 
There are many companies that provide health insurance coverage that meets the university's requirements. Links to three typical plans are: