International Students

Welcome International Students

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Any student who is not a U.S. citizen or documented Permanent Resident of the United States should submit an international application. Students from all around the world discover their home away from home at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

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Application Deadlines

  • Spring (January) semester: December 1
  • Fall (August) semester: July 1

However, the USCB office of admissions recommends that international students apply at least 6 months before the semester in which you plan to begin your studies. 

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USCB Welcomes International Students


Meet: Alejandra Rodriguez
"I'm a golfer. I love the team spirit of USCB and the weather where we can be outside all the time."
Business Major - Class of 2023 - From: Santa Cruz de Bezana, Spain

International Applicant Requirements

  • First year international students: apply using USCB International Freshmen application.  International freshmen applicants must have completed 12 years of schooling in their home countries and must be high school graduates.
  • Transfer international students: apply using USCB International Transfer application.
  • English proficiency is required. Mininum scores are:

    DuoLingo English Test
    Pearson Test of English (PTE)

  • All international applicants must submit an official high school and/or college-level transcript including a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES approved company with the GPA included. Freshmen must submit their high school transcript and transfer applicants with less than 30 hours of post-secondary credits must submit their college transcript and their high school transcript.

    All transcripts issued by a high school or college not located in the U.S. must be sent to a third-party evaluation company. Official school records must be translated into English and evaluated prior to being sent to the USCB Office of Admissions. The following companies frequently provide us with evaluations:

    World Education Services, Inc.
    Phone: 212-966-6311
    Fax: 212-966-6395
    IEE -  International Education Evaluation
    Phone: 704-772-0109
    USCB IEE Portal

    Educational Credential
    Evaluators, Inc.
    Phone: 414-289-3400
    Fax: 414-289-3411

    Josef Silny & Assoc., Inc.
    International Education Consultants
    Phone: 305-273-1616
    Fax: 305-273-1338
  • Submit your official TOEFL, IELTS, DuoLingo or PTE Academic Test scores. This test is required for all international students, except those whose native language is English. The following countries are exempt from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE requirements American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (note: Quebec students must take the TOEFL), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom. This test score can be waived for a transfer student if the student has completed the equivalent of USCB's English 101 and 102 courses with a C or better at an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States.
  • Submit the Certificate of Support with supplemental documentation. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' regulations require universities to certify that all international students have sufficient funding to pursue a degree. This document will be sent to you via email when you apply to USCB. On it you must show that you have the financial resources to cover all expenses for their first academic year.
  • Submit your ACT or SAT scores (optional for 2024). 
  • Submit your Immunization Records. This document must be completely filled out by a doctor in your home country, or by a doctor who has your immunization records on file. If you are from a country that does not require these vaccines, and are not able to get the vaccines before you leave for school, you may get these vaccines here in the U.S. Proof of these vaccines is required before a student is allowed to attend classes on campus.
  • Obtain a health insurance plan that meets University and minimum federal standards.Students will not be released to register for classes unless the certification is received for the period of time covered by the insurance. 

Visa Process

Once your application is complete with your official documentation, we will make an admissions decision on your application. We will send you an official letter of acceptance or denial.

Once you are accepted and have paid the enrollment deposit, you will be issued an I-20 form. The I-20 form is an immigration document stating that you have been accepted into an academic degree program here at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. You should pay your SEVIS fee once you have received your I-20 form from us.

You can then apply for a student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate office. This visa stamp in your passport will show your visa status (F-1) while you are here in the United States. You are permitted to enter the country within 30 days of the start of your program stated on your I-20 form, but no earlier. You should always have your I-20 form and passport with you, at all times while in the United States.

Check Your Application Status

The Admissions Office communicates decisions within two to four weeks from the date that all required credentials are received.  Reminder: Reporting SAT/ACT scores to USCB is optional in 2023-2024.

You can check your application status online using the login ID and password you created when applying to USCB.


International Students Can Work on Campus

You may work up to 20 hours on campus with an F-1 visa. For more information regarding on-campus employment, please visit our Student Employment page.

Send admissions documents via mail or email using the contact information below.

Contact the Office of Admissions

Mailing Address:

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