If you are a citizen of another country or are from a U.S. territory where a language other than English was spoken in your secondary school system, you must provide additional documentation for admission, as outlined below.
To be considered for undergraduate general admission, you must submit all documentation to the college 30 days before the term’s registration.
Please note that many undergraduate programs have additional requirements, and undergraduate general admission does not guarantee admission to these programs. Details and dates relating to graduate program admission are available annually via the institutional website and by contacting program personnel.
International Student Admission Requirements
- Completed South College application for undergraduate general admission or applicable application/process for graduate program.
- The $50 application fee for undergraduate general admission or $60 application fee for graduate programs.
- Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with minimum scores that demonstrate sufficient knowledge of English (550 TOEFL PBT, 213 TOEFL CBT, or 80 TOEFL iBT) or satisfactory completion of related college courses in the United States. Score reports must be official and come to South College directly from the testing service.
- Official scores on SAT, ACT, or college administered entrance examination for those seeking undergraduate general admission. Score requirements for graduate programs are listed in the admissions requirements for those programs.
- Certified copies of examination results, diplomas, and transcripts. One copy must be in the native language and one copy must be a certified English translation and equivalency evaluation prepared by a member agency of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers. It is the responsibility of the student to provide all necessary documents.
Evidence of secondary school graduation is required. Secondary school records must list the subjects studied each year and the mark or grade of proficiency earned in each, a key to the marking system with information in the minimum passing mark, and examination results if an exit examination is administered.
Post-secondary transcripts must include all subjects studied and the mark or grade earned in each subject, as well as a key to the marking system with information in the minimum passing mark.
- Official transcripts from any US institutions attended.
- Completed Proof of Financial Ability Form. (Required only for non-citizens entering the U.S.; not required of U. S. Trust or Territories students.)
Admission is based on appropriate documentation of high school completion, as well as college or university transcripts as applicable. Additional materials and testing may be required for graduate-level programs. International students requesting undergraduate admission as a transfer student will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If you’re seeking undergraduate transfer credit from international institutions or are seeking admission to a graduate program, you must provide an evaluation of credit from an acceptable evaluation service.
Accepted students who are coming to or staying in the United States to attend South College will be mailed a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status (Form I-20) upon receipt of a completed Proof of Financial Ability Form and a $100 deposit.
International Students Taking Online Courses
Accepted students taking online classes from outside of the United States are not required to have an I-20. Please note that international students on temporary visas or those taking online classes from outside the United States are not eligible for financial aid, and should expect to pay the full cost of attendance.
Due to Homeland Security requirements, international students in the United States are limited to one online class each quarter, which usually equals 4 credits.
If an international student in the United States needs only one course to complete his or her program of study, the course cannot be taken online. Physical presence is required for the course. For security reasons, international students are not allowed to remain in the United States without reporting to any classes.General Admissions Information