International Applicants

International applicant

An international applicant is one who is not a U.S. citizen. The University of the South is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. Please be sure to review our application requirements for all incoming students. 

International Application Checklist
  • Common Application
  • Secondary school report
  • Official score report from TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic
  • Official score report from SAT or ACT (optional)
  • Counselor recommendation letter
  • Teacher recommendation letter
  • Certificate of Finance and official bank statement
English Proficiency 

Sewanee considers several standardized tests to evaluate English language proficiency. If English is not your native language one of the following exams are required. Below are recommended minimum scores for each exam. The Office of Admission reserves the right to require additional exams. Applicants should submit these score reports from the testing agency or ask for them to be submitted from their high school counselor.

Academic Scholarships

International applicants are automatically considered for academic scholarships when they apply to the University. There is no separate scholarship application unless a student would like to apply to the Fellowship in the Arts program. For more information, please review our scholarship information

International Need-Based Financial Aid

Sewanee has the ability to disburse over $500,000 in need-based aid to international students each year. Along with completed application materials, applicants must submit the following documents by their admission deadline. The grants awarded through this program range from $5,000 up to full tuition, room, board, and fees. The University does not cover any expenses beyond our cost of attendance. We do not accept financial documents nor the international grant essay over email or fax. Applicants must upload these documents using their their Applicant Status Page. Login credentials will be emailed to applicants after they submit their Common Application.

International Need-Based Aid Application Requirements
Review Process
  • All international students educated outside of the U.S. will be reviewed by the International Enrollment Coordinator, Tim Neil
  • All international students educated inside of the U.S. will be reviewed first by their territory admission counselor and then onto the International Enrollment Coordinator. 
  • International students interested in transfer admission should review transfer information
Skype Appointments

Part of our holistic process is getting to know the student where they are which is why we offer invitation-only Skype appointments with international applicants that have a completed application and are deemed competitive in our applicant pool. If a student is invited for a Skype appointment, they will be conducted by the International Enrollment Coordinator and are required. 

In order to ensure that Sewanee can fulfill its pledge to you to provide you with great summer internship/research/study abroad opportunities, it is critical that all students arrive ready to engage and share their story. As a result, it is often helpful for us to receive an InitialView interview from (a) international applicants or (b) those applicants who are homeschooled or otherwise come from a significantly non-traditional high school experience.

An InitialView interview will allow you to demonstrate vital communication skills while also talking about your background and goals in a live interview format. InitialView is not a test: it does not score or rate applicants, and its materials will be reviewed by our office as part of your overall application. InitialView is available worldwide online or in-person in over 12 cities across China and other select countries. You can click here to learn more and get started.

Please note that this is an optional part of the application process.


Student Support

At Sewanee, international students find support, clubs and activities, and services through the Office of Global Citizenship. They work to assure that our international students have the resources they need. In addition to language houses, a variety of residence halls on campus, students have the opportunity of requesting a friendship family to assist in adjusting to American culture in a unique way by fostering relationships between students and local families.

Additional Information

Because application processes differ so greatly from school to school and country to country, we recommend that international students review the information on EduPass and other online resources like Education USA, Study in the States, HALI Access, and Sewanee’s Office of Global Citizenship.

Students who are still under eighteen years of age by Aug 1, 2019, will need to have a parent sign and return a Medical Release form and should have an adult in the U.S. appointed as a Power of Attorney until the student reaches the age of eighteen.

Contact: International Enrollment Coordinator, Tim Neil
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