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Thank you for choosing Coastal Carolina University!

We welcome your application for admission and look forward to assisting you throughout the admission and enrollment process.  Below is more information about admission, enrollment and the services we offer to help you complete your application and make a successful transition to Coastal Carolina University.  If you have any questions, please contact us at +1-800-277-7000, email internationaladmissions@coastal.edu, or find us on Facebook. To join our mailing list and continue to receive information and updates about CCU, please visit International Student Information Request. 


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International Admission Requirements


1. What do we look for in applicants?

Applicants (citizens) from countries other than the United States must demonstrate completion of secondary school in their home country by the time of enrollment at CCU (comparable to the completion of senior high school in the United States).  Students should demonstrate an average grade of B or above (80% or above) to be a strong candidate for admission.  If your first language is not English, you will also need to satisfy CCU’s English proficiency requirement.  It is permissible for you to apply to CCU while your final year of secondary school is in progress.  

2. What are the deadlines? 

International students are expected to start in either fall or spring semesters.  The completed application must be received by July 1 for the fall term and November 15 for the spring term.  Applications received after these deadlines will be considered on a space available basis.


Applying for Admission


1. How do I apply for admission?

We strongly encourage you to apply for admission online.  You will need to create an account and select a username and password.  You can also print out and complete the paper International Admission Application (PDF) or request a paper application by calling the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards at +1-800-277-7000.  You must pay the $45 application fee before you can submit your application to the University.

2. What materials or documents do I need to send?

The following materials must be received in the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards before your application will be reviewed for an admission decision:

    • Completed application for undergraduate admission *
    • Application fee ($45)
    • Official transcripts
    • Standardized test scores / English proficiency scores^
    • Copy of passport photo page
    • International Transfer Clearance Form‌ (for international students currently studying at a U.S. university, college or high school).

* As part of the application, all applicants are required to submit complete responses to a series of community standards questions in Item 24.  Applicants must satisfy the community standards portion of the application before the application file is reviewed or an admission decision made.  The community standards review process supports the University's goal of maintaining a safe learning community.

^If you are seeking conditional admissions and thus do not have an English profieciency test or one that meets CCU's requirements, please notify International Admissions at internationaladmissions@coastal.edu or +1.843.349.2521.

3. What standardized test should I take?

If your first language is English, you are required to submit SAT or ACT scores.  If your first language is not English, you must provide English language proficiency documentation through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language System (IELTS) Exam, or the ELS Centers Level 112 Certificate of Completion of English for Academic Purposes, or through another approved test. Here are approved English proficiency tests and minimum scores that must have been taken within the last three years.

   (a) English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 527 on the paper-based test (PBT) or a minimum score of 71 on the internet-based test (iBT);  

   (b) International English Language System (IELTS) exam with a minimum score of 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.0;

   (c) Certificate of Completion of level 112 of the ELS Language Centers Academic English Program;

   (d) Pearson Test of English (PTE) with a score of 51;

   (e) Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) at a level of C1 or higher;

   (f) Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) at a level of C1 or higher;

   (g) Cambridge International O Levels with a level of C or higher;

   (h) MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) with a miinimum oscore of 74; or

   (i) TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) with a minimum score of 645.

International applicants whose native language is not English may apply for exemption from the above English language tests by completing this form: Waiver of English Language Test for International Students

For questions about meeting CCU's English proficiency requirement, please contact Kenley Jones at internationaladmissions@coastal.edu or +1-843-349-2521. 

4. Can I receive a conditional offer of admission if I don't meet the English proficiency requirement?

The conditional offer of admission is contingent on fulfillment of CCU's English requirement and is valid for one year from the date of the conditional acceptance. Coastal Carolina University is pleased to partner with ELS Centers to enable students to complete English proficiency requirements through a new intensive English program with twelve proficiency levels delivered in a four week session. Please email myr@els.edu or visit www.els.edu for more information about enrollment processes and conditions. The ELS Center is located on the Coastal Carolina University campus and ELS students have the opportunity to live in CCU on-campus housing to become acclimated with campus and Myrtle Beach. 

If you are seeking conditional admission and thus do not have an English proficiency test or one that meets CCU's requirements, please notify International Admissions at internationaladmissions@coastal.edu or +1-843-349-2521.

5. How do I submit my transcripts if I have attended an international university?

If you have previously attended a university outside of the United States, you must submit a professional course-by-course credential evaluation of all international university coursework completed through AACRAO International Education Services or from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or Association of International Credential Evaluators. Credit from foreign colleges/universities is reviewed by the International Programs Office in coordination with the dean of the student's major and the dean of the each course in review.

After You Have Applied


1. When will I get a decision?

Applications are reviewed and decisions are made on a rolling basis.  Students typically receive information about their admission status approximately three weeks after all materials are received in the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards (application, fee, transcripts and test scores).

 2. Am I eligible for scholarships or financial aid as an international student?

International students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, however are eligible for consideration of international merit-based scholarships.  Please review the list of merit-based scholarships available for international students, including requirements and award amounts on the financial aid and scholarships website. International students who are accepted to CCU will automatically be considered for international merit-based scholarships. No separate scholarship applicaton is required.

3. Whom should I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions related to applying and enrolling, please contact Kenley Jones in the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards at internationaladmissions@coastal.edu or +1-843-349-2521.  If you have questions about student visas, travel, employment, etc., please contact the Office of International Programs at internationalprograms@coastal.edu or +1-843-349-2684.  You can also find us on Facebook.


I Am Accepted!


1. Once I've been accepted, how do I receive my admissions packet and I-20?

Congratulations on your admission to Coastal Carolina University. If your mailing address where your admissions packet and I-20 are to be sent to is outside of the United States, CCU offers you three options to receive your documents, including a safe, quick, and dependable express mailing service that will allow you to receive your documents through DHL or FedEx in three to five days. Please visit http://www.coastal.edu/international/students/sendingandreceivingdocuments/ to learn more and sign up today!

2. How do I submit my statement of finances?

You are required to submit a confidential financial statement in order for CCU to issue you an I-20. This statement must be filled out in entirety and confirmed by a bank or financial institution. You can submit the form via email to internationaladmissions@coastal.edu. Click here to download the Confidiential Financial Statement.

  3. Once I've been accepted, how do I enroll?

First of all, welcome! We are excited that you will be joining us! Enrollment is quick and easy and you can do everything online.  Here are the main steps in the enrollment process but more detailed information is available in the Enrollment Guide‌ you received with your acceptance letter.

4. What do I need to do to make sure my acceptance stays in effect?

After you have paid your enrollment deposit and reserved housing and Orientation, there are some additional steps you need to complete to ensure your enrollment stays in effect and to get ready for your first semester, such as returning your immunization form, submitting your final transcript, etc.  Complete information and a detailed list of these steps is available online.

5. How do I obtain a student visa?

An I-20 immigration document, issued to degree-seeking students at the time of acceptance is the document that allows students to stay in the U.S. for the length of their academic program.  This form is taken to the American Consulate or Embassy in the student's home country for F-1 visa to be issued.  The U.S. Embassy or Consulate makes the final decision of visa approval.  Additional information is available on the Office of International Programs and Services website.





After Applying

I'm Accepted!