Students from over 30 countries come to Sewanee to work closely with faculty, conduct research, pursue internships, and create lasting friendships.

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

Any student who is not a U.S. citizen will qualify as an international applicant. 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.

English proficiency

Sewanee considers several standardized tests to evaluate English language proficiency. If English is not a student's 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. English Proficiency waivers are considered after we have your official high school transcript(s) and Common Application. Waiver requests are made through the Applicant Status Page.

Academic Scholarships

International applicants are automatically considered for academic scholarships when they apply to the University. For more information, please review our scholarship information

International need-based financial aid

Sewanee has the ability to offer need-based grants that range from $5,000 up to full tuition, room, board, and fees. The University does not cover any expenses beyond our cost of attendance. To apply for need-based aid, applicants should login to their Applicant Status Page and complete the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) form by their admission deadline. We do not accept financial documents over email or fax. Applicants will receive their login credentials shortly after they submit the Common Application to Sewanee.

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 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.

Part of our holistic process is getting to know the student where they are, which is why we offer invitation-only appointments with international applicants that have completed their application and are competitive in our applicant pool. If a student is invited for an online appointment, they will be conducted by the International Enrollment Coordinator and are required. We do not accept formal interview requests, rather we encourage you connect with a current Sewanee student.


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. 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, and HALI Access.

Students who are still under eighteen years of age by Aug 1, 2020, 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.


Tim Neil, C'13
International Enrollment Coordinator, DSO

Fulford Hall