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Thinking about coming to BSC
from outside the United States? Great!

We want you to feel at home on the Hilltop. Several offices on campus work directly with international students, and there's an international admission counselor trained to help answer your questions.

To apply:


We encourage you to apply Early Action by November 15, but you may also apply Regular Decision. In either case, you will need to submit:

  • The Common Application OR the BSC Online Application for International Students

  • Your official secondary school scores (transcripts).

  • Your official TOEFL or IELTS score report from the testing agency if English is not your native language. (TOEFL code: 1064)

  • Your official SAT or ACT score report from the testing agency. Taking one of these tests is highly recommended but not required. (SAT code: 1064; ACT code: 0012)

  • Two letters of recommendation; at least one should be from a teacher or school official.

  • The CSS profile (CSS Code 1064) or the International Student Financial Aid Application if you wish to be considered for need-based financial assistance.

  • A copy of a valid passport photo page.

Watch BSC's International Students
Informational Video

Why BSC?

At Birmingham-Southern College, we know you stand out from the crowd, and we believe our students learn best by doing. That's why you'll get special attention here: from professors who will go on to be mentors, from programs designed to offer you research and internship opportunities rarely available to undergraduates, and to staff who will make sure you're comfortable here on the Hilltop. And you'll do it all on a historic residential campus with ties all over the world.

Learn more and see our campus by taking our virtual tour.

In addition to many organizations and resources on campus, the Sklenar Center for International Programs works to make international students feel at home at BSC and assists with the immigration process, orientation, and support throughout your time on the Hilltop. Specific programs include:

  • Global Gatherers

  • International Student Ambassadors

  • The International Student Professional Mentorship Program

  • BSC's International Student Handbook

Additional help comes from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, which hosts cultural events and sponsors clubs for students interested in foreign languages, international film, and various regions of the world, including Asia and the Middle East. They also offer free airport pickup for international students, campus tours, and other assistance.

Questions about financial aid? Read our FAQs here.

Click here if you have been offered a place on the Class of 2019 Admission Wait List.

For help applying, contact:

John McGinnis
Assistant Director for International Admission
+1 205 226 4684
jmcginni@bsc.edu

For immigration assistance, contact:

Anne Ledvina
Associate Director,
Sklenar Center for International Programs

+1 205 226 7722
aledvina@bsc.edu

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