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International Student Information

International Student Information

International Student Information

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 Student Services Coordinator trained to help answer your questions.

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 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 Office of Multicultural Affairs 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:

  • Advice regarding immigration compliance and visa status maintenance
  • An introduction to the BSC community and assistance regarding cultural adjustment to the U.S. through our International Student Orientation and regular one-on-one advising sessions.
  • Advocacy on BSC’s campus
  • Opportunities to make connections with faculty, students, and community members both on and off campus.

Additionally, the Office of Multicultural Affairs 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 pick up for international students, campus tours, and other assistance. Questions about financial aid? Contact Caroline McLean, International Student Services Coordinator, at


    How To apply:

    We encourage you to apply Early Action by November 15, but you may also apply Regular Decision by February 1. 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) with English translation.
    • Your official TOEFL or IELTS score report from the testing agency if English is not your native language. (TOEFL code: 1064) Must have a minimum score of 81 on the Internet Based TOEFL or an overall score of 6.5 on the IELTS.
    • 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)
    • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or school official.
    • The CSS Profile (School Code 1064). If you would like to request a fee waiver, please contact Caroline McLean
    • A School Recommendation Form to be completed by your counselor or school official
    • A copy of a valid passport photo page.

    While you are completing the BSC Online Application, you will have the opportunity to submit these documents online. However, you may also submit your forms and documents:

    Via email

    By mail:
    BSC Office of Admission
    Box 549008
    900 Arkadelphia Road
    Birmingham, AL 35254

    Or by fax: 205-226-3074