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International Student FAQs

For international students applying to SAS, their families, and consultants, we have compiled this list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you through the application process. If you still have questions, please reach out to our admissions team at or 931.598.5651.

What do I need to submit in order to apply?

International students should submit a completed application, including biographical data, a transcript of academic work (with English translation), a writing sample by the applicant, and letters of recommendation. We also require copies of any testing results you have completed. A TOEFL score is the only required standardized test (see question below). After all of the materials have been submitted, our admissions team will contact you to arrange an interview. This can be online via Skype, or on our campus if you wish to visit and have a tour.

For which grades do you accept international boarding applications?

We accept applications for international boarding students for grades 8 through 11. Students entering in grade 8 must be highly proficient English speakers.

Can I apply to start in the spring semester?

Yes! Please complete the same admissions requirements for starting at the beginning of an academic year, as outlined above in the answer to the first question.

What testing is required for admission to SAS?

For our international students, we require an English proficiency exam. We recommend the Duolingo English Test, the TOEFL Junior or the TOEFL iBT.

The TOEFL code for St. Andrew's-Sewanee School is: 8131

We also accept SSAT and ISEE scores, but we do not require them.

What English Language Learner (ELL) support do you offer?

In the ELL Program, students are assessed and placed at the appropriate level. ELL classes are offered at all levels during the school year. Students are expected to remain in ELL classes until they attain a TOEFL score of 90 (iBT), the score required for application to most United States universities. More information about our ELL courses is available here.

How many of your students are international?

Out of a total school enrollment of approximately 250, SAS averages 40 students with citizenship in 17 countries outside the United States.

How many international students do you accept each year?

This number varies on a yearly basis.

Do you have financial aid for international students?

Need-based financial aid is awarded to those who qualify.

What are the average SAT and ACT scores of your seniors going to college?

These numbers vary from year to year. For the most up-to-date information on college admissions, view our College Counseling page. Our most recent score information is available in the School Profile at the bottom of the page.

Where will I live if I come to SAS?

All of our boarding students, international and domestic, live on our campus in a residential house with between 12 and 15 other students. Our residential houses are also home to at least one faculty member and their family. International students share a room with an English-speaking student from a country other than their own. This promotes close interaction with American students and constant use of English skills. See our Residential Life page to learn more.

How do we make tuition payments and transfer money to our student's account?

SAS has partnered with Flywire to streamline the international payment process. Flywire allows parents to pay securely from any country and any bank, typically in your home currency.

By making your payment with Flywire you can:
  • Track your payments from start to finish
  • Save on bank fees and exchange rates
  • Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night



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