For International Students

International Students 2018

The SAS student body represents 13-17 countries each year.

Students from Around the Globe

At St. Andrew's-Sewanee School students from around the corner and around the globe quickly become immersed in the school's academic, extracurricular, and social life. SAS seeks students who are academically motivated, curious, and actively involved in activities in and out of school. We welcome students to apply to St. Andrew's-Sewanee School whether they wish to graduate from our school or enjoy a one-year enrichment experience.

  • St. Andrew's-Sewanee School offers international students an American high school in a safe smalltown setting.
  • Out of a total school enrollment of approximately 250, SAS averages 40 students with citizenship in 15 countries outside the United States.
  • Outstanding juniors and seniors have the opportunity to take free courses for university credit at the nearby University of the South.
  • In their first year, students share a room with an English-speaking student from a country other than their own.
  • ELL (English Language Learner) students make up a small percentage of our total student body.
  • International students are only separated for ELL courses. All other classes reflect the diversity of the student body, allowing our international students to quickly become part of the life of the SAS community.
  • All programs at St. Andrew's-Sewanee School are open to international students, and the faculty actively encourages their participation. They become involved in leadership positions such as Proctors, Ambassadors, and the Honor Council.
  • Our international students frequently participate in interscholastic sports, win awards in state-wide arts competitions, are invited to participate in summer Governor's Schools in various topics, and perform with our choir and the Sewanee Symphony.
  • International students have the opportunity to see more of America than Sewanee. Students are often invited to accompany classmates to their homes at holidays and participate in travel programs.
Last week, I received my grades from Korea University. I received all A+s, the first person in my major to have ever done that. I really appreciate the quality of education I received at SAS.

Jerry Cho '11, Korea University

Admission to St. Andrew's-Sewanee School

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, standardized testing, as well as complete an interview conducted in person or by video-chat. St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School requests that all international students complete the Duolingo English Test, the TOEFL iBT or the TOEFL Junior. Required enrollment in our ELL program will be determined on a case-by-case basis by our Academic Dean in consultation with our ELL instructor.

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

In the ELL Program, students are assessed and placed at the appropriate level according to their placement test, standardized testing, and interview assessment. ELL classes are offered at a variety of levels during the school year. More information about our ELL courses is available here.

Our Alumni

Deciding between Boarding School and a Homestay?

(International students) in homestays can become very isolated. In addition, schools have reported that in homestays, there is no time for students to decompress from the pressures of always 'being on' and speaking in a language other than their native language; this can lead to a high level of exhaustion for international students.

National Association of Independent Schools

International Admission Questions

What do I need 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 applicants?

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?

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 Learener (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 international students do you have?

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 of international students accepted each year varies. 

Do you have financial aid for international students?

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

What are the school's average SAT and ACT scores?

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 residential houses with 12 to 15 students. Our residential houses are also home to at least one faculty member and their family. Your first year, you will share a room with an English-speaking student from a country other than your own to encourage English-language practice and interaction with the whole student population. After your first year, you will choose your roommate. See our Residential Life page to learn more.

How do we make tuition payments and transfers 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
After just one year at SAS, we found that our daughter was more active with a willingness to manage her own time and a thirst for knowledge. She has learned to eat more healthfully, be more understanding of people, and manage her money. She has done all this growing up and has a 4.0 GPA, too!

Xiaolei Wu, Shanghai, China

Getting to St. Andrew's-Sewanee School

Students can fly into any one of three airports: Nashville International Airport (airport code BNA, 90 miles from school), Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (airport code CHA, 50 miles), and Atlanta, Georgia's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (airport code ATL, 165 miles). Nashville and Atlanta have the best international connections. The school will be happy to help arrange transportation to and from these airports by commercial shuttle or private driver.

Meet Our Staff

Marcus Murphy

International Student Coordinator Marcus Murphy teaches Chinese language and is an assistant house parent. Mr. Murphy received his M.A. from Qingdao University in China. He is the founder of Qingdao Adventures, an adventure tourism and environmental education company and worked in China as a language teacher, journalist, and photographer. He received his B.S. in Natural Resources with a minor in Asian Studies from the University of the South. Mr. Murphy is committed to helping our students adjust to life on our campus and to taking full advantage of the opportunities available to them here. He and his family live on campus.

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. St. Andrew's-Sewanee School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, athletic or other school-administered programs.

Each year, SAS welcomes students from 13-17 different countries.

International Student Mentors

The International Student Mentors Program (ISMP) provides ongoing assistance to incoming international students. Peer mentors assist new international students in the transition from their respective countries to SAS by connecting with students before they arrive, leading small groups at International Student Orientation, and serving as a cultural bridge and a resource to new students during their first semester.

2019-2020 International Student Mentors

Nneka Okolo '20 (USA), Chloe Fontenelle '20 (USA), Kendale James '20 (USA), George Meng (China), Payton Zeitler (USA), Huy Cao (Vietnam), Nancy Ruzima (Rwanda), Cecilia Schutz (USA), Erin Mattingly (USA), Joshua Jones (Jamaica), Katie Finn Hurst (USA)