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.
(At SAS) JJ found more than a country or a school, he found a big family to count on. Listening him talk about his life there, we understand “We belong here”.

Carlos Fernandez, parent (MADRID, SPAIN)

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

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)