International Student Information
Students from Around the Globe
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Meet Our Staff
International Student Coordinator Marcus Murphy teaches Chinese language and lives on campus. 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.
ELL Teacher Heather Cooper earned a B.A. in English Language Learning from Tufts University in Boston and an M.A. in English Language Learning from Western Governor's University. She was formerly English conversation teacher at Friends School in Tokyo. Her past experience as a math, science, social studies, reading, and writing teacher at the elementary and secondary levels makes her well qualified to help students with all challenges they may meet in their studies at SAS.
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 our school 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 in the United States. Transitioning from one country to another is often a complicated and frustrating process, and this program is designed to smooth that process. The aim of the ISMP is to enhance the international student experience at SAS through personal interaction in an atmosphere of mutual respect.