Basics and Frequently Asked Questions

adobestock_colosseum-web.jpgHere's how it works: After you determine to join the iCharleston program, you'll need to secure your place by completing the application and submitting your nonrefundable deposit. (See iCharleston Next Steps.) Then, you'll have to arrange to attend iCharleston student and family orientation. After that, you'll travel with your peers and staff from the College to your location in the fall.

All students who successfully complete their courses and the iCharleston program requirements will be welcomed to the College as second semester freshman beginning in January after their fall semester abroad. They'll move on campus, attend new student orientation, register for spring classes and begin their careers as College of Charleston students.

iCharleston students will enter the country under a Short-Term Study visa. They will submit their application when they arrive at the port of entry. The host university will provide guidance and support to ensure proper documentation.

iCharleston Site Directors plan a variety of programs throughout the semester specifically for participants in the iCharleston program. Past programs have included sporting events, theatre productions, day trips and weekend excursions. Costs of these programs are provided by the iCharleston Program.

There are no meal plans offered. Students in Dublin, Rome and London will be able to prepare their own food in their residence hall kitchens, and there are an abundance of restaurants in the area.

Students are responsible for attending classes Monday-Friday, and there will be some additional programming on select weekends.

You will receive full credit for all completed courses with a grade of C or higher, but the specific grades from the iCharleston program do not transfer into the College of Charleston in the spring.

Offers to participate in iCharleston require that you study abroad during the fall semester in one of the three locations we've offered. Upon successful completion of the program, acceptance to the College is guaranteed for the following spring semester.

While each iCharleston offer comes with an acceptance for spring admission to the College, the Office of Admissions does hold the right to rescind your offer for academic reasons, and all transcripts will be reviewed prior to your arrival.

There are no financial aid or scholarships available at any of the iCharleston locations. Full payment of fees is due directly to our partners and CofC does not determine payment deadlines.

Locations are assigned based on a first-response, first-served basis. However, age restrictions, student cohort allowances and secondary admissions processes can alter your top choice. (In Dublin, students must be 17 years old upon arrival. In London and Rome, students must be 18 prior to arrival. These age limitations are set by the host institution in each locale.)

London is a "closed" program, meaning all classes are specific to iCharleston students. In Dublin and Rome, students are integrated into the partner institution's courses.

Flight costs are not included in program fees. A group flight will be arranged and families will be provided instructions as to how to secure their reservation. It is required to fly on the iCharleston group flight.