International FAQ

Asheville School welcomes students from all countries to apply. We are thrilled about the opportunity to meet you and further introduce you to our campus, the academic and extracurricular opportunities, and most importantly, the community of Asheville School.

Be sure you fill out the "Request Information" form so we can be in touch. If you have questions about international admission, contact Assistant Director of Admission Matthew Gilliland at or 828-254-6345 ext. 4026.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Follow the step-by-step guide on our website. 

Step-by-Step Admission ProceSs

International students are highly encouraged to apply through the Early Decision round. See additional information about Early Decision below.

Students applying from China will be considered for additional interviews only after submission of both the written application and a Vericant interview.

How do I arrange an interview to complete my application?

International students must schedule their interview to be conducted either on campus or via Skype.

Candidates from China are required to first contact Vericant, our affiliate in China. Vericant will conduct preliminary interviews, and candidates will be asked to complete a writing sample during their interview. Vericant does not evaluate candidates, but instead posts the interview online for Asheville School’s Admission Office to review.

Students applying from China will be considered for additional interviews only after submission of both the written application and a Vericant interview. After completed applications are considered, invitations may be extended for strong applicants to interview on campus or via Skype.

What is Early Decision?

Asheville School tends to fill the majority of its spaces for international students during the Early Decision round. The Early Decision deadline is December 10.

This is a good option for students who have already decided that Asheville School is their first choice and want to ensure their enrollment at any earlier date.

 Acceptance is binding - accepted applicants are contracted to enroll at Asheville School and required to withdraw all applications to other schools.

Applicants requesting financial aid may not apply in the Early Decision round and need to submit their application for admission and financial aid by the February 1 Regular Decision deadline.

What are the testing requirements?

International students from non-English speaking countries must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Since we do not teach English as a Second Language, international students must demonstrate strong writing, reading, and speaking skills in English in order to receive admission consideration. The minimum score to receive consideration is an 80 on the internet- based test (iBT).

Accepted students typically score between 90 and 110 on the TOEFL iBT. 

We do not accept results from the SLEP as a replacement for TOEFL scores.

International students must also submit their results from either the SSAT. See the step-by-step admission process for more information.  

Step-by-Step Admission Process. 

Do you offer ESL courses?

Asheville School does not offer any ESL courses; therefore, students must score very well on the TOEFL and demonstrate strong communication skills during the interview to receive consideration for admission.

How many international students are enrolled at Asheville School?

Asheville School has 48 international students, representing 17 countries enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year. These students make up 16% of the total student body. Over the past five years, roughly 8% of the student body has come from either South Korea or China.

Which countries are represented at Asheville School?

Over the past four years, Asheville School students have come from Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Are there additional fees for international students?

The international student application fee is $110. International students pay an additional $630 in tuition.

May international students apply for financial aid?

International students may apply for financial aid; however, the majority of financial aid is allocated to domestic students. Due to different tax structures and an ever-changing exchange rate, it is very difficult to award financial aid to international students.

Does Asheville School issue I-20s?

Once an international student has been accepted and formally enrolled through the receipt of contract and deposit, Asheville School will release the I-20.

May international students apply for mid-year/spring term entry?

International students may submit applications for mid-year entry. However, it is rare that space will become available at mid-year. Therefore, mid-year applicants should notify the admission office of their preference to have their application moved to either the Early Decision or Regular Decision round if no space opens up.

Can an international student apply as a day student?

International students are only eligible to apply as boarding students. Asheville School does not offer any homestay or exchange programs.

Does Asheville School have age limits for each particular grade?

Applicants for 9th grade may not turn 16 prior to August 1st of the year they intend to enroll. Applicants for 10th grade may not turn 17 prior to August 1st of the year they intend to enroll. Applicants for 11th grade may not turn 18 prior to August 1st of the year they intend to enroll. Applicants for 12th grade may not turn 19 prior to August 1st of the year they intend to enroll.