Diversity is a large part of what makes Spelman a global leader in higher education. Spelman College welcomes women from all over the world, including the Bahamas, Ghana, South Africa, Japan, Trinidad, Tobago, Australia, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, South Korea, and Vietnam. International students come to Spelman as full-time undergraduates and foreign exchange students.
We understand that our students are far away from home and need some assistance with managing their visa, education and work requirements. The coordinator of International Student Services is the Spelman College Designated School Officer and serves as your liaison to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State. Students are encouraged to visit the office to address questions about visas, immigration status, changes in USCIS regulations, and campus resources.
We provide a pre-orientation program to assist students with getting acclimated to the Spelman community and its history and traditions. Students are assigned to a Host Family to help ease the transition to college, to provide support and friendship while away from home, and to introduce new students to the Spelman and the greater Atlanta and surrounding communities.
Students can also get connected with the International Student’s Association Organization, a very active group that works with international student organizations throughout the Atlanta University Center Consortium.
We invite you to share in the rich cultural experiences with the Spelman and greater Atlanta surrounding communities, engaging in everything from city tours, fashion shows, food festivals, reggae and Afro-pop concerts, an International Education Awareness Month, and specialized programs to celebrate the rich history, culture and traditions of our international students, faculty and staff.
In addition to the general admission requirements, international students applying for admission to Spelman College should present a school-leaving certificate, and those whose native language is not English should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit the scores to the Office of Admission.
International applicants must also demonstrate the ability to fulfill the financial obligations associated with matriculation in their college program. Financial assistance at Spelman for foreign applicants is limited.
The DeWitt Wallace Scholarship for International Students is available for new or continuing students who have been educated outside of the country, have an F1 visa, and meet the following requirements: a cumulative GPA or 2.8 or higher; evidence of financial need; a record of service to the College, her school, or community; and no record of disciplinary action.
For more information about our International Student Services, contact:
International and Commuter Student Coordinator
Miligan Bldg., Suite 1004