How to Apply

Ben Lippen International Student Program Application Process

The Application Review Committee will finalize a decision for acceptance or denial upon receipt of the following documentation. All application materials should be submitted to

  1. Online Application – Click here for the online application. A $100 (USD) non-refundable application fee is required in order to submit the online application, and separate references from an English teacher and Math teacher are required before the application is considered complete. Links to the English and Math teacher reference forms are within the online application.
  2. Transcripts – Submit transcripts (unofficial is sufficient) documenting the student’s most recent three years of schooling.
  3. Bank Statement (International Students Only) – Submit a bank statement showing the funds necessary to cover the cost of at least one year’s tuition. This is required for student visa eligibility.
  4. English Proficiency Testing
    1. Applicants for 6th, 7th, or 8th grade are asked to submit a TOEFL Junior score of 690 or equivalent.
    2. Applicants for 9th or 10th grade must submit an official TOEFL iBT score of 50 or higher or equivalent.
    3. Applicants for 11th grade must submit an official TOEFL iBT score of 60 or higher or equivalent.
    4. Applicants for 12th grade must submit an official TOEFL iBT score of 70 or higher or equivalent.

English test scores must be submitted to Ben Lippen School before an acceptance will be offeredBen Lippen School accepts IELTS, SLATE, ELTiS, Duolingo, or TOEFL Junior test scores as well as TOEFL iBT.

  1. Interview – An interview with the international student program director is required.  The interview can be done face to face when possible or using a video chat application such as Skype or WeChat.
  2. Deposit – A $3,000 deposit is required in order to confirm enrollment before Ben Lippen School will issue the Form I-20.

Ben Lippen International Student Program Enrollment Process

Should acceptance be issued by the Application Review Committee, the following must be submitted in order to guarantee student placement:

  1. Enrollment Form -This form will be sent with the acceptance packet.
  2. Education Agreement – This document will be sent with the acceptance packet.
  3. Tuition Deposit – $3,000 per student is due within 30 days of the acceptance date.
  4. Official Transcripts – Transcripts with the official school seal must be submitted before enrollment at Ben Lippen School.
  5. Emergency Medical Information, Medication/Immunization Consent, Parental Permission, and Handbook Commitment Forms – These four forms are the final pages of the International Student Life Handbook.


For more information on the international student program, please contact:

Steve Sark
International Student Program Director
7401 Monticello Road
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 807-4113