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Apply for the International Student Program

The International Student Program at Chattanooga Christian School practices rolling admissions, meaning that an international student may apply at any time. CCS begins receiving International Student applications for the next year’s fall semester as early as a year in advance. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible.

You can click on the links in the list below to skip to a particular step. There is also more information linked after most steps. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our International Student Program office.

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Complete the Online Application

The first step in applying to the CCS International Student Program is to complete the free International Student Online Application. Click the button below to begin.

ISP Application

Step 2: Submit the Required Documentation

While completing the online application, please submit the following documents:

1. A scan of a recent photo of the applicant.

2. A scanned copy of applicant’s passport.

3. A scan of an official copy of the applicant’s academic records/transcripts from the past two years, including English translation and school seal.

4. A scan of an official copy of bank statement with sufficient funds for tuition and fees.

5. A scan of international immunization record in English.

6. Documentation of one of the following English Proficiency Exams:​

Please submit supplemental documents directly to Chattanooga Christian School using one of the following options:

  • By email: isp@ccsk12.com
  • By fax: (423) 756-4044, Attn. ISP Office of Admissions
  • By mail:

Chattanooga Christian School
Attn: International Student Program
3354 Charger Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37409

Step 3: Interview and Acceptance Process
Applicant Interview

Once the online application and all supplemental documents have been received, the applicant will be contacted by the International Student Program Admissions Committee to schedule an admissions interview. isp studentThe pre-scheduled interviews are conducted over Skype and usually last 30–60 minutes. Arrangements are made to accommodate various time zone differences when interviewing via Skype.

The primary goals of the interviews are to evaluate an applicant’s English skills and to better understand the applicant as an individual. Topics covered in the interview are designed to evaluate the student’s academic and social abilities and to gain a better understanding the student’s goals and expectations. At the conclusion of the interview, students are afforded the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about CCS in order to assist them as they are making their enrollment decision.

Interviews are recorded and  may be shared with ELL and other support faculty, and with a potential host family, in order to help those personnel familiarize themselves with the student prior to arrival.

Acceptance Decision and Offer of Admission

After completing the admissions interview, an applicant will receive an admissions letter, via email, from the Admissions Committee within 48 hours. This contact will communicate the Committee’s final decision.

Enrollment Packet and Tuition Deposit 

Within one week of an admissions letter, the accepted student will receive an enrollment packet from the school via email. This enrollment packet will include a Financial Agreement, an Enrollment Contract, and various documents requiring signatures.

Enrollment Packet Documents Returned and Deposit Submitted

Families are given two weeks to complete the Enrollment Packet. The enrollment documents require electronic signatures from both the student and parent or legal guardian. Please return documents to isp@ccsk12.com and submit via wire transfer the non-refundable* tuition deposit of 3,000 USD to Chattanooga Christian School (see note below about wire transfers).

Wire Transfers

For account information for a wire transfer, please email us at isp@ccsk12.comWhen wire transferring money, please consider the tax and fee implications. CCS is happy to work with families from different regions to find solutions for such issues, provided that the family identifies the problem and contacts the school early in the process. Payment schedules may be worked out, given appropriate notice.

*Note: In the event that a student is not afforded an F-1 Student Visa for a reason outside of their own control, CCS will refund the student’s tuition deposit.

Step 4: Enrollment and Visa Application

Once an applicant returns the signed documents required from the enrollment packet and the 3,000 USD non-refundable deposit, they are officially “enrolled” into the CCS International Student Program. Their seat in the program is guaranteed and reserved.

At this time, CCS will issue the I-20 document needed to gain an F-1 student visa. The student is responsible for contacting their local U.S. Embassy to schedule a visa interview. The student will also need to pay the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) I-901 fee online.

The International Student Program office is happy to assist families with questions relating to their visa acquisition process. For questions please contact us at isp@ccsk12.com or by phone at 1-423-265-6411, ext. 207.

isp student classroom

Step 5: Tuition Payment and Travel Arrangements

International Students are required to submit the full balance of their annual tuition no later than July 1st.  Students who fail to do so will lose their admissions status and deposit.

Students must provide Chattanooga Christian School with a copy of their incoming flight itinerary. Specific dates are set for each incoming class to arrive in order to properly greet each student and to provide transportation from the airport. These dates are updated each term and are clearly defined in the Acceptance Letter and Enrollment Packet. All flights should arrive into Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport  or Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Travel Information

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Step 6: Host Family Placement

A vital feature to our International Student Program is the opportunity for students to live with an American family from the CCS community. Living with a CCS family will facilitate a much better learning environment and provide more focused social and emotional support for our international students. Host families will be carefully chosen after background checks, reference reviews, home visits, and a personal interview. Orientation, cultural awareness training, and ongoing support will be provided to host families. To find out more about the Homestay Program, click the button below:

Homestay Program