Great Southeastern Universities for International Students

Planning to study at an American university but not sure where you should go? Check out this list of great colleges and universities in the Southeastern US.

There are more than 4,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, as well as many different regions, climates, terrains, and cultures across the country. If you’re planning to earn your bachelor’s degree in America, these factors might make your university search feel too overwhelming to handle. Fortunately, CollegeXpress is here to help! 

All the schools on this list are located in the Southeastern part of the United States—a region with hot and humid summers but mild, pleasant winters. The Southeast is 1,306,588 square kilometers, has a population of approximately 81.89 million people, and is home to many different colleges and universities that are looking for international students just like you—including the ones listed below. If you’re interested in learning more about them, just click the “Connect me” button underneath each school. Then they’ll reach out to you with more information. Simplify your university search and start making valuable connections now! 

Columbus State University

Columbus StateColumbus State University is a four-year regional public institution with a modern 132-acre campus in Columbus, Georgia—94 miles from Atlanta. Students come to Columbus State from more than 159 Georgia counties, 30 states, and 42 countries. The Center for Global Engagement (CGE) provides support and guidance to international students by assisting with visas, documents, student advising, tax assistance, and international student service scholarships in addition to offering orientation, a mentorship program, field trips, and cultural enrichment opportunities. 

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Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of TechFlorida Institute of Technology is a private, coeducational, research-intensive university with a 130-acre campus in Melbourne, Florida—just 60 minutes from downtown Orlando. Students come from all 50 states and more than 90 countries, and 27% are international.  The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) provides advisement on immigration matters, enrollment requirements, travel, employment authorization, visa extensions, and more, as well as an international orientation program, a workshop video series, and various events to help international students adjust to campus life.

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High Point University

High PointHigh Point University is private liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church that’s located on a 420-acre campus in High Point, North Carolina—close to Greensboro and Winston-Salem. The HPU student body currently represents 37 countries and all 50 states. The University has a diverse student population and offers international student scholarships based on academic merit. 

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Lynn University

Lynn ULynn University is a private liberal arts university with a 123-acre campus in Boca Raton, Florida—just 50 miles from Miami. Students come from almost 100 countries and nearly all 50 states, and 18% are international. The University offers international students assistance with orientation, immigration, income tax advising, and health insurance, and all students receive an iPad customized with free faculty-produced textbooks, interactive lessons, and select apps. 

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New College of Florida

New CollegeNew College of Florida is a public honors college in Florida’s state university system with a 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay in Sarasota, Florida. Students come from 34 states and 14 countries, and 3% are international. The Student Activities & Campus Engagement office (SA[u]CE) hosts an International Education Week to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, while the Global Village Living Learning Community (LLC) is offered for students who share a desire to learn more about international travel and culture.  

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University of Kentucky

U of KentuckyThe University of Kentucky is a public land-grant institution with a 685-acre campus in Lexington, Kentucky—75 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio. UK’s diverse student population represents every Kentucky county, all 50 states, and more than 100 countries. The University offers many services for prospective and current international students, including personalized information sessions, application support, scholarship support, health coverage, academic advising, and immigration advising. 

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University of North Georgia

U of North GeorgiaThe University of North Georgia is a public school with five campuses in Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee, Georgia. Students come from 47 states, two US territories, and 83 countries. The Center for Global Engagement is available for international students when they need support or don’t know which department to contact for various issues.

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

U of Tennessee The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the state's research-extensive land-grant institution, located on a 910-acre campus near downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. UT is home to students from across the United States and 100 other countries. While the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) provides orientation and advising for international students, the University also offers more than 500 student organizations, internationally focused clubs, and the International House, which hosts cultural events for all students. 

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Vanderbilt University

VanderbiltVanderbilt University is a private research university with a 330-acre campus located just 1.5 miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Students come from 49 states and 97 countries, and 9.4% of undergraduates are international. Vanderbilt offers Global Support Services (GSS), the English Language Center (ELC), and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), which serves as an important resource for international students by assisting with visas, counseling and advocacy regarding immigration, and more.  

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Interested in going to university in a different part of the United States? Check out our entire list of featured International School Profiles to discover more great options! 

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