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About UofSC
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Enrollment: 34,795
Setting: Urban
Type: Public, Co-Ed
City Population: 133,451
Climate: 14.6°C - 35°C
U.S. News Rank: #104
International Student Rate: 2.4%

The University of South Carolina is a top research school located in the charming Southern city of Columbia, South Carolina. UofSC is known for its strong academics, internship opportunities and generous community spirit.

Why UofSC?

The University of South Carolina offers nationally acclaimed undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. Dedicated to providing you with innovative academics and career opportunities, we prepare our students to be tomorrow’s leaders.

  • #1 Undergraduate International Business Program—U.S. News and World Report, 2020
  • #44 Top Public School—U.S. News and World Report, 2020
  • #1 Sport Science Program—Shanghai Ranking of World Universities, 2018
  • 6th Safest Campus in the Nation—ADT Security, 2018
  • 100+ countries represented on campus
  • 300,000 alumni worldwide
  • Partnerships with Fortune 500 companies like Boeing, IBM and Fluor Corp. provide internship opportunities on campus
Get Involved at UofSC
  • 500+ student organizations, honor societies and club sports
  • 19 Division I athletic teams including basketball and football
  • State-of-the-art wellness and fitness facilities
  • Walking distance from the Main Street district, home to many of Columbia’s boutiques, restaurants and shops
Columbia, SC: Traditional Meets Modern

As the capital of South Carolina, Columbia offers big-city opportunities with a touch of small-town Southern charm.

  • Stroll along one of Columbia’s three rivers
  • Shop outdoors in the Congaree Vista, a popular area for shopping and dining and entertainment
  • Enjoy cultural events, art galleries or a concert
Weather & Climate

Located in the southeastern United States, South Carolina is known for its hot, sunny climate and short, mild winters.

Nearby Charleston

With its unparalleled history and charm, Charleston is an iconic part of American culture – and it’s only an hour and a half away.

  • Top City in the United States—Travel + Leisure, 2018
  • #10 Best Cities in the World—Travel + Leisure, 2018
  • Feast on traditional Southern cuisine and fresh seafood
  • Explore beach towns like Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palm

As an international student enrolling at a select U.S. News Global Education school, you will have access to exclusive programs and services.

To make your transition as easy as possible, our enrollment counselors set you up for success with:

Application Assistance
  • Streamlined application process
  • Assigned counselor
  • Major/field of study guidance
Pre-Arrival Guidance
  • Visa interview help
  • Prep webinars & checklists
  • Help with required forms

Campus Transition
  • Airport welcome
  • Student & parent orientation
  • Cultural group outings
Academic Support
  • Classes for your academic level
  • English-language & ESL help
  • Tutoring support
Career Growth
  • Career Accelerator Program
  • Internship assistance
  • Job search help
I'm looking forward to
Undergraduate Programs
Graduate Programs
Major Lists
College of Arts and Sciences

African American Studies

Anthropology

Art Education

Art History

Art, Studio

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biological Sciences

Cardiovascular Technology

Chemistry

Chinese Studies

Classics

Comparative Literature

Criminology and Criminal

Dance

Economics

English

Environmental Science

Environmental Studies

European Studies

Film and Media Studies

French

Geography

Geological Sciences

Geophysics

German

History

International Studies

Justice

Latin American Studies

Marine Science

Mathematics

Media Arts

Philosophy

Physics

Political Science

Science

Psychology

Religious Studies

Russian

Sociology

Spanish

Statistics

Women’s and Gender Studies

Darla Moore School of Business

Accounting

Business Economics

Finance

International Business

Management

Management Science

Marketing

Real Estate

Risk and Insurance Management

College of Education

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education

Middle Level Education

Physical Education

College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Computer Engineering

Computer Information Systems

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

College of Hospitality, Retail, & Sports Management

Hospitality Management

Integrated Information Technology

Interdisciplinary Studies

Retailing with Specialization in Retail Management or Fashion Merchandising

Sport and Entertainment Management

Tourism Management

College of Information and Communications

Advertising

Broadcast Journalism

Information Science

Journalism

Public Relations

Visual Communications

School of Music

Composition

Music Education

Band, Strings, Vocal

Jazz Studies

Performance

Brass, Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds

Theory

College of Nursing

Nursing

College of Pharmacy

Pharmacy (B.S. to Pharm.D. six-year program)

Arnold School of Public Health

Exercise Science

Public Health

College of Social Work

Social Work

South Carolina Honors College

Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae

B.A. (B.S.)/J.D. (six-year pre-law/law degree program)

Dates & Costs

Spring 2020

International Direct, Academic Accelerator Program
and Extended Accelerator Program
Pre-Sessional English Program
Application DeadlineDecember 5, 2019December 5, 2019
Move-In DateJanuary 7, 2020January 7, 2020
Program Start DateJanuary 8, 2020January 8, 2020

Summer 2020

International Direct, Academic Accelerator Program
and Extended Accelerator Program
Pre-Sessional English Program
Application DeadlineApril 24, 2020April 20, 2020
Move-In DateMay 26, 2020May 19, 2020
Program Start DateMay 27, 2020May 20, 2020

Note: The Application Deadline is the deadline to submit all documents stated on your offer letter and must be met for both academic acceptance and I-20 issuance. All necessary items must be received by admissions on or before this deadline or the student will be unable to enroll for the intended semester and will be encouraged to defer enrollment to the following semester.

Fall 2020

International Direct, Academic Accelerator Program
and Extended Accelerator Program
Pre-Sessional English Program
Application DeadlineJuly 15, 2019July 15, 2019
Move-In DateAugust 12, 2020August 12, 2020
Program Start DateAugust 13, 2020August 13, 2020

Entering Spring 2020 Costs*

2 Semesters3 Semesters
Tuition*$35,158 – $36,158 USD$40,977 USD
Fees (estimate)$1,670 USD$3,322 USD
Health Insurance**$2,000 USD$2,000 USD
Housing$8,306 – $12,474 USD$12,496 – $17,033 USD
Dining$1,728 – $4,080 USD$2,592 – $6,120 USD
Total$48,862 – $56,382 USD$61,387 – $69,452 USD

*International Direct students are required to pay college-specific fees that are assessed and vary by major ($200 - $1,800). These fees are not reflected in the estimate.

Pre-Sessional English Language

Fall and Spring (17-week session)

Tuition*$6,700 USD
Total$6,700 USD

or

Summer (9-week session)

Tuition*$3,350 USD
Total$3,350 USD

After completion of the Pre-Sessional English program, students will enter the Extended Accelerator Program.

*Tuition is set by the University Board of Trustees each year and is subject to change. Tuition quoted represents 2019 - 2020 pricing.

**The health insurance provided is offered for International Direct students only and is not the same as that offered by the university. Students will have access to the university health center.

All students will take an English language assessment test during their orientation. This test is the primary means for final placement and could vary from the preliminary placement identified on your offer letter. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated, and involve additional costs including tuition and other fees.

Entry Requirements

International Direct students may pursue any of the 140 undergraduate degree options offered. However, many degree programs have unique entry and progression requirements based on academic background and performance.

Have a question about a specific degree? Our admissions team would be happy to help.

INTERNATIONAL DIRECT
Two Semesters
ACADEMIC ACCELERATOR (AAP)
Two Semesters
EXTENDED ACCELERATOR (EAP)
Three Semesters
PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH
9-17 weeks
GPA Requirement3.0 GPA or equivalent2.5 GPA or equivalent2.5 GPA or equivalent2.5 GPA or equivalent
TOEFL® Requirement77; No subscore below 1868; No subscore below 1460; No subscore below 12<60
IELTS™ Requirement6.5+; No subscore below 6.05.5; No subscore below 5.05.0; No subscore below 4.5<5.0
ITEP Requirement4.5+3.5; No subscore below 3.03.0; No subscore below 2.52.5
Additional Admissions Requirements*Post-secondary credit
requires additional review
Post-secondary credit
requires additional review
Post-secondary credit
requires additional review
Post-secondary credit
requires additional review

All students will take an English language assessment test during their orientation. This test is the primary means for final placement and could vary from the preliminary placement identified on your offer letter. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated, and involve additional costs including tuition and other fees.

*Students with post-secondary studies applying to through USC’s International Direct are subject to the following additional requirements:

1. Students who have studied university level courses after completion of high school must meet current secondary school GPA requirements (U.S. equivalent of a 2.5 secondary school GPA) as well as a 2.5 average collegiate GPA for all post-secondary college credits.
2. Vocational, diploma and ESL studies are not considered in the admissions review process.
3. Students with more than 18 credits of transferable credit are not eligible for the International Accelerator Program.
4. Students applying for the Integrated Accelerator may have additional GPA requirements to be admitted into their desired major. Details can be found here.
5. A course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary college credit must be submitted to a NACES accredited evaluation service (WES, Silny) as soon as possible after admission to ensure that transfer credit can be awarded. This evaluation must be submitted prior to the registration period for the second term. For more information on course-by-course evaluation, click here.

Major Lists
Arnold School of Public Health

Exercise Science, MS (STEM designated)

Environmental Science, MS (STEM designated)

Collect of Arts and Sciences

Criminology and Criminal Justice, MA

College of Engineering and Computing

Aerospace Engineering (ME/MS) STEM Designated

Biomedical Engineering (ME/MS) STEM Designated

Chemical Engineering (ME/MS) STEM Designated

Civil Engineering (ME/MS) STEM Designated

Electrical Engineering (ME/MS) STEM Designated

Mechanical Engineering (ME/MS) STEM Designated

Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurial Engineering (MS)

College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

International Hospitality and Tourism Management, MIHTM

Sport and Entertainment Management, MSEM

Dates & Costs

All MAP ProgramsPre-Sessional English Program
Application DeadlineJuly 15, 2020July 15, 2020
Move-in DateAugust 12, 2020August 12, 2020
Program Start DateAugust 13, 2020August 13, 2020

Tuition and Fees

Direct Master’s Accelerator
(1 semester)
Advanced Master’s Accelerator
(1 semester)
Master’s Accelerator
(2 semesters)
Tuition$15,789$16,815$32,646
Fees$1,317$1,084$1,718
Total$17,106$17,899$34,364
17-week session (Full Semester Length)9-week session (Summer)
Pre-sessional English $6,700 (USD)$3,350 (USD)

Note: This cost is an estimate and is subject to change. Cost does not include health insurance, housing and dining fees, books, or other living expenses. Costs may differ per degree program.

Price does not include tuition and fees following the MAP semesters. Please visit sc.edu/bursar for additional information about tuition rates.

Costs may vary depending on program placement. Please check sc.edu/iap for more details.

Living Expenses

Estimated Living Expenses: 2 Semesters (10 Months)
Estimated Housing Costs: $8,380 – $12,474 USD
Estimated Mandatory Health Insurance: $2,000 USD
Estimated Total Living Expenses: $11,860 USD

Note: Estimated total living expense is for housing and health insurance only and does not include dining, transportation, books and other incidental costs. Students should budget accordingly.

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About UofSC
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Enrollment: 34,795
Setting: Urban
Type: Public, Co-Ed
City Population: 133,451
Climate: 14.6°C - 35°C
U.S. News Rank: #104
International Student Rate: 2.4%
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