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International freshman applicants must be high school graduates (students that have completed about 12 years of schooling in their home countries).
Admission steps to complete:
There is a $100 non-refundable application fee for international students. Access our online application to begin.
English proficiency is measured through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of at least 550 on the paper based exam or 77 on the internet based TOEFL is required. USC also accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the PTE Academic Test. Students must score at least a 6.5 on the IELTS, or at least a 53 on the PTE
Please note that citizens from the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement:
If you have attended any school outside of the United States, you must submit an official professional credentials evaluation. Freshman (first-year) applicants must submit a document-by-document or course-by-course evaluation. An admissions decision will not be made until the evaluation and all transcripts are on file. US citizens (freshman or transfer applicants) who have attempted any courses outside the United States must submit a credentials evaluation and transcripts from their international work with a GPA reported on a U.S. grading scale. More information on the credentials evaluation process can be found below.
Please note that citizens from the following areas are exempt from needing to submit a credential evaluation:
The University of South Carolina-Columbia’s SAT code is 5818. For the ACT, it is 3880.
Your transcript(s) must include a graduation date
This evidence will be used to issue the student an immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) which will be required to obtain the F-1 or J-1 student visa at a US embassy or consulate. This process is done after a student has been offered admission.
Information about the credentials evaluation requirement:
Please note that a fee from the student is required for the evaluation of credentials. The payment and all contact regarding this process is done directly with the evaluation service of your choice. We will consider an evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The web address is www.naces.org.