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Frequently Asked Questions

The University of South Carolina welcomes the applications of international students! To help with the many questions you may have, we developed a list of frequently asked questions.

Information About the University of South Carolina

What programs does the University of South Carolina offer?

From Art History to Nuclear Engineering, the University of South Carolina offers over 100 undergraduate programs for our students. Visit our site to see a full list of programs of study offered at the University of South Carolina. 

What are the rankings at the University of South Carolina?

The University of South Carolina boasts many prominent nationally ranked programs- including our Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management Program, International Business Program, and our Engineering Program. 

To see more rankings, feel free to learn more on our website.

What is the campus like?

The University of South Carolina is located in downtown Columbia on 1,942,491.1 square meters of land. Our campus was founded in 1801 with just a few students and professors. Since then, our student body has grown to 25,254 undergraduate and 8,518 graduate students. 

Because our campus is located in the heart of downtown Columbia, it is easy to bike and to walk throughout the campus and the city. There are also many green spaces on campus, including Green Quad and our historical Horseshoe- which are perfect for studying, relaxing, and being active. 

You are welcome to come see our beautiful campus for yourself by coming and scheduling a tour

If you can’t make it to campus- check out our virtual tour of campus.

What is the community like for international students?

Our international community is strong- during the 2015-2016 school year, we had 1,632 students from 100 different countries study at the University of South Carolina.  We hope that number will grow with you!

Once you arrive on campus, our International Student Services office will be an essential resource to you. From getting your I-20 to off-campus international student trips in the region, this office will assist you in your experience at South Carolina as an international student.

Click here to learn more about our International Student Services office.

What activities happen on campus?

From over 400 student organizations to a busy Student Union, there are so many activities happening on campus that you will always have options on how to become involved and truly enjoy life on campus.

Go to our Student Life web page to find out more information about the possibilities awaiting you on campus.

Information About the City of Columbia

What is the size is the city of Columbia?

The estimated population of the city of Columbia is currently 133,803 people.  We are the largest city in the state of South Carolina.

What can I do in the city of Columbia?

The city of Columbia offers fantastic cultural opportunities. Because Columbia is the capital of the state of South Carolina, there are opportunities to learn about our state government, as well as the culture that surrounds it.

We have museums, theatres, dining options, music venues, and 3 rivers that give you plenty to do outside of the classroom.

Find out more at our city’s website.

What internship opportunities exist in Columbia?

Many of our students propel their futures forward by taking advantage of the great career opportunities offered in Columbia. Please ensure you visit our International Student Services office before you search for an internship.  The University of South Carolina hosts multiple internship fairs each year, as well as provide assistance to students interested in participating in internships.  You can learn more by visiting our Career Center website.

How can I get around the city?

Because the University of South Carolina is in the heart of downtown Columbia, biking or walking is a popular option for students.  Many students also bring cars to the university or mopeds. The city also offers public transportation and taxis/lyft/uber exist here as well.

The university also provides shuttles to various parts of campus and complimentary transportation services after dark.

What cities are close by?

Columbia is close to many great cities in the United States:

Charleston- 114 miles (approx. 1 hr 30 mins)

Charlotte- 93 miles (approx. 1 hr 30 mins)

Myrtle Beach- 152 miles (approx. 2 hrs 30 mins)

Raleigh- 227 miles (approx. 3 hr 20 mins)

Hilton Head- 164 miles (approx. 2 hr 30 mins)

Atlanta- 215 miles (approx. 3 hrs)

Savannah- 162 miles (approx. 2 hours 20 minutes)

Nashville- 442 miles (approx. 6 hrs 20 mins)

Washington, D.C.- 479 miles (approx. 6 hrs 45 mins)

Tampa- 490 miles (approx. 7 hrs)

Orlando- 435 miles (approx. 6 hrs)

My Application to the University of South Carolina

Should I apply as an international student?

You should apply as an international student if you are not a US Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident of the United States.

What are the deadlines for my application?

October 15th- Early Answer Deadline

November 1st- Spring 2017 Application Deadline

November 15th- Honors College and Top Scholars Application Deadline

December 1st- Regular Application Deadline

February 1st- Credentials Deadline

February 15th- SC Honors College Notification

March 13th-Regular Application Decision Week Begins

Go to our Freshman Deadlines page for more information.

What makes a document official?

A document is considered official if it comes from an original source and is not opened prior to arriving at the University. Stamped and sealed envelopes that we receive from your school, a credential evaluation company, or a test center are considered official.

We do not consider documents sent directly from the student as official or via email from the student as official documents.

All official documents can be sent to: 

University of South Carolina Office of Undergraduate Admissions

902 Sumter Street/Lieber College

Columbia, SC

29208

I have lived in the US- what kind of documents do I need to provide?

If you have lived in the United States for over 2 years…

Please submit official copies of your transcripts (including foreign transcripts, if applicable), as well as ACT/SAT scores. We will not require other forms of English proficiency.

The University of South Carolina-Columbia’s SAT code is 5818. For the ACT, it is 3880.

If you have foreign work and it is not integrated onto your US transcript, please also submit a professional credential evaluation report with grade point average listed on the report of your transcript for all school work completed outside of the United States. This can be ordered from any of the NACES members. The University of South Carolina frequently receives professional credential evaluations from World Education Services and Josef Silny & Associates, Inc

If you have lived in the United States for less than 2 years…

Please submit official copies of your transcripts as well as submit a professional credential evaluation report with grade point average listed on the report of your transcript for all school work completed outside of the United States.  This can be ordered from any of the NACES members. The University of South Carolina frequently receives professional credential evaluations from World Education Services and Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Please also provide proof of English proficiency through TOEFL/IELTS/Pearson Test of English. Our TOEFL code is 5818.

How do I get a credential evaluation?

A credential evaluation can be ordered from any of the NACES members. There are 18 different companies that the University of South Carolina accepts through NACES.

The University of South Carolina frequently receives professional credential evaluations from World Education Services and Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Please ensure you request a credential evaluation with the GPA listed.

Funding my Education to the University of South Carolina

What are the costs to attend the University of South Carolina?

For the most recent updates on tuition and fees, visit our Tuition and Scholarships page.

What kind of scholarships am I eligible for?

We understand that it is costly to obtain an education in the United States.  However, there are many opportunities for financial aid. We provide many different scholarships for each department of the university. You can search these scholarships and learn more about them here. We have also created a list of organizations, not affiliated with the University of South Carolina, that may offer scholarships to international students.

If you have excellent credentials including grades, test scores, and extra-curricular experiences, you should consider joining the South Carolina Honors College. The Honors College provides the merit-based scholarships for students and can range from full tuition and living expenses covered to a reduction in tuition and scholarship.  Just as a reminder, you must take the SAT or ACT if you want to be considered for the Honors College.

For more information on how to fund your education, visit International Student Services.

Can I work on campus?

Yes, you can work up to 20 hours on campus with an F-1 visa.