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International Transfers

International Transfer refers to any non-U.S. citizen who has attempted any college work at a college or university after graduating from secondary or high school.

Applying as an International Freshman instead? International freshman applicants are high school graduates (students that have completed about 12 years of schooling in their home countries), but they have not attempted college work at a college or university after graduating from high school.

Admission steps to complete:

Fill out the University's Application Form Completely

There is a $100 non-refundable application fee for international students. Access our online application to begin.

Submit Official Proof of English Proficiency

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about submitting your official documents.

If you have taken the University of South Carolina's equivalent of English 101 and 102 at a US Institution of higher education and received a letter grade of ‘B’ or higher, you may be exempt from submitting additional forms of English proficiency. Please use our Transfer Equivalency Tables to discover if we have already researched your courses.

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:

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Canada (note: residents of Quebec students must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE)
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Grand Cayman
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Sierra Leone
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • United Kingdom
Submit all Official (or Attested) College Transcripts

Submit official (or attested copy) transcript(s) from all college records in their native language. In addition, if your transcript is not in English, you must submit a certified transcript translated into English by a school official. We will require all official transcripts to make an admissions decision.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about submitting official documents.

If you have taken less than 30 credit bearing courses at your prior institution of higher education, we will also require official copies of your high school transcripts. If your high school and or college work is from a foreign institution outside of the United States, we will also require a document-by-document professional credential evaluation on high school work and a course-by-course evaluation for all college work.

Submit a Professional Credentials Evaluation With GPA

If you have attended any school outside of the United States, you must submit an official professional credentials evaluation. Transfer applicants with foreign college work must submit a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES approved company with the GPA included. An admissions decision will not be made until the evaluation and all transcripts are on file.

U.S. citizens (freshman or transfer applicants) who have attempted any courses outside the United States must submit a course-by-course credentials evaluation and transcripts of their international work with a calculated GPA on a U.S. 4.0 grading scale. More information on the credentials evaluation process can be found below.


Submit financial certification if you are offered admission. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions must receive official documents (photocopies are acceptable) which certify that the student will have sufficient funding to attend the University of South Carolina for one academic year.

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.

Below is the contact information of two companies that frequently provide us with evaluations.

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Educational Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: 305-273-1616 

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Phone: 212-966-631