University of South Carolina


International Transfer Admission Requirements

The University of South Carolina welcomes the applications of international students. Since you will have many arrangements to make in order to attend the University, it is important that you apply at least nine months before the semester in which you plan to begin your studies. International freshman applicants must be high school graduates (students that have completed about 12 years of schooling in their home countries). 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 student? Click here.

Admission steps to complete:

  • 1.

    Fill out the University's application form completely (there is a $100 application fee for international students) at

  • 2.

    Submit your official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic Test scores to the University of South Carolina - Columbia. 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
    Canada (note: Quebec students must
          take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE)
    Grand Cayman
    New Zealand
    Sierra Leone
    United Kingdom

    Transfer applicants attending US institutions who have attempted and passed English composition courses equivalent to USC’s ENG 101 and 102 with a grade of "B" or better are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement.

  • 3.

    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.

  • 4.

    Submit a course-by-course professional credentials evaluation with a GPA reported on a U.S. grading scale. If you have attended any school outside of the United States, you must submit an official professional credentials 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.

  • 5.

    If you are currently enrolled in an international college or university at the time you submit your official credentials evaluation and transcript, you must submit a final credentials evaluation and transcript after you complete your courses.

  • 6.

    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 has been done after a student has been offered admission.

  • After receiving your credentials evaluation, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will review it to determine if you meet the University’s transfer admissions requirements (located at In some cases, we may delay a decision or request to see your high school transcript. We will notify you of our decision within a month after receiving all required documents.

    Please note that international students currently attending another college or university within the US must complete the SEVIS Record Transfer In Form to transfer their SEVIS record. Admissions and transfer of the SEVIS record must take place within 60 days (F-1 visa) or 30 days (J-1) of completing study at the previous school. You may access the form here.

    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

    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: 212-966-6311

    Students seeking admission to the University's nursing program who have attended a nursing school outside the United States must use the following evaluation organization instead:

    Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
    3600 Market Street, Suite 400
    Philadelphia, PA 19104