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International Applicants

The University of South Carolina Sumter 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 applicants must be high school graduates (students that have completed about 12 years of schooling in their home countries).


  • Apply Online There is an $40 application fee.
  • Submit your official English proficiency exam scores to the University of South Carolina Sumter. English proficiency is required unless you are a citizen and completed secondary school from one of the countries on our exempt list. The Faculty Admissions Committee makes exceptions based on varying qualifications. 
English Proficiency Exams
Minimum Score


Internet Based



Paper Based










Evidence Based Reading Writing Subscore



English Subscore

Please note that citizens from the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement: 

      • American Samoa
      • Anguilla
      • Antigua
      • Australia
      • Bahamas
      • Barbados
      • Belize
      • Bermuda
      • British Virgin Islands
      • Canada (note: Quebec Students must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE)
      • Dominica
      • Gambia
      • Ghana
      • Gibralter
      • Grenada
      • Grand Cayman
      • Guam
      • Guyana
      • Ireland
      • Jamaica
      • Kenya
      • Lesotho
      • Liberia
      • Montserrat
      • New Zealand
      • Nigeria
      • Sierra Leone
      • St. Kitts and Nevis
      • St. Lucia
      • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
      • Swaziland (Eswatini)
      • Tanzania
      • Trinidad/Tobago
      • Turks and Caicos Islands
      • Uganda
      • United Kingdom
      • US Virgin Islands
      • Zambia
      • Zimbabwe
  • Submit official (or attested copy) transcript(s) from all high school 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.
  • Submit a professional course-by-course 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.  Applicants must submit a course-by-course evaluation. In order for the evaluation to be considered official, it must be sent to our Admissions Office by the evaluating agency. 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.
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 between the student and the evaluation service of your choice. We will consider an evaluation from any member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The web address is  Once the evaluations are completed, they should be sent by the evaluating organization to: 

University of South Carolina Sumter
Admissions Services
200 Miller Road
Sumter, SC 29150

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



SpanTran is a NACES company that has created a custom portal for USC Sumter students to help you obtain a course-by-course evaluation with grade point average calculation at a discounted rate. You can apply with their custom application by clicking here. Once complete, SpanTran will send an official, electronic copy of your evaluation to USC Sumter.

450 Seventh Avenue Suite 804
New York, NY 10123
Phone: 646-475-2570

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

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


  • If you apply for admission before graduating from high school, you must submit an official (or attested copy) of all final transcript(s) and an updated course-by-course credentials evaluation after you graduate from high school. Your transcript(s) must include a graduation date.
  • Submit official SAT or ACT scores if you want to be considered for scholarships. The University of South Carolina Sumter’s SAT code is 5821. The ACT code is 3885.
  • Wait to hear from us in regards to your acceptance. Submitting the aforementioned documentation does not guarantee admission to the University of South Carolina Sumter. All documentation will be reviewed, along with additional items if necessary to determine acceptance. If you are accepted, you will receive correspondence from us with additional instructions.
  • Submit financial certification if you are offered admission. USC Sumter must receive official documents 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.

Special Note: The estimated tuition rate for international students is $18,525 per year.  This figure does not include books, supplies, food or housing and is subject to change for future academic terms.  Books and supplies vary from year to year.  $1,800 is a book and supply estimate.  USC Sumter does not provide or housing.  Student athletes should contact the athletics department ( to learn more about special independent apartment leasing programs.  Currently, the rates range from $500 to $2,000 per month. You are responsible for your own housing arrangements.  Remember, official documents must be submitted to show that you will have sufficient funds to enroll and remain at the college.