Welcome to the International Accelerator at University of South Carolina! Soon you’ll be on the exciting USC campus in Columbia, South Carolina. Before you arrive, complete the steps below to avoid common issues or delays for international students.
We have a team of dedicated personal advisors whose job it is to make sure all your questions are answered and to ensure you have a smooth transition to the university.
Before you start on any of the steps below, contact your local personal advisor. Simply select your region of the world below, and send your advisor an email, Skype, WhatsApp, or WeChat message. We look forward to meeting you very soon!
Skype: Cristy Arias Pena
You should apply for your visa as soon as possible. It requires an interview with the U.S. embassy and can sometimes take several weeks to schedule.
Please visit usembassy.gov to learn more about scheduling your visa appointment. The website also has information on what to expect and the documentation you will need to take with you for your interview. Here are other links that might be helpful to you: visa photo requirements, visa application and I-901 Fee and study in the states.
Check out two videos below that will help you on how to apply and prepare for your visa interview.
Download this useful Immigration Guide to help you learn more about the process for getting your F-1 visa.
When purchasing your ticket to Columbia, South Carolina, plan to arrive on or before your scheduled move-in day. Once you book your flight, enter your flight itinerary and confirm your free airport pickup. These important details will help the campus team prepare for your arrival and make your big day go as smoothly as possible.
|Program||Fall 2018||Spring 2019||Summer 2019|
|Direct Admission||August 15, 2018||January 9, 2019||May 28, 2019|
|Academic Accelerator Program||August 15, 2018||January 9, 2019||May 28, 2019|
|Extended Accelerator Program||August 15, 2018||January 9, 2019||May 28, 2019|
|Direct Master's Accelerator||August 15, 2018||January 9, 2019||May 28, 2019|
|Advanced Master’s Accelerator*||August 15, 2018||January 9, 2019||May 28, 2019|
|Master's Accelerator Program**||August 15, 2018||January 9, 2019||May 28, 2019|
|Pre-Sessional English||August 15, 2018||January 9, 2019||May 21, 2019|
Making your payment in full two weeks before you arrive will help avoid delays with enrollment. Before you begin, please make sure you have your acceptance letter in front of you, as you will need to refer to the information in the letter.
Choose between two ways to submit payment for tuition and fees:
Flywire by Peer Transfer: Please visit USC’s flywire portal to complete the transfer process. Please note that you can not use a U.S. credit card or U.S. bank account.
Wire transfer: Find the wire transfer information on your offer letter. When making the transaction, be sure to include the student’s name and birthday.
You will use this “multifactor authentication” to log into important sites. You will need to do this for your Math Placement test. When you sign in, it will give you three options – Click “Send me a push.” The Duo Mobile Application on your phone will then notify you to accept a push. You will click accept on your phone and you are successfully logged in!
You will need to complete and submit the following forms before your arrival.
All incoming undergraduate USC students are required to take a math placement test before they arrive on campus. You will need to complete this before you leave your home country. After you have completed the math placement test, please email USCIAP@mailbox.sc.edu and include a screenshot of your test score in your email.
Note: Pre-Sessional students do not need to take the math placement test.
When you arrive on campus, you will need to take an English test in order to ensure that you are placed in the correct program. This practice test will help you to get familiar with the test before you arrive.
This useful brochure is full of information on your I-20 paperwork required for your visa, what you should pack and other tips to prepare you for your arrival to the University of South Carolina campus.
This guide will help you learn more about the process for getting your F-1 visa and arriving in Columbia, South Carolina.
Check off everything on this list to ensure you have completed all the steps before you arrive and bring everything you need to the University of South Carolina campus.
Here’s an example of what your orientation schedule might look like. During orientation, you will receive a full campus tour, see the sights around Columbia, South Carolina and get to know your fellow international students!
Plan ahead! This calendar tells you when class starts and ends, and when holidays and exams are happening.