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International Accelerator Program

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Before You Arrive

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.

Contact Advisor

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!

advisor - Africa


Skype: Tomi Afilaka

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Ani - South China

QQ: 1738675071
WeChat: +86.135.7055.0749
Skype: ljxannie_1
Tel: +86.135.7055.0749

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Mark - East China

QQ: 212073550
WeChat: +86.158.0062.4575
Tel: +86.158.0062.4575

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Lisha - North China

QQ: 2579820406
WeChat: +86.183.1016.8200
Tel: +86.183.1016.8200


Jane - West China

QQ: 2269164
WeChat: gunyixiushang
Skype: xiaofengy1985
Tel: +86.159.2876.6884

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Skype: kate.vlasiuk1210
WhatsApp: +971.52.352.5795
Tel: +971.52.352.5795


Skype: isajimenez92
WhatsApp: +57.319.777.9735
Tel: +57.319.777.9735


Skype: lorenahega

enrollment contact


Skype: shirin_elchami_1
WhatsApp: +971.52.358.5215
Tel: +971.52.358.5215



Skype: Jacob Moberg
WhatsApp: +1.857.529.7237
Tel: +1.857.529.7237

enrollment contat maryna


Tel: +380 97 159 06 09
Skype: mkyselova14
Whatsapp: +380 97 159 06 09

enrollment contact shayan


Skype: live:shayanchawla
WhatsApp: +923358220020
Tel: +923358220020



Skype: sonam.parashar3



Skype: +91.972.501.2676
WhatsApp: +91.972.501.2676
Tel: +91.972.501.2676

enrollment contact Abbie


WhatsApp: +852 8481 0532
Tel: +852 8481 0532

enrollment contact suan


Kakao App: liliana67
Tel: +82-10-4947-9065

Your Pre-Arrival Checklist

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 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.

1.     Visit to establish your log in information. Your USC ID and VIP ID is on your acceptance letter. Please remember the security questions that you will establish in this step. These must be questions that you (the student) create. Make a note of them, so you do not forget the answers. Also, please remember the password you establish in this.

2.     Go to 

3.     Log-in with your VIP ID and password or Network Username (that you made in Step 1)

4.     Answer security question and press submit.

5.     Please add your phone number. It is okay to add an international number if you have a smart phone (iPhone, Google, Android etc.)

6.     Next to your number, you will see an “Activate” button. Click on this button and you will see the QR code.  You will scan this code in a later step.  Take out your smart phone, download the “Duo Mobile” application on your phone.  It is a green app with the word ‘DUO’ and complete. 

7.     Go into the Duo Mobile application and click on the + on the top right corner.

8.     Point your phone and scan the QR code on your computer screen.

9.     The USC account will be added to your Duo Mobile App.

10.   Congratulations you are enrolled!

You will use this “multifactor authentication” to log into important sites. You will need to do this for your Math Placement test and to complete your Immunizations. 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!

1.     Students will log into to submit required immunizations

2.     Click on Student button

3.     Login using your network username. 

a. Network username is assigned by the university and is based on your name. 

b. It may consist of letters and/or numbers in combination. 

c.  It is the first portion of your official university email address ( or 

d. Find information about university ID and passwords here: https//

e. Scroll down to section labeled “What is my Network Username?”

You must enter your immunizations in the "Medical Clearances" portion of and click on "Immunizations Record" and attach supporting documentation signed by a medical provider before orientation. (Note: You can take a photo of your documentation with your phone and upload the photo). Please also enter your immunization dates and vaccine types in the "Medical Clearances" portion for each vaccine received. You will not be able to register for classes until we have your required immunizations on file. The required immunizations include: 

1. MMR Vaccine (two doses)
You'll need two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR), or positive blood titer reports. Please record these on in the "Medical Clearances" portion.

2. Meningococcal Vaccine
You'll need the meningococcal vaccine to prevent meningitis if you are younger than 21. If you've had a meningitis vaccine but it's more than five years old, you'll need a booster. Please record these on in the "Medical Clearances" portion.

3. TB Risk Screening Question
Complete the questionnaire found on in the "Medical Clearances" portion. 

You can only be exempt from fulfilling immunization requirements if:

· You have a permanent medical contraindication.

· You have conflicting religious beliefs.

· You are enrolled in only distance education courses.

You will need to provide proof of your exemption status. 

Recommended Immunizations

The UofSC Student Health center recommends all students get these preventive vaccines for their overall health and well-being.

· Gardasil (all students younger than 26)

· Hepatitis A & B

· Varicella (chicken pox)

· Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap)

· Meningococcal Group B

You will need to complete and submit the following forms before your arrival.

  1. FERPA Disclosure Form

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 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.

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 arrival 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.

We offer free transportation from Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) to campus.

 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.

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