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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!

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

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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

Latin America


Skype: isajimenez92
WhatsApp: +57.319.777.9735
Tel: +57.319.777.9735


Tel: +57.310.223.8150


Skype: lorenahega

Middle East / North Africa


Skype: +971.52.358.5215
WhatsApp: +971.52.358.5215
Tel: +971.52.358.5215

North America


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

Russia / Central Asia
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Skype: kate.vlasiuk1210
WhatsApp: +971.52.352.5795
Tel: +971.52.352.5795

South Asia


Skype: arorasakshi187
WhatsApp: +91.995.351.0160
Tel: +91.995.351.0160



Skype: sonam.parashar3



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

Southeast Asia


Skype: hoangvtb1983
WhatsApp: +84.937.225.295
Tel: +84.937.225.295

Your Pre-Arrival Checklist

1. Apply for your visa

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.

2. Submit your flight details

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.

Move In Dates

Program  Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Direct Admission January 8, 2019 May 28, 2019
Academic Accelerator Program January 8, 2019 May 28, 2019
Extended Accelerator Program January 8, 2019 May 28, 2019
Direct Master's Accelerator January 8, 2019 May 28, 2019
Advanced Master’s Accelerator* January 8, 2019 May 28, 2019
Master's Accelerator Program** January 8, 2019 May 28, 2019
Pre-Sessional English January 8, 2019 May 21, 2019
Academic English March 12, 2019 N/A
3. Pay your tuition and fees

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.

4. Sign up for multi-factor authentication (MFA)
  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. At the top of the page in yellow you will see “To sign-up for multi-factor authentication, click here.” Click on this.
  4. Log-in with your VIP ID and password (that you made in Step 1)
  5. Answer security question.
  6. Please add your phone number. It is okay to add an international number if you have a smart phone (iPhone, Google, Android etc.)
  7. Next to your number, you will see an “Activate” button. Click on this button. Also download the “Duo Mobile” application on your phone. Image result for duo mobile
  8. Go into the Duo Mobile application and click on “add account to app.”
  9. Point your phone at the QR code on your computer screen.
  10. The USC account will be added to your Duo Mobile App.

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!

5. Complete the required forms

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

  1. Immunization Form: Complete this mandatory health and immunization form and email to prior to your arrival, as required by law.
  2. FERPA Disclosure Form
6. Take the math placement test

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.

7. Take the English practice 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.

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