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Spring 2021 Start Options

When can I get to campus?

We hear this question every day from international students like you. With the coronavirus pandemic, we understand that visa availability and travel plans may have been impacted. As always, the University of South Carolina has you covered.

We are working to get you to campus as soon as possible, in ways that ensure your health and safety. If you face delays in arriving to campus on time, explore our solutions for beginning your university journey in a way that is tailored to you.

Option 1: On-Campus Spring Semester - January Start 

The UofSC will be open and operating this spring. You are welcome to arrive on campus at the start of the regular semester in January, if that is possible for you. Our team will be available to support you during your transition to life in the U.S.

Option 2: On-Campus Spring Semester - March Start 

As always, we offer a mid-semester arrival option for Academic English students that will enable you to get started on your degree later this spring at our campus in the heart of Columbia.

Option 3: Virtual Spring Semester

If you are unable to arrive on campus for the spring semester for either start option, we can help you study at UofSC from wherever you are.  Many classes are offered online in real time but have been optimized for your time zone; some have online asynchronous options that will allow you to learn on your own schedule, with academic support to keep you on track.

Option 4: Virtual Spring Semester - American Collegiate Live

Students also have the choice of starting their studies through American Collegiate Live, a digital classroom experience that will allow you to earn credits and then continue your studies on campus in summer.  This approach is recommended for students studying English only (Track 4).

Find a solution that works

Explore which path to your university degree makes the most sense for you: 

  1. Are you able to get a visa appointment this fall? Yes.
  2.  Are you able to book travel plans for your designated start time in January or March? Yes.
  1. Are you able to get a visa to arrive on campus before the designated start date? No.
  2. Are you able to begin your degree virtually from your home? Yes. 

Reach out to your enrollment counselor today to confirm your study plan.

For frequently asked questions for Spring 2021, please visit here

Stay Informed

During this time of uncertainty, we are here for you. See how we have been supporting our students this semester. 


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