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International Accelerator Program

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    Flexible Options

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Fall 2020 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 Fall Semester - August Start 

The UofSC intends to open its doors this fall. You are welcome to arrive on campus at the start of the regular semester in August, 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 Fall Semester - October 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 fall at our campus in the heart of Columbia.

Option 3: Virtual Fall Semester

If you are unable to arrive on campus for the fall semester for either start option, you are invited to participate in American Collegiate Live, a digital classroom experience that lets you begin your program right away, from home - no study delays or interruptions - and transition smoothly to the University of South Carolina in January.

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 summer? Yes.
  2.  Are you able to book travel plans for your designated start time in August or October? 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.

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


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