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Are you an Academic English (AE) student? Find out everything you need to know.

Pre-program 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 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.

Please plan to arrive at USC on August 11 between 9AM-4PM to move in, and for August 12-18 orientation. Class begins on August 19.

Undergraduate students: Fill out your Housing Preference Form.

If you are a graduate student and need help in finding housing, please let us know.

You must pay your tuition and fees in full, as per the deadline on your Statement of Fees. If you do not pay on time, you will have a hold on your account, and you will not be permitted to register for courses until payment has been received.

1. Sign up for the multi-factor authentication using the instructions

2. Watch this video and learn how to sign up for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).

3. After setting up MFA, fill out this form to submit your account information to the IAP team. 

If you are coming to campus, submit your flight arrival information at least one week before the orientaion start date and let us know if you need an airport pickup service. If you submit the form too late, we cannot guarantee a pickup service would be available for you!

Please be aware that we only provide airport pickup service from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) in Columbia, SC.

Submit the FERPA form using your Student Deposit ID. Your Student Deposit ID is on your offer letter.

For ALL students - bring all documents below for Academic Credential Collection:

  • Official transcripts, sealed in an envelope
  • Original diploma
  • If any documentation is not in English, then an English translation of official credentials is required.  

For undergraduate students only:

  • If any documentation is not in English, then an English translation of official credentials is required.  
  • Please have a school official send your official transcripts to ADMINTER@mailbox.sc.edu.
  • If you are sending documents through Naviance, make sure to select ‘Undergraduate Admissions’ if/when the option is presented.

For graduate students only

1. Score report sent directly from testing company to USC Grad School:

  • TOEFL/IELTS/proof of English proficiency
  • GRE if required by program
  • ETS institution code 5818 (GRE & TOEFL)

2. Academic transcripts and certificate showing proof degree sent directly from all universities attended to USC Grad School.

Request an official transcript to be sent to USC electronically from UMB. Instructions are here.

Before orientation, print your unofficial transcript through the Wiser portal and add it to your application materials. 

International Direct (ID) students must bring unofficial transcripts to their academic advising appointment.

Watch the IAP Student Services Presentation video and learn how to find your Student Services Advisor!

UofSC Student Health Services has provided the following guidance for Fall 2021 incoming international students.

*Unvaccinated students entering from outside the U.S. will need to do the following:

  • Self-quarantine for 7 days upon arrival.
  • Self-quarantine should be monitored and adhered to by the student.
  • Students are permitted to leave self-quarantine for medical care and to obtain essentials such as food, but they should wear masks and socially distance at all times.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 within 3 – 5 days of arrival to the U.S.

Vaccination is recommended upon arrival. The University will be offering the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines on campus. Students should schedule an appointment for vaccination on MyHealthSpace.

*Vaccinated students entering from outside the U.S. will need to do the following:

  • Upload their vaccination records to MyHealthSpace before arrival to the U.S.
  • The vaccination record does not have to be in English. (student should translate and annotate their non-English vaccination record on the uploaded copy)

*The following vaccines are currently accepted:

- Pfizer/BioNTech

- Moderna

- Johnson & Johnson

- Astrazeneca-SK Bio

- Serum Institute of India

- Janssen

- Sinopharm

Get tested for COVID-19 within 3 – 5 days of arrival (yes, even vaccinated students).

*International students who are not vaccinated, including those who received a non-FDA/WHO approved vaccine will need to follow these guidelines.

  1. Will not need to be placed in separate living facility.
  2. May leave their rooms for all necessary activities.
  3. Get tested for COVID 1-3 days before travel and again 3-5 days after travel.
  4. Avoid being in close contact ( 15 or more cumulative minutes in a 24 hour period, 6 feet or less in distance) to others for 7 days after travel as much as possible.
  5. Continue to wear a well-fitted face covering in accordance with university guidelines.
  6. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
  7. Isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.
  8. USC offers vaccination at the Student Health Center. 




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