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International Accelerator Program

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Before you Arrive

Complete 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.

 Please plan to arrive at USC on January 5 between 9AM-4PM for January 6-8 oreintaion. You will receive the orientation schedule soon! 

Undergraduate students please fill out your Housing Preference Form.

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.

Sign up for the multi-factor authentication using the instructions

  •  Your flight arrival details
  • Whether you need airport pickup or not
  • How many people (family or friends) would be traveling with you

Complete the Health/Immunication form using these instructions.  


The FERPA Disclosure Form allows us your consent to disclose information to parents, guardians, financial sponsors and agents. When submitting your FERPA Form use your applicant ID that's on your acceptance letter.


 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.

Send your offical scores to UofSC

All incoming undergraduate USC students are required to take a math placement test before arriving on campus. You will need to complete this before you leave your home country. Follow instructions here

Academic English students starting at English Program for Internationals (EPI) DO NOT need to take the math placement test now.

  • Request an official transcript to be sent to USC electronically from UMB. Instructions are here and ordering the transcript happens through this link. 
  • Before orientation, print your unofficial transcript through the Wiser portal and add it to your application materials. International Direct students must bring unofficial transcripts to their academic advising appointment.
  • Review the AC Live FAQs
Please reach out to if you have any questions about the above Pre-Arrival steps.
December 3rd, 2020 @8AM EST – please join us for our Pre-Arrival Webinar for students coming to USC.
    • Please download Zoom. Meeting link here.
    • Meeting ID: 865 1464 7429
    • Passcode: 851627

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