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International Accelerator Program

Extended Accelerator Program (EAP)

Do you want more than high grades? The EAP is an exclusive first-year program for international students with advanced English-language skills. It focuses on academic, cultural and professional growth so you can excel in school – and prepare for a successful future.

As a student in the Extended Accelerator Program:

The Extended Accelerator Program is a three-semester program for students seeking an immersive English-learning experience. The program gives students a firsthand practical and cultural understanding of the USC campus and the city of Columbia through its contextual curriculum.

Students may enter the program in the spring, summer or fall. Upon completion of the program, students progress into year two of their undergraduate education with a full year’s worth of academic credits.

Program Details
  • First-Year Program Length: 3 semesters
  • Program Curriculum: Planned – almost all courses include domestic students
  • Credits Earned Toward Degrees: 3 0+
  • Progression Requirements: Standard progression
  • Progression Into: Year 2 of degree
Sample Coursework

Semester 1

Live, Learn, Grow I
English for Academic Purposes 1: English for Academic Purposes (including English Grammar in Context and Technology for Academic Purposes (TAP)
Carolina Core: Oceans and Society Carolina
Core: Math course

Semester 2

Live, Learn, Grow II
English for Academic Purposes 2: Critical Analysis, Composition and Presentation
Carolina Core: Lab science course (including course supplement)
Carolina Core: Math course (including course supplement)
Carolina Core: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding (choose from three courses, including course supplement)

Semester 3

Live, Learn, Grow III
English for Academic Purposes 3: Advanced Academic Writing and Communication
Carolina Core: History course
Carolina Core: Art course Academic track course

Entry Requirements
  •  GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • One of these scores:
    • Minimum TOEFL®: 60 – no subscore below 12
    • Minimum IELTS™: 5.0 – no subscore below 4.5
    • Minimum Pearson Versant™: 45 – no subscore below 37

Applications with scores below the published minimums are not automatically denied and will still receive consideration from the college.

*Note that colleges may set higher minimums for consideration of admission to certain programs. Please refer to the college’s requirements for additional information.


Important Dates

Event Summer 2018 Fall 2018
Payment Deadline May 9, 2018 August 3, 2018
Move-in Date May 29, 2018 August 15, 2018
Program Start Date May 30, 2018 August 16, 2018

All dates may be subject to change.



Fee Entering Summer 2018 Entering Fall 2018
Tuition and Fees $38,750 $38,750
Housing $11,641 - $14,912 $11,641 - $14,912
Dining N/A $1,788 - $1,980
Health Insurance $2,000 $2,000
Total $52,391 - $55,662 $54,1799 - $57,642