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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.

  • First-Year Program Length: 3 semesters
  • Program Curriculum: Planned – almost all courses include domestic students
  • Credits Earned Toward Degrees: 30+
  • Progression Requirements: 2.25 GPA*
  • Progression Into: Year 2 of degree

*Some academic majors may have a higher GPA requirement for progression.

Semester 1

The International Student in the University: Foundations

English for Academic Purposes A and B

Carolina Core: Oceans and Society or Fundamentals of Art

Carolina Core: Math course

Semester 2

The International Student in the University I

English for Academic Purposes 2 including Grammar in Context and Technology for Academic Purposes

Carolina Core: Lab science course

Carolina Core: Math course 

Semester 3

The International Student in the University II

English for Academic Purposes 3

Carolina Core: History course

Carolina Core: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding or Public Communication (choose from three courses)

Major academic track course

  •  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 iTEP: 3.0 - no subscore below 2.5

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 Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021    
Application Deadline July 13, 2020 December 9, 2020 April 30, 2021 July 16, 2021
Payment Deadline July 29, 2020 December 24, 2020 May 13, 2021 July 29, 2021
Move-in Date August 12, 2020 January 5, 2021 May 25, 2021 August 11, 2021
Program Start Date August 13, 2020 January 6, 2021 May 26, 2021 August 12, 2021

All dates may be subject to change.

Estimated Costs

Subject  Cost 
Tuition* $37,740
Fees** $3,237
Health Insurance*** $2,000
Total $42,997

*Tuition is set by the University Board of Trustees each year and is subject to change. 

**Standard fees include visa processing, airport pick-up, tutoring as needed, signature student experiences, academic counseling and support, etc. 

***This Health insurance is offered for IAP students only and is not the same as that offered by the University. Students will have access to the university health center. 

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