Skip to Content

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: 30+
  • Progression Requirements: 2.25 GPA*
  • Progression Into: Year 2 of degree

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

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 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Application Deadline December 3, 2019 April 29, 2019
Payment Deadline December 26, 2018 May 14, 2019
Move-in Date January 8, 2019 May 28, 2019
Program Start Date January 9, 2019 May 29, 2019

All dates may be subject to change.



Fee Entering Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Tuition $37,037 $37,425
Fees $3,322 $3,322
Housing $11,405 - $16,574 $11,405 - $16,574
Dining $3,684 - $4,078 N/A
Health Insurance $2,000 $2,000
Total $57,448 - $63,011 $54,152 - $59,321

Note: Fees include technology fee, lab fees, immigration fees, application, orientation and testing fees; cultural and academic support

Department-specific fees are charged for Direct Admission students who are enrolled in many majors and vary from $200 to $1500 per semester.

Pre-sessional tuition is charged for each semester enrolled and includes all fees; insurance, housing and dining listed are full year prices.

Housing: Shared housing is not available in the summer semester. Price quoted includes a move to a single room for the summer

Dining: No dining plan is available for summer semester; amount listed covers only fall or spring semesters.