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International Applicants

Students from around the globe participate in our Pharm.D. program. We welcome international applicants and want to ensure you submit all the necessary application materials. With so many important arrangements to make, we recommend that you apply at least nine months before the semester in which you plan to begin your studies.

All Pharm. D. applicants must meet the program's admissions requirements and submit all necessary application materials. If you are an international student, you will have to complete a few additional steps in order to apply to our program. The College of Pharmacy admits international students as either individual applicants or as members of our partnership programs.

Individual International Applicant Requirements

If you are applying as an individual international applicant, you must meet the following requirements

Complete pharmacy prerequisite courses

At least 42 hours of your pharmacy prerequisite courses including English language and publlic speaking must have been completed at a college or university accredited in the United States, excluding courses delivered via electronic media.

Take English-based speech or public speaking course

You must successfully complete an English-based speech or public speaking course.

Demonstrate proficiency in English

If admitted to the College, you must be proficient in English with a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based exam, 77 on the internet-based TOEFL or 210 on the computer-based TOEFL.  Alternatively, we will accept a score of at least a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or a score of at least a 53 on the PTE Academic Test.

Receive a Pharmacy Intern Certificate

You must be able to receive a Pharmacy Intern Certificate based on the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy requirements. The certificate is a requirement in order to complete the Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences portion of the Pharm.D. curriculum.

Submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation

If you have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside of the United States, you are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all work completed, also known as a course-by-course transcript evaluation. This transcript evaluation should be sent directly to the PharmCAS from the evaluation service.

 

(You are responsible for paying the evaluation service's fees for your evaluation.)

Show sufficient funding for first year

You must send the College of Pharmacy's Admissions Office official documents (photocopies acceptable) certifying that you will have sufficient funding to attend the College of Pharmacy for one academic year. This evidence will be used to issue you an immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019), which will be required to obtain the F-1 or J-1 student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate. However, you do not need to provide this information if you are a permanent resident.

You may not be eligible for student loans through the FAFSA process. You will be classified as an out-of-state student during the admissions process and for tuition purposes.

Obtain a proper visa

You are responsible for obtaining a proper visa if you are accepted to our program.

Comply with all student policies and requirements

If admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, you must comply with all student policies and requirements as detailed in the College of Pharmacy Academic Bulletin & Student Handbook and all admission procedure requirements, including a background check and heath/immunization policies.

International Partnership Applicants 

The College of Pharmacy also considers a limited number of international applicants to the Doctor of Pharmacy program who have completed at least a five-year bachelor's of science degree in pharmacy and when there is a prior written agreement between the USC College of Pharmacy and an international sponsoring university, government, or agency (International Partnership Program).

If applying as an international partnership applicant to the College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program, you may apply only after a written agreement between the University of South Carolina and the international sponsoring university, government or agency has been completed. The number of international partnership applicants admitted each year will be determined by the College of Pharmacy; a signed partnership agreement does not guarantee admission of individual applicants. International bachelor's of science degree pharmacists must meet the admission criteria shown below. The College of Pharmacy may grant advanced status, depending on your academic record or practice experience. You must have graduated within 10 years of your application date.

If you are applying as an international partnership program applicant, you must meet the following requirements

Demonstrate proficiency in English

If admitted to the College, you must be proficient in English with a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based exam, 77 on the internet-based TOEFL or 210 on the computer-based TOEFL. Alternatively, we will accept a score of at least a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or a score of at least a 53 on the PTE Academic Test.

Receive a Pharmacy Intern Certificate

You must be able to receive a Pharmacy Intern Certificate based on the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy requirements. The certificate is a requirement in order to complete the Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences portion of the Pharm.D. curriculum.

Submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation

If you have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside of the United States, you are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all work completed, also known as a course-by-course transcript evaluation. This transcript evaluation should be sent directly to the College of Pharmacy Admissions Office from the evaluation service.

Show sufficient funding for first year

You must send the College of Pharmacy's Admissions Office official documents (photocopies acceptable) certifying that you will have sufficient funding to attend the College of Pharmacy for one academic year. This evidence will be used to issue you an immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019), which will be required to obtain the F-1 or J-1 student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate. However, you do not need to provide this information if you are a permanent resident.

You may not be eligible for student loans through the FAFSA process. You will be classified as an out-of-state student during the admissions process and for tuition purposes.

Obtain a proper visa

You are responsible for obtaining a proper visa if you are accepted to our program.

Comply with all student policies and requirements

If admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, you must comply with all student policies and requirements as detailed in the College of Pharmacy Academic Bulletin & Student Handbook and all admission procedure requirements, including a background check and heath/immunization policies.