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International Freshmen

International freshman applicants must be high school graduates (students that have the equivalent of a diploma in the United States).

Applying as an International Transfer student instead? International Transfer refers to any non-U.S. citizen who has attempted any college work at a college or university after graduating from secondary or high school.

Admission steps to complete:

There are three ways you can apply for admission to the University of South Carolina:

You should choose the application that you are most comfortable submitting. There is no advantage in the admission process to using one application or the other.

There is a $100 non-refundable application fee for international students.

English proficiency is required unless you are a citizen and completed secondary school from one of the countries on our exempt list. 

 If you are unable to obtain a minimum English proficiency score our English Programs for Internationals  might be an option for some students. 

TOEFL Internet Based
TOEFL Paper Based
(Evidence Based
Reading Writing Subscore)
(English Subscore)

English proficiency exempt list:

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Canada (note: residents of Quebec students must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE)
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Grand Cayman
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Sierra Leone
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • United Kingdom

If your transcript is not in English, you must submit a certified transcript translated into English by a school official.

If you apply for admission before graduating from high school, you must submit an official (or attested copy) of all final transcript(s) after you graduate from high school.

A document is considered official if it comes from an original source and is not opened prior to arriving at the University. Stamped and sealed envelopes that we receive from your school, a credential evaluation company, or a test center are considered official. Official documents submitted via email by a verifiable school is also acceptable.

All official documents can be sent to:

The University of South Carolina Office of Undergraduate Admissions
902 Sumter Street/Lieber College
Columbia, SC 29208

Applicants with foreign university work must submit a course-by-course evaluation with GPA from a NACES approved company. An admissions decision will not be made until the evaluation and all transcripts are on file.

Credential evaluations are done by NACES approved companies and are not conducted by any member at University of South Carolina. In order to get a credential evaluation you will need to contact the NACES approved company directly.

U.S. citizens (freshman or transfer applicants) who have attempted any courses outside the United States must submit a course-by-course credentials evaluation. For more information on U.S. citizens transferring foreign work please visit our domestic transfer information page.



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