All University of South Carolina system institutions will be closed through the end of the spring semester. Columbia campus virtual instruction will continue through the conclusion of final exams in May. Details can be found on the coronavirus landing page.
The University of South Carolina has a rich tradition of welcoming and supporting
international applicants. In addition to your graduate school application, you may
need to submit documentation related to your international status.
COVID-19 Accommodations for Admissions
We are all being impacted by this global pandemic as the spread of COVID-19 requires
almost constant readjusting. Please know that we will continue to support international
applicants to secure a fair review of your academic credentials in an effort to ensure
that joining the University of South Carolina to extend your graduate studies is the
right place for you to be.
Some testing centers have suspended their services and this may impede your ability
to demonstrate English language proficiency, or, to have test scores forwarded with
your application. Please consider taking the Duolingo English Test in lieu of alternatives. This test is administered completely online. A minimum
score of 115 will be required for your application to be considered further.
You should also reach out to a contact in your desired graduate program to express your interests and to request an extension to the program application
deadline. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns at email@example.com.
International Application Requirements
Applicants whose native language is not English must:
Submit a satisfactory score on an English proficiency test.
Take a diagnostic test in English when they arrive at the university.
English Proficiency Tests
The TOEFL exam, IELTS International Academic Course Type 2 exam and the PTE Academic
are accepted English proficiency tests.
Minimum Score: 53 (Some programs have higher standards.)
Financial Resource Requirement
Applicants for F-1 or J-1 student visas must show evidence of financial resources
to cover the expenses for one year of study, including room and board. International Student Services must receive this evidence before an I-20 or a DS-2019 document can be issued.