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
The use of Duolingo scores as a COVID-19 accommodation is extended through the 2024-2025
application/admission cycle. While TOEFL, IELTS and PTE are formally accepted tests
of English language by the Graduate School, Duolingo scores of 115 and higher may
be submitted as alternate evidence of language proficiency. Summer 2025 is the final
application term that Duolingo scores have been approved for use at this time.
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.)
Submitting Official Test Scores
You must submit official test scores directly from the testing service. Language
test scores are valid for two years. Copies of scores are not considered official.
Use the following codes for the University of South Carolina to submit:
IELTS:No numerical code - choose "University South Carolina Columbia Graduate Admissions."
(no "of") Our address is 1705 College St, Close-Hipp Suite 552, Columbia, SC 29208.
PTE:University of South Carolina
Obtaining Your Student Visa: Next Steps After Admission
International Student Services
After admission to a graduate program, international students will work with International
Student Services to obtain an I-20 and to apply for the student visa at a U.S. Consulate.
International Student Services will reach out to you with further details about the
financial requirements and other materials needed after you have been admitted to
the University of South Carolina.