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Graduate School

International Applicants

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

Language Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English must: 

  1. Submit a satisfactory score on an English proficiency test. 

  2. 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: 80 for internet-based tests:
• TOEFL iBT Home Edition
• TOEFL iBT Paper Edition
(Some programs have higher standards.)

IELTS International Academic Course Type 2

Minimum Score: 6.5
(Some programs have higher standards.)

PTE Academic

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: 

  • TOEFL: 5818
  • 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.

For more information, see the International Student Services Website.

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