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About University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina is a globally recognized, high-impact research university committed to a superior student experience and dedicated to innovation in learning, research and community engagement.

Founded in 1801, the university offers more than 350 degree programs and is one of only 50 public universities to receive Carnegie Classifications for both top-tier research activity and community engagement.

Home to 47 nationally ranked academic programs, including top-ranked programs in international business, sport science and the nation’s best honors college and distinguished programs in engineering, law, medicine, public health, the humanities and the arts, UofSC is helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and around the world.

International Accelerator Program

International Accelerator Program for International Students

As an international student, you have the opportunity to become a part of the International Accelerator Program (IAP). As an IAP student, you receive exclusive benefits to make the transition to the United States as easy and productive as possible…


  • Streamlined application process
  • Dedicated counselor
  • Major/field of study guidance


  • Visa interview help
  • Prep webinars & checklists
  • Help with required forms


  • Airport welcome
  • Student & parent orientation
  • Cultural group outings


  • Classes for your academic level
  • English-language & ESL help
  • Tutoring support


  • Career Accelerator Program
  • Internship assistance
  • Job search help

Apply to University of South Carolina International Accelerator - As an international student, you also have the opportunity to apply directly to the university. You may do so by submitting your application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

A “Best College Town” in the Nation

Columbia, South Carolina was recognized as one of the “10 Best College Towns” for two years in a row.

In the heart of South Carolina lies the capital and one of the south’s most charming cities: Columbia. "Soda City," as it's known, has become a vibrant meld of old and new. You can sample some signature barbecue or pimento cheese while you visit the many historic landmarks around the downtown area. For outdoor enthusiasts, Columbia is brimming with natural beauty—lakes, rivers and national parks surround the city and provide ample opportunity for those craving a bit of adventure. But the most prominent and possibly loudest attraction (during a football game anyway) is the University of South Carolina. The school and its students bring the city to life.

Student Life

More than 400 student organizations on campus make it easy to make a difference in your community or around the world. So, pursue your passions, share your talents, and if you don’t find the perfect group, UofSC will help you start your own.

It could be a community service project or a club you founded. With so many organizations and clubs on campus, plus countless events and activities, it's easy to get involved.

Student Testimonial

Risa, Japan

International Business and Marketing

“In Japan, a curriculum is created for you, and you need to follow the classes. I really like how you can choose classes yourself, depending on what kind of career you want. That’s why I chose to come back to the U.S. for college.

One of the biggest differences between here and Japan is that here in the U.S. there are so many different people from different backgrounds and different races in the United States. It's amazing- now I have a friend from the UAE, and my very first friend, Hriday, is from India.”

Student Testimonial

Hriday, Inda

Integrated Information Technology

“I remember back in India, we cannot call our professors by their names, but here we can do that- so small, small things changed a lot for me. You meet hundreds of people every day just by going to your classes.” - Hriday from India, Integrated Information Technology Student

Fast Facts

The University of South Carolina is proud to have made a name for itself.

Our accolades at a glance include:

  • No. 1 international business program
  • No. 1 in sport science programs
  • No. 1 best international experience
  • Top-ranked honors college
  • 100 health science degree programs in more than 50 areas of study
  • No. 15 in the world in hospitality and tourism management

University of South Carolina

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