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GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Along with an application for graduate admission, international students may be required to submit the following:

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 80 Internet-based, or 570 paper-based, but some programs have set higher standards. The minimum acceptable overall band score on the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam is 6.5.

For testing information contact:
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
www.toefl.org

IELTS International
100 East Corson Street, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
www.ielts.org

In addition, admitted applicants whose native language is not English are required to take a diagnostic test in English when they arrive at the University. Students with deficiencies are provided an opportunity for further study in reading, writing, and speaking English.

FINANCIAL RESOURCE REQUIREMENT

U.S. government regulations require that applicants for F-1 or J-1 students visas provide evidence of financial resources sufficient to cover the expense of one year of study, including tuition and room and board. Applicants may contact International Student Services to determine how much financial certification must be indicated. Financial certification may be documented on the Financial Certification Form or by providing a recent bank statement along with the Financial Certification Form. Financial certification may also include graduate assistantships, scholarships, or fellowships as well as support from sponsoring agencies. Evidence of financial support must be received in International Student Services before an I-20 or a DS-2019 document can be issued.

APPLICATION FOR IMMIGRATION

Each applicant for an F-1 or J-1 student visa is required to submit an Application for Immigration Document. If you are transferring from another US institution in F-1 or J-1 status, you must complete a Transfer In Form. Financial certification and other immigration forms may be submitted pre- or post-admission. Completed forms may be returned with your application, or mailed, email scanned, or faxed to:

International Student Services
University of South Carolina
Byrnes Building, Suite 123
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: (803)777-7461 or Fax: (803)777-0462
E-mail: iss@sc.edu
Website: iss.sc.edu


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