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International Students

The University of South Carolina has a rich tradition of welcoming and supporting international applicants. Representing more than 100 countries, international students comprise 14 percent of the graduate student population and 30 percent of doctoral students at the University of South Carolina.

SUPPORT

The university is enhanced by international students and provides numerous support services to ease the transition into graduate life in Columbia, South Carolina.

International Student Services (ISS) knows the distinctive advantages and challenges of pursuing a graduate education abroad and are thus equipped with a highly trained and experienced staff to support you through the entire process of getting an advanced degree at USC. Some of the services they offer include immigration advice, special programming, support for international organizations, and cultural adjustment advising.

English Programs for Internationals (EPI) provides superior English as a Second Language instruction supported by experienced faculty and personalized services. EPI is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), and is a member of the Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) and the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP).

International Friendly Zone

The "International Friendly Zone" program provides an inclusive environment on campus and support for international students. The Graduate School has several trained international friendly zone representatives on staff.

Cassandra Nelson
nelson67@mailbox.sc.edu
803-777-2975
901 Sumter Street, Office 301 E

TRAINING FOR ADMITTED INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students benefit from and are required to attend orientations designed to enhance their success as scholars and teachers.

INTERNATIONAL TA WORKSHOP
All graduate students who will be newly appointed Instructional or Teaching Assistants (IAs / TAs) during the upcoming academic year are required to participate in TA Training, which consists of two parts: (1) TA/IA Orientation, and (2) a semester-long course on teaching assistant development.

International graduate students must additionally complete the International TA Workshop to be appointed as TAs or IAs. Pre-registration is NOT required. For more information on this workshop, and details on the English Language Proficiency Requirement, please call English Programs for Internationals (EPI) at 803-777-3867 or email epi-info@epi.sc.edu

ISS ORIENTATION
All new international students, regardless of assistantship type, must complete the International Student Services (ISS) Orientation. Register for this Orientation at the ISS Orientation Registration page.

USC graduate students hail from across the state, the country and the world. Among international students, the most represented countries are China, India, Republic of Korea, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Mexico, Iran, Turkey, Germany, France and Saudi Arabia.


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