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International Admissions

Helping international students experience UofSC Aiken

Welcome to USC Aiken!

USC Aiken welcomes students from all over the world. We have students from more than 28 countries on our campus, including Canada, Angola, France, Germany, Bermuda, Bahamas, China, Brazil, Argentina, Tanzania, Nigeria and many others. International students are among our most academically and socially successful students and an integral part of our very diverse campus. This helps to enrich our campus by adding unique social, personal and academic experiences for all of our students.

Guidelines for International Applications

To apply for admission as an international student, you must complete all application requirements.

See Requirements for Freshmen (First-Year) Applicants

See Requirements for Transfer and Graduate Student Applicants

What type of application should you complete?

International Freshman - if you are an international student who has never been enrolled at a post-secondary college or university.

International Transfer Student - if you are an international student who was/is enrolled in another post-secondary college or university either in the United States or another country and would like to transfer course credit into an undergraduate program at USC Aiken.

Note: If you currently hold an undergraduate degree and would like to seek another bachelor's degree, please apply as an international transfer student.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not use English as their language of everyday use must demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English. This helps ensure students who speak English as a second language are able to participate fully in the classroom and be successful both academically and socially.

Learn more about English Proficiency Requirements

Conditional Admission

International students educated in countries whose primary language is not English who meet all admissions requirements except for the English language requirement are eligible to apply for conditional admission to USC Aiken. Students do not need a TOEFL or IELTS score for conditional admission. Conditional admission means that USC Aiken has determined the applicant to be academically admissible, based on their academic record and other university requirements. However, before moving into full admission status and beginning to take university classes, students will need to document a high level of academic English ability, either by meeting USC Aiken’s TOEFL or IELTS requirements or through completion of appropriate levels of their intensive English program coursework at one of USCA’s partner institutions.

How to Apply for Conditional Admission

To apply for conditional admission, please follow the application instructions for international freshman or transfer admission as appropriate. Then send an e-mail to USC Aiken’s Admissions Office Director, Andrew Hendrix, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. expressing your interest in conditional admission.


International students applying for undergraduate admission at USC Aiken must ensure all required documentation is received by USC Aiken Office of Admissions by the following deadlines:

  • Fall (mid-August) of 2022  ---  July 15, 2022
  • Spring (early January) of 2023  ---  November 15, 2022

Applications cannot be considered for admission until the USC Aiken Office of Admissions has received ALL required application materials.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition at USC Aiken is the same for international students as it is for all other students, but there are documentation requirements.

The cost of attendance is the total amount of tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, and other estimated school expenses.  Students on an F-1 student visa are not eligible to receive U.S. federal financial aid from the University and must be prepared to finance their education themselves.

See Tuition and Fees at USC Aiken

Services and Programs for International Students

The Office of International Programs provides immigration education and support to USC Aiken international students and their families. The office also provides a variety of programs to assist international students with their adjustment and integration to USC Aiken, the local community, and American culture.

The Admissions staff at the University of South Carolina Aiken understands that the college selection process can be overwhelming. Our staff is dedicated and prepared to help you with information about the University and our admissions process.

Your enrollment counselor is your personal contact at USC Aiken. If you have a specific question, please feel free to contact him/her.

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