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Arrival and Orientation

Office of International Programs

International students will receive USC Aiken updates and welcome emails prior to arrival on campus. The Office of International Programs provides airport transportation for international students. Please review the transportation policy below before finalizing flight arrangements. Complete and submit the USC Aiken Airport Transportation Form to book transportation to campus.

Transportation Policy

The Office of International Programs (OIP) at USC Aiken offers airport transportation service to and from Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Augusta Regional Airport, and Groome Transportation (Augusta) for international students on select dates at the beginning and end of each semester.

At the beginning and end of the semester, there will be one or two days designated for airport transportation provided by OIP. Outside of these dates, students will be responsible for obtaining their own transportation to the airport or to Aiken. Due to the large number of international students in need of transportation, trips will be scheduled at intervals throughout the day in order to reduce the number of trips. Students will be notified in advance of the time of their pick-up or drop-off.

In order to be eligible for the transportation service, the following must apply:

  • Student must be traveling to/from Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Augusta Regional Airport, or Groome Transportation Augusta.
  • Student’s flight must be on a designated transportation day.
  • Student’s flight must fit into the time schedule indicated below.
  • Student must confirm transportation needs with OIP staff by the indicated deadline.


Pick-Up/Drop Off Schedule

Please consider the following schedule before booking your flights.

Arrival at Pick-Up Sites:  Departure from Aiken:
Earliest pick-up: 8:00 am Earliest departure from Aiken 8:00 am
Latest pick-up: 10:00 pm Latest departure from Aiken 10:00 pm

USC Aiken Airport Transportation Form

NOTE: If you arrive before the scheduled arrival date, you will need to make arrangements to stay elsewhere until your housing is available.

Once you have arrived, please make sure to call your family and friends back home to let them know you have arrived safely!


There will be an orientation for international students. At this orientation, you will become more familiar with USC Aiken and with the requirements you will need to fulfill as an international student.