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Graduate School

International Applicants

The University of South Carolina has a rich tradition of welcoming and supporting international applicants. In addition to your graduate school application, you may need to submit documentation related to your international status.  

COVID-19 Accommodations for Admissions


The use of Duolingo scores as a COVID-19 accommodation is being phased out by the Graduate School.  Spring 2023 will be the final application term that Duolingo scores will be considered for admission.   TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores must be submitted with Summer 2023 applications and beyond.


International Application Requirements

Language Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English must: 

  1. Submit a satisfactory score on an English proficiency test. 

  2. Take a diagnostic test in English when they arrive at the university.

English Proficiency Tests

The TOEFL exam, IELTS International Academic Course Type 2 exam and the PTE Academic are accepted English proficiency tests.


Minimum Score: 80 for internet-based tests:
• TOEFL iBT Home Edition
• TOEFL iBT Paper Edition
(Some programs have higher standards.)

IELTS International Academic Course Type 2

Minimum Score: 6.5
(Some programs have higher standards.)

PTE Academic

Minimum Score: 53
(Some programs have higher standards.)

Obtaining Your Student Visa: Next Steps After Admission

International Student Services

After admission to a graduate program, international students will work with International Student Services to obtain an I-20 and to apply for the student visa at a U.S. Consulate. International Student Services will reach out to you with further details about the financial requirements and other materials needed after you have been admitted to the University of South Carolina.

For more information, see the International Student Services Website.

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