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  • Fall 08/24-12/18
  • Spring 01/16-5/09

Tuition & Payments
You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

Additional Information
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Campus Diversity
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0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
0%Two or more races

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How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
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The University of South Carolina is home to more than 200 years of history and tradition, rising from a single building in 1805 on what would become the heart of the campus, the Horseshoe. USC-Columbia campus has 324 degree programs through its 14 degree-granting colleges and schools. There is never a dull moment at Carolina: sporting events cheering on the Gamecocks in football during the fall or 2010 National Champions in baseball in the spring, playing on the Congaree river, participating in a student group or undergraduate research. Located in the state capital, Columbia, USC is a short drive to both the mountains or the beach! USC has been ranked number one in international business for undergraduates for 13 years and is consistently recognized on the President's Honor Roll for community service!

Campus Location - Located in Columbia, SC and is only an 1.5 hours to the beach and two hours to the mountains. The campus is across the street from the state house and is a fun city to explore.

Helpful Information - The NSE program at USC is more likely to accept students who want to exchange for the full academic year and live on campus. Following that, fall only exchanges are given. Spring only exchanges will only be granted in a 1:1 exchange scenario, or with special circumstances as determined by the USC NSE coordinator.

Please recognize that is very, VERY, difficult to get business or international business classes, exercise science, or mass communications courses and impossible to get nursing class

Closed Programs

Business, Exercise Science or Journalism/Mass Communication courses are very limited. Students who need Business,Exercise Science, Journalism/Mass Comm will ONLY be able to get one or two classes in the area, they should NOT plan on taking a full course load. No nursing courses. Athletic training students may NOT take clinical classes. Foreign Language classes depend on level of experience with that language and possible placement tests.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Business Administration
  • Hospitality Management
  • International Business
  • Journalism
  • Geography

Unique Academic Programs

  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Southern Studies
  • Aerospace Engineering - As a minor, students must be in engineering to take classes.

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes
RA Exchange: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: Afro-American Studies, European Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Media Arts, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Molecular Biology

Business: Accounting, Advertising, Business Administration, Entertainment Management, Finance/Banking, Insurance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing, Retailing and Merchandising, Public Relations, Retailing

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Film, Journalism, Mass Communication, Visual Communication Technology

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Criminology

Earth Sciences: Geology, Geosciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Athletic Training Education, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Junior High/Middle School, Physical Education

Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, English, Film Studies

Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies

Foreign Language: French, German, Russian, Spanish

General Studies: Arts and Science, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Real Estate

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Cardio-Respiratory Care Science, Exercise Science, Nursing, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Public Health

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Science

International Studies: International Studies

Library Science: Library Science

Marine Sciences: Marine Sciences

Mathematics: Mathematics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Naval ROTC

Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Music Performance, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Geophysics, Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Technology: Information Technology

Quick Links Registration Priority
  • After campus students
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.75 GPA
  • USC requires a 2.75 GPA to participate and proof of GPA must be given at NSE placement. USC reserves the right cancel and exchange if 2.75 GPA is not maintained.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Preferred
  • Single term exchange Fall Only
  • Require students who will live on campus
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Not available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550 paper, N/A computer or 77 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No graduate students
Summer Exchange
  • Plan B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan B: 16 ($80 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 2/6/2017.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee: $25 Year Plan B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee: $200 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Housing Deposit: $150 Year Plan B Mandatory
Technology Fee: $200 Year Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $360 Semester Plan B Optional
Approximation of Additional Housing Charges Fee: $170 Semester Plan B Mandatory

Important Notes: Students may have to pay additional fees for certain services at the health center such as x-rays and prescriptions. A listing can be found here: NSE Program fee will likely increase to $200/semester for Fall 2017. All fees are subject to change without notice. Additionally, it has been mentioned by past NSE students that they wish they had brought a car, please find information about parking services and costs here: *Please note tuition and housing cost are as of Fall 2016, all rates are subject to change.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.

Financial Aid
Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
  • Figures are current as of 2/6/2017.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Apartment: $4,145
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Notes About Housing
Incoming NSE students are required to live on campus and are generally housed in Green Quad. Students may request a different building in on- campus University Housing, but availability may be limited. For more information about on-campus housing and what to bring, please visit the University Housing web site at Exceptions are occasionally made for the on-campus living requirement, pending the circumstances. It is at the discretion of the USC NSE coordinator to waive this requirement. NSE students may NOT live in the Greek Village.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $2080 per semester for 21 meals per week.
  • $1890 per semester for 16 meals per week.
  • $1685 per semester for 10 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
There are more than nine dining plans open to students, three are listed above. For more information on dining options please visit the following website:

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.