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University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, SC

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  1. Experience SEC football with the UofSC Gamecocks in Williams-Brice stadium!
  2. UofSC is home to the #1 public honors college in the nation.
  3. With more than 35,000 students on campus, you'll see new faces each day!

About This Campus

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. UofSC-Columbia campus has more than 350 programs of study 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 2017 National Champions in women's basketball in the spring, playing on the Congaree river, participating in a student group or undergraduate research. There are more than 400 student organizations on campus and plenty of opportunity to get involved! Located in the state capital, Columbia, USC is a short drive to both the mountains or the beach! UofSC has been ranked number one in international business for undergraduates and is consistently recognized on the President's Honor Roll for community service!

Location Information

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. Attending the Soda City outdoor market on Saturdays, exploring the Riverbanks Zoo, making a quick trip to Charlotte or the beach are always a fun experience for NSE students! Experience great southern cuisine in a number of restaurants in and around Columbia and learn about the history that made this "famously hot" city!

Helpful Information

The NSE program at UofSC 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 with special circumstances as determined by the UofSC NSE coordinator. Please recognize that is very, VERY, difficult to get ANY classes in the school of business, exercise science, or school of mass communications. It is impossible to get nursing classes or pharmacy classes.

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Columbia
Population | 837,092
Enrollment | 35,364
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/20-12/14
Spring | 01/11-5/05

Campus Diversity

White | 76%
Black | 10%
Hispanic/Latino | 4%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 5%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
Nursing, Pharmacy

Business (any major in the school of business), Exercise Science or Journalism/Mass Communication (any major in this college) 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. No Pharmacy courses. Athletic training students may NOT take clinical classes. Foreign Language classes depend on level of experience with that language and possible placement tests. Math classes will require a placement exam prior to class registration.

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.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Science
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication Disorders
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Counseling
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • European Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • German
  • Global Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Jazz Studies
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Library Science
  • Marine Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medieval/Renaissance Studies
  • Military Sciences
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Operations Management
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Risk Management
  • Russian
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Studies
  • Spanish
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Women and Gender Studies


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.80 GPA
  • UofSC requires a 2.8 GPA to participate and proof of GPA must be given at NSE placement. A copy of the unofficial transcript must be shared at placement. An official transcript needs to be sent to NSE at UofSC by a set date in the summer prior to exchange. UofSC reserves the right cancel the exchange at any point if 2.8 GPA is not maintained. Students from schools in the US and US territories will be able to register for fall semester classes in May/June(usually). Students from Canadian schools may not be able to register for fall classes until after they arrive on campus in the fall semester and check in.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Preferred
  • Single term exchange Fall Only
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Not available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, N/A computer or 77.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 16 ($80 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/10/20.

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 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee $400 Semester Plan B Optional
Approximation of Additional Housing Charges Fee $300 Semester Plan B Mandatory

Important Notes: Students may have to pay additional fees for certain services at the health center such as x-rays, lab work, and prescriptions. Details can be found here: https://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/student_health_services/insurance-payments/index.php Health insurance is REQUIRED for all students at USC. Please see details in health insurance tab. 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: https://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/parking/parking/index.php. Public transportation in the city of Columbia is limited. *All rates are subject to change.

Financial Aid

Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/10/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 25% living on campus
  • Apartment: $4900
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1,000
  • Proximity to campus: immediete
Notes About Housing
Incoming NSE students are required to live on campus and are generally housed in apartment-style housing. However, room placement depends on the size of the incoming freshmen class. Housing assignments are made at the discretion of University Housing. For more information about on-campus housing and what to bring, please visit the University Housing web site at http://www.housing.sc.edu/ Students who opt to live in Park Place MUST sign a 12 month lease. 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, this area is NOT managed by University Housing. All costs are subject to change.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $2327 per semester for 21 meals per week.
  • $2232 per semester for 16 meals per week.
  • $2087 per semester for 14 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
There are a variety dining plans open to students, three are listed above. There is also a declining balance option called Carolina Cash. For more information on dining options please visit the following website: http://www.sc.edu Dining plans are not available to purchase until sometime in late July. All costs are subject to change.

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/10/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2433 Semester Plan B Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Students that attend UofSC are required to have adequate health insurance.

If a student DOES already have adequate health insurance, they can submit a waiver to have the UofSC plan removed from their bill. UofSC health insurance will be added to a student's bill if they do not have adequate health insurance or they do not show proof of of adequate health insurance.

Details about health insurance can be found at: https://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/student_health_services/insurance-payments/index.php

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $2,433 per semester.

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