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University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, SC

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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. USC-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. 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 18 years 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. www.columbiacvb.com

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 with special circumstances as determined by the USC 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.

2020/2021 Placement

Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Columbia
Population | 810,068
Enrollment | 34,099
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/17
Spring | 01/14-5/08

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
Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: African American Studies, Chinese Studies, European Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Southern 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, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, 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, Music, Physical Education

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Systems Engineering

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

Environmental Studies: Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies

Food Science: Nutrition

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

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Real Estate

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Cardio-Respiratory Care Science, Exercise Science, Health Education, Health Promotion, 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

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Library Science: Library Science

Marine Sciences: Marine Sciences

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics

Medieval/Renaissance Studies: Medieval/Renaissance Studies

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

Theater: Theater


Quick Links 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. A copy of the unofficial transcript must be shared at placement. An official transcript needs to be sent to NSE at USC by a set date in the summer prior to exchange. USC reserves the right cancel the exchange at any point if 2.75 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 will 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 (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 Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 16 ($80 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 05/31/19.

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
Health Insurance $2047 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 and prescriptions. A listing can be found here: http://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/billing/charges/ Health insurance is REQUIRED for all students at USC. If an NSE student has proof of adequate health insurance the fee may be waived. It is up to the student to take the initiative to show proof of adequate health insurance. 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: http://www.sc.edu/vmps/park.html. Public transportation in the city of Columbia is limited. *Please note tuition and housing cost are as of Fall 2018, all rates are subject to change.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $2,047 per semester.

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B 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 05/31/19

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: $1000
  • 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.
  • $2193 per semester for 21 meals per week.
  • $2104 per semester for 16 meals per week.
  • $1967 per semester for 14 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
There are a variety dining plans open to students, three are listed above. For more information on dining options please visit the following website: http://www.sc.edu/dining/ Dining plans are not available to purchase until sometime in late July. All costs are subject to change.

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