University of South Carolina (USC):
The University of South Carolina is home to more than 200 years of history and tradition, starting with from a single building in 1805 on the state of what would become the heart of the campus, ie: the Horseshoe. The 11 buildings that now make up the Horseshoe frame a lush lawn that is an irresistible gathering place. At South Carolina, you’ll learn to lead and lead to learn. Leadership is at our very core, woven into the classes that form the basis of educational requirements and it is how they connect experiences inside and beyond the classroom.
Columbia, SC, United States
Sophomores encouraged to apply; must have at least 60 credits by program start date.
Must not be in graduating semester (last semester).
Must have at least a cumulative GPA 2.5 of or above.
Program Fees and Costs:
Exchange students pay AUS tuition fees for the full course load (12-16 credits) in addition to Student Activities fees. Any additional costs including housing, lab fees, meal plans, books and insurance will be paid directly to the host university.
Students are required to live on campus. USC offers housing accommodation on campus (single-sex dorms are available) for students who apply and pay required fees before the deadline. To view housing options visit the website: http://www.housing.sc.edu/
Students must apply to the US Embassy/Consulate to obtain their J1 Exchange Visitor Visa. They must make an appointment and follow up with the required documentation, such as the letter of acceptance and bank statement. See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/forms/ds-160-online-nonimmigrant-visa-application.html
for complete information on Visa application process.
All exchange students must have valid health insurance coverage during their stay abroad. They can either purchase their own or from SC. Follow instruction given by the host university.
Students may register for any CAS courses. However, some courses may have certain restrictions. Be sure to contact the host university for further information on whether or not a course may be restricted to you.
: The following engineering programs at USC have ABET-Accreditation. Students may choose from a variety of courses: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Integrated Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering.
USC’s Darla Moore School of Business is
AACSB-accredited. Students are encouraged to take their general education (humanities, etc.), free electives and Business electives (MJR or MIN electives). Students can take major or required courses during their study abroad semester after getting the approval from SBA at AUS. USC has a list of unique international business classes in globalization, international marketing and finance, and regional courses.
For more information on the courses please visit : https://ssb.onecarolina.sc.edu/BANP/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched
Students must fill out the AUS course permission form to get their courses approved by the Associate Dean of their school and the Registrar. Upon approval, students will also be informed the grades required to transfer credits. Students must achieve the minimum grade as indicated on the form in order to receive course credit (requirements for credit transfer vary by program). Each study abroad case is subject to
AUS students on grants/scholarships must obtain approval from the Office of Financial Grants and Scholarships before starting a semester abroad at a host university. In cases where the AUS student pays tuition directly to AUS for study abroad, the student will continue to use their AUS grants and AUS-funded scholarships for that semester abroad. These students should speak with the Financial Grants and Scholarship Manager for more information. Students sponsored by an organization outside of AUS are responsible for making arrangements with their sponsor.
Study Abroad Experience
Dinete’s Semester at USC
Dinete Thomas Kollanur, an accounting student, studied abroad for a semester at USC in Spring 2016.
Kollanur said, “USC was my first choice, and it was recommended to me by all of my SBA professors. I took three business courses there, business law, accounting and management, which was at a higher academic standard than I expected. Aside from the business courses, I also took two other courses, music and philosophy.”
When asked about Kollanur’s experience, he said, “My initial expectations about studying abroad in USC was great. I was ready to experience the American culture, go on adventures and meet lots of new people. To my surprise, my initial expectations have been exceeded by reality. The whole experience of it was a lot more wonderful than my expectations itself.
tuition directly to AUS for study abroad, the student will continue to use their AUS grants and AUS-funded scholarships for that semester abroad. These students should speak with the Financial Grants and Scholarship Manager for more information. Students sponsored by an organization outside of AUS are responsible for making arrangements with their sponsor.
Many people do not even consider studying abroad or have the fear of being away from their friends and family. However, this experience taught me a lot more about myself. Through this experience, I realized how active I was in terms of sports and how passionate I am about music. I joined the USC Men’s Chorus and performed the US National Anthem in front of 18,000 people in a sold out arena. During holidays, I managed to visit 15 of the most prominent cities on the East Coast. “
Kollanur advised, “Studying abroad helps you to be yourself. It gives you a new outlook on life. Don’t have any second thoughts, because you will have one of the best time of your life. If I could sum up this entire experience in just one sentence I would say, if your university life is a movie, this would be the most exciting part of the movie that everyone will remember after it’s over.”