International Requirements


International Freshman (First - Year Student) Applicants

Students who are attempting to enroll at the post-secondary level for the first time need to complete the following requirements:

  1. Application Form - $100 NON-REFUNDABLE submission fee.  This fee will be required in order to submit your application
  2. Demonstrate English Proficiency - Applicants need to demonstrate they are capable of communicating effectively in a classroom setting.  See details below.
  3. School Records - These are transcripts or examination certificates of satisfactory study such as "A" or "O" levels, baccalaureate, bachillerato, Reifezeugins, or other school certificates for all secondary and/or postsecondary coursework, along with certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English. All official documents must be sent directly from the issuing institution, examining body, evaluation service or translation service to the USC Aiken Office of Admissions.
  4. SAT or ACT examination results - These standardized tests are optional for admission, but mandatory for potential scholarship consideration.  Official and original results must be sent directly from the testing agency to the USC Aiken Office of Admissions.
  5. Financial Certification - U.S. immigration laws require every educational institution to certify that each student has adequate funding to attend school.  The Office of Admissions must receive official documents (originals, not photocopies) which show evidence that you will have sufficient funding to cover the costs of attending USC Aiken for one calendar year.  You must show evidence of a minimum of $28,410 USD, the estimated cost of attendance for non-residents at USC Aiken for 2016-2017.

International Transfer Student Applicants

Students who are applying to enroll who have attempted university-level (postsecondary) work need to complete the following requirements:

  1. Application form - $100 NON-REFUNDABLE submission fee.  This fee is required in order to submit your application
  2. Submit official VSIT course-by-course transcript (only for students coming from VSIT)
  3. Applicants must have a “course-by-course” evaluation with grade point average calculation completed by a credential evaluation service and submitted directly to the USC Aiken Office of Admissions.  Evaluations are accepted from members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  The payment and all contact regarding this process is done directly with the evaluation service of your choice and is the responsibility of the student.
  4. Demonstrate English proficiency - Applicants need to demonstrate they are capable of communicating effectively in a classroom setting.
  5. Financial Certification - U.S. immigration laws require every educational institution to certify that each student has adequate funding to attend school.  The Office of Admissions must receive official documents (originals, not photocopies) which show evidence that you will have sufficient funding to cover the costs of attending USC Aiken

English Proficiency

USC Aiken accepts the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE exams to demonstrate English proficiency for those students for whom English is not their language of everyday use. Students must meet at least one of the requirements in order to be considered for admission.  (Note: students from the following countries are not required to submit test scores:  Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Grenada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, St. Christopher/St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands.)

For regular admission:

  • TOEFL paper based test (PBT):  551 or higher
  • TOEFL internet based test (iBT):  80 or higher
  • IELTS: 6.0 or higher band score with no sub score lower than 5
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English) : 53 or higher

For provisional admission:

  • TOEFL paper based test (PBT):  500 - 550
  • TOEFL internet based test (iBT):  61 – 79
  • IELTS: 5.0 - 5.5 band score with no sub score lower than 5
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English): 42-52

Students with a “provisional” score may be admitted but will be required to take USC Aiken’s English 110 (ESOL Conversational English), English 111 (ESOL Reading & Writing), or both, in their first semester of attendance.  Placement for provisional admission will be determined by band or sub-scores.

Note: The Director of Admissions reserves the right to request other information which may be necessary to evaluate the application.