University of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina
United States of America

Language of instruction


The University of South Carolina is located on a tree-lined campus in the heart of downtown Columbia. The campus dates back to 1805 and is one of the oldest public institutions in the US.

In 2012, after a 2000 piece acquisition, USC became the holder of the largest published Hemingway collection in the world.

South Carolina is known for its warm southern hospitality and Columbia has been named the third best college town in America.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–May
Semester 2 Fall Semester August–December

View USC's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

15 credits at USC is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at USC.

Find courses

Search USC's course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 


Study areas taught in English

Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Biomedical science
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Computer engineering
Computer science
Electrical engineering
English literature
Environmental studies
Event, hospitality, hotel and tourism management
Exercise science
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
Information technology
International relations
Mathematics and statistics
Political science
Social work
Software engineering

Course restrictions

Upper-division courses (300-400 level)  tend to fill up quickly in most departments. Students wishing to enrol in upper-division courses should prepare alternative course selections. 

All courses within the School of Business have limited enrolment. While it is possible for exchange students to study these courses, students wishing to enrol in any course within the School of Business should prepare alternative course selections. 

Courses not available to exchange students:

  • IBUS
  • EXSC
  • PEDU
  • Postgraduate courses

Additional academic information

Course numbering at USC:

  • 101-499: Undergraduate courses 
  • 500-699: Undergraduate courses for postgraduate credit
  • 700-899: Postgraduate courses

USC has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


All undergraduate exchange students are guaranteed housing on-campus in residence halls. These halls are equipped with kitchen facilities and remain open during semester breaks. Please note that on-campus housing is very limited, and while a place is guaranteed, students may not receive their first housing preference. More information regarding the accommodation options at USC can be found on the housing webpage, including the costs associated with campus housing

Cost of living

USC provides an outline of the estimated cost of living for students studying in Columbia.

Additional Mandatory Fees

USC has a mandatory technology fee of $200 USD (as at September 2019) applicable to all students including exchange students. Additionally, laboratory fees and fees associated with field trips are regarded as non-tuition, and therefore must be paid by the student. 

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Students are required to purchase the USC Student Health Insurance Plan.

Exchange students may be eligible to waive the Health Insurance Plan if they have additional cover that meets USC's minimum requirements. UQ’s Corporate Travel Insurance does not meet USC's minimum waiver requirements.

Before purchasing an additional policy, students should confirm that the policy meets USC's minimum waiver requirements. Please note that the waiver of the Health Insurance Plan is not guaranteed and subject to approval from USC.

A waiver is not automatic. Do not assume that a waiver will be approved or that you will receive a waiver based on the experience of a friend from UQ who studied at the same institution on exchange.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

USC provides visa and immigration information for international students.

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.