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Student Spotlight: Ayobami Abikoye


What’s it like to be a student in the International Accelerator Program here at USC? Take a look at this Student Spotlight to see for yourself!

Name:  Ayobami Abikoye
Home Country: Nigeria
Year: Freshman
Major: Biology
Fun Facts:  I love learning about different cultures and I’m terrified of cats!


Click on the image below or continue reading to see what Ayobami has to say about her experience in the USC International Accelerator Program!


Why USC?

The University of South Carolina (USC) is a top-level school and, after doing my research, I discovered it had a very good program for international students called the International Accelerator Program (IAP). The IAP’s sole purpose is to make your transition into the university (and to life in the United States) easier. Just come with an open mind and a great work ethic and you will have an amazing experience. My advice? Choose USC – you will not regret the choice.


USC IAP Experience

During orientation week, the IAP staff and orientation leaders were extremely helpful and friendly, making it quite easy for me to settle in. I was a bit jet-lagged the first few days, but they helped take away my stress by picking me up from the airport, taking us all on a campus tour to show us where to eat and where our classes were, and even taking us on a shopping trip to Target. I really felt that ensuring a comfortable transition into USC was not just a job for them. They truly cared about making sure I was comfortable and had everything I needed.


On-Campus Living

I love my apartment-style dorm in East Quad, which I share with three other girls. We each have our own rooms and the four of us share two bathrooms, a sitting room and kitchen. My roommates are very friendly—we even help each other academically since we’re all biology majors.


One Last Thought…

“At USC, there are so many clubs and organizations on campus that you can join. I recently participated in a dance marathon where we raised money for the Palmetto Children’s Hospital – that was so much fun!”


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