Extended Accelerator Program (EAP)

The Extended Accelerator Program is a three-semester program for students seeking an immersive English-learning experience. The program gives students a firsthand practical and cultural understanding of the USC campus and the Columbia area through its contextual curriculum.

Students may enter the program in the spring, summer or fall. Upon completion of the program, students progress into year two of their undergraduate education with a full year’s worth of academic credits.

As a student in the Extended Accelerator Program, you'll:

  • Receive an immersive educational experience with a contextual curriculum bridging language, culture and academics.
  • Bolster your academic achievement with tailored English-language instruction, tutoring, academic advising and student support.
  • Benefit from personalized English-language instruction that’s fully contextual — for example, lab-specific English-language instruction alongside your lab-science course.
  • Earn a full freshman year’s worth of credits while taking courses tailored to your needs as an international student, helping you achieve your academic and career goals.
  • Major advising: One of the great advantages to studying in the United States is the ability to change majors as you discover your strengths and passions. There are many ways to achieve career goals, and we will help you find the best path to achieve professional success.

Program Details

First-Year Program Length Program
Credits Earned
Toward Degrees
Progression Requirements Progression
3 semesters Planned – specific to student’s intended major  30+  30 credits and 2.25 GPA (min) Year 2 of degree

Entry Requirements

 GPA Requirement  Minimum TOEFL®  Minimum IELTS™ Minimum Pearson Versant™
Only one of the scores below required
 2.5 60 – no subscore below 12 5.0 – no subscore below 4.5 45 – no subscore below 37

Applications with scores below the published minimums are not automatically denied and will still receive consideration from the college.

*Note that colleges may set higher minimums for consideration of admission to certain programs. Please refer to the college’s requirements for additional information.

Sample Coursework

 Semester 1  Semester 2  Semester 3
International Student in the University Course

English for Academic Purposes 1:  English for Academic Purposes (including English Grammar in Context and Technology for Academic Purposes (TAP)

Carolina Core: Oceans and Society

Carolina Core: Math course



International Student in the University Course

English for Academic Purposes 2: Critical Analysis, Composition and Presentation

Carolina Core: Lab science course (including course supplement)

Carolina Core: Math course (including course supplement)

Carolina Core: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding (choose from three courses, including course supplement)

International Student in the University Course

English for Academic Purposes 3: Advanced Academic Writing and Communication

Carolina Core: History course

Carolina Core: Art course Academic track course






Total credits: 30+

Students only take 12-13 credit-hours during the summer semester. The courses are selected based on the importance for their major and the availability of instructors. This is a sample curriculum and may be subject to change. Math course level determined through a placement test taken prearrival.

Important Dates

Summer 2018 Fall 2018
Payment Deadline  May 9, 2018 August 3, 2018
Move-in Date May 29, 2018 August 15, 2018
Program Start Date May 30, 2018 August 16, 2018

All dates may be subject to change.


Entering Summer 2018 Entering Fall 2018
Tuition and Fees $38,750 $38,750
Housing  $11,641 – $14,912 $11,641 – $14,912
Dining  N/A $1,788 – $1,980
Health Insurance  $2,000 $2,000
Total  $52,391 – $55,662 $54,1799 – $57,642

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