Pre-Sessional English

Want to prepare yourself for English-speaking classrooms? With the Pre-Sessional English program, you get the strong language support you need to feel more comfortable learning in English.

Once you complete the Pre-Sessional English program, you’ll transition into the Extended Accelerator Program and start working toward your degree.

Academic English is also available for students who would like to enter USC’s English Programs for Internationals (EPI) at the mid-point of Spring and Fall semesters effective Spring 2017.  Students who are admitted at mid-point will have an 8.5-week term of English that may be extended as needed to meet IAP program entry requirements.

Program Information

First-Year Program Length Program
Curriculum
Credits Earned
Toward Degrees
Progression Requirements Progression
Into
1 semester (17 weeks) English courses to help you succeed as a USC student Not applicable Successful completion
of the Pre-Sessional
English program
Extended Accelerator Program
8.5 weeks English courses to help you succeed as a USC student  Not applicable Successful completion
of the Pre-Sessional
English program
Extended Accelerator Program

Entry Requirements

To apply for the Pre-Sessional English add-on program at USC you should have at least the following qualifications:

 GPA Requirement  Minimum TOEFL®  Minimum IELTS™ Minimum Pearson Versant™
Only one of the scores below required
 2.5 60 or below 5.0 or below 45 or below
Anticipated Pre-Sessional Program Duration: TOEFL iBT® IELTS™ Pearson Versant™ Password
Pre-Sessional 1 Term 4.5 50 – 59 40 – 44 4.0 – 4.5
Pre-Sessional 2 Terms 4 40 – 49 35 – 39 3.0 – 3.5
Pre-Sessional 3+ Terms 0 – 39 0 – 3.5 0 – 34 Pre Password – 2.5

*All students will be tested upon arrival to confirm program duration

Important Dates

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

All dates may be subject to change.

Costs

All costs are displayed in U.S. dollars
Prices listed are per semester. Total costs will depend on program duration.

Entering Summer 2018 Entering Fall 2018
Tuition and Fees  $3,250 $6,500
Housing  $3,686 – $5,219 $3,686 – $5,219
Dining  N/A $1,788 – $1,980
Health Insurance  $2,000 $2,000
Total   $8,936 – $10,469  $13,974 – $15,699
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Prepare for Success

Achieve academic, personal and professional success at South Carolina.