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USC IAP Students Take on Spring 2016 Orientation


The USC International Accelerator Program welcomed 27 new smiling faces during the spring 2016 orientation week! This intake of students represents five different countries including China, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Singapore and Vietnam.

Take a look at some of the pictures below!


Students began checking in on move-in day and the USC International Accelerator Program team was there to help every step of the way!

All new students received their “USC New Student Orientation Passports” that helped guide them through the week’s activities.

Even after an action-packed move-in day, students were still all smiles after dinner!

The USC IAP students had their first experience of on-campus dining at Bates Diner enjoying food from Chef Tom Gilbert, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute of New York!

Despite the weather being a little chilly, it was sunshine and blue skies for students during their orientation activities.

Orientation icebreakers helped students relax and meet their new fellow classmates in between presentations and testing.

USC IAP students from the fall semester were on hand to welcome the new students, answer any questions and help them get settled in their new home!

This is my first week here at USC and it has been really nice. Everyone is quite friendly and really helpful and that’s a good thing because it’s my first time in America,” said Ayobami Abikoye (pictured below on the right) from Nigeria.

One of the highlights of the week was the Welcome Dinner Party attended by new students and their families. Everyone received a warm welcome from Dr. Allen Miller, the Vice Provost and Director of Global Carolina.

The Welcome Dinner Party was held at the Top of Carolina, South Carolina’s only revolving restaurant that sits atop one of USC’s on-campus dorms!

We had a very good dinner [at the Top of Carolina] and all the different students from the different countries are very good,” said Samardeep Sidhu from India.

Throughout dinner, students enjoyed 360-degree views of Columbia, South Carolina including campus, the football stadium and even the South Carolina State House.

We can already tell it’s going to be a great semester!

Want to see more signature events our USC International Accelerator Program students get to participate in? Check out our other blog postings!

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