English Programs for Internationals

Program Type: College/University Affiliated
1705 College Street
Suite 403
Columbia, SC  29208- 

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Host Institution: University Of South Carolina

Host City Size: 200,001 to 500,000

Year Established: 1979

Accreditations: Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

IEP Membership Organizations: EnglishUSA, UCIEP
Phone #: (803) 777-3867

Fax #: (803) 777-6839



Application Contact Info: If you would like to apply to the intensive English program at EPI, please fill out and submit the on-line application at Be sure to follow the directions for payment provided in the application portal or print the text completed form and mail (with check) or fax (with credit card information) to EPI. NOTE: We are unable to receive credit card information by email, as this is not a secure way to send and receive financial data.
Course Schedule:
LevelClass hrs/wkLab hrs/wkCAI hrs/wkOther* hrs/wk

* Other Course Type: TOEFL

Additional Course Info: EPI students are eligible to take advantage of drop-in tutoring sessions each weekday.

English for Specific Purpose:
Specific Purposehrs
Graduate Study0
Teacher Training0
Teaching Assistants45
University Preparation0

ESP Additional Info: We offer a semester-long course for matriculated international graduate students who intend to be Teaching Assistants. We also offer bespoke, short-term ESP programming. For more info, contact

Test Preparation:
Test Typehrs/wk
Term Duration in WeeksStart Month

Terms Additional Info: Term dates may be located at

Program Size: 92

Program Size, Summer: 60

Average Class Size: 17

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 25

Middle East/North Africa29.00

Full-time Instructors: 15

Part-time Instructors: 2

Average Full-time Hours per Week: 20

Advanced Degree in TESOL or related field Full-time: 15

Advanced Degree in TESOL or related field Part-time: 2

Full-time Admin: 4

Part-time Admin: 0

Part-time study option: yes

Part-time Eligibility: Part-time study is available for U.S. permanent residents and some other qualifying visa holders (F2/J2)

Tests used by the IEP for admission and proficiency: Other

Admissions: All Applicants

Admission Conditions: Complete the online application at and follow the instructions for submitting the application fee. You must also provide proof of availability of $6,000 to cover educational and living expenses; see

Visa Forms Issued: I-20

Pre-academic work completed in IEP eligible for college/university credit: no

Maximum Credits Eligible: 0

Conditions: with program director's approval and sponsor's approval

IEP students can take academic courses at college/university: no

Maximum Credits Avail.: 0

I-20 Includes Academic Admission: no

Academic Admissions Conditions: Information on Conditional Admission to the University is available at

TOEFL Required for Undergraduate Admission: no

If TOEFL is not Required, Test Used: TOEFL may be waived through successful completion of all core courses at the highest level of study in the intensive English program.

TOEFL Required for Graduate Admission: yes

If TOEFL is not Required, Test Used: TOEFL is required for international students who do not complete the intensive English program. (Other accepted assessments include IELTS and PTE.)

Articulation Agreement(s): no


Fees: $500

Insurance Cost: $43624

Insurance Details: Students who are not eligible to waive the insurance requirement with a qualifying plan will purchase the USC student plan, for which the University Student Health Center is an in-network provider. Insurance covers the cost of any required immunizations.

Other Costs: application fee: $125

Financial Aid Available: Scholarships are available to EPI students who successfully complete the intensive English program and continue on to undergraduate or graduate study at the University of South Carolina.

Campus Housing Availability: Available year-round

Campus Housing Assistance Available: yes

Housing Costs: $1959

Housing Weeks: 8

Housing Cost Type: Room

Additional Housing Info: On-campus university housing is available to EPI students at an approximate cost of $1959 per term, which includes fees for Housing Application, P.O Box, Residence Hall Activities, etc. Off-campus housing assistance available at no charge.

Off-Campus Housing Availability: Readily available

Off-Campus housing Assistance Available: yes

Homestay Assistance Available: no

Board Plan Availability: Board plan available

Board Plan Additional Info: Students who will be living on campus for a full university semester may purchase a meal plan. Students may also choose to deposit credit (called Carolina Cash) onto an account that they can access with their student ID card, which acts like a debit card

Services Available: Academic Counseling, Academic Placement, Airport Meeting, Campus Orientation, Conversation Partners, Crosscultural Activities, Field Trips, Housing Assistance, International Student Advisor, Personal/Cultural Counseling, Recreational Activities, Visa/Tax Counseling

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