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: Jamie Wurdinger, English Programs for Internationals, University of South Carolina, 1705 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208, USA. Phone 803-777-3867, fax 803-777-6839, email, internet
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: yes

Maximum Credits Avail.: 0

Degree Levels: Graduate

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

Other Costs: application fee: $125

Financial Aid Available: Scholarships are available to the IEP students continuing undergrad or grad study at the Univ 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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