Zika Virus Precautions
In light of the ongoing Zika virus transmission in various countries throughout the Americas, we urge all study abroad participants to follow the guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and practice enhanced precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

While there is no immediate threat to the health and safety of our students, the Study Abroad Office is closely monitoring the situation and will post any relevant updates. Please visit the CDC's website for more information.

Incoming Exchange Students


Welcome to the University of South Carolina! We look forward to meeting you and helping you have a rewarding exchange student experience here in the United States.

The University of South Carolina features a historic campus dating back to 1805. The University enrolls more than 27,000 students in over 350 degree programs. Known for high-quality academics, the University of South Carolina has nationally ranked programs including the number one ranked undergraduate International Business program according to U.S. News and World Report. In addition, the University excels in research and was recently awarded a $1.3 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to study nanotechnology. For a general overview of the University and programs of study, you can refer to our iconUSC Program Brief .

As an exchange student, not only will you have the opportunity to partake in nationally ranked programs, but you will also enjoy the temperate weather of the South and the well-known "Southern hospitality" of the people of South Carolina. Columbia is centrally located within South Carolina and is a short drive both to the beaches on the east and to the Smokey Mountains on the west. Columbia itself offers students a wide variety of activities from cultural to sporting events. If you cheer on one of the 18 athletic teams at the University of South Carolina, you will surely see Cocky, the university mascot, who was voted National Mascot of the Year in 2003!

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