Extending Learning Within and Beyond the Classroom

Student Engagement

Eligibility and Expectations

Students must meet the following requirements to go be approved to study away from USC:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate at USC-Columbia
  • Must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA the semester prior to exchange
  • Must be in good standing academically, personally and financially (e.g., no conduct/disciplinary/ academic integrity issues)
  • Cannot exchange within the first 30 credit hours of college
  • Must have 30 hours completed at the University of South Carolina
  • Cannot exchange within the last 30 credit hours of degree completion (without special permission)
  • Must submit a completed application; participate in an interview process to be approved.
  • Must complete a pre-departure orientation

Students are responsible for researching the eligibility requirements for the programs they are interested in applying to. Eligibility requirements will vary by specific program, but the USC requirements must be met in addition to the program requirements. Additionally, all outgoing students are still students of the University of South Carolina. So while on exchange, students are expected to:

  • Uphold all city, state and federal laws
  • Uphold the student code of conduct at their host institution/ program
  • Uphold the Carolina Community
  • Live up to the standards of the Carolinian Creed

If a student runs into trouble while on exchange, not only can they be held accountable at their host school, but at the University of South Carolina as well.

The community of scholars at the University of South Carolina is dedicated to personal and academic excellence.

Choosing to join the community obligates each member to a code of civilized behavior.

As a Carolinian...

I will practice personal and academic integrity;

I will respect the dignity of all persons;

I will respect the rights and property of others;

I will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions;

I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their need for conditions which support their work and development.

Allegiance to these ideals requires each Carolinian to refrain from and discourage behaviors which threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves.