International Students

International Application Requirements

USC Summer Programs welcome international applicants. International students are non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents. Working within guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USC requires ALL international students to enter the United States using an F-1 student visa. Once admitted, we will work with each student for an I-20, the I-20 is a form required for an F-1 student visa at your closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The F-1 visa requires students to enroll in a full-time course load of 3 units (1 course) for the Summer Programs.

Canadian citizens do not need a visa but require an I-20 form to enter the U.S. Other visas such as the B-1 “tourist” or B-2 “business” visa, and the visa waiver program associated with B-1 and B-2 visas, do not allow for academic study that earns credit or courses that involve more than 18 hours per week of in-class time.

International applicants are expected to complete the USC Summer Programs application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services, plagiarizing, copying, or collaborating with others may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from USC Summer Programs.

Transcripts must be in English or come with an official translation. International students not graded according to the U.S. grading system should provide a grading key with the transcript.

Language Requirement: TOEFL, IELTS, PTE-A, Duolingo Scores or Waiver

Academic success at USC depends on your ability to communicate effectively in English. All international applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in the following manner:

  • Minimum scores of 600 on the SAT Critical Reading exam (previous SAT) or 650 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Exam (redesigned SAT) or 27 on the ACT English exam; OR
  • A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum score of 20 in each section); OR
  • A minimum IELTS score of 7; OR
  • A minimum PTE score of 68 OR
  • A minimum Duolingo English Test score of 120
  • Provide a completed Summer Programs’ English Proficiency Waiver

Please be aware that applicants cannot send scores directly from the exam website. The institution code for USC will result in scores being sent to Undergraduate Admissions. For example: to submit TOEFL scores: log in to the TOEFL system and open the “View Scores” option under the “Scores” menu. Download the score report as a PDF and upload to your application on the application portal.

Additional Fees

There are additional mandatory fees for international students. Some are paid directly to USC, and others are paid to the United States government. The university will not refund tuition or fees for Summer Programs students who are unable to enter the country due to an improper visa.

The table below summarizes the additional fees paid directly to USC, added to the base estimated cost for domestic residential students.

International Student Costs & Fees 4-week
Student Health Insurance Policy $200
I-20 Administration Fee $350

Estimated Visa Processing Fees Paid to the United States Government

  • The price may vary from country to country
  • The estimated total of these fees is $525
  • The estimated total of these fees for Canadian citizens is $350

Accepted international students must provide:

  • A copy of their current passport
  • A copy of their current I-20 (if currently attending high school in the United States on an F-1 visa) or other visa documentation
  • Documentation of Financial Support*

* The U.S. government requires all international students to provide proof of the ability to pay tuition and fees. Along with your supporting documents, you must submit documentation of available funds (such as savings deposits, checking accounts, or a signed bank letter verifying the ability to pay educational expenses).

Note: To ensure your application materials are received and processed, your USC Summer Programs application and all supplemental materials should have your name as it appears on your passport.

Residential Experience & Travel Arrangements

  • All international students participating in USC Summer Programs must reside on campus. The commuter option is not available to international students.
  • All international students participating in USC Summer Programs must have a local cell phone number.
  • Please visit the Residential Experience and Packing/Supply List pages to learn about your living arrangements on campus, what to bring and what you can purchase after you arrive.
  • International students, and students currently living abroad, are automatically enrolled in the USC Student Health Insurance Policy for the duration of the program.
  • Due to the uncertainty of customs, you are responsible for your own travel arrangements to the USC campus.
  • USC Summer Programs cannot offer any early arrival or late departure accommodations. Please plan all flights and hotel reservations accordingly.