2016-2017 Admission Instructions

international Applicant

The College of Pharmacy is welcoming to international students within the policy shown below. Individual Doctor of Pharmacy program applicants who meet these requirements may apply.

Individual International Applicant Requirements:

  1. At least 42 hours or our pharmacy prerequisite courses must have been completed at a college or university accredited in the United States excluding courses delivered via electronic media, including English language prerequisites.
  2. An international student must also successfully complete an English-based speech or public speaking course.
  3. An international student admitted to the College must be proficient in English with a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based exam, 77 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 210 on the computer-based TOEFL.  Alternatively, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the PTE Academic Test, will be accepted with a score of at least a 6.5 on the IELTS, or at least a 53 on the PTE.
  4. Applicants must be able to receive a Pharmacy Intern Certificate based on the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy requirements.  The Pharmacy Intern Certificate is a requirement for students to complete the Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences portion of the Pharm.D. curriculum.
  5. Applicants who have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside of the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all work completed. This is generally referred to as a course-by-course transcript evaluation. A course-by-course transcript evaluation should be sent directly to the College of Pharmacy Admissions Office from the evaluation service, which must be a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  The web address is www.naces.org.  Below is the contact information of two companies that frequently provide us with evaluations:

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Educational Consultants

7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Web: www.jsilny.com
Phone:  305-273-1616    

World Education Services, Inc.

P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Web: www.wes.org
Phone:  212-966-6311 

  1. Applicants currently enrolled in a term or semester should contact the evaluation service for a partial evaluation. A final evaluation will be required prior to enrollment. A fee from the applicant is required for the evaluation of credentials. The payment and all contact regarding this process is done directly with the evaluation service of your choice.
  2. Official documents (photocopies are acceptable) certifying that the student will have sufficient funding to attend the College of Pharmacy for one academic year are required.  This evidence will be used to issue the student an immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) which will be required to obtain the F-1 or J-1 student visa at a US embassy or consulate).  Applicants who are permanent residents do not need to provide this information. International students may not be eligible for student loans through the FAFSA process. All international students will be considered out-of-state during the admissions processes and for tuition purposes.
  3. The applicant is responsible for obtaining a proper visa, if accepted.
  4. Applicants admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program must comply with all student policies and requirements as detailed in the College of Pharmacy Academic Bulletin & Student Handbook and all admission procedure requirements, including a background check and heath/immunization policies. 

International Partnership Program Applicant Requirements:

The College of Pharmacy also considers a limited number of international applicants to the Doctor of Pharmacy program who have completed at least a 5-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree and when there is a prior written agreement between the College of Pharmacy and an international sponsoring university, government, or agency (International Partnership Program).

International Partnership Applicants to the College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program may apply only after a written agreement between the USC and the international sponsoring university, government, or agency has been completed.  The number of international partnership applicants admitted each year will be determined by the College of Pharmacy, and a signed partnership agreement does not guarantee admission of individual applicants. For admission of international BS degree pharmacists, applicants must meet admission criteria shown below. The College of Pharmacy may grant advanced status, depending on the individual’s academic record or practice experience. International applicants must have graduated within 10 years of the date of application.   

  1. An international partnership program student admitted to the College must be proficient in English with a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper based exam, 77 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 210 on the computer-based TOEFL.  Alternatively, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the PTE Academic Test, will be accepted with a score of at least a 6.5 on the IELTS, or at least a 53 on the PTE.
  2. Applicants must be eligible to receive a Pharmacy Intern Certificate based on the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy requirements. The Pharmacy Intern Certificate is a requirement for students to complete Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences portions of the PharmD curriculum. 
  3. Applicants who have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside of the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all work completed. This is generally referred to as a course-by-course transcript evaluation. A course-by-course transcript evaluation should be sent directly to the College of Pharmacy Admissions Office from the evaluation service, which must be a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The web address is www.naces.org.A fee from the applicant is required for the evaluation of credentials. The payment and all contact regarding this process is done directly with the evaluation service of your choice.  Below is the contact information of two companies that frequently provide us with evaluations:

    Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    International Educational Consultants

    7101 SW 102 Avenue
    Miami, FL 33173
    Web: www.jsilny.com
    Phone:  305-273-1616    

    World Education Services, Inc.

    P.O. Box 5087
    Bowling Green Station
    New York, NY 10274-5087
    Web: www.wes.org
    Phone:  212-966-6311 

  4. Official documents (photocopies are acceptable) which certify that the applicant will have sufficient funding to attend the College of Pharmacy for one academic year is required. This evidence will be used to issue the student an immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) which will be required to obtain the F-1 or J-1 student visa at a US embassy or consulate. Applicants who are permanent residents do not need to provide this information.
  5. The applicant is responsible for obtaining a proper visa, if accepted.
  6. Applicants admitted to the doctor of pharmacy program must comply with all student policies and requirements as detailed in the College of Pharmacy Academic Bulletin & Student Handbook and all admission procedure requirements, including a background check and heath/immunization policies as well as University requirements.