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Steps for Applying

There are two options for students to enter the classic track of the international business major: an immediate admission from high school based on your application to the university or competitive admission through an application process in the spring of the second year on campus.


1. Immediate Admission

Granted to Honors College students who checked the pre-international business major box on their USC application. Immediate Admission students must maintain a 3.65 USC GPA and complete 45 credit hours by the end of the third semester to keep their place in the international business major. Students who meet these criteria are admitted directly into the major and do not compete with other students for admission.

2. Competitive Admission

Application process where students apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year and must have a minimum 3.65 USC GPA and have completed 45 college-level semester credits. The application for Fall 2017 is due January 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM. 

The Admissions Committee reviews each student for:

  • Rigor of quantitative courses completed
  • Grades in math, business and language courses
  • Selected language for advanced study
  • Language level
  • Personal statement/essays
  • Clearly articulated career goals
  • Resume/other achievements
No single criterion is sufficient to qualify or disqualify a candidate. The major is subject to a cap on enrollment. Candidates may be well qualified but not admitted because of the limitations on program size.

The Sonoco International Business Department hosted an information session on November 17, 2016 for prospective majors applying in the spring 2017 application cycle. The information presented is contained in the presentation below including the essay questions for the 2017 application. This presentation is applicable to the 2017 application only. Admission criteria and application essays are changed annually. 

Admission to four-year Cohort Tracks
The directions above describe the application process for the classical international business major at the University of South Carolina. For information on how to apply to one of our special regional tracks follow the links below:

IBCE Track, Hong Kong

IBA Track, Chile

MENA Track, Egypt

CIFA Track, France IBEA Track, Multicultural