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Steps for Applying


There are two options for students to enter into the classical International Business major: a direct admission based off of their application to the university or competitive admission after applying in the spring of their second year on campus.

On your freshman application, select international business as your intended major.

Immediate Admission

Granted to those students who checked the pre-IB major box on their USC application and:

  • Are admitted into the Honors College OR
  • Are admitted into the Capstone Scholars program AND have at least a 1360 SAT or 31 ACT

Capstone Provisional Admission

Granted to those students who checked the pre-IB major box on their USC application and:

  • Are admitted into the Capstone Scholars Program AND
  • Do not have at least a 1360 SAT or 31 ACT 
  • Once at USC:
    • Achieve at least a 3.8 USC GPA on 30 hours or more (at USC)
    • Complete at least two college courses in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese or Russian
    • Commit to meeting the advanced foreign language requirement in this language

Students who meet these qualification do not compete with other applicants. They are admitted directly into the major based on the criteria above.

Competitive Admission

Application process where students apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year and must have a minimum 3.5 USC GPA and have completed 45 college-level semester credits. The application deadline for Fall 2014 has passed.  The application for Fall 2015 will be due in January 2015.

Admission Committee reviews each student for:

  • USC GPA
  • Grades in business courses
  • Language level
  • Selected language for advanced study
  • Personal statement/essays
  • Clearly articulated career goals
  • Resume/other achievements
  • Eligibility to study abroad (i.e., University conduct record)

The Sonoco International Business Department hosted two information sessions in November for prospective majors who will be applying in the spring 2014 application cycle.  Click HERE to view the Powerpoint presented at those sessions. This year's essay questions are outlined in the presentation for you to begin preparing your responses.  



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