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University of Southern California

Address: Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA

Description University of Southern California

  • Year of foundation: 1880
  • Location: Los Angeles, Southern California, USA
  • Age of students: from 18 years
  • Type of training: joint
  • Type of residence: residence, family
  • Language learning: English.

The University of Southern California ( USC ) is the oldest institution of higher education known for progressive studies and the famous location in the center of Los Angeles, the heart of the film industry, the birthplace of Disneyland. The university simultaneously trains more than 40 thousand students from 150 countries - a colossal increase compared to the year of foundation at the end of the 19th century, when only 59 people became the first students. Dozens of celebrities came out of the walls of USC , including George Lucas, director of the Star Wars series of science fiction films, Neil Armstrong - the astronaut who first visited the moon. The university is dispersed throughout Los Angeles, and its branches are also located in Sacramento.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in University of Southern California

Program name


  • Age of students: from 18 years
  • Dates: September-May
  • Duration: 4 years.

Language requirements for applicants - TOEFL 100, IELTS 7.0. Most popular destinations:

  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Biology, bioengineering
  • Accounting, finance
  • Journalism
  • Art history
  • The property
  • Economy, etc.
from 27 606 $ / year

Pre-Master's program

  • Age of students: from 19 years
  • Dates: Autumn, Spring, Summer
  • Duration: 14 weeks.

Graduates of the course have the opportunity to enroll in a master's degree USC without IELTS / TOEFL: the program includes preparation for the GMAT / GRE, vocational guidance and is intended for bachelor graduates of foreign educational institutions applying for a master's degree in USC. The program is aimed at improving written and spoken English, replenishing vocabulary, developing planning abilities, developing your own research projects, leading discussions and analytical skills.

Master's preparation program

  • Age of students: Bachelor
  • Dates: Autumn, Spring, Summer
  • Duration: 14 weeks.

The Master's preparation program includes the same modules as the Pre-Maser's program, but at a deeper level with additional academic advice from university professors.


  • Age of students: Bachelor
  • Dates: September-May
  • Duration: 1.5-2 years.

Applicants for graduate studies require knowledge of English IELTS from 5.5, TOEFL from 61. The university offers over 100 programs, including:

  • Business
  • Computer techologies
  • Architecture
  • Engineering and others.

Accommodation, housing and food

The university offers two accommodation options:

  • In the residence
  • In the host family.

Guarded comfortable residences located in three campuses are within walking distance of the university: student rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet, television, and convenient individual work space. Living in host families allows foreign students to get a natural language practice through everyday communication with native speakers, to study the life and culture of the United States. Catering is represented by numerous cafes and restaurants, equipped on the campus.

Events University of Southern California

Located in the center of the film industry, near the “dream factory”, the university has a direct relationship to this area by organizing a powerful own film studio with first-class equipment. Studio support is also provided thanks to grateful famous graduates, for example, Steven Spielberg.

Along with intensive training, students are actively involved in sports life, training in the USC, and the local football team is one of the most famous in the United States. Here are basketball and volleyball competitions. The high-level and cultural life of the university is in Alumni Park, a favorite place of students who spend hours on the lawn, preparing for classes, regularly organizes exhibitions, concerts, thematic meetings.


  • The leader of the ratings, including the first place in terms of teaching quality, according to QS 2015 rating
  • In the top popularity faculties of journalism, medicine, law, engineering, cinematography
  • 5th place in accounting, 4 - entrepreneurship according to The US News & World Report
  • Graduates include Hollywood celebrities, including directors George Lucas and Judd Apatau.

Equipment University of Southern California

The university covers an area of 226 acres: due to the beautiful landscapes and original landscape, the main campus of the USC is called Parkovy. The infrastructure of the institution is represented by everything necessary for a comfortable student life:

  • Libraries, including the oldest in the state of California, which stores 4 million editions, millions of photographs and manuscripts, archives of the Warner Brothers film studio
  • Computer rooms
  • Medical and sports centers
  • Pool
  • Sports grounds, etc.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The basic payment includes tuition: for Undergraduate and Graduate students, the sum is about $ 27,660 per trimester (12-18 unit), but there are exceptions:


Payment for the trimester , $

Advanced densitry


Dental hygiene


Special Dental International Students


Engineering Graduate units (500 level and above)

2005 per unit

Master of Physician Assistant Practice


Additional expenses:

  • Air flight
  • Nutrition
  • Registration fee
  • Service fee
  • Passing through career counseling
  • Consular fee
  • Health insurance
  • Transfer.

Mandatory entry fees, $:

For applying




Novice fee


Medical service


The academic year consists of two semesters - spring and autumn.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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