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English Programs for Internationals

Director's Welcome

Welcome to the online home of English Programs for Internationals (EPI) of the University of South Carolina (UofSC). We’re happy you’re here, and we hope that you will take time to see all that EPI and UofSC have to offer.



EPI was established in 1979 to help students achieve their English learning goals. While our students’ goals are not all the same, many come planning to study in the University of South Carolina. 

Some come with the intent of advancing their careers, while others are just looking to round out their education with a unique study abroad experience. Whatever their purpose in coming, EPI offers high quality instruction, individual attention, and superior student services.

The faculty members of EPI are seasoned professionals who possess master’s or doctoral degrees. They are experts who infuse technology in their instruction and adhere to the highest standards of their profession. As a result of EPI’s dedication to excellence, it has received 10-year accreditation by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). Moreover, having first achieved CEA accreditation in 1999, EPI holds the distinction of being one of the first three programs to be accredited by that body.

 Founded in 1801, the University of South Carolina has been one of the premier providers of higher education in the United States for over 200 years. The university offers over 100 undergraduate majors and more than 350 programs of study in total. Among the programs offered by the university are top-ranked undergraduate and graduate business programs offered in the famed Darla Moore School of Business. The university's College or Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management is ranked number one in the U.S. and number three worldwide.

Believing that teaching is best when supported by research, UofSC’s faculty is also highly engaged in scholarly inquiry. In fact, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching considers UofSC to be an institution with “very high research activity.” As of Fall 2016, our beautiful, historic campus in downtown Columbia hosts over 33,000 students. Speaking of Columbia, did you know that it has been named among the best college towns in the United States? While studying in EPI, students have the opportunity to live, learn, and play in this vibrant environment.

In closing, I welcome you to explore our website thoroughly to learn all that EPI and South Carolina have to offer. I hope to see you on the UofSC campus very soon.