International Programs

The South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) is committed to globalization. The College is a professional program that actively seeks international partnerships to create opportunities for research and scholarship. Students and faculty coming to the SCCP can participate in a program that offers distinctive, high-quality education and training components that are among the best of pharmacy programs in the United States.


Program Offering

  • Student exchange in PharmD Curriculum
  • Faculty Exchange for teaching
  • Research Opportunity for Students and Faculty
  • Experiential Education Component
  • Certificate Residency Program
  • Offerings available in Clinical and Traditional Pharmaceutical Sciences

New Global Initiatives

The College is planning to expand the professional exchange program to other international pharmacy schools. The goals are to develop professional exchanges in which students at early stages in their training enroll in didactic courses and senior students participate in experiential training. Exchanges in Fall/Spring semesters are dependent upon identifying full-time course loads that are approved for credit at the home institution.

To facilitate balanced exchanges, the SCCP is developing an introductory pharmacy course to be offered in the summer. The course, a blend of didactic and experiential training, provides international students with a perspective on the practice of pharmacy in the United States. Incoming students would also take one elective course (e.g., in language/social studies/political science/literature) taught outside the College. Partner institutions would be requested to have /develop a similar formatfor SCCP outgoing students, with the pharmacy course available in English.


Celeste Caulder, PharmD

International Director

South Carolina College of Pharmacy
Phone: 803-777-4370
Fax: 803-777-2820


South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP)

A unique college in pharmacy education, the SCCP was formed in 2004 and is an academic unit between two independent universities, the University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina.  The SCCP is able to leverage the resources of a major academic medical center and a large, comprehensive university.  Collectively, both universities have educated pharmacists in the state of South Carolina for 120 years.  The SCCP, with campuses at USC and MUSC has also established a program on the campus of the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC with an objective of providing training and service to the three major population centers of the state. Each University is committed fully to international partnerships and provides the expertise and experience to facilitate and enhance the College’s international programs.

Coker Life Sciences     MUSC

Global Pharmacy SCCP              

The College has:

  • A four year Pharm.D. program that also provides options for joint MBA, Ph.D., and M.S Clinical Research degrees
  • Approximately 750 students enrolled in the Pharm.D. program
  • Experiential training sites at major medical centers throughout the United States and are expanding to international sites.
  • M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs, with students being trained in two departments: pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences and clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences.


Other Points of Distinction

  • In 2010, the College was ranked No. 3 nationally in percent of research faculty with National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and ranked 17th overall in the country, out of more than 120 colleges of pharmacy. Last year the College had $7.5 million in NIH research funding.
  • The College is one of fewer than 10 colleges of pharmacy in the country to offer an academic track in nuclear pharmacy and one of fewer than a dozen to provide an academic detailing program.

The College has five research and service centers and five endowed chairs in South Carolina’s acclaimed SmartState Program.

  • Center for Cell Death, Injury and Regeneration
  • Center for Medication Safety
  • Center for Drug Discovery
  • Center for Experimental Cancer Therapeutics
  • Palmetto Poison Center

University of South Carolina (SCCP - USC)


The University of South Carolina is the flagship university in the state of South Carolina. The main campus is located in the capital, Columbia, and was founded in 1805. There are more than 324 degree programs on the Columbiacampus with a current enrollment of approximately 29,000 students. USC has five health science colleges(pharmacy, medicine, nursing, public health, social work) that offer undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional degrees. The University is one of only 63 public universities listed by the Carnegie Foundation in the highest tier of research universities in the United States. The University has identified global outreach as an objective for achieving its mission of enhancing “the industrial, economic, and cultural potential of the state”. The international MBA program in the Darla Moore School of Business at USC has been a top-ranked program among public universities in the United States for two decades. The Office of International Programs supports international students, faculty, and staff; facilitates international partnerships; and administers the University’s student exchange programs .

Medical University of South Carolina (SCCP - MUSC)

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South of the United States. MUSC has a tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 11,000 employees, including 1,500 faculty members. MUSC operates a 750- bed medical center, which includes anationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), and a leading Institute of Psychiatry. The Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC is one of only 66 cancer centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

Globalization is one of the four foundations of the MUSC Strategic Plan and it has a Goal Statement” To improve the health of people in South Carolina and globally through the
development of collaborative global partnerships in education, clinical care, and research.” For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit or

SCCP Exchange Program Consortiums

As of 2014, the SCCP has exchange programs with:

  • Misr International University in Cairo, Egypt; 
  • Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China;
  • Qatar University in Doha, Qatar;
  • Saudia Arabia National Guard Health Affairs - King Abdulaziz in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia;
  • Kuwait University in Safat, Kuwait;
  • King Fisail University in Al-Ahsa, Saudia Arabia. 

Each exchange program is unique. For the College and the partner institution to derive the maximum mutual benefit, the foci and logistics of each partnership is customized. 

Qatar University

Qatar University

Kuwait University

Kuwait University

Zhejiang University

Zhejiang University

King Faisal University

King Faisal University

Saudia Arabia NGHA - King Abdulaziz

MISR University

MISR University