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The Center for International Studies (CIS) was established in 1996. The Center provides enhanced international experiences for USC Upstate students and faculty members and fosters interaction between the University and the international community.
Due to the reciprocal agreements with various universities around the world, USC Upstate is able to offer students the opportunity to study or conduct internships abroad. The Center provides curricular and personal support for international students, as well as assistance with internship placement in international and American local businesses.
The following programs are available:
Upstate students who are interested in forming cross-cultural relationships are encouraged to sign up as Global Ambassadors. Ambassadors are partnered with incoming exchange students to help them with the transition to campus life and in the U.S. as a whole. For more information, please visit
ELLI is a semester or full-year intensive program of language instruction concentrating on development of productive skills (speaking and writing), receptive skills (listening and reading), and linguistic structures. ELLI is designed for internationals who have been accepted at USC Upstate and require additional instruction in the English language.
We are always seeking new avenues to explore in order to provide a rich cultural experience for our students, faculty, staff and for the community. Part of our programming includes partnering within the community to sponsor international programming such as our longtime partnership with the German American Club to sponsor the International Soccer Tournament. CIS also collaborates with the
Upstate International initiative, an annual March event that showcases the international community in the Upstate.
DirectorDr. Alex Akulli
Meet the CIS Staff
Chinese Culture & Education Center
Information for International Students
International Student Handbook
International Studies Newsletter
Summer 2016 Newsletter
Fall 2015 Newsletter
Summer 2015 Newsletter
Fall 2014 Newsletter
Center for International Studies
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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