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USC Upstate Students Study in Chile, Costa Rica, England, Spain and Germany

07- 28- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Upstate’s Center for International Studies sent 14 students to Santiago, Chile from May 17 - 31. Students lived with host families during their stay. In the mornings the students went to lectures at the Universidad Finis Terrae, a local university, in Santiago. In the afternoons, the students were able to tour the city, visit museums, attend different cultural events, and visit the local schools.

Chile 09 GroupOn weekends they toured the Chilean countryside; Valle Nevado, a ski resort; and Valparaiso, a sea-side resort. Upstate students were able to experience a new culture, language, food and environment while in Chile.

Ashton Padgett, a junior at Upstate who hails from Gilbert, S.C., says that she had a wonderful experience while in Chile. “The host family I stayed with spoke no English. The first few days were very interesting and filled with lots of universal sign language. It really helped with my Spanish fluency and their English seemed to be getting better when I left,” she says.

USC Upstate senior Eric Chapman from Cowpens, S.C. enjoyed his experience as well. “My host mother would make homemade bread and empanadas. It was really good. We were able to see the mountains and visited the beach while we were there. I want to go back and visit.”

Carol McAbee also enjoyed her experience, “I would never trade the experiences in Chile for anything and wish that we could have stayed longer. More importantly we learned about cultural diversity and about the Chilean school system.” McAbee is from Woodruff, S.C.

The Center for International Studies sent students to Germany from June 8 through July 3. There are also students studying abroad in Spain, Costa Rica and London during July.

The Center for International Studies provides enhanced international experiences for USC Upstate students and faculty members as well as 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. For more information, contact Deryle Hope, associate director of international services at (864) 503-5769 or