Center for International Studies

The Center for International Studies (CIS) establishes and manages university partnerships worldwide to provide global engagement programs and support services that enrich the academic and professional development of students, faculty, and staff.  Global engagement programs include study abroad for academic credits (short-term, semester, year abroad, and dual degree programs), international internships, service learning, research, volunteer, and teach broad. We guide and support students through every step in the process of identifying a suitable international engagement, application, preparation for going abroad, support while abroad, and re-entry programs. CIS also offers support to faculty and staff with planning and implementing short-term international engagement and study abroad programs. We promote and support students and faculty to apply for grants and fellowships that are designed to provide both partial and full funding for international engagement. CIS manages and supports the exchange program for students and faculty.

The Center for International Studies is also “home away from home” for international students and scholars. Our Office provides advising and support services regarding visa, immigration regulations, and benefits related to F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant visa categories. We assist new students and scholars with pre-arrival preparations, finding suitable housing, transportation from GSP airport, orientation, and a variety of programs and events throughout the year. Our programs are designed to facilitate transition into USC Upstate community, cultural immersion and exchange. CIS offers guidance and support to international students and hiring managers regarding on campus employment. In addition, CIS provides guidance to international students who are interested in applying, and are eligible, for off campus employment through the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). We offer assistance to international students and scholars who are interested in applying for a South Carolina driver’s license, social security card, and employment authorization.

  • Learn about how USC Upstate students can gain and enhance international skills needed to enter and advance in an increasingly international and diverse local economy through study and service learning abroad. Visit the CIS office to learn how you could make study abroad part of your college experience. For more information, visit Study Abroad.

  • International Students and Scholars are integral to internationalization of the University of South Carolina Upstate. The Center for International Studies at USC Upstate is the primary provider of support services for international students and scholars. Our support services include, but are not limited to, advising and compliance with immigration and visa regulations, support with transition and cultural adjustment, assistance with personal development, programming for integration and engagement both on-and-off campus. We work very closely with colleagues across the University and partners in the community to help international students and scholars have rewarding experiences during their tenure with USC Upstate.

  • The minor in Global Studies is intended to prepare students for careers that engage the global community either at home or abroad. Students who complete the minor demonstrate their experience and ability to live and work in international environments and to communicate effectively across global cultures. Completion of this minor will fulfill the world language and intercultural competence requirements of USC Upstate's Peace Corps Prep Program. You can find more information by visiting the international studies minor page

  • Glocal [gloh-kuh l] adj. – of or relating to the interconnection of global and local issues, factors, etc.

    Peace Corps Prep - Are you prepared to serve in the Peace Corps? Learn about the partnership between USC Upstate and the Peace Corps which will help students become more competitive Peace Corps applicants. Visit Peace Corps Prep for more information!