Center for International Studies

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.

Because of 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.

  • 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!