International Student & Scholar Services

The Center for International Studies is also “home away from home” for international students and scholars. Our Office provides advising and support services regarding F-1 and J-1 visa application, immigration regulations, and benefits related to these 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. In addition, CIS also functions to ensure compliance with with F-1 and J-1 visa regulations.

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.