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Study Abroad

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USC Upstate’s study abroad programs

USC Upstate's Center for International Studies helps students become Global Spartans through affordable and accessible study abroad programming for all majors. Taking part in a study abroad program provides an opportunity to build necessary and relevant career skills to be successful in the global and local economy. Unsure where to start? An in-person or virtual advising appointment may be scheduled by emailing

The following includes brief descriptions of the main pathways Global Spartans use to study abroad.

ISEP Exchange

USC Upstate is proud to be the only ISEP Exchange Partner in South Carolina! As part of the ISEP consortium, Global Spartans have access to over 280 programs in 55+ different countries. ISEP Exchange programs allow students to pay for tuition, housing, and a meal plan at the same rates as they would if they were on-campus in Spartanburg making these semester and year-long programs accessible and affordable!

Visit the ISEP Exchange Page.

Dual Degree Exchange Programs

Students from USC Upstate and students from a partner university abroad trade places, typically for one year abroad. Some dual degree programs also include an internship experience abroad. Students earn a degree from USC Upstate and the partner university abroad. Students pay their tuition at their home university, the cost of living is paid abroad. Advantages of this program include low cost (especially for in-state students), immersion experience into the host environment.programs.

Short-Term Faculty-Led Group Programs

USC Upstate offers a growing number of faculty-led short-term programs for groups of students. Programs are carefully planned by our faculty in consultation with, and the support of, our partners abroad. Program duration varies from 10 days to 4 week long international engagement that may include some pre-and-post travel work. Such programs may be interdisciplinary, discipline specific, or include service learning, offer academic credits, or of these combinations. Participants engage in cross-cultural and immersive activities. Program cost is fixed and typically includes travel costs, faculty and international office support, most meals, tuition, housing, insurance. Such programs are tailored for American students abroad with increased student support services. 

Visit our Faculty-led Programs page to explore these exciting opportunities!