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Study Abroad Advising

Study Abroad Advising
The Center for International Studies is USC Upstate’s central resource for all matters regarding international experiences including study abroad, international internships, service-learning and teaching abroad. A study abroad advisor can assist students in navigating almost any issue associated with international experience including identifying global opportunities which align with their academic and financial needs, collecting any required travel documentation, completing the necessary applications, and much more.

Students may request an individual or group advising appointment by emailing

Academic Advising
Students should discuss their study abroad plans with their academic advisor. The academic advisor can help students identify courses which may be able to be completed abroad and how to navigate any academic policies regarding their degree completion. The student’s academic advisor, along with the Dean or Chair of their respective academic department, must approve all coursework to be taken abroad in order to allow for credit transfer to USC Upstate.

Financial Aid Advising
Students are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Financial Aid Office to discuss their financial situation before paying the study abroad deposit for any semester, year-long, or short-term program. The Financial Aid office can advise students on their current financial aid package as well as potential opportunities to help fund your international experience.Questions regarding study abroad specific scholarships and grants should be directed to the Center for International Studies.

Advising for Parents and Family
Parents and other concerned family members are always welcome to schedule and in-person or phone meeting with the International Programs Coordinator within the Center for International Studies to discuss their questions and concerns regarding their student’s study abroad experience. All university employees are held to both FEPRA and HIPPA guidelines which protects student’s private information, so certainly topics may not be able to be fully addressed.