Welcome to the University of South Carolina Upstate! We are delighted that you are considering to study abroad on our campus. USC Upstate is a public, comprehensive, metropolitan, and globally engaged university. In addition to our acclaimed academic programs, our campus experience is rich in cultural and global perspectives. Many of our students, faculty, and staff come from all corners of the globe.
We welcome study abroad students from universities around the world to enroll for one semester or academic year.
About USC Upstate and Our Community
Recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 2 public regional university in the South; 8th in ethnic diversity in the country.
36 countries from 5 continents are represented at USC Upstate by international and exchange students.
Business programs are AACSB accredited - the highest academic quality assurance in the world.
Faculty student advising and mentoring (18:1 students to professor ratio).
Comprehensive student support services.
English language instruction and support for non-native English speakers.
Leadership and engagement opportunities.
Immerse yourself in an American university campus and international community culture.
Live and learn firsthand authentic American way of life (not just glimpses depicted in the media).
Over 600 international companies operate in the Upstate of South Carolina.
207 internationally owned businesses in Spartanburg County.
Equivalent to a 2.0 grade point average at home university (on a 4.0 scale).
English language proficiency equivalent to 61 iBT TOEFL or 6.0 IELTS scores (unless native English speaker, or language of instruction at home university is English).
Approval from home university to study abroad at USC Upstate.
Transcript from home university.
Proof of financial support to cover cost of study abroad. For more information on cost of study, please see estimated budget.
Course Enrollment and Visa Requirements
Admitted visiting or exchange students at USC Upstate will be enrolled as short-term, non-degree seeking students on a J-1 Exchange Student visa category. Students who satisfy enrollment requirements and pre-requisites may choose from any courses available in the corresponding semester at USC Upstate. Students will need to obtain pre-approval from their home university faculty for the transferability of course credits earned at USC Upstate. Upon completion of their semester or year abroad at USC Upstate, students will receive a “Certificate of Recognition” issued by the Center for International Studies at USC Upstate. Exchange students who complete a degree program of study at USC Upstate will also participate in the graduation ceremony with all other USC Upstate students.
Visiting and study abroad students, may choose courses from any area of study for which they satisfy pre-requisites. Students who are seeking admission into dual degree programs will need to follow the pre-approved course list according to university articulation agreement(s). Please visit the "Class Schedule" webpage to look-up courses (modules) offering timetable. In the list of campuses, please select USC Upstate.
Following is an estimated list of costs that visiting international students should plan for one semester of study abroad at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Students from partner universities who are accepted into the exchange program receive a tuition waiver (do not pay tuition). The following estimated costs* reflect the amounts for 2017- 2018 academic year and are subject to change as approved by the university’s board of trustees. The updated fees are published late June of each year. For an updated list of tuition and fees, please visit www.uscupstate.edu.
Estimated Program Costs for One Semester in 2018-2019 Academic Year
Tuition rate for exchange students.
Tuition rate for students from partner universities abroad.
Tuition rate for all non-South Carolina resident students.
$200 - $870*
On-campus housing (double occupancy).
$2270 - $3450**
Meal plan if living on-campus.
$1353 - $1612*
Other (books, supplies, etc.)
Estimated Budget for one semester
$5023 - $18487
**housing fee if coming only for one semester short-term contract
Dedicated Support Services
The University and the Center for International Studies strongly support international and exchange students. Examples of support services includes: