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  • Locations: Spartanburg, United States
  • Program Terms: Year Abroad
  • Restrictions: Non-USC Upstate applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year Abroad 2019-2020 05/01/2019 05/10/2019 08/19/2019 05/15/2020
Program Description:
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The University of South Carolina Upstate has developed dual degree program agreements with partner institutions abroad. Such agreements provide students from certain majors the option to apply for admission as an exchange student in the dual degree program. Students complete a pre-determined number of credit hours and program requirements at each institution. Upon satisfying all program requirements at both institutions, students will apply for graduation in order to be awarded a degree from each university.

Students accepted into the exchange program pay tuition and fees at their home university, not the host institution. Currently, the dual degree exchange program at USC Upstate is accepting applications from University of Applied Sciences Landshut (UAS Landshut) students who  majoring in Business, Computer Science, or Informatics.  
UAS Landshut students would travel and study at USC Upstate for one academic year. After completing their coursework at USC Upstate, students will return to Landshut to finish the remainder of their degree requirements at UAS Landshut.

Upon graduation from UAS Landshut, students will send an official transcript from UAS Landshut and submit an online application for graduation at USC Upstate in order to receive their degree from USC Upstate.

Semester study abroad option is available to UAS Landshut students from other majors. Acceptance into the exchange program will depend on space availability. If not accepted into the exchange program, students may be invited to participate.

The University of South Carolina Upstate is a public university. We welcome students from universities
around the world to enroll for one semester or academic year and earn academic credits towards
degree completion at their home university.

About USC Upstate

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Admissions Criteria

  • 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 as a dual degree student 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, degree-seeking students on an F-1 student visa category. Students who satisfy enrollment requirements and pre-requisites will be enrolled in pre-determined list of courses available in the corresponding semester at USC Upstate. Students will need to obtain pre-approval (learning agreement) from their home university faculty for the transferability of course credits earned at USC Upstate. Upon completion of their year of study abroad at USC Upstate, students will receive a “Certificate of Recognition” issued by the Center for International Studies at USC Upstate, and will also be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony with all other USC Upstate students.


Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: August 17 (Orientation) - December 15  
  • Spring Semester: Jan. 13 (Orientation) - May 8



Currently, we are accepting applications from University of Applied Sciences Landshut (UAS Landshut) students who  wish to earn a second undergraduate degree at USC Upstate in one of the following course of study:

  • Business (any areas of study)
  • Computer Science
  • Informatics


Following is an estimated budget that dual degree 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
Estimated Program Costs for One Semester in the 2018-2019 Academic Year
Expenditure  Estimated Cost Per Semester
Tuition rate for exchange students. $0*
Tuition rate for visiting students from partner universities. $8104*
Tuition rate for all other international students. 11355
On-campus housing (double occupancy). $2227 - 3450*
Meal plan (if living on-campus). $1353 - $1612*
Fees. $450
Health insurance. $200 - $800
Other (books, supplies, etc.) $750
Estimated budget for one semester $5023 - $18487


USC Upstate provides on-campus housing options. Double degree students are offered housing in the Villas, which provide a more traditional-style apartments for upperclassmen. Each apartment has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, expanded cable outlets in each bedroom and seating room, a self-serving kitchen (that is equipped with a full-size refrigerator, stove and microwave), sofa, loveseat, wi-fi and all utilities. Please visit the university housing website for detailed information and floor plans.

Students who wish to live off-campus may chose from a variety of privately-managed apartments that are located within walking distance to campus. Please contact the Center for International Studies for information. Students will need to make their own arrangements directly with their off-campus housing of choice.

Before applying for the double degree program at USC Upstate, applicants should visit the International Office at their home university and obtain approval to apply. To begin the application process at USC Upstate, please click the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions provided.