Join students from at least 36 different countries in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Located in one of the fastest growing regions in the United States, Spartanburg has small town American charm with easy access to city life. 

Students are welcomed at International Student Orientation and then will have the opportunity to join student organizations, intramural sports (including e-sports), and take part in the many social activities happening throughout the year.

USC Upstate has a student to faculty ratio of 18-1 with faculty who know their students by name and are invested in your success. The Center for International Studies is also available to help make your time in South Carolina something you will never forget!


Housing will be in The Villas which is apartment-style on-campus student housing. Each apartment houses up to four students with two bedrooms shared by two students each. For additional information, including amenities and floorplans, visit the Housing Options website.


Students will receive the residential Platnium Plan through USC Upstate Dining Services which includes 19 meals in the university all-you-can-eat cafeteria. Points included with the plan may be used at other dining establishments on campus. Additional information may be found by visiting the Dining Services website.

Program Website

Course Description

To find courses:
1) visit the Class Schedule tool,
2) choose the correct semester and year,
3) select USC Upstate as the campus, 
4) search by subject or course title.

Having difficulty finding course information? Contact your ISEP Student Advisor whose contact information can be found below.

Website for Course Availability

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University of South Carolina Upstate

Founded in 1967, the University of South Carolina Upstate is one of the nation’s top public regional universities. What began as a commitment to helping the state avoid a nursing...


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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    African-American Studies European Studies French Studies German Studies Latin American Studies United States Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology:

    Anatomy Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Physiology

  • Business

  • Communication:

    Digital Communication and Media Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Public Relations Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Computer and IT Support Services Informatics

  • Education:

    Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Secondary Education Special Education

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature Rhetoric and Composition Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Interpretation and Translation Linguistics Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Athletic Training Nursing Science

  • History:

    American History (United States) Ancient Studies/Civilizations Asian History European History

  • Hospitality and Tourism

    Tourism Management

  • Language and Culture

  • Law/Criminal Justice


  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Physics

  • Psychology:

    Behavioral Sciences Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Counseling Psychology Developmental and Child Psychology Forensic Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Geography Human Development and Family Studies Political Science and Government Sociology Work and Family Studies

  • Sports Studies:

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Acting Art History Digital Arts Drama and Theatre Arts Film Studies Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Graphic Design

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 61
  • IELTS Score: 6.5
  • Duolingo Total: 105

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Full-time undergraduate students enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. The maximum number of credits may enroll in is 16 per semester. Some courses may require permission from the professor prior to enrollment. Courses may fill quickly and placement is not guaranteed. Some courses may have associated lab or course fees which are the responsibility of the student. Fees may be found by visiting the Undergraduate Tuition and Fees page, please refer to "Other Fees." All cost associated with the purchase of textbooks are the responsibility of the student. 

Duolingo English test is accepted with a minimum score of 105.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA: All non-U.S. citizens will be required to obtain a visa. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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