About Global Engagement

Where We Are

Clemson University’s global presence is shaped by hosting international students, scholars and faculty, sending faculty and students abroad, and by partnering with institutions in other regions and countries. These global activities take Clemson University into communities, institutions and even homes around the globe. Explore our global presence by country in the Clemson University Global Activity Database. This searchable database is constantly growing as we work to include information regarding all international activities including degrees held by faculty and graduate students from overseas institutions, research projects, international partnerships and global programs.

What We Do

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Office of Global Engagement is to coordinate and articulate global initiatives, programs and services that help prepare students for careers in the new economy, increase the university’s competitiveness in the international research arena, and challenge students to think deeply about current issues within a global context.

Through key global partnerships and other initiatives, our goals are to:

  • Continue steadily increasing the number of students involved in international study, internships, service learning, and research.
  • Recruit and retain promising students and faculty from around the United States and the world to study and teach at Clemson.
  • Ensure the development of an internationally competitive and globally aware work force.
  • Promote diversity and global awareness.
  • Support international research and economic development.

We welcome your comments, suggestions and support as we work to carry out our mission and meet these goals along with the entire Clemson campus community. Please contact us if you have comments or suggestions or if we can be of service.

Facts and Figures

Please see the PDFs for an overview of International Enrollment and Study Abroad statistics at Clemson University.

OGE Overview

Who We Are

Office of the Vice Provost of Global Engagement

The Office of the Vice Provost of Global Engagement reports directly to the Provost for Academic Affairs. We support overall campus internationalization as well as global activities and relationships through the provision of operational and administrative support. We work with Clemson faculty and staff across the colleges and departments to develop strategic global initiatives.

Name: Sharon Nagy, Ph.D.
Official University Title: Vice Provost for Global Engagement
More Descriptive Title: Senior International Officer
Who should contact me: Academic and Administrative Leaders across Campus, Potential Overseas and Community Partners, and anyone with a question that cannot be addressed by any of the other OGE leaders.
What can I do for you: I can help you operationalize your international aspirations. Are you looking for ways to provide more opportunities for Clemson students to learn about and engage the world? Do you have a suggestion for an overseas initiative, or a project that engages multiple entities around the world? I can help you strategize, identify best practices, assist with coordinating all stakeholders and help you navigate relevant university policies or compliance issues.

Name: Gloria Freeman
Official University Title: Administrative Coordinator
More Descriptive Title: Executive Assistant/Human Resources Liaison/OGE Lynchpin
Who should contact me: Administrators, faculty, staff, and graduate assistants
What can I do for you: Most importantly, I can direct you to the appropriate office or person for all international activities. More specifically, I provide administrative support for the vice provost for Global Engagement as well as the committees and task forces working on international initiatives. I also provide administrative support to the Internationalization Advisory Council, International Programs Coordination Committee, as well as financial management for the vice provost, recruitment, and staff and student personnel.

Name: Ralph Herden
Official University Title: Fiscal Manager
More Descriptive Title: Financial Info Provider
Who should contact me: Faculty, staff, and administrators
What can I do for you: Help you with developing study abroad budgets, talk about the financial side of study abroad including funding, assist with approval process if there’s only one vendor (writing a sole source justification), talk about the payment process including vendor set & W-8’s, answer questions about interdepartmental charges (IDO), recap program revenue and expenses. In general, answer most financial questions.

Name: Sue Wasik
Official University Title: Fiscal Technician II
More Descriptive Title: Financial Help Person
Who should contact me: Faculty, staff, students, and administrators
What can I do for you: Tell you if your Authorization for Foreign Travel has been approved, let you know if your expense report has been processed, instruct you with travel advance or a Pay Card (preloaded debit card) for study abroad trips, tell you if vendor bills have been paid, answer general accounts payable questions, inform you about IDO’s charges for visas (permits to enter the U.S.), issue refunds to students for application fees, & answer other questions relating to expenses for study abroad programs.

Global Parternships & Initiatives

Global Partnerships & Initiatives connects Clemson University in partnership and collaboration with institutions, corporations and organizations from all over the globe. The office works to enhance the University’s global engagement through the development of activities, programs, exchanges and events that foster global awareness, knowledge and understanding among faculty, staff, and students.

Name: Didier Rousselière
Official University Title: Director of Global Partnerships & Initiatives
More Descriptive Title: Your partner for strategic global engagement
Who should contact me: Faculty, staff, and administrative units
What can I do for you: I can assist you in designing and developing global relationships that produce opportunities for enhanced curriculum content, student mobility and experiential learning, research, innovation, and overall economic impact. I will support you to create frameworks, design programs and draft the documents (MOU, Student Exchange agreement, etc.) that you will need to make your global engagement successful and help you reach your goals.

International Services

International Services provides immigration and visa services to the international student and scholar populations from over 125 countries and provides programming to foster the cultural and academic integration of our international students and visitors.

Name: Tina Rousselot de Saint Céran
Official University Title: Director, International Services
More Descriptive Title: Responsible for international student and scholar immigration processes and collaboration with a variety of Clemson University stakeholders and community partners.
Who should contact me: Faculty, staff, administrators, community representatives, and students.
What can I do for you:

  • Provide support during international student academic and personal challenges
  • Resolve issues with communication or processes affecting international student or scholars
  • Collaborate with internal and external offices to support the international student and scholar experience
  • Explain federal regulations outlining benefits and limitations for non-immigrant students and scholars
  • Develop institutional policies and programs to meet international student, scholar and family needs
  • Answer questions about the Clemson Is Global or Clemson Experience programs and align program offerings with institutional and student needs

Name: Phyllis Lawless
Official University Title: Administrative Assistant
Who should contact me: Newly accepted students, current students and scholars, faculty and staff.
What can I do for you: I can answer general questions regarding any of our procedures or direct you to the appropriate staff member for assistance. I am the point of contact for any of the services detailed below:

  • Driver’s License Letters
  • Departure Verifications
  • OPT Data Validations
  • Change of address
  • Travel signatures
  • Cap-Gap Extensions
  • I-20 Reprints
  • Document shipping
  • SAVE Verification (Lawful Presence)
  • Notarization of Documents

Name: Taylor Rigot
Official University Title: Student Services Program Coordinator
More Descriptive Title: International Services Advisor
Who should contact me: Newly accepted students, current students, faculty and staff
What can I do for you: I provide immigration advising and processing support to international students and scholars. I answer general questions regarding our any of our procedures or direct you to the appropriate staff member for assistance. I am a point of contact for any of the services listed below:

  • Issuing Initial I-20s (XID ending in 0-4)
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • I-20 Program Extensions
  • Change of Status
  • SEVP Data Fixes
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Change of Program/Education Level
  • Adding F-2 Dependent
  • F-1 Check-ins (XID ending in 0-4)
  • Economic Hardship

Name: Bryony Higgins
Official University Title: Student Services Program Coordinator
More Descriptive Title: International Services Advisor
Who should contact me: Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to contact me with questions or requests
What can I do for you: I provide immigration advising and processing support to international students and scholars. I answer general questions regarding our any of our procedures or direct you to the appropriate staff member for assistance. I am a point of contact for any of the services listed below:

  • Initial I-20 Form (XID ending in 6-9)
  • F-1 Check-ins (XID ending in 6-9)
  • All processes for students holding a J visa
  • OPT STEM Extension
  • Change of Status
  • Change of Program/Education Level
  • I-20 Program Extensions
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Reduced Course Load (XID ending in 6-9)

Name: Ibrahim Sanogo
Official University Title: Program Coordinator II
More Descriptive Title: Employment Visa Specialist
Who should contact me: University faculty and staff interested in applying for or renewing Clemson University sponsored employment-based visa and permanent residency applications.
What can I do for you: I can answer general and specific questions regarding any of the services listed below:

  • New applications and extensions of E-3, H-1B, TN, O visas
  • Adjustment of Status Applications
  • Employment-based permanent residence

International Undergraduate Programs & Exchanges

International Undergraduate Programs & Exchanges provides operational support for undergraduate outbound and inbound exchange programs.

Name: Mandy Prorok
Official University Title: Associate Director of International Undergraduate Programs & Exchanges
More Descriptive Title: International Undergraduate Exchange Programs Manager
Who should contact me: International exchange (non-degree) students studying at Clemson; Clemson students interested in exchange programs abroad; International Partner Institutions; Faculty and Staff
What can I do for you: I am the primary point of contact for Clemson students participating in Exchange programs abroad (from initial advising to return). I am also the primary coordinator for incoming international Exchange students, as well as other non-degree undergraduate international students. Related to all the above, I am the point of contact for both students and administrative units regarding Exchange program admission, enrollment, financial aid, housing, insurance, orientation, etc. I can also help faculty and staff with the creation, maintenance, marketing and facilitation of Exchange programs, including 2 + 2 models.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad provides operational support to student engagement programs outside of the US, working with faculty to develop opportunities for overseas programs and helping to find programs appropriate to their academic and career goals.

Name: Uttiyo Raychaudhuri
Official University Title: Director, Clemson Abroad
More Descriptive Title: Study Abroad Director
Who should contact me: Faculty and Administrative Units; Students/Parents (for questions that advisors and others in the office can’t answer such as crisis management related); Other Universities and Partners (for collaboration)
What can I do for you: I can help faculty design, develop and deliver study abroad programs in collaboration with your college liaison. I also work with faculty to enhance existing programs and discuss curricular integration/mapping, fiscal issues and administrative support. For administrative units, I am here to provide information on Clemson Abroad and address any policy or strategic planning questions. I help students resolve questions related to health, safety and risk management and also work with your parents to address questions which remain unresolved from our office staff.

Name: Jessica Lauren Mussro
Official University Title: Administrative Assistant
More Descriptive Title: Clemson Abroad Program Assistant/Office Manager/Student Records Manager/Wizard
Who should contact me: Students/parents, university advisers, and administrators
What can I do for you: For students, I answer questions about the initial steps for going abroad, and application process, credit transfer, online portal, financial aid process, insurance, and cross-cultural awareness credit. If you are participating in another international opportunity, I am also the point of contact for travel registration; see more information here. For university staff and faculty, I assist with questions about our office processes, credit and transcripts, applications, and non-credit or high-risk travel. For parents, I answer general questions about our office procedures and resources, billing, insurance, and deadlines.

Name: Shannon Gillen
Official University Title: Program Coordinator
More Descriptive Title: Faculty-Directed Program Coordinator
Who should contact me: Faculty Members, college liaisons, staff, and students
What can I do for you: I can assist with program planning and logistics, program building, marketing and advertising, enrollment management, program proposal questions/issues, risk management, and our online enrollment process.

Name: Meredith Fant Wilson, Ph.D.
Official University Title: Associate Director of Enrollment Management
More Descriptive Title: I oversee all student services related to study abroad student enrollment processes at Clemson
Who should contact me: Students, parents, faculty, and/or staff who need assistance with student related study abroad questions.
What can I do for you: I advise students throughout their study abroad process, collaborate with campus offices to market study abroad to Clemson students, assist faculty with new program creation, and provide data analysis for campus stakeholders. In addition, as the ADEM, I oversee processes related to a students’ enrollment in Clemson Abroad programs. This includes recruitment activities, application process, course registration, billing and payment procedures, and grade reporting.

Name: Joshua Hudson
Official University Title: Study Abroad Coordinator
More Descriptive Title: Study Abroad Advisor
Who should contact me: Students, parents, and/or staff who have questions about study abroad; third-party partner organizations.
What can I do for you: I advise students throughout their study abroad process. I am a part of the student enrollment team that collaborates with campus offices and third-party partner organizations to market study abroad to Clemson students.