Thank you for your interest in International Affairs at Clemson University. Gifts to the Office of International Affairs are investments in the future for Clemson students. Clemson University is becoming a truly global campus, and we are meeting the need to make our students global citizens with the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of an ever changing world. Your gifts help provide educationally rewarding opportunities for all our students and prepare them to become better citizens who can make significant contributions to society through research, service, and education.
Support for international programming is an important means to make our students informed, responsible, and competitive citizens of the State of South Carolina and the larger world community. According to the South Carolina World Trade Center, one in 28 jobs in our state are related to international trade. The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that direct foreign investment employment accounts for some 127,500 jobs in South Carolina, or 8.4 percent of our private industry employment. One out of 12 private sector jobs can be attributed to foreign companies with South Carolina operations.
Understanding international issues is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Your support provides opportunities for:
Make a Secure Gift Online and designate it to the CU Office of International Affairs Foundation account to provide general assistance for all of our programming. Or designate your gift to the "Traveling Tigers" Fund to provide direct travel grants-in-aid to students who are enrolled in study abroad programs.
Thank you for your support of international initiatives and of students studying abroad!
"Studying abroad was the best part of my college experience, and one of the best things I have done in my life. I met so many new people from Clemson and across the country, as well as citizens in Italy, and have maintained those friendships, making the world an even smaller place. I think about this experience everyday and can't wait to go back. The learning that took place was unbelievable. I feel as if I have a different perspective now, one that is more understanding of people's differences and appreciate them more, as well as having learned a lot about myself. I recommend studying abroad to everyone I speak to, and this enthusiasm I feel towards studying abroad is shared by everyone I know who has ever participated in such a program."
Matthew Foster, management major, study abroad student in Florence Italy, Spring 2007