Global Engagement

International Services

Welcome to International Services

OGE's International Services area works with incoming international students, scholars and faculty, as well as university administrators, to provide valuable information, service, and advice to meet the needs of our community. As an international at Clemson University, International Services is a valuable resource for your immigration, employment, and support needs.

OGE's International Services contributes to the facilitation of international educational exchange on the campus of Clemson University by providing immigration related support services to international students and scholars as well as Clemson's international faculty and staff and those engaged in hiring foreign nationals.

Our advising staff currently supports approximately 1,700 international students from over 90 countries, in addition to approximately 200 exchange visitors and international employees from around the world. Our goal is to make Clemson University a welcoming, positive environment for our international population to help them meet their academic and research goals, while making sure personal goals are taken into consideration.

International Services is pleased to assist the University in meeting its goals of creating a diverse environment where students and scholars, from the U.S. and abroad, have the opportunity to share, grow, and discover. International Services hopes that you think of our office as facilitating not only your necessary immigration, employment and taxation requirements, but also as a resource in helping you reach your goals. 

International Services is always looking for ways to improve the services our office provides.  If you have visited our office recently, we would like your feedback.  Please complete our Survey and e-mail it to or bring it by E-307 Martin Hall.

Please call  1.864.656.3614 or stop by E-307 Martin Hall to make an appointment.

Social Security Card Applications:

To apply for a social security card, the new employee must have the following:

Full time employees:

Official Clemson University job offer letter 
Current (not expired) foreign passport (original and one copy)
I-94 card, work authorized US visa  (original and one copy)
Valid work authorization document(s) issued by Dept. of Homeland Security / USCIS (original and one copy)
Completed Social Security Application form 

Student employees::

Employment Verification Letter completed and signed by the hiring department and signed by the International Office after SEVIS activation.
Fully enrolled in required number of course hours.
Complete check in procedures with International Office E 301 Martin Hall
Activated in SEVIS (DHS system)
Current (not expired) foreign passport (original and one copy)
I-94 card, work authorized US visa (original and one copy)
Form I-20 (F-1) or Form DS 2019 (J-1) (original and one copy)
Completed Social Security Application form

USCIS fees for immigration benefits 

The filing fee for the I-765 Application for Employment Authorization is $380. If you have questions, please contact us at For complete details on the fee adjustment, visit the USCIS website

International Student Fee

All international students who are at Clemson on an F-1 or J-1 visa will be assessed a fee of $50.00 per semester (fall and spring). This fee will be applied directly to student bills and will be paid with tuition and fees. 

The fee is necessary for the university to meet new and constantly changing requirements mandated by the U.S. government. The funding generated from the fee helps the office provide services international students need to maintain their immigration status for the duration of their time at Clemson. This fee enables us to maintain compliance with government requirements but also enhances the services that are offered by the Office of Global Engagement. 

How is the money used?

The revenue generated by this fee will be used directly toward the services provided to international students. As an international student, you will see positive changes, such as:

  • Purchase and implementation of a management software package specifically for the tracking and reporting requirements associated with international student records.
  • Technical improvements that will make it easier for you to request documents, make appointments, and update your information.
  • Additional training and professional development for international services advisors and staff to improve the services and advising offered to international students.

Overall, the programs and enhancements that the fee will fund will ensure that the university meets the specific needs of international students and U.S. immigration regulations.