Skip to content

Academics

Global Engagement: Expand Your Worldview

Group of students abroad, standing in a courtyard.

Whether you’re learning advanced math in Hungary, studying dental care in Panama, conducting biology research in Australia or participating in a virtual research internship, you can be sure that you’re gaining valuable experience in a subject in which you’re interested through the global engagement program.

Get Involved

Global engagement opportunities allow you to take courses, perform research or participate in an internship in a number of countries around the world. College of Science undergraduate students also have opportunities to be involved with undergraduate research or internship during a summer or semester.

The College of Science is advancing ScienceForward — and you can, too. Explore the many opportunities in the global engagement program available to Clemson students.

 

Find Your Own Global Experience

Virtual Programs

Virtual programs allow students to have a global learning experience without leaving your home and earn academic credits or internship experience. The course offerings include global health, psychology, language and business courses. Internships are offered in life and health sciences, business and computer science, and more.

Exchange Programs

Through exchange programs, students pay Clemson in-state tuition to study abroad for a semester or a year at a Clemson University partner. Clemson University’s Exchange Programs are coordinated by a partnership between the university and another institution. As you’re studying overseas, Clemson University will accept its own exchange student from your host institution.

Faculty-Directed Programs

Faculty-directed programs allow students to perform coursework under the direction of a Clemson faculty member in another country. These faculty-directed programs can range in duration — anywhere from two- to five-weeks’ time — as students benefit from applying in-state tuition and fees to their travel. Students can also gain Clemson University credit for Clemson faculty-directed programs.

Third-Party Programs

Via third-party programs, students can identify and build their own unique short-term or semester experiences based on needs and interests. Studying abroad through a third-party provider opens up a wealth of additional host institutions and program options. These programs are coordinated by other universities and study abroad organizations, increasing the number of programs available to students.

What Our Students Say

Megan Michalski headshot

“As a genetics major it is not easy to find science courses that I can take abroad, and microbiology is a class that I have been wanting to take. I would not have had the time to take it if it wasn’t for this program. The class was extensive and covered the same material that was covered in the regular Clemson course. This program lived up to my expectations in terms of education, cultural experience and personal growth.”

Megan Michalski
General Microbiology in Poland
Genetics
Sam Smith headshot

“Studying abroad through the College of Science has been one of the best decisions I’ve made since coming to Clemson. I’ve always been a bit shy, but I feel like I’ve really come out of my shell during my time in Ireland. I’ve made some amazing friends and had some awesome experiences, like traveling to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. The confidence this program has given me will help in my academic and personal endeavors.”

Sam Smith
Study Abroad: Dublin
Mathematical Sciences
Image of student listening to child with stethoscope

Video Tour

Health Missions in Latin America

Let your lessons in health care motivate you as you acquire medical, dental, physical therapy and pharmaceutical experience in the tropical setting of San Jose, Costa Rica, or Panama City, Panama. Apart from assisting and shadowing medical professionals in the establishment of rural health clinics, you will learn about the country and its culture, have a chance to visit the Panama Canal, hike among the local wildlife and waterfalls, and catch a morning brew after touring a coffee plantation.

Watch Video

Plan Your Own Program

Studying globally requires careful planning to ensure that you receive all the credits you need by your anticipated graduation date. For example, you may have to take prerequisite courses or reorder some courses to free up classes to be taken elsewhere. You may need to consider how to finance your experience. We are here to help you get to your destination and goal. Make an appointment with the College of Science global engagement team at the beginning of your planning process, and we’ll assist you with choosing a program, filling out applications and preparing for your global experience.

  • STEP 1: Complete the Advising Application, including the virtual Study Abroad 101 session embedded within.
  • STEP 2: Explore program options and meet with your academic adviser about your degree progress and planning. Once you have an idea when to go abroad as well as what courses you will be able to take abroad, we can help you decide which program is right for you.
  • STEP 3: Make an appointment with the global engagement team for the College of Science. We will help you navigate the global engagement process, beginning with how to select a program. We will then help you verify that programs are accredited. We can also explain how your chosen program will convert into credits at Clemson.
  • STEP 4: Once you’ve found the ideal program, it’s time to apply and get courses approved for credit transfer. Have your coursework pre-approved to ensure you receive the maximum credit for the courses you take. Complete the “Request to take Courses Abroad” form by meeting with your academic adviser and financial aid adviser, if applicable. This may require multiple signatures.

Contact Global Engagement

Yuki Kihara  Headshot of Yuki Kihara
Assistant Director
Global Engagement
111 Long Hall
 ykihara@clemson.edu
 864-656-9857

Yuki Kihara advises College of Science students interested in education abroad opportunities. She also pursues strategic development and the successful implementation of global engagement opportunities for students. Kihara provides support for existing international programs in the college, creates new programs, and supports faculty and staff to achieve the College of Science vision of excellence in global engagement. Kihara has worked in higher education and the field of international education for 10 years. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Regional and Cultural Studies from the University of Fukui and earned a Master of Arts in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, in 2010.

College of Science
College of Science | 230 Parkway Drive, Clemson, SC 29634