Clemson University, South Carolina Wordmark

Getting Started

Girl looks out over plains from tall mountain

Initial Steps

A Study Abroad 101 Session will give you the information that you need to get started with the study abroad process. Learn about program options, financial aid information, how to apply credit earned abroad towards your degree, and get your questions answered! Study Abroad 101 sessions take place on Mondays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in E-304 Martin Hall. You can also view the Study Abroad 101 Session Online.

After attending a Study Abroad 101 session, students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to discuss academic requirements and to identify potential classes or subjects that they will be able to take while abroad.

A student who has already applied to an outside study abroad program but has not had an appointment with our office should immediately get in touch with us. Students can request appointments online, by phone at 864-656-2457, or by email at abroad-L@clemson.edu.

Applying for a Program

All Clemson students who are planning on studying abroad must complete the Clemson Study Abroad Application and submit it to the Study Abroad Office in E-301 Martin Hall. After selecting and applying to a program, students should move forward with other pre-departure paperwork for Clemson and their program.

Application Deadlines:

March 1 for Summer/Fall semester programs

October 1 for Spring semester programs

In all instances, applications are accepted after the deadline as spaces remain. It is each student's responsibility to follow up with program facilitators to confirm deadlines. Space may be limited on exchange programs, so it is important to turn in application materials as early as possible.

To apply for a program, visit the Apply page

General Requirements

Class Standing Requirement

We encourage freshmen to stay on campus during their first year in order to assimilate into the college atmosphere; freshmen may apply to a study abroad program for their second semester or the summer following their first year. Transfer students should experience a full semester at Clemson before studying abroad.

GPA Requirement

The Study Abroad Office requires a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, but a GPA of 2.75 is preferred. However, some foreign universities may have a higher GPA requirement, so the student should meet with a Study Abroad advisor to learn more about foreign university requirements. In some cases, students with a GPA lower than 2.5 will be accepted.

Language Requirement

There are many study abroad options that do not have a language requirement. These programs are taught in English with the option of a foreign language credit.