Incoming Exchange Students

Clemson University's Bowman Field on a sunny day

Welcome to Clemson University! This page contains the information that you need to know to apply as an exchange student to Clemson University. For your convenience, we have created a detailed brochure to introduce you to the university and the surrounding areas as well as to provide insight into student life on campus.

Clemson University is one of the country's top research institutions with a vibrant student-centered community. Ranked as the 24th best national public university by U.S. News and World Report, Clemson prides itself on its strong commitment to academics, athletics, leadership, research, and service.

To apply as an exchange student at Clemson University, please see your university's international office or send inquires to

Information About Clemson

  • Application

    Exchange Student Application

    Application Instructions

    • The instructions and application on this page are for exchange and sister state students only. To apply as an exchange student, there must be an established exchange agreement between your home institution and Clemson University. International students who are seeking a degree from Clemson University should apply through either the undergraduate admissions office or the graduate admissions office as appropriate. More information on admissions may be found on the main admissions page.
    • The international office at your home institution should request a copy of Clemson's application packet and confirm that Clemson will be able to host you.
    • All exchange student applications must be submitted to your host institution's international office for approval before being sent to Clemson University.
    • Scanned copies of your application materials are also accepted. Please email to
    • The completed application and all accompanying documents should be mailed to:

    Office of Global Engagement
    Clemson University
    E-301 Martin Hall Box 345714
    Clemson, SC 29634-5714
    T: 1.864.656.2457
    F: 1.864.656.6468

    Application Deadlines

    • March 1 (Fall/Academic Year applicants)
    • October 1 (Spring/Calendar Year applicants)

    Questions? Email

  • New Exchange Orientation

    New Exchange Student Orientation
    You will receive information on the New Exchange Student Orientation via email before your arrival on campus. All exchange students are required to attend this orientation. Bring with you your passport, J-1 visa, I-94 card, stamped DS-2019, and a copy of your health insurance.

    Exchange students for the Fall 2014 should plan to move into their on-campus housing on Saturday, August 16, 2014 and move out on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Classes at Clemson University will begin on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

    Medical Forms
    Please complete the following health form before your arrival in the United States:

    Required Student Immunization Form

    This form must be completed and submitted prior to your arrival to Clemson University. Please mail in or fax the forms as indicated. Failure to comply will prevent you from being able to enroll in courses. To ensure that all health requirements are met, bring a copy of your immunization record with you to Clemson University.

    Health Insurance
    All international exchange students are required to have health insurance during their study at Clemson University. All J-1 visa holders and their J-2 dependents must maintain continuous coverage in accordance with U.S. federal law and Clemson University. Exchange students will automatically be enrolled in the Clemson Student Insurance Plan through Redfern Health Center (RHC). Health insurance charges will be billed with tuition and fees. Students who purchase insurance in their home country can apply to waive the Clemson insurance and, if approved, would not be charged the Clemson insurance premium. In order to waive Clemson University health insurance, the home country insurance must meet the requirements of the Clemson student insurance plan. Policy details can be found in the Health Insurance Information for International Students & Exchange Visitors letter.

    Visit the Clemson University Health Insurance Waiver Information for International Students and Exchange Visitors for instructions and to submit the online waiver form. You can also view our Health Insurance Waiver Tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a student health insurance waiver.

    Please bring a copy of your insurance policy translated into English with you to Clemson if applying for the waiver.

    The Clemson Student Insurance Plan meets all visa and university requirements while providing excellent benefits and services to exchange students. Please visit the Student Insurance Plan page for additional information.

    Entering the United States
    When traveling to the United States, remember that U.S. federal regulations allow international students entry to the United States no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date listed on your DS-2019.

    Before leaving your country, confirm that your passport and visa are still valid for entry into the United States. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected stay.

    When you travel, make sure that you carry some specific documents on your person. These include your passport (including attached envelope of immigration documents) with visa, DS-2019, evidence of financial resources, evidence of exchange visitor status (recent tuition receipts, transcripts), and the name and contact of the designated school official at your intended school or program. Do not check these in your baggage.

    At the port of entry into the United States, you will receive the Form I-94. Make sure that you keep the I-94, your DS-2019, and your passport in a safe place as these documents establish your identity as a non-immigrant student in the United States.

    There is limited public transportation into the city of Clemson. Arrange to fly into the Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in Greer, South Carolina. An airport shuttle service will transport you to Clemson University for approximately $45.00 USD cash. You can make arrangements by visiting or calling 1-864-226-9020. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. If traveling from the Atlanta or Charlotte airports, you must provide at least 4 days notice.

    For students traveling from Atlanta, Charlotte, or other metropolitan cities, you may consider taking the Amtrak train to Clemson. Further information can be found at

    New Exchange Student Orientation
    You will receive information on the New Exchange Student Orientation via email before your arrival on campus. All exchange students are required to attend this orientation. Bring with you your passport, J-1 visa, I-94 card, stamped DS-2019, and a copy of your health insurance.

    Exchange students for the Spring 2014 should plan to move into their on-campus housing on Sunday, January 5, 2014 and move out on Saturday, May 3, 2014. New Exchange Student Orientation will be Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7, 2014. All exchange students should plan to attend! Classes at Clemson University will begin on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

  • Courses

    Information on available courses at Clemson University can be found on the Schedule of Classes website. You will be able to register for courses through iROAR upon your acceptance to Clemson University and after receiving your Clemson login ID. You are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester in order to maintain your immigration status. We strongly encourage you to select a large number of courses before your arrival at Clemson University so that you have enough courses to choose from should one course be full.

    If you need detailed course descriptions or course syllabi, please visit It is best to search for syllabi from previous semesters as current semester syllabi may not be posted. If the syllabus that you are looking for is not available on this website, please contact the Clemson University Study Abroad Office, and we will provide you with this information.

    Academic Calendar
    Clemson University's academic calendar can be found on the Registrar's website.

    Official Transcript
    At the end of your study period at Clemson University, the study abroad office will provide a copy of your grade report to your home institution.

  • Fees

    Exchange Students
    As an exchange student, your Clemson University tuition and fees will be paid for by the Office of Global Engagement under the student exchange agreement between Clemson University and your home institution. You will be responsible for covering the cost of room, board, supplies, health insurance, the international student fee, lab fees over $200, a post office box and personal expenses, etc. during your time abroad.

    Incidental Travel Expenses
    Clemson University recommends that you have at least $75- $100 USD in cash or traveler's checks available for expenses incurred en route to Clemson University. These expenses include transportation to the university, meals at the airport or overnight lodging.

    Housing Expenses
    For information on costs for students living in campus residence halls, please visit the on-campus housing Rates and Contracts page. Costs will vary depending on housing location and meal plan selection. Costs will vary widely for students living in off-campus housing.

    Health Insurance
    All international exchange students are required to have health insurance coverage as a condition of enrollment. The premium for the Clemson Student Health Insurance Plan will be included in tuition and fees for all international students in the Spring of 2014 in the amount of $835 USD. Students must pay the billed premium and be enrolled in the University sponsored plan unless evidence is submitted of alternate health insurance that meets federal and university requirements. Premium rates and enrollment for spouse and/or dependents can be found on the student insurance website.

    Books and Supplies
    Students should estimate to spend between $300 - $800 USD per semester for books and supplies which can be purchased new or used at local bookstores. Upon completion of each semester, students can sell back their books for a portion of the original price.

    Sister State/Self-Pay Students
    Students who are attending Clemson University through a Sister-State agreement or Self-Pay students are responsible for paying all fees incurred while at Clemson University. Fees may include tuition and fees, room and board, supplies, health insurance, international student fees, lab fees, post office box, personal expenses, etc.

  • Living in Clemson


    On-Campus Housing
    After being admitted as an exchange student to Clemson University, you will be able to apply for on campus housing. Exchange students who live on-campus are guaranteed housing in Calhoun Courts, an apartment complex located on the east side of Clemson's campus. Exchange students may apply for other on-campus housing options; however, placement in these housing units is not guaranteed. Please visit the university's on-campus housing page for a complete list of on-campus housing options. Please click on our Housing Tutorial for step-by-step instructions on applying for on-campus housing at Clemson.

    Calhoun Courts
    Calhoun Courts offers exchange students the convenience of living on campus while still providing the independence of apartment housing. Each apartment houses four students who share a bathroom, living room and kitchen. Some two-person apartments are also available. Bedroom furniture is provided, and laundry facilities are located in the commons building. Exchange students are placed with local Clemson students and other international students who are participating in the Cultural Exchange Community. The Cultural Exchange Community connects people from all over the world and offers students the opportunity to learn about various cultures in an engaging environment. Find out more information about Calhoun Courts housing.

    Off-Campus Housing
    The study abroad office is unable to assist exchange students who wish to secure off-campus housing. However, please visit the university's off-campus housing page for more information.

    About Clemson

    Clemson University is located in Clemson, South Carolina, in the northwest quadrant of the state. The university borders Lake Hartwell and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 1,400-acre main campus is within walking distance of the small city of Clemson with its main street lined with restaurants, pubs, and shops. Clemson is approximately a 2-hour drive from Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a short 30-minute drive from Greenville, South Carolina.

    Getting Around Clemson

    Clemson Area Transit (CAT) offers free public transportation with stops in and around the university and the surrounding areas of Pendleton, Seneca, Anderson, Greenville, and Central.


    The university experiences all four seasons. Clemson has mild, short winters with the occasional snowfall. The summers are long and warm and are very enjoyable with the nearby lake and mountains.

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