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Faculty-Directed Programs

These programs are typically directed by Clemson faculty members who travel abroad with students and are usually (but not always) brief in duration. Faculty-Directed programs can also be called a custom program, which is a study abroad program administered by a provider organization according to specifications of a college, university, consortium or other group.

  • Group: Clemson faculty and students
  • Duration: semester, summer sessions, Maymester, spring/fall break
  • Costs: Clemson in-state tuition and fees, Study Abroad fee, program fees (vary for each program). For more information, see the finance page.
  • Credits: Clemson courses, no transfer necessary (a few exceptions)

Example: Summer faculty-directed program. Students choose courses offered by program, usually 3-6 credits. Most faculty-directed programs use Clemson classes, a few programs entail transfer credit. When students apply to the program, they pay a deposit that is credited toward the program fee (program’s costs apart from tuition). Upon acceptance, some programs charge a second deposit, also credited toward the program fee. Costs for in-state tuition and fees, the Clemson University Study Abroad Fee, and any remaining balance of the program fee are all included on students’ iROAR bills for the term.

Exchange Programs

Exchange programs involve reciprocal movement of students between two institutions. This could be a student-to-student exchange, or a specified number of incoming students may be accepted per outgoing student.

  • Group: Individual acceptance, no groups
  • Duration: semesters and full-year
  • Costs: Clemson in-state tuition, exchange fee, study abroad fee, residential costs and fees of host university. For more information, see the finance page.
  • Credits: Host university credits, transfer to Clemson needed
    Credit values vary from country to country, and course credits abroad do not always equal a 3 or 4 credit course at Clemson. Students who are transferring credit from a foreign university should consult this document for information about credit transfer from their host university. Not all universities are listed--please discuss any questions with Clemson Abroad.

Example: A Clemson student applies through the Clemson Abroad to participate in an exchange at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Once selected, the Clemson student enrolls at the University of Strathclyde, and Strathclyde sends one of their students to study at Clemson. Students choose courses at the host university as part of their application process. The Clemson student will pay Clemson in-state and fees and the study abroad fee to Clemson, and other costs to the host university. Credits from exchange programs will transfer back to Clemson based on course equivalencies determined by individual Clemson academic departments.

Third-Party Programs

Third-party programs are run by other universities and various study abroad organizations to further expand student opportunities abroad. Students will receive credit for courses taken abroad and will pay tuition and fees directly to the third-party organization.

  • Group: Individual acceptance, no groups
  • Duration: Full-year, semester, summer sessions
  • Costs: Clemson Study Abroad fee, tuition and program fees paid to program.
  • Credits: Host university/provider credits, transfer to CU needed
    Credit values vary from country to country, and course credits abroad do not always equal a 3 or 4 credit course at Clemson. Students who are transferring credit from a foreign university should consult this document for information about credit transfer from their host university. Not all universities are listed--please discuss any questions with Clemson Abroad.

Example: University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) in San Ramon, Costa Rica. Students will enroll in 12-15 credits for the semester and will have opportunities to include an internship and/or volunteer opportunities to their experience. USAC will coordinate on-site orientation, student housing, 24/7 on-site support and excursions/field experiences for students. Students pay USAC directly for their tuition and fees. Credits from USAC will transfer back to Clemson based on course equivalencies determined by individual Clemson academic departments.