Welcome to Global Engagement



    About Global Engagement

    Message from the Associate Provost for Global Engagement
    May 2020

    Thank you for visiting our website.  I can only guess that you have found your way here to learn more about how the Office of Global Engagement is responding to the COVID 19 pandemic.  Indeed, these are challenging times.  Travel is temporarily suspended while the University works to reduce the spread of COVID 19 and keep our community safe and healthy. Yet, we remain actively engaged with our global networks as we work to capitalize on innovative programs and provide on-going global learning options for students; and, monitor the evolving travel and immigration contexts in order to support our international students and faculty. 

    Clemson responded swiftly to the first signs of the pandemic, successfully arranging for the return of close to 400 students studying around the world and ensuring that their studies could be completed without interruption.  With the continuing uncertainty about when we will be able to resume traveling, the Office of Global Engagement is working with on-campus and overseas partners to provide alternative opportunities for global learning and engagement.  We are, for example, working with the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities to develop virtual exchange programs with the very partners that our students would have been studying in the Fall.  We are also offering our inaugural Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language for students considering ways to return to the countries where they were studying.

    The Office of International Services has, through the duration of the pandemic, been working closely with our international students, scholars and faculty, alerting them to any changes in regulations impacting their visas and assisting them in making informed decisions about whether or not to travel home.  We continue to process I-20s, DS-2019s and H1-B petitions for new or extending students and employees, hopeful that we will be able to welcome them to Clemson as soon as travel reopens. And, that couldn't be soon enough for us! 

    We are ready to assist with questions about:
    • How to integrate virtual engagement into your courses
    • Changes to immigration requirements and processes during the pandemic
    • Strategies for deferring enrollment for international students
    • Prospects for travel in future terms
    • Or, any other ideas/concerns you may have. 


    Globally yours,

    Sharon Nagy ǀ Associate Provost for Global Engagement