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Travel to the U.S.

  1. Plan to arrive in the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date listed on your DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 visa or I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 visa.
  2. Carry your passport with valid F or J student visa in your carry-on luggage.
  3. If you have any other visas in your passport, be sure to present the F or J student visa issued for your Clemson program of study to the Customs and Border Patrol agent.
  4. If you experience any travel emergencies, please contact the Clemson University’s Office of Public Safety at (864) 656-2222 to reach on-call emergency staff.

Making Your Way to Clemson

By Air
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is the nearest international airport. The airport is approximately 45 minutes from Clemson’s campus.

Other regional, international airports include: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Both of these airports are located roughly 2.5 hours away from campus. While these airports are a greater distance from Clemson's campus, international flights can sometimes be cheaper in and out of these airports rather than GSP.

Transportation from the airports
Once you arrive in the U.S., there are several options available to students traveling to our campus. Shuttle, taxi, and rental car services are available for transportation to and from the airport. The majority of these services will have fees (some may be cash only). Some of the services below may also require reservations so please keep this in mind as you make your plans to travel to Clemson. Additional Shuttle Options:

Agency Contact Info
Airport Shuttle of Clemson 800-669-6463
Gibbs Transportation Services, LLC 888-732-5550
Atchison Transportation Services 864-595-1234
Southeast Transportation Service, LLC 864-609-7817

By Train
There is an Amtrak station located at the corner of Calhoun Memorial Highway and College Avenue in Clemson under the station code CSN. The Crescent Route travels through Clemson with stops connecting New York, Atlanta, and New Orleans. Please visit their website in order to review schedules and fees.

Once You’re Here

The easiest way to get around campus and the surrounding areas is by riding the Clemson Area Transit bus. Always free, the CAT bus has several on-campus routes to help you get to your destination as well as routes through the city of Clemson and to the nearby cities of Anderson, Pendleton, Seneca and Central.

Tiger Commute & Tiger Connection
The distance between Clemson University and Greenville is getting shorter. The Clemson-Greenville Connection operates two 30-passenger buses equipped with free wi-fi service and bicycle racks, with service Monday through Friday connecting:

  • Clemson University East Library Circle on Clemson's main campus.
  • The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) This location is the park-and-ride hub and transfer location for the Tiger Commute and Tiger Connect Routes.
  • Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus at the GHS Patewood campus (CUBEInC)
  • Clemson at the Falls
  • University Center at Greenville
Learn more about this service.