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Global Engagement: Expand Your Worldview

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Whether you’re learning advanced math in Hungary, conducting biology research in Australia or gaining hands-on health care experience in Mexico, you can be sure that you’re gaining valuable experience in a subject in which you’re interested through a global engagement opportunity.

Get Involved

Global engagement opportunities allow you to take courses, perform research or participate in an internship in a number of countries around the world. College of Science undergraduate students also have opportunities to be involved with undergraduate research or internship during a summer or semester.

Explore the many global engagement opportunities available to Clemson students by visiting the Pam Hendrix Center for Education Abroad website or by browsing the programs designed for Science students in the sections below.


Find Your Own Global Experience

Virtual Programs

Virtual programs allow students to have a global learning experience without leaving your home and earn academic credits or internship experience. The course offerings include global health, psychology, language and business courses. Internships are offered in life and health sciences, business and computer science, and more.

Exchange Programs

Through exchange programs, students pay Clemson in-state tuition to study abroad for a semester or a year at a Clemson University partner. Clemson University’s Exchange Programs are coordinated by a partnership between the university and another institution. As you’re studying overseas, Clemson University will accept its own exchange student from your host institution.

Faculty-Directed Programs

Faculty-directed programs allow students to perform coursework under the direction of a Clemson faculty member in another country. These faculty-directed programs can range in duration — anywhere from two- to five-weeks’ time — as students benefit from applying in-state tuition and fees to their travel. Students can also gain Clemson University credit for Clemson faculty-directed programs.

Third-Party Programs

Via third-party programs, students can identify and build their own unique short-term or semester experiences based on needs and interests. Studying abroad through a third-party provider opens up a wealth of additional host institutions and program options. These programs are coordinated by other universities and study abroad organizations, increasing the number of programs available to students.

What Our Students Say

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“As a genetics major it is not easy to find science courses that I can take abroad, and microbiology is a class that I have been wanting to take. I would not have had the time to take it if it wasn’t for this program. The class was extensive and covered the same material that was covered in the regular Clemson course. This program lived up to my expectations in terms of education, cultural experience and personal growth.”

Megan Michalski
General Microbiology in Poland
Headshot of Sam Smith.

“Studying abroad through the College of Science has been one of the best decisions I’ve made since coming to Clemson. I’ve always been a bit shy, but I feel like I’ve really come out of my shell during my time in Ireland. I’ve made some amazing friends and had some awesome experiences, like traveling to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. The confidence this program has given me will help in my academic and personal endeavors.”

Sam Smith
Study Abroad: Dublin
Mathematical Sciences
Headshot of Connor Myrick

“If you are thinking to study abroad to gain a new experience, try your best to be open to new things. Keep your phone away so that you get to experience different people who are also traveling or people who are local to the area.”

Connor Myrick
Study Abroad: Costa Rica
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“I think companies like seeing that I was willing to put myself into a new situation. They also like hearing how the education system is different and any challenges I might’ve faced. How I overcame them speaks volumes to future employers.”

Justin Dahouas
Study Abroad: New Zealand
Mathematical Sciences

Plan Your Own Program

Studying abroad requires careful planning to ensure you receive all the credits you need by your anticipated graduation date. For example, you may have to take prerequisite courses or reorder some courses to free up classes to be taken abroad. You may need to consider how to finance your experience abroad. We are here to help you get to your destination and goal. Make an appointment with the College of Science global engagement team at the beginning of your planning process, and we’ll assist you with choosing a program, filling out applications and preparing for your time abroad.

  • STEP 1: Complete the Study Abroad Advising Form, including the virtual Study Abroad 101 session embedded within.
  • STEP 2: Explore program options and meet with your academic advisor about your degree progress and planning. Once you have an idea when to go abroad as well as what courses you will be able to take abroad, we can help you decide which program is right for you.
  • STEP 3: Make an appointment with the global engagement team for the College of Science via CU Navigate. Select “Study Abroad” as a care unit. We will help you navigate the study abroad process, beginning with how to select a program and how credit transfer works.
  • STEP 4: Once you’ve found the ideal program, it’s time to apply and get courses approved for credit transfer. Have your coursework pre-approved to ensure you receive the maximum credit for the courses you take. Complete the “Request to take Courses Abroad” form by meeting with your academic advisor and financial aid advisor, if applicable. This may require multiple signatures.
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