CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
The Center for International Studies (CIS) establishes and manages university
partnerships worldwide to provide global engagement programs and
support services that enrich the academic and professional development
of students, faculty, and staff. Global engagement programs include study
abroad for academic credits (short-term, semester, year abroad, and dual
degree programs), international internships, service learning, research,
volunteer, and teach broad. We guide and support students through every
step in the process of identifying a suitable international engagement,
application, preparation for going abroad, support while abroad, and reentry
programs. CIS also offers support to faculty and staff with planning
and implementing short-term international engagement and study abroad
programs. We promote and support students and faculty to apply for grants
and fellowships that are designed to provide both partial and full funding
for international engagement. CIS manages and supports the exchange
program for students and faculty.
The Center for International Studies is also “home away from home” for
international students and scholars. Our Office provides advising and support
services regarding visa, immigration regulations, and benefits related to F-1
and J-1 nonimmigrant visa categories. We assist new students and scholars
with pre-arrival preparations, finding suitable housing, transportation from
GSP airport, orientation, and a variety of programs and events throughout
the year. Our programs are designed to facilitate transition into USC Upstate
community, cultural immersion and exchange. CIS offers guidance and
support to international students and hiring managers regarding on campus
employment. In addition, CIS provides guidance to international students
who are interested in applying, and are eligible, for off campus employment
through the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training
(OPT). We offer assistance to international students and scholars who are
interested in applying for a South Carolina driver’s license, social security
card, and employment authorization.
STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER
The Student Success Center houses academic support, advising services, career
services, and TRIO Student Support Services. As a department, the Center
provides a wealth of services designed to facilitate the success of every USC
Upstate student from the first day of class until graduation.
The principal mission of our Academic Support office is to work with the
USC Upstate community to promote student persistence by offering skilled
advisement, tutoring, retention-related instruction, and other activities
that clarify students’ academic goals and enhance their ties to USC Upstate.
Academic support offers an array of services to assist students in their daily
academic demands, such as free tutorial services, study skills and time
management assistance, facilitation of study groups and Supplemental
Instruction for difficult courses, one-on-one consultations with students,
referrals to other USC Upstate services, and much more. Academic support
also works closely with faculty and staff through its University 101 program
for freshmen, the Early Intervention Program, and with classroom presentations
and workshops as requested.
A team of professional advisors who serve first year students, student
athletes, and undeclared students with an emphasis on mentorship and
academic success. The advisors also provide services to students who are
on academic probation as well as outreach and assistance to students who
are questioning their choice of major.
TRIO Student Support Services
TRIO SSS is a student support services program at USC Upstate made possible
through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Earning an
undergraduate degree can be extremely challenging, and TRIO SSS offers
support to students as they transition from high school to college and beyond.
The program provides a wide variety of services, programs and support to
assist college students as they strive to achieve their educational goals.
Some of the specific services available are academic advising, tutoring and
mentoring, study skills workshops, cultural events, financial aid assistance and
graduate school advising. First generation college students, low-income and/
or students with a learning or physical disability may qualify for the program.
Students who think they may be eligible to participate should visit www.
uscupstate.edu/academics/student-success-center for more information.
Career services assists students in obtaining gainful employment during
their tenure at the University as well as full-time placement after graduation.
Career Services provides valuable information regarding resume and
cover letter preparation, interviewing techniques and other tips to assist
students with their career goals. Students are encouraged to register with
Spartan Career Link, a web-based career services program which links them
online to placement assistance for on- and off-campus employment as well
as internship opportunities.
CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT
The Center for Research and Scholarship Support provides programs and
incentives to enhance the educational and professional development of
USC Upstate students by supporting student-based research, scholarly, or
creative activities. This Center provides, on a competitive basis, logistic and
monetary support for the pursuit of student projects performed under the
guidance of USC Upstate faculty, staff and/or community professionals from
throughout the Upstate region. The Center also assists students in traveling
to professional meetings to present their work/findings, assists faculty/staff
who involve students in their research programs, and assists in arranging
internships and directed studies for students in order to better prepare them
for their future professional careers.
Students eligible to receive veterans’ educational benefits should contact
the veterans’ coordinator located in the records office. Students receiving
veterans’ benefits are required to report any changes in curriculum, including
courses dropped or added, absences and withdrawal. Failure to report such
changes results in termination of benefits.
The USC Upstate Bookstore, located on the main level of the Health Education
Complex, carries textbooks, supplementary materials and supplies, clothing,
items featuring the university name and logo, software, computers, and much
more. The bookstore maintains a Web page at www.upstatebookstore.com
that provides e-commerce and news on events and specials.
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