School Partners

Frequently Asked Questions

Parents and students often have questions during trip-planning. We have answered many of them here. If you have other questions, please email international@clemson.edu.

WHEN IS THE SCHOOL PARTNERS PROGRAM OFFERED?

The academic year in the US generally starts in August and ends in May or June. Most of our US partner schools host visiting students between January and March.

ARE THERE GRADES OR HOMEWORK?

Since you are considered a visiting student, no grades will be assigned. However, in order to better understand the material discussed in class and maximize the benefit of your time in school, you are encouraged to complete homework assignments and take quizzes and tests like the other students.

DO I GET TO CHOOSE MY CLASSES?

The majority of your time will be spent in required classes such as math, science, English, computer science, and social studies. However, visiting students will have an opportunity to express their interests and host school administrators will do their best to match your interests to available electives.

DO I NEED TO SEND TEST SCORES TO BE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM?

You do not need to send test scores to participate in the program. However, your English language skills should be at an intermediate level or higher. Beginning language learners will struggle in classes and other situations.

HOW WILL I GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO MY HOST FAMILY’S HOME?

Students will be met at the airport by members of the Clemson University staff, partner school representatives, host families, or a combination of the three.

IS IT HARD TO SECURE A VISA OR OTHER DOCUMENTATION?

Your host school will provide your school with an invitation letter that can be used to secure the documentation needed to participate in this program.

IS THERE A DRESS CODE AT MY HOST SCHOOL?

Some schools have dress codes but most often you will be free to wear your school uniform or other comfortable clothing. Generally, it will be appropriate to wear clothes that are modest and comfortable. Your host school will communicate information to your school about any specific expectations.

SHOULD I BRING MEDICATION?

Your host family and the school health staff can supply basic over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers. Each one will also have first aid supplies available for minor injuries. If you have a prescription medication, bring it with you and then let your host family know about any medicine you brought and how often you are required to take it.

WHERE WILL I EAT MY MEALS?

You will eat your breakfast and dinner with your host family. You will eat lunch at school. When you are on a field trip, you will eat at an area restaurant. All meals are covered in your program cost.

WHAT AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO?

For our partner schools in the upstate, we recommend the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP). For other regions of the state, you may fly into another airport. Please check with the YLI International programs office before booking your flight as we work closely with each partner school to determine the best situation for you. Once you confirm your flight schedule, send a copy of your itinerary to us at international@clemson.edu

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM SICK OR INJURED?

Medical coverage is provided through your program fee. Host families know which clinics and hospitals to take you to if necessary. Also, there are health personnel at school to assist you with non-emergency medical care.

WHAT IS THE CLIMATE LIKE IN SOUTH CAROLINA?

The climate in South Carolina can be quite different from one part of the state to another. However, winters are generally mild with average high temperatures of 11-17 Celsius while summers are hot and humid with temperatures regularly reaching 30-35 degrees Celsius. The upstate is famous for its warm weather and colorful flowers in the spring while the low country features palm trees and sunny beaches.

WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM END?

Most school partners programs finish at the end of the school day on the final Friday. Then, after a final night of activities and good-byes, students typically fly home on Saturday morning. Final details are arranged through the partnering school.

WILL I GET A TRANSCRIPT OR A CERTIFICATE?

Since there are no grades issued, this program does not include transcript services. However, each student will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO WI-FI?

Yes. Students will have access to Wi-Fi throughout the program so they can contact family back home and complete school assignments.