Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in my program fee?

Your program fee includes: academic expenses and program activities, academic resources, airport shuttle, local program transportation, event admissions, exchange activities, lodging, all meals, and insurance (travel and health Insurance).

What is NOT included in my program fee?

Your program fee does not include: international flight, passport and visa costs (if applicable), personal expenses.

When are the Leadership and Innovation Programs offered?

We offer programs from January-August. We encourage early confirmation of dates as certain weeks fill quickly.

How many students will participate in each program?

To make sure each student gets the individual attention he or she needs, we limit the program cohorts to a maximum of 24 students.

What if I need a visa to attend the program?

If a visitor visa is needed to participate, we will provide an official invitation letter with full details that can be used to submit with your visa application.

Do participants have to take a test?

There is no test required for a short-term program. Clemson works with the school administration, government department, or cooperating agency to ensure that each participant has the ability to benefit from the program.

What is the required English level?

Our scholars come from both English and non-English speaking backgrounds. We do not require English language learners to submit test scores, but each participant should already have basic conversational skills before the program begins. Upon arrival, each participant will be evaluated by our language facilitators.

Will participants receive any recognition for their participation in the program?

All students that successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of recognition from the Youth Learning Institute of Clemson University.

Who will supervise the participants?

In addition to classroom instructors present during all academic activities, participants are supervised 24 hours a day by trained counselors and staff members. Health and safety is a top priority.

What happens if a student becomes sick or injured?

Comprehensive medical coverage is provided for all participants. Please note that pre-existing conditions may not be covered. There are medical personnel on campus and at each of the learning sites to assist with non-emergency medical care. For other needs, several area clinics and hospitals are close and convenient.

What airport should I fly into?

The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (airport code: GSP) is the closest airport to the Clemson campus and learning sites. A free airport shuttle is provided to participants using this airport.

What is the weather like in South Carolina?

Winters are generally cool with average daily high temperatures of 11-17 Celsius while summers are hot and humid with temperatures regularly reaching 30-35 degrees Celsius.

Will I have access to Wi-Fi during the program?

Yes, our campus and all learning sites have free Wi-Fi to allow you to complete assignments and contact your friends and family. Content guidelines and time limits for the use of phones and other electronic devices will be given at the orientation session.

Will I need U.S. dollars for spending money and how will I get those?

Your program cost includes all lodging, meals, and learning activities so you may not need additional money. However, if you wish to purchase snacks, gifts, or other personal items, you may want to have some additional money for spending. It is easiest if you secure US dollars before you travel or at one of the airports you fly through, but the Global Connections staff can help you exchange money once you arrive.

Where will I eat meals?

You will eat most of your meals with the other participants at one of the campus dining facilities. When you are on a field trip, you will eat at an area restaurant. All meals are covered in your program cost.

What should I pack for the Leadership & Innovation program?

A packing list and recommended items is available through the Global Connections office.

More Questions?

Feel free to email international@clemson.edu. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.