University Info | College of Engineering Info | Office of Global Engagement
- ranks among the Top 25 public institutions of higher education in the United States.
- is located on beautiful Lake Hartwell in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are outstanding outdoors recreational opportunities like hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, or kayaking/stand-up paddle boarding, and all within a short drive of campus. Clemson is close to major cities, too: Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina are both within two hours' drive from campus.
- is a student-centered, research university with a strong focus on engineering and science. Students may choose from 80+ undergraduate majors and 110+ graduate programs.
- offers an excellent student life experience: Students may choose from over 400 clubs and organizations, 50 club sports teams, 6 student-run media organizations, and free tickets to all home athletic games!
- is home of the 2016 U.S. College Football National Champions. Go Tigers!
Clemson University first opened its doors in 1889 with a very clear vision: to "be a high seminary of learning in which the graduate of the common schools can commence, pursue and finish the course of studies terminating in thorough theoretic and practical instruction." Thomas Green Clemson's now famous words left to us in his will have guided the University's actions through the years, from a college focusing on the art and science of agriculture to a university teaching students in more than 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs.
More than 17,000 students call Clemson University "home" each academic year. Why? Because Clemson has a way of doing things differently. Clemson is more than a top-tier research university, more than big-time science and engineering, and more than course schedules and final exams. It's about providing experiences and enrichment opportunities that create leaders, thinkers and entrepreneurs.
Set in a college town with a beautiful backdrop of lakefronts and mountains, Clemson attracts students looking for a strong sense of community, school spirit and a love of winning -- in academics, in athletics and in life. We invite you to get more. We invite you to Clemson University.
With more than 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate programs, you are bound to find something at Clemson University that interests you. Students currently attending Clemson University come from over 89 different countries. The student faculty ratio is 14 to 1, so students get the opportunity to know the professors and receive all the necessary attention.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
- There are no minimum requirements for admission, and a student’s entire application will be considered. Students are who are successfully admitted into Clemson will typically maintain a high-B or A average, or its equivalent (3.3 or higher on a 4.0 grade scale) at their home institution. There are currently no academic testing requirements for incoming exchange students.
English Proficiency Requirements
Official TOEFL or IELTS scores are required. English proficiency is measured through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test.
- Minimum TOEFL Internet-Based Test score – 80
- Minimum TOEFL PBT (paper-based) score – 550
- Minimum IELTS score – 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each sub score)
- Minimum Duolingo English Test – 105
Note: Transfer applicants attending U.S. institutions who have passed English composition courses I and II that are equivalent to Clemson University's ENGL 1030 with a grade of "B" or better are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. The test can also be waived for students from countries where English is the primary language or one of the official languages.
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: late August to mid-December
- Spring: early January to early May
- Automotive Engineering
- Bioengineering (Biomedical Engineering)
- Biosystems Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
- Industrial Engineering
- Materials Science & Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
- Some major coursework options may be reserved for full-time degree seeking students within that major. Please discuss any questions related to your schedule, or access to restricted courses, with your academic advisor.
- Enrollment into some courses may require permission from the instructor.
Course Descriptions | Schedule of Classes
Students must meet all prerequisites for all chosen courses. Courses taken at Clemson must generally be used to complete a student's degree progress at their home institution.
- Students must take at least 50% of their courses in the College of Engineering.
Workload per Semester
Enrollment in 12 or more credit hours is considered full time. The maximum number of hours in which a student may enroll is 21. Permission of the student's academic advisor is required for all registration in excess of 21 credit hours.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to Clemson must also complete Clemson's application for non-degree seeking international students.
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
- NOT Required (but may be included by student if preferred)
Students may expect to receive notification of acceptance by email within two to four weeks of the application deadline.
Students who are interested in on-campus housing must apply online.
Estimated Cost of Living
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Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Office of Global Engagement | firstname.lastname@example.org
Clemson, South Carolina, is a small town located in Pickens County in the northwestern corner of South Carolina known as the Upstate. The town of Clemson has about 14,000 permanent residents, with a student population which more than doubles that number during the academic year. Clemson has a cozy, small-town feel, with a walkable downtown that is located immediately adjacent to the University. There are numerous shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs all within walking distance of campus. Clemson is also accessible to big city amenities, located about 45 minutes from Greenville, SC, and two hours from both Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, GA.
Outdoors opportunities abound in and around Clemson. Located on the shores of massive Lake Hartwell, there are plentiful boating and recreation opportunities. Students may rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards, swim on a number of natural beaches, and participate in water skiing or sailing teams. Clemson is also located in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Within a short drive are incredible hiking, mountain biking, road cycling, and whitewater rafting opportunities. The Upstate region boasts dozens of waterfalls, mountains, and other natural areas, all within an hour’s drive.
Clemson is also home to the South Carolina Botanical Gardens, several outstanding museums, historic sites, art studios and galleries, and the award-winning Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. Sports fans will have no shortage of opportunities to root on the Clemson athletic teams, or take advantage of intramural sports and student recreation opportunities. The Fike Recreation Center provides students with an indoor track, full gymnasium, a climbing wall, and an indoor pool.