UI events and programs increase awareness, broaden horizons, and inspire appreciation for the many different expressions of cultures in our world. Our events fall into three main categories:


Cultural-themed events invite Upstate residents into a new world of sights, tastes, sounds, arts, and traditions. With events catered to almost any crowd, you will learn about cultures of the world through first-hand experience.

World Affairs

Be aware and engage in conversation about the world’s most pressing issues by attending World Affairs events. As an official World Affairs Councils of America affiliateUpstate International engages globally-minded South Carolinians directly with each other and with elected officials, civic leaders and professionals from around the world.

International Business

As Greenville becomes the city of our dreams, it is also becoming the city of the dreams of many nations. In the last twenty years, this area has seen significant growth, attracting over 350 companies from around the world. UI fosters opportunities to form global connections with international business and commerce professionals.

Upcoming Events

Mar 1 @ 12:00 am – Mar 31 @ 11:45 pm
UIM's Community Book Read: One Amazing Thing
              Upstate International Month 2017 Community Book Read is One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni. Imagine standing on line at your favorite coffee shop and striking up a conversation…
Celebrate Our World Festival with the GloboDRUM Duo! @ The Artistry | Greenville | South Carolina | United States
  Our World Festival We’re celebrating Upstate International Month in the Upstate with GloboDrum! You don’t want to miss the Brothers in Rhythm, Dave & Jeff Holland, as GloboDrum makes its Greenville debut. This rare…
Screening of Salam Neighbor: Looking into the lives of refugees @ As-Sabeel Academy of Greenville | Greer | South Carolina | United States
Salam Neighbor is an award-winning film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. Immerse into the life of a Syrian refugee through the journey of Chris and Zach as the first filmmakers allowed to…
Say What Poetry Slam hosted by Moody Black @ Coffee Underground | Greenville | South Carolina | United States
Say What Poetry Slam hosted by Moody Black Open Mic, Slams, & National Poetry Acts A Poetry Slam is a performance poetry competition judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience.  Up to 12 local…
Mar 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Haitian Lives in American Culture @ USC Upstate - Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom | Spartanburg | South Carolina | United States
“Haitian Lives in American Culture” Speaker: Dr. Colleen O’Brien Dr. Colleen O’Brien, Associate Professor of English, will discuss her work in the 2016 University of Pennsylvania Press book, “The Haitian Revolution and the Early United…

Annual Events

Opening Night Gala

The official opening event for Upstate International Month, the International Gala is a sensational night replete with customs, culture, and cuisine! With delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, dancing, a silent auction, and entertainment, the Gala is a lively social event that fuels the excitement for Upstate International Month.

Passport to Decadence

During this evening of international delights, guests have the chance to feast on desserts, sip on wines, and enjoy myriad other treats from around the globe. Hosted by the International Women’s Club, the evening features homemade delights from more than 15 countries.

Beaujolais Nouveau

While most red wines improve with age, the handpicked wine from the Beaujolais region of France is best enjoyed fresh. To celebrate the end of harvest season, we join the French this evening to indulge in this luxurious young wine and a delectable French meal.

Salsa Under the Stars

A summer sensation, Salsa Under the Stars brings live Latin music and dancing to the Upstate community. No prior experience in dancing is required for this outdoor family event held in downtown Greenville.  Whether you choose to dance or sit and enjoy the music, the energetic atmosphere will have your toes tapping.

Religious Traditions

Have you ever wanted to visit a Mosque? A Buddhist temple? A Synagogue? Have you ever wondered how other world religions worship or celebrate their culture? Many people are curious about religious traditions but are reluctant to inquire for fear of offending a person of another culture. Our series takes you to visit and learn about these traditions right here in the Upstate.

Glüehwein Party

A celebration of the Christmas season in traditional German style, the Glüehwein Party is a festive experience full of great German food and the spiced red wine special to this time of year. This family-friendly evening is a perfect start to the holiday season.

Robert Burns Evening

A night dedicated to the celebration of the poetic melody of Robert Burns, guests are treated to authentic Scottish food and drink while delighting in recitations of Burns’s poetry.

Global Humanitarian Outreach

A broad spectrum of international humanitarian aid stems from South Carolina, yet few know about its scope, impact, or how to help. Global Humanitarian Outreach luncheons bring in speakers who are currently addressing issues on things such as contaminated water, preventable childhood deaths, malnutrition, housing shortages, and other basic human needs.

The Galette des Rois, or King’s Cake Celebration

The “Galette des Rois” is a way for the French community to celebrate the Epiphany, or the arrival of the Three Wise Men (“Magi.”)  In France, every year the people gather pour tirer les rois, to find the kings.  We continue the tradition at Upstate International. The traditional galette is cut into slices and in one of the slices is a special charm.  The person who gets the slice with the lucky charm becomes ‘King for the day.’

Crêpe Day

A popular French treat, crêpes can be enjoyed savory or sweet, but they are best enjoyed in the company of fellow members of Upstate International.