Welcome to Upstate International

March is Upstate International Month!

Are you ready to have fun on a Global Scale?

Join the U&I Community!

Find your way to Celebrate International Diversity

It’s more than membership. Its an opportunity to connect!
Learn a new language or improve the skills you have!
Attend an event to broaden your cultural horizons.
Get Involved & Connect with Your Upstate Community.​

Keep Up With Upstate International

Working as Community

For a Thriving Upstate

Upstate International (UI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to empower people and businesses of all nations to thrive in the Upstate by connecting them through programs, events, and initiatives that foster dynamic global engagement by connecting people, resources, and ideas.

Promoting Global Identity

& Sustaining International Engagement

Dedicated to fostering a deep understanding of global affairs and cultures, and supported by individuals and businesses, Upstate International engages globally-minded South Carolinians directly with each other and with topic experts, elected officials, civic leaders, and professionals from around the world.

Living Diversity & Inclusion

By Remove Barriers in SC

All programming at Upstate International celebrates cultural diversity, enhances cross-cultural respect, and ensures the Upstate embraces diversity of age, gender, race, religion, economics, and culture.

If the first time didn’t work, she found another way to tell us what we needed to know – the mark of a true teacher!

UI Class Participant

Atsuko was so patient! I loved that the class was so small, so we all got very individualized instruction!

Mary F.

A very positive experience for those who took languages early in life and want to refresh and relearn them.

Barbara B.

Randy is very enthusiastic about Spanish and it was catching! He gave me the courage to get out at speak it in public. Thanks Randy!!

Julianne Summer

Monica is an outstanding teacher and created a pleasant and fun ambience which contributed to my learning so much and improving my conversational Spanish!

Janis B.

UI is a great way to learn without the pressure of college classes with tests and weighted grades.

UI Class Participant

I am thankful not only for the terrific instruction given in class but also for the congenial classmates. Although several no longer attend classes, we developed a friendship and are still in touch.

Janis B.

Mr. Rivera tried to create a class atmosphere where it was very informal, inclusive and conversation- oriented which made it very effective for me as a student learning a foreign language as an adult.

Saku G.

Help us raise $25,000!

25 years of building a stronger, more inclusive Upstate

Celebrate 25 years of Upstate International by supporting our “25 for 25” fundraising campaign! 

Give the gift of language and support a globally diverse Upstate. Join us in celebrating 25 years of Upstate International and help us continue to provide language services and classes to our community.

Memberships support a welcoming and inclusive Upstate South Carolina!
Is Membership required for participation at Upstate International?

Memberships support a platform for nonpartisan discussion and education on critical world issues.

Memberships aren’t required to participate in many Upstate International Center Events, but they are a great way to say “I want a globally diverse and engaged Upstate South Carolina!” Memberships are required for language classes and certain group activities.


$75 / year
For Individuals


$100 / year
Immediate Family Members


$200 / year
For Business Individuals

Patron Family

$250 / year
For Business Teams
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Countries Represented by UI Members
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Volunteers Lending a Hand Annually
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Hours of Volunteering
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