Welcome to Upstate International

Our community is globally welcoming.

June 26, 2024

(International Women's Group Event) Meet with the International Women’s Group at Jasmine Kitchen to enjoy lunch with friends!

July 24, 2024

(International Women's Group Event) Meet with the International Women’s Group at Jasmine Kitchen to enjoy lunch with friends!

Join the U&I Community!

Find your way to Celebrate International Diversity

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.​
It’s more than membership. Its an opportunity to connect!

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Working as Community for a Thriving Upstate

The Heart of Global Engagement in the Upstate

Upstate International (UI) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fosters 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.

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

Barbara 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.

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

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.

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

UI Class Participant

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.

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

Mary F.

Explore Our Website and Let Us Know Your Experience!

The purpose of this survey is to collect data on specific topics or issues with Upstate International's new website of 2024. Our goal is to make our information easy to navigate and to provide you with reliable resources. Your feedback can help us fine-tune areas within our website to ensure a smooth user experience!

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.

Membership – Family
$100.00 / year
Membership – Patron
$200.00 / year
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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Get ready to impress your friends with your new dance moves and Spanish vocabulary and dance your way to fluency! 

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