Upstate International Clubs

Upstate International Clubs create connections and friendships across borders. Our clubs help expatriates and their families feel more connected to their new community, allow former US expats to reconnect with cultures they miss, and provide a warm environment for forging bonds with our diverse region. To learn details about each club navigate the tabs below.

Clubs are open—and free!—for all members of Upstate International. Membership is affordable and gives you access to all of UI’s wonderful programs and opportunities.

Join the International Women’s Club

The International Women’s Club (IWC) is a social club and a conduit to connect women of all nationalities living in the Upstate. Membership in Upstate International entitles you to all the benefits of the IWC. Newcomers will feel at home by getting support from women already established in the area.

With a wide variety of monthly activities, from coffee mornings and potluck lunches to hiking and fitness walks, there is always an engaging experience around the corner. Special events such as International dinners and holiday celebrations provide a taste of the world. There are craft days and panel discussions with women who share a global outlook.

The International Women’s Club is open and free to Upstate International members. Join here! For more information, email us.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday, October 3
Historic Walking Tour of Downtown

Tuesday, November 7
The Art of Crafting

Tuesday, December 5

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Greenville in Harmony Singing Workshop

Tuesday, February 6
High Tea & Hats

Tuesday, March 6
How We Got Here – Women’s Stories

Tuesday, April 10
Clemson Botanical Garden Tour

Tuesday, May 1

 Ongoing Events

Bruegger’s Coffee: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:00am

Crafting Day: 3rd Thursday of the month, 10:00am

Ladies’ Night Out: 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:30pm

Atlanta Bread Lunch: 4th Wednesday of the month, 11:45am

Hiking: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 9:00am– Starbucks on E. North

Fitness Walk: 4th Tuesday of the month, 9:30am- Cleveland Zoo Parking Lot

Short Walk: 2nd Thursday of the month, 9:00am- Cleveland Zoo Parking Lot

 *Most IWC Tuesday Events are held at the UI House, starting at 10:00 AM.

Join the International Men’s Club

The mission of the International Men’s Club (IMC) is to welcome men of all nationalities to experience a world of exciting activities. Members of the IMC get a chance to expand their social life while doing what they enjoy.  International Men’s Club activities are free to join with an Upstate International membership.

Join today, and start exploring!  We are meeting at Port City Java at 9:00am, with the Upstate International Men’s Group every 2 weeks to discuss international events, international travel and to network.  All nationalities are welcome, whether you are born and raised in SC or an expat from far away, having an interest in the world around us is all that we ask.
Port City Java
Mark your calendars: November 4th, November 18th, December 2nd, December 16th, December 30th.   For more information, email us!

Enjoy the International Book Club

The International Book Club features books by international authors that will take you into worlds and lives around the globe. We delve into mysteries, novels, and folklore influenced by traditions old and new, varied societies, and passions of creative individuals.Through facilitated discussions we share a love of reading and learn about diverse cultures. We interpret perspectives and reveal parables. Most of all, we have fun.

The Book Club is open to all Upstate International members. Guests are welcome to attend one meeting before being asked to join Upstate International.

The Book Club gathers once per month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Mondays, September through June. Meetings are at M. Judson Booksellers, 130 S. Main Street in Greenville. Light meals, snacks and beverages may be purchased during meetings. For more information, email us!

August 28, 2017
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu
By Joshua Hammer
September 25
Second Person Singular
By Sayed KashuaOctober 30
By Yaa Gyasi


December 4
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
By Trevor Noah


January 8, 2018
Norwegian by Night
By Derek B. Miller


February 12
A Town Like Alice
By Nevil Shute


March 26
The Sky Unwashed
By Irene Zabytko


April 30
The Lost City of the Monkey God
By Douglas Preston


June 4
By Min Jin Lee






Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Place:  M. Judson Booksellers, 130 S. Main Street, Greenville SC

Come Speak With Us!

Want to improve your Spanish or English skills? Do you like making friends and having fun? Then come visit our Spanish or English Conversation Clubs at Upstate International! Our Conversation Clubs offer an opportunity for speakers from different cultures to come together, practice the spoken language, and gain confidence in discussing different subjects. It is an excellent way to build language proficiency, as well as social and communication skills.

Led by native speakers, each club emphasizes conversation rather than instruction. Conversation Clubs are open and free of cost for all UI members who want to enhance their conversation skills. No registration is required. Just show up and join the conversation!

Still not a member? Feel free to visit a class once before pursuing UI membership. After you’re a member, you may drop in whenever you like! If you have further questions, email us.

Schedule *

  • English Conversation Club – Open to all members who want to enhance their English conversation skills. Wednesdays, 9:45-11:15am.  September 6, 2017 – December 13, 2017  No registration required.
  • Spanish Conversation Club –  Open to all members who want to enhance their Spanish conversation skills. Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:15pm.  September 5, 2017 – December 12, 2017  No registration required.

* Upstate International follows the Greenville County schools’ schedule and is closed when the Greenville public schools are closed, including school holidays and school weather closings.