Welcome to the Upstate!

We are glad you’re here. Moving to a new country is one of the most exhilarating—and challenging—adventures you’ll ever embark upon. Our goal is to build your confidence in navigating a new culture and location. Make yourself at home!

The information below is provided to help international expatriates and residents who have recently moved to the Upstate region of South Carolina. PLEASE NOTE: Upstate International does not endorse any of the entities listed here and cannot be held responsible for problems resulting from private transactions. Individuals should use their own discretion in evaluating the merit of contacts listed here. If you would like your business to be included below, please contact Upstate International’s Executive Director.

Time Differences


For Quick Travel References


Major Exchange Rates


Newspaper Translations


If you want to read the news in other countries but you don’t speak that language, this website may help.  This site has free computer-generated translations of 10,000 newspapers, and it’s easy to use.  Select the category you want (e.g., Arabic news in English, English news in Chinese, etc.) and Newstran.com will give you a page with links to translations of newspapers.  You can click on a link to read that newspaper.  This is a great way to get other perspectives on major news stories, and to see what’s happening on the local level around the world.  (Please note that computerized translations may not be linguistically accurate; they provide only a general sense of the meaning.)

Help for Small Businesses


Business in the US


Living Abroad


AuPairCare by Intrax, Elizabeth Botzis


Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce (Newcomer Information)

24 Cleveland Street

(864) 242-1050


Greenville Visitors Center

City Hall Office Building (1st floor)

206 South Main Street

(864) 233-0461 or Toll Free at 1-800-717-0023


Discover Upcountry Carolina Association

500 East North Street, Suite E

(864) 233-2690 or Toll Free at 1-800-849-4766


City of Greer

New residents (http://www.cityofgreer.org/live/new_residents.php)

Move Up, Upstate SC

Lifestyle, etc. https://moveupstatesc.com/up-your-lifestyle/international-community/


The state requires two documents as a prerequisite to enroll a child in a South Carolina public school. The Department of Health and Environmental Control Immunization Form is required of all children; however, DHEC allows a thirty-day waiver for students to present records or begin immunizations. A birth certificate or other proof of age, as determined by the school district, is required for the first-time enrollment for children entering kindergarten or first grade.  In addition, your district may require written proof of residency. A district may not deny a student enrollment due to the lack of proof of immigration status, and a district should not request that information of the parent.  Social Security Cards or numbers are not required, nor must parents be required to present South Carolina driver’s licenses for their proof of residency.

Au Pair Care

Kristin Lancaster-Weiss is the Area Director Greenvillle-Spartanburg, SCAuPairCare Greenville, dedicated to matching families in the United States with international au pairs who provide live-in childcare and bring the world into your home.  Contact Kristin here klancaster-weiss@aupaircare.com, or call 864-534-2347.  Learn more here: http://refer.aupaircare.com/share/klancaster-weiss  

Cultural Care Au Pair

Anette Menke is the local childcare coordinator for Greenville, SC. She provides service and support to host families and their au pairs throughout the summer and full-year programs.  Her contact info is anette.menke@lcc.culturalcare.com or (864) 517-0103.

Upstate Parent

Free monthly magazine, available throughout the Upstate with lots of information for parents about upcoming events.

305 S. Main St., P.O. Box 1688, Greenville, SC 29602


Roper Mountain Science Center

Planetarium shows, educational programs, holiday lights, living history farm, etc.

(864) 281-1188


Kidding Around Greenville


Allan Bennett Memorial Hospital

(864) 348-8200

Greenville Hospital System

(864) 455-7000


Greenville Memorial Hospital

(864) 455-7000

Hillcrest Hospital

(864) 967-6100

Greer Memorial Hospital


 Pelham Medical Center


St. Francis Hospital

(864) 255-1000

St. Francis Women’s & Family Hospital

(864) 675-4000

Waterstone Dentistry

(864) 232-0440

American Red Cross Restoring Family Links Program– Caseworkers at local chapters around the U.S. help to locate missing relatives by working with partners.

Upstate SC World Relief

UI Relocation Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: www.uscis.gov

For a comprehensive look at U.S. Visa Travel information: 



Lutheran Refugee Services – Greenville

Amberly Chirolla: achirolla@iscarolinas.net


Support Ukraine

Marina Butenko: marinabutenko@outlook.com

Trade Route Import Furniture & Accessories

The Shops at Greenridge

1125 Woodruff Road, Suite 1910

Greenville, SC 29607

(864) 234-1514



Leopard Forest Coffee – This fair-trade coffee roasting company features coffee beans grown in Zimbabwe, Africa, then roasted and ground in Travelers Rest, north of Greenville

UI Language Classes and Conversation Clubs

Greenville Literacy Association


Lifelong Learning


Greenville Tech – English as a Second Language


Furman University – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Greenville County Main Library

25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville, SC

(864) 242-5000

See www.greenvillelibrary.org for more information and all regional branches.

The Greenville News

The daily Greenville newspaper, with comprehensive local news, classifieds, sports, and other topics

(864) 298-4110


The Greenville Journal

Weekly newspaper with five locally written and edited sections that revolve around business, economic development, local events, arts, and current issues relevant to Greenville

(864) 298-4110


Charter Communications

(Cable Television & Broadband Internet)


WYFF-TV Channel 4 (NBC)

Includes school closings


WHO Fish


WHNS-TV Channel 21 (FOX)


WSPA-TV Channel 7 (CBS)

Includes Weather & school closings


WYCW-TV Channel 62 (CW)


Livin’ Upstate Lifestyle and Newcomers Information


Robert L. Howarth (Jeff Richardson Company)

Speaks English, German, and Italian

607 N.E. Main St.

Simpsonville, SC 29681

Office: (864) 962-1750


Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau


Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau


City of Greenville

Includes a good list of things to do and see in Greenville

City of Spartanburg


City of Greenville Special Events


City of Greer

Downtown Greer Events, Dining, and Shopping (http://greerstation.com/)

Greer Parks and Recreation (http://www.cityofgreer.org/departments/greer_city_park.php)

Interfaith Forum

Interfaith Forum (IF) is a coalition of faith communities, individuals, and organizations in the Upstate of South Carolina that advocates social justice, promotes charitable outreach, and fosters mutual support and interfaith dialogue.