Internationals in the Upstate
Over 100 different international firms from 22 countries now have a major presence in Greenville County. Learn more about the many resources available for people of all nations in the Upstate.
Greenville Area Development Corporation
For any business or individual relocating to the Upstate, visiting the “international” section of the Greenville Area Development Corporation’s website is a must. There’s a long list of links to support organizations and educational opportunities – which is a great place to start!
Upstate International is a non-profit that empowers people and businesses of all nations to thrive in the Upstate by fostering the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas. It offers language classes, conversation opportunities, relocation services, social clubs, educational forums, and humanitarian outreach luncheons. Membership is open to any Upstate resident wishing to get involved in its programs or services.
Find out more at https://upstateinternational.org.
Conversational English Classes
Visions International is a professional coaching, consulting and training that equips global executives, entrepreneurs, professionals, non-profit organizations, educators and students to relate and communicate cross-culturally, live contentedly and work successfully with other cultures. It offers beginner and intermediate English conversation classes in Greenville on a weekly basis.
Sporting activities are a great way to establish common ground, meet new people, and feel like part of a team. Greenville Sports Leagues (GSL) offers basketball, flag football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, softball, kickball, and cornhole. While not specifically designed for internationals, it does a great job of connecting people from all over the world. Individuals just sign up for their preferred sport, and GSL assigns them to a team with an opening.
Likewise, individuals from rugby-playing countries may be interested in checking out the local rugby club, the Greenville Griffins. The team has been around since 1969 and now has an impressive roster of players from Australia, France, Ireland, Germany and South Africa, in addition to Americans. The Griffins play other clubs in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, including Asheville, Charleston, and Charlotte. Players and their families also enjoy a wide range of social activities throughout the year, from cookouts, to gold tournaments, to bike rides and more.