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Study Abroad Association

The Study Abroad Association is a great way to connect you with other study abroad alumni on campus. By joining the organization, you will develop strong relationships with the UofSC study abroad community and continue your own cultural exploration!


  • To provide study abroad returnees with opportunities to internationalize their on-campus experience
  • To connect study abroad alumni with a group of internationally-focused individuals
  • To support and help integrate incoming exchange students
  • To promote intercultural relationships and develop intercultural competencies


  • Currently enrolled undergraduate student at UofSC Columbia
  • Completed an approved study abroad program through the Study Abroad Office 

Global Gamecock Guides

The Global Gamecock Guides program within the Study Abroad Association was created to better support both incoming exchange students and local UofSC study abroad returnees. UofSC students who participate in the program will be paired with an incoming exchange student and will help guide their study abroad experience here in South Carolina. Guides will help introduce exchange students to campus resources, local events, and opportunities to get involved in the community. Students will automatically become a member of the Study Abroad Association if chosen to be a Global Gamecock Guide.

Fall 2020 Events

Welcome Dinner
August 20th, 2020 @ 7PM
Location TBA
Open only to paired Global Gamecock Guides

Soda City
August 29th @ 11AM
Meet at SC State House

Re-entry: Unpacking Your International Experience
September 8th @ TBA
Russell House Ballroom
Open only to SAA members

Picnic on the Lake
September 13th @ TBA
Lake Murray Public Park
Cost: $5

Night Yoga
September 22nd @ TBA
Meet on campus
Bring your own mat/towel

Hiking at Congaree National Park
October 3rd @ TBA
Carpools from campus will be coordinated
Wear appropriate shoes/clothes

Painting Night
October 13th @ 7pm
Russell House Ballroom
Cost: $3 (Includes canvas, paint, brushes, & instruction)

Scary Movie Night
October 22nd @ 8:30pm
650 Lincoln Movie Theater

Friendsgiving Potluck
November 11th @ 6pm
Location TBA

November 17th @ 8pm
Bowlero Columbia
Cost: $8

Service Event
Date and time TBA
Cocky's Reading Express
Spend your day reading to elementary school students

Secret Santa
December 1st @ 7PM
Russell House Gameroom


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