South Carolina frequently ranks as the #1 state for attracting jobs through Foreign Direct Investment per capita. As a result, over the past four decades, Greenville has become home to a substantial international community that spans the globe. More than 250 international firms from 28 countries have a major presence here, and more than 530 firms from 34 countries call the Upstate home. We welcome this melting pot of residents and visitors with open arms.
Greenville County benefits from the foreign investment of countries the world over. The GADC works to build lasting partnerships with companies that call Greenville County home. Foreign companies in Greenville include Alorica, Eurokera, Haier, Mitsubishi, Saint Gobain, Bausch & Lomb, Magna, Bosch Rexroth, Pierburg, Nutra, and Michelin.
Upstate International (UI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that offers many services for businesses and individuals, local and international, designed to enhance communication and understanding between and among the diverse cultures found in the Upstate. Through its programs, events, and initiatives, UI seeks to foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas, enhancing your businesses’ success in the Upstate.
The International Baccalaureate Program housed at local public and private schools is considered a superior secondary education worldwide. With an emphasis on foreign language fluency and fully developing the complete student, the IB program in Greenville is one of a kind in the Upstate. Alternatively, the International School of Greenville is a full-immersion and bilingual school for American, French, Belgian, Canadian and other expatriate families in the Greenville area.
The German for Native Speakers program at Christ Church Episcopal School (CCES) incorporates German lessons into their daily school schedule. CCES is accredited by the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Culture and is the only school outside of Germany to receive this accreditation.
There are many organizations to help incorporate internationals into our local culture.
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