International

International Companies

Greenville County benefits from the foreign investment of countries the world over. 

  • Over 150 different international firms from 25 countries are located in Greenville County.  The larger 10-county Upstate region encompasses over 350 firms from 32 different countries.
  • South Carolina ranks 4th in the Nation in the percent of private-industry employment in foreign companies, according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • In three out of the last four years IBM Plant Location International (IBM-PLI) has ranked  South Carolina 1st in the nation in attracting jobs through foreign investment.
  • Foreign companies located in Greenville include:  Samsung Networks America, Eurokera, Kyocera Mita, Mitsubishi, Saint Gobain, Ahold, Magna, Bosch Rexroth, Pierburg, Nutra, and Michelin.

Upstate International

Upstate International (www.upstateinternational.org) offers many services to internationals designed to integrate cultures and help them get involved in the community.

  • Language classes are offered in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and English as a second language.
  • Upstate International provides country contacts in the Greenville area for over 20 different countries around the globe.
  • Personal assistance is provided to newcomers through the Ambassadors Program.  Help is offered in all aspects of establishing a life in Greenville, from school registration, choosing a doctor, to finding recreational activities for children.         
  • The Women’s Club has monthly meetings with topics ranging from health, to children, to politics.  They also conduct day trips around Greenville and organize benefit events.
  • Other activities at Upstate International include films, lectures, seminars, children’s activities, and publication of a monthly newsletter.

Support Organizations

The Upstate offers many organizations to help incorporate internationals into local culture.

Education Opportunities

  • The Michelin French School derives its standards by those offered by the French Ministry of Education in order to allow for an easy reintegration upon return to France.  It is the only one of its kind throughout the nation.
  • Japanese and German Saturday Schools and a Chinese School allow internationals to maintain their cultural and linguistic connections to their home nations through weekend classes.  
  • The International Baccalaureate Program housed at local public and private schools is seen worldwide as a superior secondary education. 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.
  • The German for Native Speakers program at Chris Church Episcopal School (CCES) began in 1995 and 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.

Other

  • Restaurants: German, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Mexican, Greek, Italian, Vietnamese, Thai, Dutch, Belgian, Persian, French, Jamaican, Irish, Columbian, Peruvian
  • Groceries: German, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Mexican
  • Religious Opportunities: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Coptic Orthodox, Greek Orthodox