International Programs & TREE

The Department of Economics encourages undergraduate students to take advantage of strong study abroad and other international programs at leading international universities. Stipends are available to help cover expenses at top programs from the College and the Department of Economics. Students interested in international programs should take advantage of Information and support services in the college's Office of Student Enrichment and Clemson's Office of Global Engagement.

The Department of Economics supports the Transatlantic Exchange in Economics (TREE), a program with the Universite’ catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Beligium, which is rated among the top universities in the world. Students looking for a high quality study abroad program can take courses in English while at UCL. Students who develop their French language skills to the maximum can take courses taught in French, on the way to earning a degree from UCL, and from Clemson, all within the standard four year time frame.

Clemson students seeking the degree spend two semesters at UCL in Louvain La Neuve, Belgium, typically in their junior year. Preparation for this program in economics, mathematics, and the French language is essential.

FIPSE logoThe rewards from the cultural and intellectual experience in the TREE program more than compensate for the investment in learning a second language. On completion of four years of study, students will have earned bachelors degrees from both Clemson and UCL, while being given an incomparable international experience. TREE is featured in an August 2009 Newsweek article, “The New Way to Study Abroad.”

The program was initiated by grant P116J060029 from the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education. We are currently raising new funds so we can continue to offer stipends to support students pursuing the dual degree. More information is available by contacting Professor Scott Baier, the economics department chair (sbaier [at] clemson [dot] edu).