student in class Currently host to nearly 60 international students from 23 countries, Lander has made international education an essential part of its educational goals by providing American and international students with a well-rounded, all-encompassing learning experience.

Lander accomplishes this in two ways:

  • Bringing international students to our campus for degree programs or short term study sessions
  • Encouraging American students to study abroad through semester or yearlong programs, as well as short-term study sessions, ranging from 2-5 weeks

As a Lander international student, you not only get a glimpse of U.S. culture and a high-quality education; you can also make connections with students from around the world and other students who have traveled abroad to experience cultures outside their own. Additionally, Lander's smaller, rural campus ensures a safe, family-oriented environment in which you can concentrate on your studies without worry.


Quick Facts about Lander

  • Founded in 1872 as Williamston Female College
  • More than 60 areas of study
  • Nationally ranked NCAA Division II athletics
  • 137 full-time faculty, 63.4 percent of whom hold the highest degree in their field
  • Over 60 different clubs and organizations
  • Ranked among the top public colleges and universities in the southern United States
  • Successful engineering dual degree program with Clemson University
  • Department of Business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • National award-winning Experience Your Education (EYE) Program, which provides hands-on, real-world learning opportunities for students
  • Global Scholars Program promotes educational opportunities around the world
  • Innovative academic calendar provides more instruction time in the classroom while allowing 4 months during the summer for study abroad, internships and employment in tourism and other industries
  • Over 90-percent acceptance rate for Lander students who are recommended to medical school by Lander faculty
  • First nationally accredited, university-based Montessori teacher education program in South Carolina
  • First genetics emphasis of its kind in South Carolina
  • Only undergraduate program in the world currently spin-casting epoxy mirrors for use by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in telescopes
  • Experience of living in authentic, small-town America
  • Campus that is safe, tobacco-free, residential and an easy walk to every campus location and to downtown Greenwood
  • Friendship Family Program for which families are handpicked by university administration
  • Open-door policy for the University President 
  • Student-Faculty Ratio of 14:1
  • Easy access to big cities such as Atlanta, Ga., Columbia, S.C., Charleston, S.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Charlotte, N.C., and many more