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SISA-L September 2008

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Students Interested in Study Abroad weekly announcements

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"Lila R. Grisar" <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 23 Sep 2008 23:26:19 -0400

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Hello fellow UGA-ians and 'Travel-Dawgs',

Below you will find the most recent posting to the SISA-L Listserv (Students Interested in Study Abroad) for the week of September 22-26, 2008.

In each listserv message there is information for students who are currently abroad, those who are thinking of going abroad, and those who have returned. We will also direct you to some of the many internationally-themed events that happen each week on campus.

Our website, http://www.uga.edu/oie/studyabroad.htm is a great place to find even more information!

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IN THIS WEEK'S ISSUE:

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.      THE 24TH ANNUAL STUDY, TRAVEL, & WORK ABROAD FAIR: OCT 15 & 16, 2008
2.      GLOBAL SEMINAR OFFERED AT UGA, SPRING 2009
3.      COFFEE HOUR: SPONSORED BY INTERNAT’L STUDENT LIFE OFFICE. FRI, SEPT. 26
4.      EXHIBITION: A TUSCAN SUMMER- CORTONA STUDY ABROAD IN LANDSCAPE
5.      EXHIBITION: FROM THE COLLECTION - THE AUTHORITY OF THE MEXICAN MURALISTS.
6.      FILM: OROZCO: MAN OF FIRE. THRUSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25


FOR STUDENTS GOING ABROAD THIS FALL:

7.      VOTING INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS ABROAD THIS FALL, 2008
8.      ON-LINE REGISTRATION WITH US EMBASSY WHILE ABROAD


FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN STUDYING, WORKING, OR INTERNING ABROAD:

9.      THINKING OF STUDYING ABROAD? GET STARTED BY ATTENDING AN OPTIONS ABROAD SESSION
10. SURVEY: FOR THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY VISITED THE OFFICE OF STUDY ABROAD
11. UGA COSTA RICA APPLICATION DEADLINES APPROACHING! (OCT 1.)
12. DEADLINE FOR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE IN COSTA RICA APPLICATIONS, NOVEMBER 13.
13. UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS:

-- UGA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION STUDY ABROAD FELLOWSHIP (DUE OCT. 3)

-- BRIDGING SCHOLARSHIPS (DUE OCT. 6)

-- GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP(DUE OCT. 9)

-- FREEMAN AWARDS FOR STUDY IN ASIA (DUE OCT. 15)

-- ARCADIA SCHOLARSHIPS (DUE SEPT. 1- OCT. 15)


FOR STUDENTS RETURNED FROM STUDY ABROAD:

14.     REMINDER FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDY ABROAD PEER ADVISORS
15.     STUDY ABROAD ON-LINE EVALUATIONS


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1. 24th ANNUAL STUDY, WORK, AND TRAVEL ABROAD FAIR

Mark your calendar for the 24th Annual Study, Work, and Travel Abroad Fair to be held on Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 16, 2008, 10 am - 3 pm, Student Learning Center, SLC Rotunda, 4th Floor.

Plan to come BOTH DAYS, as the hall will be filled with different study abroad programs each day, to learn more information about exciting upcoming opportunities to go abroad!  The Fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day and is a "drop-in" event!  We will look forward to seeing you both days!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Kornelia Probst-Mackowiak at [log in to unmask] or visit our website at the following URL: http://www.uga.edu/oie

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2. UNIQUE GLOBAL CLASS OFFERED ON UGA’S CAMPUS IN SPRING 2009:

Interested in global issues and agricultural development? Join the global seminar next spring…an international course that uses videoconferencing technology to link students from all over the globe. Work with students from campuses in Austria, Florida, Japan, Minnesota, Virginia, and Italy to tackle controversial issues from organic agriculture and GMO’s to global responsibility.

This course (ALDR 4600/6600) will run in the spring semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:45 am. Of particular interest to students before or after completing their own study abroad program! This course is not only for agriculture majors… students from political science, international affairs, public health, and many other fields are encouraged to participate.

For more information, Contact: Dennis Duncan
[log in to unmask]
ALEC-UGA
106 Four Towers
Athens, GA  30602
Office 706-542-1204

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3. COFFEE HOUR. September 26th:

Sponsored by International Student Life Office. An opportunity to experience new cultures and meet new people while sampling food from around the world. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Memorial Hall Ballroom. Contact: 706-542-5867

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4. EXHIBITION: A TUSCAN SUMMER- CORTONA STUDY ABROAD IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE.

Sponsored by the Circle Gallery, College of Environment & Design. A chronicle of students' experiences in the Cortona study abroad program. Explorations of Italy's culture through urban and planting design coursework is displayed. 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Through Friday, September 26, 2008. Circle Gallery, G14 Caldwell Hall. Contact: 706-542-8292, [log in to unmask]


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5. EXHIBITION: FROM THE COLLECTION - THE AUTHORITY OF THE MEXICAN MURALISTS.

Sponsored by Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art. Works inspired by the aesthetics and philosophies of Diego Rivera and other Mexican muralists. Through Sunday, November 2, 2008. Lamar Dodd Gallery, Georgia Museum of Art. Contact: http://www.uga.edu/gamuseum/exhibitions/index.html

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6. FILM: OROZCO: MAN OF FIRE. THRUSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art. A visually arresting and whimsical documentary portrait of Mexican muralist Jose Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), whose dramatic life and dynamic paintings changed the way we see art and politics. Visitors are invited to the galleries to tour exhibitions and see Orozco's work in From the Collection: The Authority of the Mexican Muralists. Directed by Laurie Coyle and Rick Tejada-Flores. (57 minutes) 2:00 p.m. M. Smith Griffith Auditorium, Georgia Museum of Art. Contact: www.uga.edu/gamuseum


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FOR STUDNETS GOING ABROAD THIS FALL:

7. ABSENTEE BALLOTS: VOTING FROM OVERSEAS THIS FALL!

You’re still not too late to arrange for your vote this fall! On November 4, 2008, citizens of the United States of America will cast votes for one third of the Senate, all members of the House of Representatives and a new President. If you will be abroad on election day, take steps NOW so you can be a part of the elections!

Citizens who will be living outside the United States must take a few steps to ensure that they receive an absentee ballot. For those living overseas, even temporarily, there is a federal form called the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) that is used to request an absentee ballot.
To register to vote and/or apply for an absentee ballot, you can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at http://www.fvap.gov/resources/media/fpca.pdf.  The standard FPCA can be obtained from any U.S. embassy or consulate or many American civic groups. The on-line version, the OFPCA, is accepted by all states and territories. The on-line OFPCA form must be completed legibly, printed, signed, dated, and mailed to your local election officials. Your state may allow faxing to speed the process, but you will still need to send in the original by mail.  Use an envelope and affix proper postage.

The official U.S. Government web site for overseas absentee voting assistance, http://www.fvap.gov, has a wealth of information about absentee voting, including the state-specific instructions for completing the FPCA form, links to state and local officials, and a downloadable emergency ballot for use by those who register in time but fail to receive an official ballot.

As a general rule, you should try to send in the FPCA so that it reaches your local election officials at least forty-five days before the first election in which you are eligible to vote — ample time for them to process the request and send you a blank ballot.  If applying for both registration and an absentee ballot, you may want to mail the FPCA earlier.
Under normal circumstances, most states and territories begin sending ballots to overseas citizens 30-45 days before an election. This varies…in Georgia, for example, you have to register to vote by 10/06/08 and request your ballot by 10/31/2008.

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8. REGISTER ON-LINE WITH US EMBASSY OVERSEAS:

The Office of International Education recommends that all current study abroad students register with the local US Embassy in your host country. Students may easily register on-line via the US State Department website:
https://travelregistration.state.gov

Travel registration is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. Registration allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad that the Department of State can use to assist you in case of an emergency, and to receive regular safety/security updates issued for residents in your host country while abroad. Americans residing abroad can also get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Please do take the responsibility to register your stay abroad with the US State Department while on your study abroad program.

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FOR THOSE THINKING OF STUDYING, WORKING ABROAD…

9. OPTIONS ABROAD SESSION

If you are interested in studying, working, volunteering or interning abroad, we encourage you to attend an Options Abroad Session.

In these 50-minute information sessions, we explain the basics of finding a study abroad program, using the resources in our study abroad library, the process of transferring credit from an external study abroad program, financial aid and scholarships for study abroad, health and insurance, basic travel information, information on working, volunteering, or interning abroad, and SISA, the study abroad listserv.

The sessions are held three times a week in 303 Bank of America Building, 110 E. Clayton St., during the fall and spring semesters at the following times:
Monday 3:35-4:25 p.m.
Tuesday 3:30-4:20 p.m.
Thursday 2:00-2:50 p.m.

Please call our office at (706)425-3274 to sign up for a session as there is limited space available.

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10.     SURVEY:

Have you recently visited the Offices of Study Abroad? Met with a Study Abroad Advisor or participated in an Options Abroad Session? If so, please follow this link to complete a survey about your experience in our office.
http://www.uga.edu/oie/sa_eva.html

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11.  UGA COSTA RICA DEADLINES APPROACHING!
UGA Costa Rica’S early Application Deadline is October 1 (and you are entered to win a mini-Ipod Shuffle!).
Regular Deadline: October 29
Visit the Costa Rica website at http://www.uga.edu/costarica/

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12. DEADLINE FOR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE IN COSTA RICA APPLICATIONS, NOVEMBER 13. SPONSORED BY THE WILLSON CENTER FOR HUMANITIES AND ARTS. SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 P.M. THROUGH THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2008. CONTACT: 706-542-3966, [log in to unmask]

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13. STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS: Specific information for scholarships that have upcoming deadlines is listed below. You can also visit our website at http://www.uga.edu/oie/sa_scholarship.htm for a more complete listing of additional scholarships that are available (including HOPE, departmental awards, country-specific awards, etc.)

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-- UGA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION STUDY ABROAD FELLOWSHIP

Up to $3000 study abroad fellowship awarded for selected UGA undergraduates attending a UGA-sponsored study abroad or exchange program for one semester (Fall or Spring) or full academic year. The Alumni Association Study Abroad Fellowship funds are raised through the UGA Alumni Association and matched by the UGA Foundation Office of International Affairs International Programs Fund.

- Eligibility Requirements: 3.0 minimum GPA. Must not have previously studied abroad for academic credit at the university level. Award based on academic merit, demonstrated financial need, strong faculty recommendation, essay, and overall application. Fellowship recipient must be willing to meet with the Alumni Board (at a mutually convenient regularly scheduled meeting either before departure or within six months of completing study abroad program) and to correspond with designated Alumni Board staff and volunteers. Students must have completed at least one full semester at UGA prior to application and have at least one semester to complete at UGA upon return. (i.e. fellowship cannot be used for the last semester of your degree program in order to participate in post-study abroad campus activities proposed in application essay).

Deadlines (For SPRING study abroad): Oct. 3, 2008

For an application, go to: http://www.uga.edu/oie/docs/sa/scholarship/2008-09_Alumni_Association_Study_Abroad_Fellowship_Application.pdf


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-- BRIDGING SCHOLARSHIPS

The Association of Teachers of Japanese is an international, non-profit, non-political organization of scholars, teachers, and students of Japanese language, literature, and linguistics dedicated to teaching and scholarship and to the exchange of information among teachers and other professionals to help broaden and deepen knowledge and appreciation of Japan and its culture. The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

- Eligibility: Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

Apply for Bridging Scholarships for Spring 2009: Deadline October 6, 2008

Visit: http://www.colorado.edu/ealld/atj/


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--BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:

Spring 2009 Application Website Now Open - Online deadline: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 (11:59 PM Central Standard Time)

Apply now at http://www.iie.org/gilman

--Over 1,200 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000.  The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education.

--Eligibility: Applicants must be studying abroad in the fall, spring or academic year terms.  Summer only programs are not eligible. For undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at the time of application; cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a US Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba.

--Additional Awards for Critical Language Study:  Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. 25 Critical Need Language Supplements were offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients during the 2007-2008 academic year. There will be an increased number of Supplements this academic year. Critical Need Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, Turkic languages, Persian, Indic languages, Korean, Russian

-For more information & online application:  http://www.iie.org/gilman

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-- FREEMAN AWARDS FOR STUDY IN ASIA

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. In the past, there have been few funding opportunities for study abroad in Asia. However, with the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, the Institute of International Education (IIE) now administers the Freeman-ASIA Awards in order to give more American undergraduate students the means to study in East and Southeast Asia.

Spring 2009 & Early Academic Year 2009-10 Awards-For students applying to study abroad programs of 10 weeks or more with program start date between December-April.

Student Deadline -
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Adviser Deadline -
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

For more information visit: http://www.iie.org/programs/freeman-asia/

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-- ARCADIA SCHOLARSHIPS:

The Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad has one of the most extensive scholarship programs of any study abroad organization. It provides more than $2 million per year in financial aid and scholarships. Annually, the center distributes hundreds of need-based scholarships ranging between $500 and $2,000 for a full year, semester, term, or summer.

-Who qualifies? Generally, our scholarship funds are intended to help students in specific programs for whom a small amount of financial aid can mean the difference between participation and staying home. Award decisions are based upon a combination of financial need and academic merit. Please note that scholarships can only be applied towards the program fee. In order to apply for a Center for Education Abroad scholarship, you must have applied for financial aid through your home school.

- How can I apply? Scholarship applications and supporting materials will be accepted between February 1 and April 20 for fall and full-year programs, between September 1 and October 15 for spring programs, and between January 1 and March 31 for summer programs. The center notifies award applicants of decisions approximately four weeks after the application deadline for the student's chosen period of study.
If you wish to apply for an Arcadia scholarship, please download a scholarship form. Please apply early in the admissions process. If you have any questions concerning scholarships, e-mail Rosemary Hall, Financial Aid Coordinator, or visit: http://www.arcadia.edu/abroad/default.aspx?id=6773


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**ATTENTION RETURNED STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS:

14. ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE PEER ADVISORS FOR STUDY ABROAD

The Office of Study Abroad has planned two orientation meetings for those interested in becoming Peer Advisors. Prospective Peer Advisors are asked to come to one of these meetings, which will be held Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, September 30th and October 1st.

If you have not already been in touch with our office, and you would like to learn more about our peer advisor program, please contact Amanda Work at [log in to unmask] or 706-425-3274. Please use the same address if you have already completed a Peer Advisor Application and you would like to confirm which orientation session you will attend next week.

We have found that returned students are one of the best resources for encouraging more UGA students to study abroad. Peer advisors assist the study abroad staff by giving presentations about study abroad, leading discussions and serving on student panels. You can choose to participate in as many events as your schedule permits.


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15. STUDY ABROAD STUDENT EVALUATIONS

Have you recently returned from a Study Abroad program?

We would love to know more about your experiences abroad!

Visit http://www.uga.edu/oie/sa_re_eva.htm to fill out an evaluation and have your comments posted in the OIE Study Abroad Library!


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Thanks for reading!


Lila R. Grisar
Graduate Assistant, Study Abroad

Office of International Education
University of Georgia
Bank of America Building, 3rd Floor
110 East Clayton Street
Athens, GA  30602

http://www.uga.edu/oie

Study Abroad/Exchange Telephone:  706-425-3274

Study Abroad/Exchange Fax: 706-425-3315


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Lila Grisar

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