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SISA-L September 2008

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Students Interested in Study Abroad

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

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Below you will find the most recent posting to the SISA-L Listserv (Students Interested in Study Abroad) for the 2008-2009 academic year.

In each listserv message there is information for students who are planning to go abroad, those who are currently abroad, as well as those who have returned!

We hope your fall semester is off to a great start!

In this week's issue:

1. FALL 2008 CREDIT APPROVAL FORM REMINDER
2. VOTING INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS ABROAD THIS FALL, 2008
3. ON-LINE REGISTRATION WITH US EMBASSY WHILE ABROAD
4. THINKING OF STUDYING ABROAD? GET STARTED BY ATTENDING AN OPTIONS ABROAD SESSION
5. STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS
 -- BOREN AWARDS (Info Session Sept 10)
 -- UGA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION STUDY ABROAD FELLOWSHIP (Due Oct 3)
 -- BRIDGING SCHOLARSHIPS (Due Oct 6)
 -- GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP(Due Oct 7)
 -- FREEMAN AWARDS FOR STUDY IN ASIA (Due Oct 15)
6. SPRING 2009 UGA EXCHANGE PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINE (Sept 15)
7. PEACE CORPS INFORMATION SESSION (Sept. 4)
8. STUDY ABROAD PEER ADVISOR PROGRAM
9. STUDY ABROAD ON-LINE EVALUATIONS
10. 24th ANNUAL STUDY, TRAVEL, & WORK ABROAD FAIR - SAVE THE DATES -- OCTOBER 15 & 16, 2008


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**ATTENTION FALL SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS:

1. CREDIT APPROVAL FORM REMINDER

This is a reminder for students attending a non-UGA/external study abroad program or a UGA exchange program (transcript issued by another U.S. or foreign university) to complete the Credit Approval Form and submit the CAF fee before you depart for your study abroad program.

The form serves to let UGA know you will be studying abroad, and to pre-approve your transfer credit, plus to help maintain your eligibility to keep your HOPE and financial aid.  (Students attending UGA sponsored programs will receive resident credit instead and do not need to complete this form.)

The Credit Approval Form will require you to go to the Undergraduate Admissions Office and then to your academic advisor. When it is complete, it should be returned with the CAF fee, to the Office of International Education, Bank of America Building, 3rd Floor, 110 E. Clayton Street, at least 3 weeks prior to departure. You will not receive any financial aid, including the HOPE scholarship, nor maintain student status at UGA while abroad, if you do not fill out this form -- The CAF serves as the official UGA approval for your study abroad program.

Provided here is the on-line link for the Credit Approval Form: http://www.uga.edu/oie/sa_forms.htm  The Credit Approval Form is also available at the OIE Study Abroad Reception Desk and the Study Abroad Library, Bank of America Building, 3rd Floor, 110 E. Clayton Street.

You are welcome to call the OIE at 425-3274 with questions and/or to make an appointment with a study abroad advisor!  We are happy to help you with your Credit Approval Form questions!

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2. ABSENTEE BALLOTS: VOTING FROM OVERSEAS 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. This year could be the most important election in decades and we encourage you to be a part of it!

As you know, citizens who will be living outside the United States have a few steps they must take 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 should be used to request an absentee ballot.

If you are someone who will be studying abroad this November, this is a reminder for you to request an absentee ballot ASAP to ensure it arrives in time for you to cast your vote!
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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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,

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-- DAVID L. BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS (for undergraduates) AND FELLOWSHIPS (for graduate students):

On Wednesday, September 10th at 6:30pm in 116 Moore College, a representative from the Institute of International Education will be speaking with interested undergraduate and graduate students about the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships. Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

The Boren Scholarship provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study in countries that are generally underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year. Application Deadline is February 11, 2009 Individual on-campus deadlines will be earlier than February 11, 2009; please see your campus representative for your on-campus deadline.

The Boren Fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies. Boren Fellows are awarded up to $30,000 for two academic years. Application Deadline is January 29, 2009.

Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages and fields of study and application procedures can be found at www.borenawards.org

For more information please contact Rebecca Cheney in the Honors Program ([log in to unmask]).

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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 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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6. APPLICATION DEADLINE - UGA EXCHANGE PROGRAMS - SEPT 15, 2008

The Office of International Education will be accepting student applications on September 15 for Spring 2009 UGA Exchange Programs in Brazil, Chile, China, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.  Additional exchange countries may be available for Fall 2009/Full-year 2009-2010.

Exchange Programs offer the unique opportunity to directly enroll in classes with students from the host university, plus several host universities may also offer language and culture programs. Students abroad on UGA Exchange Programs pay in-state tuition and fees to UGA, housing fees to their host university, plus pay transportation costs to the exchange program destination. Students are eligible to keep HOPE and other UGA financial aid benefits while studying abroad through an exchange program.

--Application Deadline: September 15, 2008 for Spring 2009 programs
       (Fall 2009 Deadline is February 1, 2009)

--For Additional Information: Consult the UGA Programs List on-line at http://www.uga.edu/oie/sa_prog.htm

OR

Contact: Colleen Larson, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Education, Bank of America Building, 3rd Floor, 110 E. Clayton Street, E-mail [log in to unmask]

--TO SCHEDULE AN EXCHANGE ADVISING APPOINTMENT: Call the OIE Reception Desk at 706-425-3274  Students should meet with a study abroad advisor prior to submitting an application.


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7. PEACE CORPS INFORMATION SESSION

Thursday, Sept. 4 Student Learning Center, room 0250 at 6pm

Want to live and work abroad?  Come hear how you can help others, learn a new language, and live among a different culture when you graduate. You can learn about the application process and hear from those who have served with Peace Corps what the experience is like.

Life is calling...How far are you willing to go?

Questions? Contact Emily Levitan:

UGA Peace Corps Office
Bank of America Building
110 E. Clayton Street
Room 305
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 425- 3281
(706) 425-3315 FAX
Email: [log in to unmask]
www.peacecorps.gov

Nicaragua 2003-2005

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**ATTENTION RETURNED STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS:

8. STUDY ABROAD PEER ADVISOR PROGRAM

Do you still want to talk about your study abroad experience? Need an interested audience for your study abroad stories and memories? Want to encourage other UGA students to study abroad?

The Office of International Education is looking for peer advisors for the 2008-2009 academic year. 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.

If you are interested in becoming a Study Abroad Peer Advisor, please contact Amanda Work at the Office of International Education, [log in to unmask] or 425-3274.

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9. 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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10. 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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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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