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SISA-L  October 2009

SISA-L October 2009


Weekly Study Abroad Announcements


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


Lila R. Grisar


Mon, 19 Oct 2009 23:20:51 -0400





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Dear Students Interested in Study Abroad:

Read below for study abroad info, scholarship links, and international events around campus.

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO ENTER THE 2009 INTERNATIONAL PHOTO & VIDEO CONTEST!!!!! The submission window is NOW through October 30th. All new categories this year! See item #13 below all the details!!

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In this week’s message…

1. UGA Studies Abroad in the South Pacific & the Caribbean: next Info Session 10/21
2. Service Learning in Africa, Brown Bag, 10/21
3. Germany Exchange Opportunity after graduation! Deadline: 12/1
4. European Council of the University System of GA announces its Summer Study Abroad Programs
5. Walk-in Advising in Memorial Hall: every Tuesday & Friday afternoon
6. Options Abroad Info Sessions in the Office of Study Abroad (offered 3 days a week)
7. Social Issues Maymester in Northern Ireland-running in 2010!

8. Elizabeth Suzanne Shaefer Scholarship, Deadline 10/20
9. Spring Semester Abroad Scholarship for Costa Rica’s Earth University (UGA Undergrads), Deadline: 10/30
10. Get Paid for your Stories and Photos from Abroad: Glimpse Correspondents Program, Deadline 11/1
11. Sara’s Wish Scholarship Fund, Preliminary Applications due 10/2009-1/2010
12. Zeta Phi Beta Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship: Accepting applications now through Feb 1, 2010.

13. UGA International Photo & Video Contest-ENTER BY 10/30!
14. Global Leadership Institute Program: 10/22
16. Promote Africa Expo, 10/22
To learn more, check out or contact [log in to unmask]
17. International COFFEE HOUR 10/23
18. Comp. Lit & African Studies: “The Manding Connection to the Americas” 10/28
19. ‘Guy Fawkes Day’ 11/2
20. Study Abroad Program Evaluations
21. Unsubscribe yourself from SISA-L


1. UGA Studies Abroad in the South Pacific & the Caribbean: next info session 10/21

There are several info sessions coming up for these UGA programs offered through Studies Abroad in the South Pacific and the Caribbean. Study abroad opportunities include New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Antarctica, the United Kingdom!

Each info session includes a featured faculty member and discussion. Visit for more program information, or e-mail [log in to unmask]

Wed, Oct. 21, 8PM MLC Rm 275
Wed, Oct. 28, 7PM MLC Rm 245
Wed, Nov. 4, 7PM MLC Rm 153
Thurs, Nov. 12, 7PM MLC Rm 247
Thurs, Nov. 18, 8PM MLC Rm 275


2.   Service Learning in Africa, Brown Bag, 10/21

A presentation in the APERO Brown Bag Speaker Series. Presented by Dr. Sandra Whitney, African Studies. Dr. Whitney will talk about service learning in general, and about several specific opportunities for study abroad/service learning in Africa, including (but not limited to) Tanzania and Ghana.

All Apero lectures are on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 in African American Cultural Center, 407 Memorial Hall. Free of charge. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the speaker!


3. Germany Exchange Opportunity after graduation! Deadline: 12/1

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is currently accepting applications from your students and recent graduates who are interested in living, studying, and interning in Germany on a full-year, funded fellowship.  CBYX is sponsored by the US and German governments for applicants in all career fields between the ages of 18-24, and does not require any prior German language knowledge!  Applicants in business, vocational, technical, engineering, scientific, and agricultural fields are especially encouraged to apply.

75 participants are annually awarded the CBYX fellowship to spend a year studying and working in their career fields while completely immersed in German language and culture.  Please forward this email to ideal candidates among your students and young alumni, who can find more information at

The CBYX for Young Professionals fellowship includes:
• two months of intensive German language training (prior German language knowledge is not required, but preferred)
• four months of study in the participant’s career field at a German college or university
• five-month internship in the participant’s career field with a German company
• accommodations living with German hosts, in shared apartments, and in student dorms
• transatlantic airfare and monthly food stipends
• health/accident insurance
• various program seminars in the United States and Germany
• support throughout the program year by local program representatives

• US citizen or permanent resident
• between the ages of 18-24 at the start of the program in July 2010
• high school diploma or equivalent
• clear career goals and some relevant work experience in career field
• strong interest in German and international affairs, and a strong sense of American identity
• flexibility, independence, and diplomacy

Application deadline is December 1, 2009 for the program beginning in July 2010.  For more information, and to apply online, visit:   Questions?  Please contact [log in to unmask] or 212-497-3522.


4. European Council of the University System of GA announces its Summer Study Abroad Programs

Available to students from throughout Georgia.

The European Council sponsors large summer study programs for USG students in major locations in Europe, including St. Petersburg, Bonn, Madrid, Paris, Waterford and London. In courses taught largely by faculty from USG colleges and universities, students blend classroom experiences with group and individual travel as they earn academic credit at their home institutions. These programs bring together students and faculty from across Georgia to share in four or five week intensive learning and travel ventures.

Visit the website for all program brochures and complete information: and contact Kornelia Mackowiak, Study Abroad Coordinator, here at UGA with any questions:  [log in to unmask]


5.  Walk-in Advising with a Study Abroad Representative in Memorial Hall:

Are you interested in studying, working, or volunteering abroad? If so, you can stop by Memorial Hall on Tuesdays and Fridays between 1:30-5:00pm to meet with a study abroad representatives. No appointment is necessary these are walk-in sessions! The study abroad representatives will be in Memorial Hall, Room 233 (in the ICA Department suite). You can also schedule an appointment to meet with a study abroad advisor at their main location downtown at the Bank of America Building.

6. Options Abroad Info Sessions in the Office of Study Abroad (offered 3 days a week)

In these 50-minute information sessions, a study abroad Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad will 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. Visit our website for more information.
Students must sign up in advance as space is limited.


7. Social Issues Maymester in Northern Ireland-running in 2010!

Who:   Undergraduate and Graduate students of all departments
          (preference given to social  work students)
What:  Social Issues in Northern Ireland

o   Trauma Recovery
o   Conflict Resolution
o   Community Building

When:  Maymester 2010.

Approx. 2  weeks in Northern Ireland plus one 3 hour class session before the trip

Where: Belfast, Ballycastle, Derry, Strabanne, Omagh, Giant's Causeway and more

Cost:    Approximately $2300 plus airfare and tuition

Credit:  3 credit hours. Students have the option to earn an additional 3 hours for a service-learning project or other independent study as agreed upon with professor.

Contact:          Dr. Nancy R. Williams, 706 542-3938,  [log in to unmask]


8. Elizabeth Suzanne Schaefer Scholarship, Deadline 10/20

Only for UGA undergraduates attending External or UGA-sponsored study abroad or exchange program. 3.0 minimum GPA. Application includes an essay describing your educational goals and how study abroad will complement your studies at UGA.

For complete information and an on-line application, go to the UGA OIE Study Abroad webpage and scroll down to the link for the Schaefer scholarship:


9. SPRING SEMESTER ABROAD TO COSTA RICA'S EARTH UNIVERSITY: Scholarship Opportunity for UGA Undergraduate. Deadline 10/30

Since 1998, the UGA Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI) has carried out a student internship program with Costa Rica's EARTH University (Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda), bringing in that span over a dozen EARTH students to UGA and providing occasional internship opportunities and exchanges for UGA students and faculty. EARTH University, located in Guácimo, Limón, Costa Rica is a private, international, non-profit university which offers an undergraduate program leading to a licenciatura degree in agricultural sciences and the rational use of natural resources.  EARTH University was created out of a conviction that the environmental and social challenges confronting the planet can be resolved through education that promotes science, technology and entrepreneurship while focusing on essential human values, leadership and a commitment to social and environmental service.  Their website is:
For spring semester 2010, LACSI will provide a scholarship to send one highly qualified, advanced Spanish proficiency UGA undergraduate student to EARTH University to take courses for academic credit.  The scholarship will cover the student's roundtrip airfare and living expenses during their tenure at EARTH University. The spring semester at EARTH University begins on January 18, 2010. The selected student will work with the UGA Office of International Education's study abroad staff to get pre-departure course credit transfer approvals initiated.

If this scholarship interests you, please send 1) a letter expressing how a semester at EARTH University would further your academic goals and 2) a copy of your most recent transcripts to Mr. Paul Duncan, Assistant Director, Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute, 290 South Hull Street, Athens, GA 30602.  Deadline for submission of the letter and transcripts is Friday, October 30, 2009.
Sample EARTH University courses available in spring 2010 include: Cultivos Trópicales, Manejo de Plagas (Entomología), Manejo de Plagas (Malezas), Introducción a la Realidad Latinoamericana, Procesos Fisiológicos y Sistemas Poscosecha, Sistemas Agropecuarios Sostenibles, Propiedades de los Suelos del Trópico, Silvicultura Tropical, Ecología, Procesamiento de Alimentos, Riego y Drenaje, Economía, Política y el Ambiente, Mercadeo y Comercio Internacional, Cultivo de Banano, Nutrición Animal, Fruticultura, Plantas Ornamentales.



It is with great pleasure that we announce the application cycle for the Spring 2010 Glimpse Correspondents Program! Supported in part by National Geographic Society, the Correspondents Program is for especially talented study abroad students specializing in writing or photography. Correspondents receive a $600 stipend, a professional editor, career training in writing and photography, guaranteed publication on, and potential publication in National Geographic platforms.

The online application is now open and is due Nov. 1.

If you are unfamiliar with the program, click here to watch the introductory video and learn more:


11. The Sara's Wish Scholarship Fund, Preliminary Applications Due Oct 2009 thru January, 2010.

SARA'S WISH FOUNDATION was established to perpetuate the memory of Sara Christie Schewe. In 1996, Sara, a beautiful and loving young woman, was killed in a fatal bus crash in India along with three classmates while participating in the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea Program.  Sara's Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Safe And Rewarding Adventures for students, emerged out of this Semester at Sea tragedy. This organization promotes education about travel safety guidelines.

A Legacy of Leadership, Service, and Adventure…The Mission of the Scholarship Fund is to perpetuate Sara's ideals by providing financial support for travel experiences for students who share Sara's zest for life, love of adventure, and zeal to excel.

Sara's Wish Foundation scholarships are awarded to extraordinary young women committed to making the world a better place by fully participating in it. Assistance has been offered to dozens of young women who exhibit qualities of leadership, service, and adventure. With our financial contributions, young women have defrayed the costs associated with traveling to all areas of the globe.  Ethiopia, Korea, the Philippines, Chile, Nepal, and South Africa are just a few examples. Our scholarship recipients perform a wide variety of remarkable public services in these distant lands, contributing to the welfare of our global village. Be sure to read more about them, as they truly offer inspiration and hope for our future.

Scholarship Application Information Criteria:
A commitment to public service
A strong record of scholarship
A history of leadership experience
A sincere interest in the work of Sara's Wish Foundation
A willingness to join with Sara's Wish Foundation in its ongoing efforts to improve safety awareness

Timeline: Scholarships are granted yearly according to the timeline below.

- Oct-Jan: Preliminary Applications reviewed as they are submitted.
- Nov-Feb: Candidates selected from the preliminary applications are asked to submit resumes, essays, and two letters of recommendation.
- Dec-March: Finalists are interviewed by telephone or in person by members of the scholarship committee.
- March: All scholarship winners are announced by the end of March.

Visit the Sara’s Wish Foundation website:


12. Zeta Phi Beta Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship: Accepting applications now through Feb 1, 2010.

Available to graduate or undergraduate United States students studying abroad and/or graduate or undergraduate foreign students studying within. Awarded for full-time study for one academic year (Fall-Spring). Amount varies from $500 to $1,000 paid directly to recipient. Documented proof of academic study and plan of program must be sent to the Scholarship Chairperson with signature of school administrator or Program Director.

Copies of the scholarship application form may be accessed electronically via the following websites: or or
Three letters of recommendation (from a College Professor or High School Teacher, a Minister or Community Leader, and Other); An official University/High School Transcript; An essay of 150 words or more. Include information about yourself, your educational goals and professional
aspirations. How can this award help you to achieve these goals? Why should you receive this award? Award recipients, only, will be notified, no later than August 15, of the Foundation's actions.


13. International Photo & Video Contest-ENTER BY 10/30!

This contest is sponsored every year by UGA’s Office of International Education in celebration of International Education Week.

This year’s contest features all new photo categories and the first-ever video contest! Visit the official contest webpage for more all the details:


- Deadline: 5:00 pm, EST on Friday, October 30, 2009.

- Winners Announced during International Education Week: Friday, November 20th, 2009 at International Coffee Hour in Memorial Hall Ballroom, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Prizes, a silent auction, food, and a chance to cast your vote in the People's Choice photo award. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize to each photo category. A grand prize to the winning video.

- Eligibility: The 2009 Photo & Video Contest is open to all UGA students who are currently studying abroad, or have recently studied, traveled, or worked abroad, and all international students who are currently enrolled at UGA.

-2009 Categories:
   1. Student Engagement
   2. Creative Expression
   3. Study Abroad Video


14. Global Leadership Institute Program: 10/22

The International Student Life Office would like to invite you to participate in the Global Leadership Institute program.

One out of four programs in the series remain. These are internationally-focused seminars that facilitate opportunities for students to enhance a variety of global competencies.

Building an International Resume in Athens and Abroad
October 22, 2009 Tate 137 from 7pm till 8:30pm
Explore opportunities for international experiences on campus, in Athens-Clarke County, and in Georgia; then translate your talent into international marketability.

These program inform cultural awareness, promote diversity appreciation, and actively advance student engagement in the international community. GLI is open to all UGA students and is also free to attend; those who attend three of the four seminars will be recognized with a certificate of completion.

Students are not required to register for any of the programs. For further information please call the ISL office at (706) 542-5867.



Hindu Youth for Unity Virtue and Action at UGA is organizing its annual Speaker on the campus series. This year, Diganta Dash, who is also a certified Yoga instructor from premier Yoga Research University SVYASA (Swami Vevekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samstana), Bangalore will conduct yoga workshops on Yoga, Pranayama, Cyclic Meditation (a Deep Relaxation Technique).  Through hands on approach, Mr. Dash will demonstrate the arts and science behind Yoga.

Topic: Arts and Science Behind Yoga
Date:  October 22nd. 2009
Time: 5:30 PM-- 7:30 PM
Venue: Tate Student Center Room 142
Contact Person : Sivpriya Kaza, ([log in to unmask])



Join us as we tie together different pieces of African art, jewelry, music, and photography with the essential issues of culture, health, and sustainability. With booths on each of the above as well as live music (real bands) and delicious food and drinks--there's no reason not to come!

The Expo will be held at Herty Field, on Thursday, October 22, from 7pm until 11pm. Save the date!


17. International COFFEE HOUR 10/23

Don't miss Coffee Hour this Friday, from 11:30-1:30pm. Stop by the Memorial Hall, Ballroom for refreshments, music, and great conversation! This program is open to everyone. For more information contact the International Student Life office at 542-5867.

18.  Comp. Lit & African Studies: “The Manding Connection to the Americas” 10/28

A presentation in the APERO Brown Bag Speaker Series. Presented by Dr. Karim Traore. All Apero lectures are on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 in African American Cultural Center, Memorial Hall. Free of charge. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the speaker!


19. ‘Guy Fawkes Day’ 11/2

Save the date! Please join the annual "Guy Fawkes Day" lecture sponsored by the British/Irish Studies Certificate Program. This year, Dr. Tricia Lootens, outgoing director of the program, will present a talk entitled "India, Ireland, and the Anglo-Saxon Empire: Poetic Editing and Rudyard Kipling's *Kim*" Park Hall, Room 265, 4 p.m. Reception to follow in room 261.

Also of interest and in the news:



We are always interested in receiving evaluations from students who have recently returned from a Study Abroad program. It doesn’t matter if it was a UGA program or an external program…we would love to know more about your experiences abroad! Your feedback is filed in the Study Abroad Library to help other students be informed before deciding on a program (you can be anonymous if you like!)

Visit to fill out an evaluation and have your comments posted in the OIE Study Abroad Library!  Thank you!


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Thanks for reading SISA-L!!!!!

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Lila Grisar
Graduate Assistant
Office of Study Abroad
University of Georgia

**Thank you for visiting the Study Abroad Office- We would enjoy
feedback from you since your recent visit to our office.
Please take a moment to fill out our online evaluation at this link:

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