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SISA-L  October 2009

SISA-L October 2009


Students Interested in Study Abroad: Don't Miss our Photo & Video Contest Deadline Oct. 30!!


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Lila R. Grisar


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Dear Students Interested in Study Abroad:

Read below for study abroad info, scholarships, and international events around campus. Instructions for UNSUBSCRIBING yourself are included at the bottom of every SISA-L message.

Don’t forget, the 2009 INTERNATIONAL PHOTO & VIDEO CONTEST deadline is THIS Friday, October 30th at 5:00 pm. Sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad. 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.

This year, we have all new categories for the competition! Here’s a tip for those of you still thinking of submitting…as of Monday, October 26th, our ‘Student Engagement’ category (photos that communicate a cross-cultural experience by featuring a UGA student--or students--interacting globally with people, places, and/or cultures) only has about a dozen entries. This means the odds of winning in that category are very good at the moment! The video category is similarly a wide-open field, with just a few entries. We hope to hear from many more of you. Submit early in case there are any materials you need to resubmit! Prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants, and other surprise goodies. See item #13 in this message below for the rest of the details!!

In this week’s message…

1. UGA Studies Abroad in the South Pacific & the Caribbean: Next Info Sessions 11/4, 11/12, 11/18
2. Explore Earth in Argentina, UGA Summer Study Abroad, Info Sessions, 11/3 & 11/10
3. Boren Scholarship & Fellowship Info Session, for Undergrads & Graduate Students, 11/5
4. Germany Exchange Opportunity after graduation! Deadline: 12/1
5. European Council of the University System of GA announces its Summer Study Abroad Programs
6. Walk-in Advising in Memorial Hall: every Tuesday & Friday afternoon
7. Options Abroad Info Sessions in the Office of Study Abroad (offered 3 days a week)
8. Social Issues Maymester in Northern Ireland-running in 2010!

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. International Photo & Video Contest: Enter by 10/30!
14. ONE@UGA Meeting with Mary Njoroge, 10/27
15. Film: La Ciénaga (2001) Argentina, 10/27
16. Comp. Lit & African Studies: “The Manding Connection to the Americas” 10/28
17. Film: A Dios Momo (Goodbye Momo) (2006), 10/28
18. Ghana, West Africa Study Abroad Exhibition, Through 10/29
19.  International COFFEE HOUR 10/30
20. Performance: Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company, 11/1
21. Guy Fawkes Day: India, Ireland & the Anglo-Saxon Empire: Poetic Editing & Kipling’s Kim, 11/2
22. Study Abroad Program Evaluations
23. Unsubscribe yourself from SISA-L


1. UGA Studies Abroad in the South Pacific & the Caribbean: next info sessions 11/4, 11/12, 11/18; Application Deadline for Australia & New Zealand Spring 2010, 11/16

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, Nov. 4, 7PM MLC Rm 153, featuring faculty member and discussion
Thurs, Nov. 12, 7PM MLC Rm 247
Thurs, Nov. 18, 8PM MLC Rm 275


2. Explore Earth in Argentina, Summer Study Abroad 2010, Info Sessions 11/3 &11/10

“For  students with a passion for the outdoors”

Explore Earth in Argentina is a four-week UGA program, with a 9 day optional extension. Open to majors in different fields.  No previous geology required.

Drop-in Session at MLC
    • Tuesday November 3, 9:30AM - 5:00 PM
Departmental Information table,  Jittery Joe’s Cafeteria at the Miller Learning Center.

Hour long meeting
    • Tuesday November 10, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Room 200A, Geography Geology Building

Check our website:

Core courses: GEOL 1121, GEOL 1121L, GEOL 1122, GEOL 1122L, SPAN 2001
Science Electives: GEOL 3100, GEOL 3130, GEOL 3200, GEOL 4250

Learn about this unique opportunity to study and travel along 3000 miles of Argentina’s most beautiful and rarely visited places.

Emphasis of the program rests on the impact of the exploration, exploitation and use of Earth Resources. No pre-requisites. Choose from core courses that satisfy Environmental Literacy or upper division elective science credits.

Contact: Dr Marta Patino Douce, [log in to unmask], 706-542-2399

Students and friends are welcome.

Are you ready for the Adventure?!!!!!!!


3. Boren Scholarship & Fellowship Info Session, for Undergrads & Graduate Students, 11/5

On Thursday, November 5th at 12:30pm in 216 Moore College, a representative from the Institute of International Education will be speaking with interested 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. The Boren Fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies. Boren Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year and Boren Fellows are awarded up to $30,000 for two academic years. Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages and fields of study and application procedures can be found at For more information please contact Rebecca Cheney in the Honors Program ([log in to unmask]).


4. 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.


5. 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]


6.  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.

7. 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.


8. 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]


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. Coffee hour will also include a silent auction to benefit programming for international students at UGA. Door Prizes! Free 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: photographs that communicate a cross-cultural experience by featuring a UGA student (or students) interacting globally with people, places, and/or cultures.

2. Creative Expression: photographs that exhibit originality and artistic merit while promoting international understanding (can include landscapes, portraits, events, still life, etc.).

3. Study Abroad Video: a video of 1-2 minutes that inspires and educates others about the value of study abroad, while promoting international understanding. (Projects by one or two students are eligible for submission.)


14.  ONE@UGA Meeting with Mary Njoroge, 10/27

ONE@UGA is excited to welcome Mary Njoroge!  Mary Njoroge was Kenya's director of basic education in 2003. She introduced FREE PRIMARY education to Kenya and brought 2 million new students to school.  Mary is coming to Athens on Tuesday, October 27th for the ONE@UGA meeting. The meeting will be at seven o'clock in the library auditorium.  Mary
will give a lecture and answer questions, and then we will write letters to Senator Issakson that she will deliver on Wednesday.


15. Film: La Ciénaga (2001) Argentina, 10/27

Sponsored by the Romance Languages Lecture Fund and LASCI. The film tells the story of two families make the best of a bad situation as they suffer through a heat wave in this drama set in the high plains of northwestern Argentina. A matriarch tries to keep home and family together while her children deal with the vagaries of drinking, adultery and other unpleasant situations English Subtitles. New Looks on Latin American Cinema. 6:30 p.m. Tate Student Center Theater. Contact: 706-254-3042, [log in to unmask]


16.  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!


17. Film: A Dios Momo (Goodbye Momo) (2006), 10/28

Sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Set against the backdrop of the riotous Uruguayan carnival, this magic-realist film tells the story of a young newspaper boy, Obdulio, who learns to read and write from the night guard of the newspaper’s headquarters. Spanish with English subtitles (108 minutes). Latin American Film Series. 7:00 p.m. 150 Miller Learning Center. Contact: 706-542-4662,, [log in to unmask]


18. Ghana, West Africa Study Abroad Exhibition, Through 10/29

Presented by The School of Social Work and The Lamar Dodd School of Art

On view - October 15 - October 29, 2009.
Opening Reception - Thursday, October 22, 2009  7-9PM

Location - Suite Gallery
                 270 River Road, Athens, GA
                 3rd Floor


19. International COFFEE HOUR 10/30

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.


20. Performance: Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company, 11/1

Sponsored by the UGA Performing Arts Center. The renowned folk dance ensemble is famous for its bright colors, costumes and the vivid embodiment of its stage concepts. $19 or $24. 3:00 p.m. Hodgson Concert Hall. Contact: 706-542-4400,


21.  Guy Fawkes Day: India, Ireland & the Anglo-Saxon Empire: Poetic Editing & Kipling’s Kim, 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!


23.  UNSUBSCRIBE yourself from SISA-L:

- Visit the Listserv website at

- Select the option: “Join or leave the list (or change settings)”

- Type your name, the e-mail address you signed up with, and select “Leave the List” (if you have your e-mails forwarded, you must use the e-mail address you signed up with, not the final destination e-mail address).

- You will receive confirmation details automatically

* * * * * * *
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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