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Welcome Back!  Below you will find the first posting to the SISA-L
listserv (Students Interested in Study Abroad) for the 2004-2005
academic year.  There is information for students who are planning to go
abroad, those who are currently abroad, and those who have returned!

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STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS:

STARS WORK STIPENDS:
The Office of International Education is pleased to announce the Fall
2004 application deadline for STARS (Students Abroad with Regents
Support)Work Stipends  in support of UGA students planning to study
abroad in Spring 2005, Summer 2005 and the 2005-06 academic year.

--Application Deadline:  August 27, 2004
--STARS Award:  Work 71 hours for the Office of International Education
during the fall 2004 semester and earn $500 toward the cost of your
study abroad program
--Eligibility:  Any student who is planning to study abroad in Spring
2005, Summer 2005 or the 2005-2006 academic year can apply for the STARS
work stipend
--TO APPLY:  Download the STARS application from the OIE website at
http://www.uga.edu/oie/sagensch.htm and submit to the Office of
International Education.  Additional study abroad scholarship
information is also available on-line.


GILMAN STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP (for Pell Grant Recipients):

--Application Deadline: September 22, 2004
--Award: up to $5,000.  Award amounts will vary depending on the length
of study and student need with the average award being $4,000.
--Eligibility:  Candidates must be U.S. citizens and undergraduates who
are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year
undergraduate colleges or universities
and are planning to study abroad this Spring.  Gilman Award recipients
are chosen by a competitive selection process and requires students to
develop a follow-up service project at home campus/community after the
study abroad program.
--TO APPLY:  Visit the Gilman website at:
http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman/index.html
<http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman/index.html>
If you have questions about your ideas for a service project or about
the application process, please speak with a study abroad advisor.


NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP:

--Application deadline: December 2 for UGA applicants who plan to
participate in 2005-2006 Study Abroad Programs.  Students who apply by
the December 2 deadline
will be interviewed by a campus review committee in early January.
--Eligibility: Study Abroad Students seeking to gain future employment
with a US federal agency or an office involved in US national security
affairs, who will study abroad in Fall 2005/Spring 2006/Summer 2006 in
geographic areas of national security interest (except in Western
Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand)  and who are currently
studying in Agriculture, Applied Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics,
Environmental Science, Mathematics) and Engineering, Business,
Computer/Information Sciences, Health and Biomedical Science, History,
International Affairs, Law, Social Sciences, Political Science and
Policy Studies are ideal candidates for the NSEP Study Abroad
Scholarship awards. Full eligibility and program information is also
on-line at the NSEP scholarship website
http://www.iie.org/programs/nsep/nsephome.htm
--TO APPLY: Pick up an application from the Office of International
Education and set up an individual meeting wtih Colleen Larson, Study
Abroad Advisor ([log in to unmask] or 542-7903).


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ATTENTION RETURNED STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS:

Do you 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 2004-2005 academic year.  We have found that returned students are
one of the best resources to  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
panels.  You can choose to participate in as many events as your
schedule permits.

If you are interested in becoming a peer advisor, please contact Julie
Escobedo at the Office of International Education, [log in to unmask] or
542-7903.

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ATTENTION FALL 2004 STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS:

In the hustle to get ready for study abroad, you might have forgotten
that there is a presidential election on November 2! Please note that
there are no polling places for US citizens overseas. However, US
citizens who are overseas and are 18 years old on November 2, 2004 can
register and vote by means of an Absentee Ballot.  You must apply for
this ballot by completing a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) form
from http://www.fvap.gov/, which has detailed, state-specific
instructions for its completion.

The Absentee Ballot you request will be sent to the address that you
specify on the FPCA -- either have it sent directly to your address
abroad or have it sent to someone who will forward it to you.   NOTE:
You MUST provide an address OTHER THAN the one that you give as your
"Voting Residence"!

The timing is critical.  Generally, the Absentee Ballot requests must be
received 45 days prior to the election (September 18, 2004) in order to
assure receipt by the appropriate County election official in your home
state.  Once your request is processed, the Absentee Ballot is sent to
you for your vote.  After you vote, you must return the ballot to  the
County election office at least 1 day prior to the election (this varies
depending on the County).  There is no flexibility on County deadlines.
 Time is of the essence, and we know that many postal systems around the
world are often not comfortably reliable!  Therefore, we recommend that
you mail your absentee ballot back to the County office by October 15, 2004.

For additional details and the Georgia absentee ballot, go to:
http://www.sos.state.ga.us/elections/elections/voter_information/absentee.htm






--
Andrea M. Kiely
Assistant Director of International Education
Office of International Education
209 Barrow Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA  30602
phone: (706) 542-7903
fax: (706) 542-6622