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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.  

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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
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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):

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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
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




 
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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